Each fall, rostered ministers gather together for the Bishop’s Theological Conference at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd.

With time for worship, theological reflection, deep conversation, rest, golf, canoeing, and friendship,  there is something for everyone. The synod’s rostered ministers make this event a priority every year and leave feeling better equipped for ministry in their contexts.

Join us next year:

2020 Bishop’s Theological Conference
September 27-29, 2020
Cragun’s, Brainerd

Previous Themes

Held September 22-24, the 2013 Bishop’s Theological Conference was titled, “Practice Discipleship!” and featured key speakers Terri Elton, Jeremy Myers, Rozella White, and Hans Wiersma.
The 2014 conference, held September 14-16, was titled, “A New Pentecost: Becoming a Culturally Competent Leader.” Attendees heard from Dr. Eric Barreto, Jessica Vazquez Torres, and Rev. Kelly Chatman.
The 2015 Bishop’s Theological Conference, Faith and Public Voice, was held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, September 27-29. Speakers included the Rev. Barbara Lundblad, the Rev. Peter Rogness, and Ms. Judith Roberts. Rostered leaders gathered around tables to discuss the role of clergy in the public square.
Held September 25-27, the 2016 Conference was titled, “Real Presence: With our neighbors, in our neighborhoods.” Rostered ministers left feeling inspired and equipped with practical resources for leading people intotheir neighborhoods, work places, gyms, daycare centers, and schools. Speakers included Rev. Kris Capel, Rev. Meta Carlson, Rev. Chaplain Nancy Carlson, Rev. Kelly Chatman, and Rev. Rob Moss.

Gathered under the theme, “Your Next Bold Step: Faithful Leadership for a Time Such as This,” rostered ministers enjoyed presentations by Rev. Heidi Neumark and had table discussions with colleagues.

Former Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson presented on “Serving the Gospel for Such a Time as This.”

The 2019 Bishop’s Theological Conference was titled, “Does Scripture Matter? Engaging the Bible in the 21st Century.” The speakers were Dr. Michael Chan, Rev. Babette Chatman, Rev. Tania Haber, and Rev. Martha Schwehn Bardwell.