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2022 Convocation Q & A


Q: Has the planning started?
A: Yes. Site research is underway. Planning will kick into higher gear in March or April.

2022 Convocation

2022 LEA Convocation 

October 6–8, 2022 

Wisconsin Center 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


 Theme: Together (Eph. 2:19–22) 

 Eight downtown hotels with rates from $124– $139 

 90 percent of hotel rooms either connected to or across the street from the convention center


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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

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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)