Bishop’s Theological Conference

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2017 Bishop’s Theological Conference
October 8-10, 2017

Your Next Bold Step:
Faithful Leadership for a Time Such as This

The Christian story is about people on the move — outgrowing old systems and walking toward more redemptive ways of life.

Following the way of Jesus, we are drawn into powerful new discoveries that shape what church might be and how we lead. Pastor Brian McLaren says we’re migrating from organized church to organizing church.

We find ourselves in different places as we journey. Bishop’s Theological Conference is a time for us to plant our feet more deeply in the life of Christ and find the footing we need to take the next bold step.

Keynote speaker Rev. Heidi Neumark and local leaders will be our guides. Come and:

  • Allow scripture and stories to challenge your ideas about church
  • Wrestle with what bold deeds look like in your context
  • Learn skills and strategies from community organizing to strengthen your work
  • Find intentional rest, laughter, and fellowship

Please contact Jeni Huff, with questions about this event.

Sunday, October 8

4:00 pm          Arrival and Check-In, Main Lobby

5:30 pm          Supper, Dining Room

6:15 pm          Welcome – with Announcements, Dining Room

7:00 pm          Evening Worship, Lakeshore 3 & 4

                          Bishop Ann Svennungsen, preaching

8:15-10 pm    Hospitality Hour, Pool Area

Monday, October 9

7:30 am          Breakfast, Dining Room

8:30 am          Morning Worship with Holy Communion, Lakeshore 3 & 4

                            Rev. Heidi Neumark, preaching

9:30 am          Break with snacks and coffee

10:00 am        Plenary 1, Lakeshore 1 & 2

11:00 am        Affinity Groups, Lakeshore 1, 2, 3, & 4

12:15 pm        Lunch, Dining Room

1-5:30 pm      Free Time      

Information about canoeing, golf, biking, fishing, and other activities is at the front desk.  Nominal fee for some activities.

4:00 pm          Optional Workshops (2), Lakeshore 1, 2, 3, & 4

  • 1:1 Training
  • Mission InSite Overview

5:30 pm          Supper, Dining Room

6:30 pm          The Bishop’s Hour, Lakeshore 1 & 2                                   

7:45 pm          Social Time, Hospitality Suite, Room 371

Tuesday, October 10

7:30 am          Breakfast, Dining Room

8:30 am          Plenary 2, Lakeshore 1 & 2

9:30 am          Break with snacks and coffee

9:45 am          Affinity Groups, Lakeshore 1, 2, 3, & 4

11:45 am         Final announcements, closing prayer, and benediction, Lakeshore 1 & 2

Download the full agenda as a PDF

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.

Participants Shared About the 2015 Conference:

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.