2021 Bishop’s Convocation
Rostered Ministers are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate being together once again.
September 26th & 27th, 2021
White Oak Savanna
4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Cost $175 per person
(The $175 can be paid by online HERE & choosing Bishop’s Convocation from the drop down menu *please note there is a convenience fee or by mailing your payment into the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA,
6401 Odana Rd. Suite 20, Madison, WI 53719)
Register HERE! Deadline for registration is August 29th.
Sunday: Worship & Celebration
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Welcome & Gather
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Celebration of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
8:30 p.m. Bonfire
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Worship & Time with Bishop and Synod Staff
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop (choose one)
“Come Away with Me Awhile” Presenter: Rev. Jean L Leih, MDiv, DMin
Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. Mark 6:31
The intention of this workshop will be to give you space to be alone with God, space for your questions, reflections, prayer, and deepening your awareness of Divine Presence. If you are longing for this kind of soul rest and restoration after the challenges of the past months of ministry, leadership, and personal life, please come. Find your way forward into a renewed and refreshed sense of your call. Jean comes to us with over 30 years of professional ministry as clergy and spiritual director. She was on staff at two churches leading in Spiritual Formation ministry prior to establishing a ministry center, Restoration Ministries, to provide spiritual direction and formational ministries. Her love of God, Christ and Holy Spirit continues to fuel her heart and passion for others.
“Community Teaming and Continuum of Care:
The Role of Religious Leaders in the Care Team & Beyond”
Presenter: Alicia Wolf – MSW, APSW, Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator
In this workshop, Advance Practice Social Worker Alicia Wolf presents strategies for religious leaders to go beyond supportive listening and spiritual consultation in assisting members of their congregation and their community with everyday hardships they are facing. When these hardships are psychosocial, medical, or financial in nature, there are often resources in the community available to help address and alleviate these concerns, but congregants and religious leaders may not know how to access them. Participants will learn strategies for community teaming and becoming a part of their congregants’ “care teams.” Participants will learn questions to ask congregants to identify psychosocial needs and existing supports, as well as key community and healthcare organizations to build relationships with in order to improve access to services. Participants who complete this session will be able to leverage their relationships with their congregants to build trust between them and the community organizations that can provide services they need, ultimately increasing congregant participation in programs to help resolve psychosocial needs. Finally, participants will learn ways they can use these strategies and the talents of members of their own congregations to make an impact beyond their individual congregants to the community at large.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Gathering Activity
Hike at Bethel Horizons (prior sign up needed)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Same Workshop Continues
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closing Worship
Super 8* (Dodgeville)
Best Western* (Dodgeville)
Mineral Point Hotel (Mineral Point)
*Discounted rates are available at Best Western and the Super 8 in Dodgeville. Mention South-Central Synod of Wisconsin at the time of reservation.