Southeastern Synod ELCA

2018 Leadership Convocation

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.  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.

Registration:  Convocation registration is available here.  Once you have logged in, select 2018 Synod Convocation to begin the 6 step registration.  Please be sure to select from the session titled SE Synod Convocation in step 2.  A quick summary of this year's offerings may be found below:

  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $225.00
    • Sunday - Early Arrival - $50.00 (no meals)
    • Monday - Early Arrival - $25.00 (no meals)
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Participant Commuting - October 16-18 - $175.00 (includes meals)
  • 2018 First Call - October 15 - 16
  • 2018 Dean's Retreat - October 15 - 16
  • 2018 Boundary Training - October 18, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 2018 Interim Pastors Gathering - October 18 - $80.00
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Spouse of Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $100.00
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Child/Youth of Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $50.00 
Questions: General questions about the Convocation may be directed to Ms. Carolyn Davis,, 404 589-1977.  For assistance with registration, please contact NovusWay,, 828-209-6302.  A YouTube registration tutorial is also available here.