July 3, 2018
The 2018 ELCA Southeastern Synod Leadership Convocation will be held October 16 - 18, 2018 at Lutheridge, Arden, NC. Rostered ministers and lay leaders are encouraged to attend.
Keynote Speaker: This year we welcome the Rev. Michael L. Burk, Bishop, Southeastern Iowa Synod, as our Keynote Speaker. Rooted in the gathering of God’s people around the means of grace, we will explore what it means to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in a persistently changing landscape. Informed by scripture, grounded in the sacraments, and reflected in the decisions that we make, the gospel is a much-needed balm for the world’s “sin-sick soul,” and is the singular priority of the church of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Burk is a graduate of Wartburg College (BA), Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Iowa (MA and Ph.D.). In 2001, Dr. Burk was named the “Albert E. Stone Distinguished Alumnus in American Studies” by the University of Iowa.
Prior to his election in 2008, Bishop Burk served as the ELCA Executive for Worship and Liturgical Resources. He was granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Wartburg Theological Seminary in recognition of his evangelical leadership, reflected in the development of the worship resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and in his continuing ministry on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Bishop Burk contributes to the ELCA’s advocacy efforts on matters related to hunger and poverty and he has served as the Vice Chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops.
Ordained in 1987, Bishop Burk served as pastor to congregations in Iowa until moving to Chicago to take up his work on behalf of the ELCA Churchwide Organization. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and an at-large member of the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT). He currently serves on the boards of Lutheran Services in Iowa, Grand View University, Luther College, and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.