Convocation Announcements



Convocation Q & A

Q: What are the slides above?
A: 2016 c
onvocation memories photographs by Nathan Harrmann.

Q: What was the 2016 convocation like?
A: See the 2016 Convocation Recap Video

Q: How did participants rate the Convocation experience?
A: 87 percent of survey respondents rated it good to excellent.

Why did you choose St. Louis?

A: They were lonely because the city hasn’t hosted an LEA Convocation since 1987.

Q: Really?
A: Actually, St. Louis was a good choice because of its central location—good for transportation of all types. St. Louis also offered high value for the costs—good for keeping your costs down.

Q: How much will it cost?
A: Costs for most of the hotels have been locked in at $139.00 per room per night. Registration costs will be established later.

Q: Will you once again offer the Convocation Deposit Option to help us spread costs and protect funding?
A: Yes! It was popular during the 2016 run. More information here.

Q: When will registration open?
A: Registration is scheduled to open in spring of 2019.

Q: Can I reserve hotel rooms now?
A: No. Hotel room reservations will be available when registration opens--and only through the LEA site.

Q: How will you update convocation information?
A: Weekly issues of LEAnews and the convocation website will provide the most comprehensive information. LEA’s Facebook page and Twitter #2019 will offer abbreviated versions.

Q: How can I connect with others during the convocation?
A: Watch program announcements for social media opportunities. In the meantime, here are some tips helpful for all conferences.

Q: When will the Call for Proposals be released?
A: December 1, 2017

Q: Will this Q & A expand, or is this it?
A: It will grow. Check regularly for updates.

Q: How can I start saving now for the convocation?
A: Go to the Maximize Your Savings membership/convocation plan.

Q: How can I start saving now for the convocation?
A: Okay, so I guess you want more. See the 2019 Convocation Budget Guide!

Q: I heard LEA will have a tailor available at the convocation...
A. We don't expect any alterations but an LEA favorite is returning to the entertainment portion of Opening Eyes, Minds, and Hearts—the 2019 LEA convocation in St. Louis. Taylor Mason and his friends return for an evening filled with laughs. 


Convocation Theme

Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts

Scriptural foundations

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. (Rom. 5:5–8 MSG).

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Col. 3:2 ESV)

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. (2 Cor. 10:5–6 MSG).

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8 ESV).

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Phil. 4:6–8 NLT).

The earth and everything on it

    belong to the Lord.
    The world and its people
    belong to him.
The Lord placed it all
    on the oceans and rivers. (Ps. 24:1 CEV)

Open my eyes to see

    the wonderful truths in your instructions. (Ps. 119:18 NLT).

My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. (1 John 4:1 MSG).

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” (Matt. 28:5–7 ESV).

All of you

    have stubborn hearts.
Your ears are stopped up,
    and your eyes are covered.
You cannot see or hear
    or understand.
If you could,
you would turn to me,
    and I would heal you.’” (Acts 28:27 CEV)

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezek. 36:26 ESV).

Convocation 2019

October 10-12


St. Louis, Missouri

Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts is the theme for Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Convocation, October 10–12 at the St. Louis Americas Center in St. Louis, Mo.

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

The convocation theme is inspired by the text of Herbert Brokering’s Easter hymn, “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen” (LSB 474), where phrases such as “telling the story,” “opening eyes,” “constant surprise,” “gift of the future,” and “walking the way” dominate inspirational thought.

Lutheran school educators are in the business of opening minds, both to the wonders, intricacies, blessings, and perils of all that science, social studies, mathematics, the arts, and religious studies have to offer. They must wrap all of these in a scripturally supported and Christian worldview. While secular-based education often closes minds to Scripture and Spirit-given faith, Lutheran school educators must open minds to the truth. They students and teachers alike must learn how to express their faith and knowledge in what they say, think, and do—all to the glory of God.

Registration fees will be announced later, and schools are invited to set aside funding through the Convocation Deposit Option plan. Hotel rates at six nearby hotels are locked in at $139.00 per room per night and one hotel at $155.00 per room per night.

Grow a Teacher continues.

LEA launched the Grow a Teacher initiative prior to the 2016 convocation. Grow a Teacher continues toward the 2019 convocation! Grow a Teacher has the goal of providing registration and pre-convocation programming for 100 senior, junior, or sophomore students in Lutheran teacher programs at Concordia University System schools and Valparaiso University. A select task force of students from Concordia University, Nebraska will serve as the convocation’s Grow a Teacher planning team. Watch for special opportunities to support the teachers of our future.


Convocation Steering Committee

10/06/17  LEA announces members of the 2019 LEA Convocation steering committee:

  • Roger Sprengel (Belleville, Ill.)
  • Erin Rodgers (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Denise Rice (Des Peres, Mo.)
  • Paul Piel (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
  • Al Loesel (St. Charles, Mo.)
  • Alan Freeman (St. Charles, Mo.)
  • Kurt Bickel (co-producer)
  • Leah Abel (co-producer)
  • Kathy Slupik (staff)
  • Jonathan Laabs (staff)
  • Ed Grube (staff)