Pacifica Synod
Theoasis 2018

'Preaching with Authenticity, Leading with Integrity'


Monday, October 22, 2018 to Thursday, October 25, 2018
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 10/15/2018 5:00 PM EST

Early bird registration (a $25 savings) ends 9/21/18.


THEOASIS - Theological Oasis for Church Professional Leaders

A joint church leaders' event for rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders... ALL are welcome!



'Preaching with Authenticity, Leading with Integrity'


The Rev. Prof. Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Ph.D.

Professor of Systematic Theology

MA, Fuller Theological Seminary

Med, University of Jyvaskyla, Finand

DrTheol, University of Helsinki

DrTheol, Habil, University of Helsinki


The Rev. Sarah Ciavarri

MDiv, Luther Seminary

Ordained ELCA Pastor

Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator



  • Monday, October 22 - Registration opens at 2:00 p.m., with Theoasis programming beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites.
  • Thursday, October 25 - TheOasis ends at 11:00 a.m., following closing worship.


Program Fees
Rostered Leaders/Lay Staff/Ministry Partners:
$205 Early Discount/$230 Full Price

Retired Rostered/Interns/Candidates/Non-Rostered Spouse:
$140 Early Discount/$165 Full Price


Early Registration Discount of $25 available until September 21.
Please note: Spouses who attend must register and pay the program fees to receive event meals and participate in general sessions.


A limited number of registration scholarships are available, up to $100 maximum. Participants must register online by September 10 and choose the scholarship option, completing additional questions. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email by September 14.


Hotel Information

Theoasis takes place at Embassy Suites in Palm Desert (please note the location change from the previous few years), located at 74-700 Highway 111, Palm Desert. Hotel reservation must be made directly with the hotel. A discounted rate of $114 (plus taxes) per night is available through September 20, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. You may reserve a room online at this rate by following this link or reserve by phone, using Group Code PPL, by calling 760.340.6600.


Golf Tournament
A golf tournament will be held the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23 at Palm Desert Country Club (77-200 California Drive, Palm Desert). The cost is $75 per person. To register for the golf tournament, please select the Golf Tournament option found on the Theoasis registration page.


For a detailed agenda and more information, please visit our event website at




Safe Boundaries Workshop

On Monday, October 22, a Safe Boundaries Workshop will be held from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert (45-900 Portola Avenue). The cost is $30 and includes lunch. To attend this workshop, please select the Safe Boundaries option found on the Theoasis registration page.


*As a reminder - All rostered leaders in the Pacifica Synod are encouraged to keep their Safe Boundaries Training current. Please make sure to attend a training workshop every 3 years.


'Tending the Longing: Discernment of Call' Retreat

On Thursday, October 25 through Friday, October 26, following the Theoasis event, a retreat for those discerning their call will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palm Desert. Whether you are in your ministry discernment (i.e. candidacy, exploring a new call withing your context, exploring a change in call, retirement, struggling with burnout, considering a sabbatical) this retreat is a time set aside to ask honest, open questions and explore where God might be leading you next.


Follow this link to access the retreat event/registration page. Please note that you must register separately for this event, even if you are attending Theoasis.






Embassy Suites, Palm Desert
74-700 Highway 111

Palm Desert, CA 92260

Click here for directions

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About Us

Theoasis is a joint partnership of the Pacifica and Southwest California Synods, ELCA

For registration questions, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.692.2791, ext. 732.