MNO Synod Convention 2021

Begins Friday, April 23 (5:45). Ends Saturday, April 24 (6:00 p.m.)

The Convention will be live-streamed on the MNO Synod Facebook page for non-voting guests.

Resources for Voting Delegates


watch this space for agenda information

Saturday Learning and Formation–OPEN TO ALL


Register for this Zoom Meeting

We are pleased to welcome Professor Andrew Root from Luther Seminary to lead us in a time of learning and formation on Saturday, April 24 from 8:45-11:00.  This session will be open to ALL (not just voting delegates) and will require registration to receive the Zoom link.  

Those who are already registered for the convention as voting delegates will need to register separately for this session.



Presentation Information: The Congregation in a Secular Age

Congregation life isn’t easy task in our time.  Institutions are weaker, budgets are in decline, people are uninterested, and commitment is wavering.  But these are only symptoms of a bigger issue.  This presentation will seek to peer beneath the symptoms and explore why many congregations find themselves in an identity crisis.  The presentation examines what living in a secular age does to congregational identity and how pastors and lay leaders can find new footing within it.

Speaker Information

Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations.  His most recent books are The Congregation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2021), The End of Youth Ministry? (Baker, 2020), The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).


We are pleased to invite young voices to be part of the shared conversation at Convention.  Watch this space for information specifically for youth delegates (age 16-25).