NLS 2023 Annual Gathering

2023 Annual Gathering of the National Lutheran Secretariat

Date: July 27-30, 2023

Where: University of Indianapolis

Hosted by Inky VDC

National Lutheran Secretariat Annual Gathering WEBSITE LINK


What happens at an Annual Gathering?

An annual gathering contains many of the elements of a local VDC weekend: Worship, fellowship, food, speakers, and breakout sessions. Delegates from the various secretariats around the country also attend some plenary/business sessions. Saturday evening includes a special Agape Dinner with a serenade by Inky VDC members.

As the hosting secretariat, we are the welcoming committee providing transportation, worship/music leadership, communications, registration, evening entertainment, coordination with the university, and anything else that needs to be done.

Theme Verse:  

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up on meeting together…but encouraging each other”   Hebrews 10 : 24-25




Congratulations Bob Rahke for supplying

the winning artwork!

Fund Raising:

We will need about $8,000 up front to host the gathering. Costs may be higher due to inflation. However, much of this will be recouped through registration fees.  Fund raising efforts will take various forms: Donations, use of Thrivent Action grants, events like yard sales, auctions, etc.

Contact Brian & Robin Schwarz with questions, comments, ideas.

Click on the button to donate using PayPal to the NLS Annual Gathering account.


Speakers have been announced and they are our very own INKY VDC brothers and sisters.

The Keynote speaker, Pr. Sharon Walker, will introduce our theme  “Meeting Together” following the opening worship on Thursday.

Forum 1: “An isolated Christian is a paralyzed Christian” by Randy Long

Forum 2: “Love one another and serve one another” by Debbie Kloos

Forum 3: “Serve together” by Jared Teany, Wally Lewis, and Ryan Johnson

How can you help?

Volunteers will be needed in several areas:

Transportation: Greet people at the airport, transport them between airport and campus, on-campus transportation between buildings.

Hospitality: Help with evening entertainment, snack table, etc.

Registration/Facilities: Welcome participants, registration and checkout, support throughout the event.

Communications: Be a ‘news reporter’ for events happening at the gathering for social media and newsletter distribution.

Worship: Musicians, Lectors, Preachers, Ushers 


For questions or to volunteer, please contact Brian/Robin Schwarz, co-chairs of the Host Committee at [email protected]

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