Southeastern Synod ELCA

2019 ELCA Southeastern Synod Leadership Convocation

August 22, 2019

Click here to see the Convocation Agenda (If this link does not work, simply scroll to the bottom of this page)

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Click HERE for a PDF of the WORKSHOPS

Focusing on the theme "Preaching in Such a Time as This: Kairos, Truth, and Prophetic Gospel," the Southeastern Synod's rostered ministers and lay leaders will hold its 2019 Leadership Convocation, October 15 -17, at Lutheridge, Arden, NC.

Our keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Sam Giere, Wartburg Theological Seminary, will offer a series of presentations during which we will "explore the proclamation of Jesus Christ in such a time as this (Esther 4:14), by discerning 'the times,' considering the relationship of trust and truth, and engaging the prophetic nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

This year's convocation brings changes and opportunities listed below:
  • One-on-one with Bishop Strickland - Four, 30-minute segments are being provided to meet one-on-one with Bishop Kevin Strickland.  (Note: You may also contact Ms. Carolyn Nottingham Davis, or 404-589-1977, extension 235, to schedule a synod office or telephone call appointment with the Bishop.)
  • One-on-one with the Rev. Karen Boda, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life - Four, 30-minute segments are being provided to meet one-on-one with Pastor Boda to discuss MOBILITY. (Note: Beginning September 2019, you may contact her at or 404-589-1977, extension 226, to address mobility, Global Mission and other areas for which she has oversight.)
  • First Call Gathering - The gathering, led by Pastor Michael Jannett, will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Free Time Events - You are welcome to spend your free time on Wednesday afternoon as you please or join one of the organized outings: Hiking with Rossing; Chat and Chill with the Bishop; Groce and Jones Go Golfing.
  • Interim Pastors' Gathering - The gathering, led by Pastor Delmer Chilton, will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  •  Registration - Please contact Ms. Carolyn Nottingham Davis should you have registration questions.

Convocation Agenda

Monday, October 14
1:00 PM                           Dean’s Meeting –Upper Efird
6:00 PM                           Dinner – Dining Hall
7:30 PM                           Worship- Mission Hall
8:30 PM                           Fellowship – Upper Efird
Tuesday, October 15
8:30 AM                           Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-12:00                       Dean’s Meeting Continues & First Call Gathering
10:00-12:00 PM              Individual meeting with Bishop Strickland – Kohnjoy Lounge
                                         Individual meeting with Pastor Boda – Kohnjoy Conference
12:00 PM                         Dean’s luncheon with NovusWay
12:00 PM                         Lunch – Dining Hall

All events in Faith Center unless otherwise indicated; Mission Hall will be open for prayer throughout the event.
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 AM                           Check-in for the Leadership Convocation – Efird Outside
1:30-2:30 PM                  Opening Eucharist
2:30-2:50 PM                  Break
2:50-4:30 PM                  Welcome and Presentation 1: Discerning the Times: Trust me
4:30-4:45 PM                  Break.
4:45-6:00 PM                  Workshops**
6:00-7:00 PM                  Dinner – Dining Hall
7:00-8:15 PM                  Time with the Bishop
8:25-8:50 PM                  Evening Prayer – Mission Hall
8:50 PM                           Reception for outgoing Synod Staff/ Back Porch of Dining Hall       
Wednesday, October 16
7:30 AM                           Morning Prayer – Mission Hall
8:00-8:55 AM                  Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-10:30 AM                Presentation 2: Truth: When 2 +2=4 is Subversive
10:30-10:45 AM              Break
10:45-12:15 AM              Around the Synod Updates
12:15-12:30 PM              Break
12:30 PM                         Lunch – Dining Hall
1:00-6:00 PM                  Free Time
1:00-5:00 PM                  Lutheridge Camp Store open
6:00-7:00 PM                  Dinner – Dining Hall
7:00-8:15 PM                  Workshops**
8:30-9:00 PM                  Evening Prayer – Mission Hall
9:00 PM                           Fellowship – Back porch of Dining Hall
Thursday, October 17
7:30 AM                           Morning Prayer – Mission Hall
8:15-9:00 AM                  Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-9:30 AM                  Check out of rooms
9:30-11:00 AM                Presentation 3: Prophetic Gospel: Who is Christ for today
11:00-11:30 AM              Closing Thoughts
11:30-12:30 PM              Closing Worship
12:30 PM                         Lunch (Dining Hall) and Depart

Thursday, October 17
1:00-3:00 PM                  Interim Ministry Training – Lower Efird