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eyes minds and heartsCome to the Convo!

Meet Us in St. Louis!

Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts is the theme for Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Convocation, October 10–12 at the St. Louis America's Center in St. Louis, Mo. Eyes, Minds, and Hearts is even more than a theme, though. It’s real people like you. We’ve even arranged to personify Eyes, Minds, and Hearts. You’ll meet them regularly before and during the convocation. They are played by Leon Jameson, Rahema Kabugha, and Sarah Salzberg, directed by Brian Fruits in vignettes written by Andy Pederson.

This 13th triennial convocation provides professional growth, worship, and fellowship opportunities designed for educators in Lutheran schools and other educational agencies at all levels.

A Progress Report

Technology will enhance your convocation experience. Paul Piel leads the initiatives to connect with you prior to and during the event. Be sure to see his article in this issue about using the convocation app. In addition, we will have monitors throughout the convention hall to deliver timely information. Internet access and charging stations will be available. Visual productions will be provided by Phil Grimpo and Inspirmedia.

Social media continues to keep you informed via Facebook. We hope to expand into Twitter and Instagram beginning in August.

Sectionals and workshops remain the primary reason that members attend the convocation. Roger Sprengel reports, “More than 200 sectional workshops have been selected and placed into six dedicated time slots on Thursday and Friday during the convocation. These sectional workshops are representative of early childhood through secondary education and cover myriad topics from faith development, curricular subject areas, administration, and more. In addition, a special sectional time slot has been prepared for Saturday morning with seven featured speakers presenting on timely topics for all educators in Lutheran schools.”

Plenary events include two worship events, two banquets, and two keynotes. Al Loesel and Leah Abel with Kurt Bickel lead a team in worship and whole-event planning. Matt Popovits provides up-front leadership in devotional and worship events. Banquet entertainment includes illusionist Harris III and puppet master Taylor Mason. Keynoters are Jeff Myers from Summit Ministries and author Sally Lloyd-Jones.

Exhibit hall displays are also among participant favorites. About 150 exhibitors have signed on to display products and services potentially useful to Lutheran schools. Erin Rodgers is the planning team leader for the exhibit hall.

Convocation hospitality gets a big boost from Denise Rice’s leadership and creativity. Hospitality is all around, and you’re sure to enjoy its products throughout your experience.

Volunteers continue to play a huge role in the smooth operation of the convocation. Alan Freeman is the point person. Like hospitality, volunteers—trained for their tasks—will be apparent through the convocation.

Grow a Teacher planning comes from future Lutheran educators at Concordia University, Nebraska, with leadership provided by Dr. Lorinda Sankey. The program begins with a social and devotional get together on the Wednesday evening preceding the convocation and continues with Thursday morning keynote and panels. Then it’s on to lunch with retired educators and potential mentors through the efforts of LEA’s EncourAGEnet network before participating in all the regular convocation events.

Retired educators of EncourAGEnet also meet pre convocation on Thursday morning, where they will hear “Lutheran Schools: Making Disciples for Life” by LCMS Director of Schools, Dr. Becky Schmidt. Following some time for discussion and greetings, they will have lunch with the Grow a Teacher students.

Global symposium makes another appearance at the pre-convocation events. Join Lutheran education colleagues from around the world on Wednesday morning for a day of exploration, education, and inspiration as we consider the many models, challenges, and opportunities for Christian education in a Lutheran context available in today’s diverse and changing global settings.

Planning began nearly three years ago under the guidance and direction of convocation producers Leah Abel and Kurt Bickel. As you might expect, LEA staff are heavily involved in the production.


The number of sectionals makes for an intense registration process. We’ve addressed that challenge by providing downloadable resources that include:

Register soon to get your first choice of sectionals and hotel rooms. Call if you need help. We’re at 708-209-3343 or lea@lea.org. Watch LEAnews issues, your network weeklies, and the LEA website for regular updates and highlights.

Ed Grube is LEA’s Director of Publications and Communications.