Professional Leaders Conference

The annual NIS Professional Leaders Conference will be held September 16-18, 2019 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, WI, under the theme The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation.

Presenters will be the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and the Rev. Bryan Odeen, Associate Pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage, IA.

About the PLC

The NIS Professional Leaders Conference is the key yearly opportunity for synod 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.

Please bring a copy of the ELW for worship.

Housing Information

On-site housing is very limited and primarily intended for retired leaders, those with restricted mobility or those with responsibilities with PLC that require them to be on-site early and stay late. To inquire about on-site room availability, please contact Nancy Corey at 309-794-4004.

Please reserve your own hotel room.

The hotels below have specially-priced room blocks (for a limited period of time). Indicate that you are with the Northern Illinois Synod Professional Leaders Conference.

Stoney Creek Inn - 940 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL 61036 815-777-2223

Galena Ramada - 11383 Rt 20 W, Galena, IL 61036 815- 777-2043

Free Time

Free time activities will include golfing, biking, hiking the trails and walking the labyrinth at Sinsinawa, and visiting sites in Galena or Dubuque. Sign-up sheets will be available at registration. Please bring your own sporting equipment and favorite games to share.

Registration information

Program and meals (Mon: L D, Tue: B L D, Wed: B L) $140 per person (add $25 after 9/5)

Single-Day Registration (program and meals) $100 per person (add $25 after 9/5)

½ price for retired leaders & seminarians

A reminder that scholarship assistance is available through the Rostered Leaders Continuing Education/ Sabbatical Fund. Visit

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

Refunds are not available after 9/10 All meals are included.

Sorry, no provision can be made for special dietary needs.

Send registration with payment and direct questions to: checks payable to Northern Illinois Synod

Nancy Corey, Registrar
Augustana College - Sorensen Hall
Rock Island, IL 61201



Monday, September 16

10:45 am Worship

12:00 pm Noon Meal

1:00-2:30 pm Presentation

2:30-5:45 pm Free Time

5:45 pm Supper

7:00-8:30 pm Presentation or activity

Vespers following presentation

Tuesday, September 17

8:10 am Breakfast

9:00-10:45 am Presentation

10:45 am Worship

12:00 pm Noon Meal

1:00-2:30 pm Time with the Bishop

2:30-5:45 pm Free Time

5:45 pm Supper

7:00-8:30 pm Presentation

Vespers following presentation

Wednesday, September 18

8:10 am Breakfast

9:00-10:15 am Presentation

10:30 am Worship

12:00 pm Noon Meal and Depart

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

breadPreview the bread options before you go - so you'll be ready to order when you get there.

  • Cinnamon Bread
  • Zucchini Bread (w/nuts)
  • Caramel Rolls (12 pk)
  • Dinner Rolls (12 pk)
  • Sin-A-Mound (1lb. cinnamon roll)
  • 8-Grain Bread
  • Rye Bread
  • Wild Rice Artisan Bread
  • Raisin Bread
  • White Bread
  • Health Bread (dairy free)
  • Honey Whole Wheat Bread
  • Fruit Cake 1#

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


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