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I Love To Tell The Story…

Of Jesus and His Love.

I Love To Tell The Story…

About Our Assembly

Sunday, June 12th to Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

I love to tell the story…

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation…

Of Jesus and his love.

God’s loving pursuit of us is a gigantic story; one we all share. Jesus was a storyteller. Stories inspire us, challenge us, motivate us.

Everything we do at the 2022 South Carolina Synod Assembly – even our lineup of required reports – will be centered in story.

We have two goals for this assembly. To gift you with tools to better identify your individual faith story and your congregation’s impact story. Secondly, to empower, equip, and energize you to tell them.

To reach this goal, we have invited two lively and talented storytellers to help us restructure and lead our assembly this year. Deacon Mitzie Schafer, our keynote, will teach us to identify and share our stories intentionally and effectively. For the first time ever, we have a 2022 Assembly Storyteller – Pastor Mary Canniff-Kuhn who will inspire and challenge us through her gift of storytelling. In addition, we are making noticeable changes to the way we organize assembly and share information. We will say more about this in the near future.

Location: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Price: Registration is $150. Early bird registration will be discounted to $135 and open in March.
We are returning to our pre-Covid pricing for assembly this year and celebrate being able to gather in person once again.

Guests, Leaders, & Speakers

We give thanks to these wonderful guests, leaders, and speakers. More will be listed soon.

Deacon Mitzie Schafer

Keynote Speaker

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a Deacon in the ELCA called by the South Carolina Synod as a full-time consultant with GSB Fundraising helping nonprofits and churches tell their story in ways that increase engagement. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) specializing in strategic planning, annual fund, planned giving, and CAGA Model Storytelling training and coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit executive leadership and fund-raising for organizations including Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC, the ELCA Foundation, and NovusWay.

One of her specialties is helping non-profit organizations implement systematic, best practice approaches that shift toxic institutional cultures to healthy, thriving ministries. The focus is on transparency, human resource management, communication, and accountability. She utilizes these strategies to strengthen relationships among staff, the board, and constituents. Healthy organizations raise more money.

She also specializes in growing passion, engagement, and giving to non-profits. In her first 3 years at Epworth, she implemented a system she designed and titled “CAGA Storytelling.” The annual fund grew from $1.4 million to $2.6 million. At NovusWay, using the same system, she grew giving 68% over 12 months. In her last two years at the ELCA Foundation, she helped congregation members take the necessary steps to create charitable estate plans that will gift more than $24 million to churches, church-related non-profits, and other charities.

She served a term on the SC Synod Council and has served on the Bishop’s Mutual Ministry Committee for 10 years. Mitzie is an avid quilter, writing her own patterns in Prosperity, SC where she lives with her husband, Pastor Jason, and two high school-aged children, Ella and Micah.

The Rev. Mary Kaniff-Kuhn

Assembly Storyteller

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We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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