Northeast Mission Area Gathering and Listening Session

April 13, 2019 Trinity Episcopal Church, Hermantown

You are invited to attend this year's Northeast Mission Area Gathering.  This year's gathering will focus on the search and calling of our next Bishop and other topics of particular importance and interest hear in Northeast Minnesota.

Members of the Search Committee will lead us in a listening session to help discern who we are in ECMN and the gifts we want in our next Bishop. More specific information regarding the Listening Session will follow shortly. 

Click here to register today!

The agenda for our Mission Area Gathering is beginning to take shape. The following is a preliminary agenda:

8:00 a.m.- Gathering. Coffee and rolls provided

9:00 a.m.- Bishop Search "Listening Session"

10:30 a.m.- Greetings from Bishop Prior and ECMN Missioners

10:45 a.m.- Evangelism - The Rev. Marcus Halley, leader.

12:00 a.m.- Lunch. Sharing mission and ministry

1:00 p.m.- Breakout Sessions

2:30 p.m.- Eucharist and Confirmations

Bishop Search Listening Session: Members of the ECMN Bishop Search Committee will lead us in reflecting on the search process, who we are as followers of Jesus Christ here in ECMN, and what gifts we are looking for in our next Bishop.

Evangelism: The Rev. Marcus Halley, ECMN Missioner for Evangelism will facilitate a discussion of evangelism based upon his presentation at Lay Leadership Day entitled "Easy Evangelism." Marcus will explore ways congregations can develop and spread a "culture of Good News."

Sharing Mission & Ministry: During our lunch time together we will ask those who wish to share experiences of mission and ministry within their own faith communities.

Breakout Sessions: After lunch, we will break into several groups to explores such topics as the new Safe Church guidelines, Outreach, and audit/financial faith community administration. These breakout sessions are still being formulated and we will provide more specifics soon.

Confirmations: We will be celebrating at least 3 confirmations during our Mission Area Gathering. If there are other faith communities who have individuals who wish to be confirmed or received at the Mission Area Gathering, please contact The Rev. Rick Swenson at to provide information concerning those to be confirmed or received.

Registration is coming soon.  Click here to sign up to get emails from your Northeast Mission Area Team!


OPTION: Make it a 2-day Event

In addition to the Gathering on Saturday, April 13, at Trinity Hermantown Bishop Prior will be speaking at, and participating in, an event sponsored by St. Paul's, Duluth and CHUM of Duluth on Friday, April 12.

Community Event:

Growing into the Beloved Community


Location: St. PAUL'S Duluth 1710 E. Superior, Duluth.

This event is free, and open to the public.


3:30 – 4:00 Coffee, tea, fellowship gathering

4:00 – 5:30

Part I:

What are the benchmarks for the Beloved Community and how is Duluth doing?

· Bishop Prior: what do we mean by “beloved community” (including theological underpinning), what are the marks of beloved Community?

· Lee Stuart (CHUM ED): help facilitate group conversation about where Duluth is on this path. We have progress – interfaith action on social issues, fairness and equity are guiding principles in the City’s long-range plan (Imagine Duluth 2035), warrant resolution policies between the Public Defender and County Prosecutors, but in other areas we have a ways to go (20% of our households earn less than the Federal poverty rate, an acute housing shortages at all income levels, and racial disparities in terms of employment, health, wealth, housing, etc.).

5:30 – 6:00 Dinner (provided by CHUM)

6:00 – 7:00 Keynote and time for Q and A

Part II:

What Bishop Prior has learned in calling the Church to the Beloved Community

7:00 – 7:30 Dessert and further conversation

We look forward to seeing everyone on April 12 & 13.


The following are the faith communities that make up the Northeast Minnesota Mission Area:


St. John’s Aitkin, MN
St. Andrew's by the Lake Duluth, MN 
St. Paul's Duluth, MN 
St. Mary's Ely, MN 
St. John's Eveleth, MN 
Spirit of the Wilderness Grand Marais, MN 
Christ Church Grand Rapids, MN 
Trinity Hermantown, MN 
St. James Hibbing, MN 
Holy Trinity International Falls, MN 
St. Andrew's Moose Lake, MN 
St. Paul's Virginia, MN

Mission Areas are made up of the 10-15 faith communities that are closest to you in the state. Mission Area Gatherings (MAG) are for everyone – whether you’re a volunteer, a clergy person, an occasional attendee of a faith community, a vestry member, or anything in between.

Faith communities in the state are connected to one another via Mission Areas. Mission Areas are a grouping of 10-15 faith communities that share geographic proximity.

Why are Mission Areas important? Because we don’t do this work of ministry and mission in isolation. By connecting with those around us, we can learn from each other, share resources, and problem-solve together. We can build relationships and have conversations about what ministry looks like in our neck of the woods.

Curious about what Mission Area you’re in? Check out the list below.

If you’d like to get connected with folks in your Mission Area, a good first step is to email your Mission Area Team. This is a group of folks who help plan gatherings for each Mission Area, and who also serve on ECMN’s Council and provide statewide leadership. Each Mission Area has at least one in-person gathering each year to build relationships, and your Mission Area Team can help update you on the latest details about those gatherings!

These gatherings keep us connected and strengthen our bonds, which helps us support and learn from each other throughout the year.