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2019 Convocation



2019 Convocation Q & A


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


Q: What was the 2016 convocation like?

A: See the 2016 Convocation Recap Video

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

Q: 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: When will registration open?
A: It's open right now.

Q: Can I reserve hotel rooms now?
A: Yes. All hotel room reservations are made via the registration site at the time you register.

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: Why didn't I get a confirmation after I registered?
A: You didn't recite the Six Chief Parts correctly.

Q: Not that Confirmation!
A: Oh... the confirmation is sent after payment is made.

Q: How can I connect with others during the convocation?
A: Watch program announcements for social media opportunities. 


Q: When I'm not convocationing, is there anything to do?
A: Explore St. Louis.

Q: How close are the hotels and the America's Center convention center?
A: See for yourself.

Q: Since the convocation hotels do not provide direct airport shuttles, how to get from the St. Louis Lambert airport—Lambert to the convention center area hotels. 
A: This should help. LATE BREAKING NEWS:  Airport Best Shuttle is no longer operating.

Q: I'm driving locally. Where can I park?

A: Check it out with this parking map.


Q: What role do Scripture and faith play in the program?
 The convocation begins and ends with prayer and praise. Keynoters and sectional presenters were encouraged to emphasize Christian biblical worldview.

Q: By the way, who are the keynoters?
Keynoters include Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries and author Sally Lloyd-Jones.

Q: What about fellowship and entertainment?

A: Two delicious banquets with fun from Taylor Mason and Harris III--and even more!

Q: Sounds like a lot of sitting...
A: Indeed, butt  consider t
wo fitness features for your health: Wake Up & Move—a group walk or run along the St. Louis Riverfront Friday and Saturday organized by Concordia Plans. (Bring a life jacket if you're clumsy.) If movin’ and groovin’ are your thing, you’ll have Jazzercise in the America’s Center, led by certified teachers also on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Q: Where can I see a detailed schedule of all program elements?
Right here!

Q: Who are the characters below?
A: Click on them to meet Eyes, Mind, & Heart.

Q: What do they do?
A: See them in "What's in Your Suitcase." 

Q: Is there a sequel?
A: Funny you should ask. See them in "The Countdown is On."

Q: Are any restaurants in walking distance of the convention center?
A: Yes. You're sure to smell one if you wander around.
Q: I don't want to wander!!!
A: Sorry. Check this out.


2022 Convocation

Watch this space for information
on the 2022 convocation...
... as it develops.


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Convocation Theme

Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts

Scriptural connections

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).

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 
but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread 
(Luke 24:28-35 ESV).

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints, 
do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
(Eph. 1:15-19 ESV).

LEA Convocation History

Artistry in Teaching
April 5-7, 1984
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Ind. 

The Master’s Touch
March 19-21, 1987
Adam’s Mark Hotel
St. Louis, Mo

Apples & Alleluias
April 5-7, 1990
Pheasant Run
St. Charles (Chicago), Ill. 

Touching Lives…Yesterday, Today & Forever
LEA 50th Anniversary Celebration
March 25-27, 1993
MECCA Center
Milwaukee, Wis.

The Carpenter’s Tools
May 2-4, 1996
Cobo Hall & Cobo Arena
Detroit, Mich.

Divine Design
March 25-27, 1999
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Ind.

With Jesus I Reign
April 18-20, 2002
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minn.

Redeemed, Revived, Ready
April 7-9, 2005
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Ind. 

Fountains of Faith and Knowledge
April 24-26, 2008
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minn.

Crossing Over
March 24-26, 2011
Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Rise and Shine
October 24-26, 2013
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wis.

LEA 75th Anniversary Celebration
October 13-15, 2016
DeVos PlaceGrand Rapids, Mich.

Eyes, Minds, and Heart
October 10-12, 2019
America’s Center
St. Louis, Mo.

Convocation 2019

See the Convocation Recap Video

October 10-12


St. Louis, Missouri

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

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

The convocation theme was 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. 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.

Grow a Teacher continues 

LEA launched the Grow a Teacher initiative prior to the 2016 convocation. Grow a Teacher continued through the 2019 convocation and continues to be a vital initiative for the 2022 event! 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. Watch for special opportunities to support the teachers of our future.


Convocation Steering Committee

LEA thanks 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)