Sawmill Rostered Ministers Retreat

2018 ~ The Year of Prayer

The Year of Prayer

Rostered ministers and full-time church professionals from all three Ohio synods are invited to the Rostered Ministers Retreat at:

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Dr.
Huron, OH 44839

January 16-18, 2018.

The early, discounted registration deadline is November 15, 2017.

The final registration deadline is December 15, 2017.

The theme is “The Year of Prayer”.

Keynote presenter, the Rev. Brent Dahlseng, authored “Grounded in Prayer: A Small Group Training Guide in Congregational Prayer,” and serves as senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Loves Park, Illinois.

The Bible study presenter is Rachel Wrenn. An Old Testament Ph.D. candidate at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Wrenn is a contributing scholar/exegete for “Working Preacher,” has published Bible studies in the Augsburg Fortress “People of Faith” series, and was published in the Fall 2016 Word and World.


Registration Packages:

Double Occupancy (Price listed is per person)

  • $260 Early Bird (Paid before Nov. 15)
  • $300 (Payment after Nov. 15)

Single Occupancy

  • $315 Early bird (Paid before Nov. 15)
  • $355 (Paid after Nov.15)

Registration and Meals Only (No lodging)

  • $195 Early bird (Paid before Nov. 15)
  • $215 (Paid after Nov. 15)

Registration Only (No lodging, no meals)

  • $170

Day Pass (One day of programs with meals)

  • $100

Children (Must register by Nov. 15)

  • $100 per child
  • Child registration includes meals, lodging with parents, and childcare

CEUs are available upon request.


Tuesday, January 16

1:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. Gathering Eucharist
3:00 p.m. Presentation 1
4:30 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Bible study 1
8:00 p.m. Bishop’s Time

Wednesday, January 17

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning prayer
9:15 a.m. Presentation 2
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Bible study 2
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation 3
8:00 p.m. Healing Service

Thursday, January 18

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Bible study 3
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Sending Eucharist



Keynote Presenter: Rev. Brent Dahlseng

Brent Dahlseng has served as the senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Loves Park since the fall of 2006. Pr. Dahlseng served on the education and evangelism team of the churchwide offices (1999-2006); developed a mission congregation in Fulton, NY (1986-1999); and began his ministry in rural Moody County in SD (1982-1986). He has his BA in history from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1978) and his MDIV from Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN (1982). Brent is the author of “Grounded in Prayer: A Small Group Training Guide in Congregational Prayer.” His wife, Jody, retired in 2017 as principal in Belvidere, IL. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.


Bible Study Presenter: Rachel Wrenn

Rachel Wrenn is a Ph.D. candidate in Old Testament at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Until August 2016, she was engaged in small town and rural pastoral ministry in Southwest Minnesota. She is a 2011 graduate of Luther Seminary. Publications include “It’s the Same, but Different,” in Word & World (Fall 2016) as well as Bible studies from the Augsburg Fortress “People of Faith” series (Sarah, Rachel, Elijah, Mary, and Joseph). In addition she is a contributing scholar/exegete for Working Preacher. She is blessed with a fun and beautiful family.

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