Getting Ready for Lutheran Week 2023

Check-In & Registration

The registration table will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 8. Registration is at the North Prefunction when you first enter the conference center on level two. Check-in for the Faith Formation Festival and the WNALC Gathering will be in their respective locations beforehand.

Ground Transportation & Parking Information

If you are flying into Will Rogers World Airport the best way to travel to the Omni Hotel is via Uber or Lyft. It’s about a 15-minute ride. There is no shuttle from the airport to the hotel. The Omni Oklahoma City Hotel is located at 100 Oklahoma Blvd.
If you are driving, parking is available for $10/day at Convention Center Parking, 15 Mick Cornett Drive, Oklahoma City, which is right next door to the hotel. Your parking receipt is your ticket to ride the OKC streetcar for free all day! Each parking receipt is valid for two people to ride for free for 24 hours from the time of parking. Check the streetcar route map for more information.

Lutheran Week Guide Now Available

Prepare for Lutheran Week in Oklahoma City with the comprehensive Lutheran Week Guide, now available for download in PDF format! Inside, you’ll find a wealth of information: whether you’re interested in global mission insights, effective parish communication, youth and family ministry, or learning to strengthen your congregations, this guide is your key to unlocking a rewarding Lutheran Week experience. Download the PDF now to have all the information at your fingertips!

Note: All attendees to Lutheran Week 2023 will receive a printed program at registration.

Livestream Information

Live streaming will be available for the Braaten-Benne Lectures and Mission Convocation on the Lutheran Week website as well as the NALC Facebook pagePlease note: Voting is only available for in-person attendees.

Other Lutheran Week Resources

Missed the Pre-Convocation Discussion Forums?
View the Recorded Session Below!

Proposed Budget & Treasurer’s Report

Proposed Agenda & Rules of Procedure

You’re Invited to a Reception with the North American Lutheran Seminary

The North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) cordially invites all guests attending Lutheran Week to a reception on the Tuesday of Lutheran Week following the Braaten-Benne Lectures, 5:30 – 7:00pm. Come enjoy a wine and cheese spread with the NALS faculty and staff!

2020 Vision Effort Updates

We are excited to share updates on so many initiatives birthed and supported from the NALC’s 2020 Vision, including new and exciting efforts in youth and family ministry, our seminary network and pastoral discernment, renewal and mission efforts, as well as mission district and congregational support through our area assistants to the bishop. This year’s Mission Convocation will also feature panel discussions and workshops to learn how congregations like yours have already engaged with and joined the vision! We invite you to come ready to learn more about the 2020 Vision to ensure a legacy of faith today, tomorrow, and forever!

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Local Amenities in Oklahoma City

Visiting Oklahoma City for the first time? Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry that awaits you, with a host of local amenities ranging from vibrant art exhibitions to delicious dining options. Explore the unique Native-inspired collections at the First Americans Museum or revel in the contemporary masterpieces at the Red Earth Art Center. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, home to the largest exhibit of Chihuly Glass creations in the U.S. For those seeking outdoor recreation, Scissortail Park and Myriad Botanical Gardens offer scenic walking trails and playful water features. With a variety of restaurants near the hotel, including the famed Bricktown Brewery and Jazmo’s Bourbon Café, your culinary desires will be more than satisfied. Hop on the Downtown Streetcar to explore all these attractions and more. For a detailed list of these exciting attractions and more, visit our website.

Mission Convocation Workshops

With a wide range of workshops scheduled during Lutheran Week, the 2023 Mission Convocation will provide you the opportunity to explore subjects like global mission work, sexual slavery awareness, legacy giving, Life-to-Life discipleship, parish communication, and much more. Hear from gifted presenters including the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, the Rev. Dona Johnson, the Rev. Mark Chavez, the Rev. Dcn. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, and many other respected leaders and specialists. Whether you are involved in youth and family ministry, seeking to strengthen and grow congregations, or exploring other aspects of congregational life, there’s something valuable for everyone. Workshops commence at 4:30 p.m. and continue at 5:30 p.m. with varied and compelling topics. Don’t miss this chance to deepen your understanding and contribute to meaningful discussions. Visit our website to learn more.

Speakers Announced for Faith Formation Festival!

We’re looking forward to seeing you for the Faith Formation Festival during Lutheran Week in Oklahoma City on August 8-9! Hosted by the NALC Youth and Family Ministry, this exciting two-day event is designed to provide valuable resources for pastors, Christian education directors, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, and anyone working with children and youth. The Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Pastor Teresa Peters, and other distinguished speakers, such as Heather Ruesch and Pastor Jeff Milsten, will cover essential topics including best practices for youth and family ministry, honest conversations with teens, commissioned living, and more. With international insights from speakers like Wondmagegn Udessa Bidire, the event offers a unique perspective on children and youth ministry. Don’t miss this opportunity to navigate and strengthen youth and family ministry in your congregation. Visit our website now to learn more!

Speakers Announced for Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology!

Get ready for a profound exploration of faith at the upcoming Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology in Oklahoma City! Since 2009, this esteemed event has been an integral part of Lutheran Week, reflecting the North American Lutheran Church’s commitment to the significance of theology for the future of North American Lutheranism. This year’s theme, “God the Father Creates in His Image” (Genesis 1:27), marks the final installment of a six-year focus on the Holy Trinity and will delve into theological anthropology, discussing the nature of humanity and the moral challenges the church faces. Speakers will include renowned theologians such as Dr. David Luy, Dr. Bob Benne, Dr. Gilbert Meilaender, and more. Engage in insightful Q&A sessions and be part of the highly anticipated roundtable panel discussion. Whether you are a layperson, student, pastor, or scholar, this is a can’t-miss opportunity. To learn more about the conference schedule, visit our website now!

More Things to Do in OKC

If you’re interested in even more possibilities for sight-seeing, recreation, or dining while you’re in Oklahoma City, visit Oklahoma City’s digital Visitor’s Guide!

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