PLC 2015

September 21-23, 2015

Still Faithful, Still Changing, Still Courageous, and Still Relevant:
The Message of Jesus In These Times

Presiding Bishop Emeritus, Mark Hanson

In Bishop Hanson’s second year (2002) as Presiding Bishop, he wrote the book Faithful yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times, in which he invited congregations, pastors, and lay leaders into a “‘holy conversation’ to envision the future of the church and its mission.” In 2005, he wrote the book Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times, in which he called us “to live out a courageous faith for the sake of the church and the world.” Bishop Hanson comes to us to talk about how we can be faithful and relevant in a church whose message is timeless, but whose voice is often unheard by those who need to hear it the most.

The NIS Professional Leaders Conference is the key yearly opportunity for leaders to experience collegiality and connect with what is going on in our Synod. All NIS professional leaders (rostered leaders, seminary students, and paid professional congregational leaders) and their spouses are encouraged to come and share in this opportunity.

Registration Information

Download a registration brochure

Registration is not complete until payment is received. If registering online, please send check ASAP.

Refunds are not available after 9/15.

Bring a copy of the ELW for worship.

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Tentative Schedule

Monday, September 21

9:00-10:45 am Registration
10:45 am Worship
12:00 noon meal (Bishop dines with leaders new to the Synod)
1:00-2:30 pm Presentation
2:30-5:45 pm Free time
5:45 pm Supper
7:00-8:30 pm Presentation
Vespers following presentation

Tuesday, September 22

8:10 am Breakfast
9:00-10:45 am Presentation
10:45 Worship
12:00 noon meal (Bishop dines with retired leaders)
1:00-2:30 pm Time with Bishop Wollersheim
2:30-3:20 pm Spouse Gathering
2:30-5:45 pm Free time
5:45 pm Supper
7:00-8:30 pm Presentation
Vespers following presentation

Wednesday, September 23

8:10 am Breakfast
9:00-10:15 am Presentation
10:30 am Worship
12:00 noon meal & depart (Bishop dines with spouses)

Sinsinawa Mound Center

Sinsinawa Mound offers retreats, conferences, and workshops as well as opportunities for private and directed retreats, relaxation, rest, and renewal in a comfortable rural setting. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We invite you to a place where the atmosphere is ideal for thinking, creating, planning, and playing.

Sinsinawa’s Guest Services staff, in the tradition of Dominican hospitality, is committed to serving the needs of all who come to the Mound to study, pray, work, or visit. Amenities include the following:

  • 750-seat, air-conditioned auditorium
  • Meeting rooms and lounges, to accommodate 4 to 400
  • Private bedrooms
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Library
  • Chapel
  • Bookshop
  • Art Gallery
  • Outdoor and indoor labyrinths
  • Walking trails

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Find out more about Sinsinawa by visiting their YouTube channel.

Sinsinawa Mound Center
585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701
Phone 608-748-4411

Mark Hanson

The Reverend Mark S. Hanson, Bishop Emeritus of the ELCA, served as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA from 2001-2013. Prior to being elected to the position of Presiding Bishop at the 2001 Churchwide Assembly, he served as Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod and as a parish pastor.

He is a graduate of Augsburg College with a B. A. in Sociology; of Union Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree; he attended Luther Seminary and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.

From 2003 until 2010, he was president of the Lutheran World Federation, a position he held concurrently with his position as presiding bishop of the ELCA. Serving with this global communion of Lutheran churches, Bishop Hanson has traveled widely throughout the world, sharing a confident hope in God’s promises and a vision of the joyful freedom in Christian community and mission.

Hanson is widely known as a leader with an evangelical passion and imagination who embraces the Christian tradition, the Christian community, and the world with both generous goodwill and thoughtful insight. He has been an articulate advocate for the renewal of the church’s preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with attention especially to those who live with poverty and discrimination.

He is the recipient of many honorary degrees and the author of Faithful Yet Changing, the Church in Challenging Times and Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times both from Augsburg Fortress, Publishers.

bio picGlenn Hecox

Minister for Worship Life, Lead Team, Abiding Hope Church, Littleton, CO

With almost thirty-five years of experience in ministry, Glenn’s journey of serving the Church has proven to one of enduring service, growth and opportunity. Glenn received his Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Redlands where he studied organ with Dr. Samuel Swartz and composition with Dr. Barney Childs. After a number of years spent as a teacher and conductor in Los Angeles, Glenn moved to Colorado to earn his Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied conducting with Dr. Joan Conlon and Dr. Lawrence Kaptein and organ with Dr. Elizabeth Farr. Glenn is currently celebrating twenty years of service at Abiding Hope where he serves as part of the Lead Team. Glenn is passionate about worship life, but more specifically, driven to inspire others to lead lives of worship, which is to say, seeking to bring glory to God by fully living the lives to which God has called us, whether it be in a church community or out in the mission field. Glenn works tirelessly at creating innovative and relevant worship opportunities that both engages the worshiping community and motivates them to move in mission. In addition to composing and arranging worship music, Glenn regularly writes liturgy in a language that can be understood and applied in our daily lives. Though Glenn’s foundation is rooted in a rich, traditional training, he maintains a deep passion for exploring new possibilities which may potentially enrich an ever-changing worship landscape. Glenn resides in Littleton with his wife, Lisa, and daughters, Brooke and Ainsley.

Looking Ahead:

eric h f lawPLC 2016 – September 26-28 – with Rev. Eric Law

Eric H. F. Law, an Episcopalian priest, is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities. For more than 20 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World.

Previous Professional Leaders Conferences

2015 – Still Faithful, Still Changing, Still Courageous, and Still Relevant:
The Message of Jesus In These Times

  • Presiding Bishop Emeritus Mark Hanson

2014 – Church Together

  • Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
  • Audrey West
  • Roy Carroll

2013 – Communicating the Faith in the Digital Age

  • Rev. Dr. David Lose

2012 – The God of the Old Testament in Relationship

  • Rev. Dr. Terrence Fretheim

2011 – Something Old, Something New: Preaching and Worship in a Time of Restless Change

  • Dr Thomas Long

2010 – That They May Have Life – Forming Communities of Abundant Life

  • Susan Briehl
  • Marty Haugen

2009 – Congregational Mission and Evangelism

  • Richard Bliese
  • David Cherwien

2008 – Proclamation in the Time of Change

  • Craig Satterlee
  • Larry Peterson

2007 – The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in Revelation

  • Barbara Rossing
  • Bread for the Journey

2006 – Vital Worship in the 21st Century

  • Robert A Rimbo
  • Lorraine Brugh

2005 – The Continuing Reformation: Spirituality for Leaders

  • Matthew Fox
  • Tom Witt & Mary Preus

2004 –  Gospel Bearers and Cultural Barriers

  • Rev. Dr. Wyvetta Bullock

2003 – Leadership Health for a Shepherding Heart

  • The Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke, Tom Witt, & Mary Preus

2002 – Healing the Soul: A Faith Perspective

  • The Rev. Dr. Bob Albers

2001 – A Grace Oddysey

  • Rev. Dr. David L. Miller, Rev. Dr. Bradley Hanson, & Jim Post

2000 – Jesus: Old Quest, New Answers

  • Dr. Ben Witherington III, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, & Paul Todd

1999 – The Gospel in Violent Times

  • Dr. Gil Bailie & Rev. Dr. Stephen Ganzkow-Wold