The 2020 Bishop’s Convocation will be hosted digitally from the sanctuary at Zion Lutheran in York, over two mornings on Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22, to help alleviate the ZOOM fatigue associated with an all-day videoconference. Combining worship led by Bishop James Dunlop, with keynote presentations, plus time for feedback, and Q&A with presenters and the Bishop, we believe this will be an important continuing education opportunity for rostered ministers and other congregational staff. We are offering this year’s event at NO COST, however do need to ask participants to register, so we can send you the links to join our daily events. Visit: https://www.lss-elca.org/events/2020-bishops-convocation/ to register today.
Participants may opt to register for either one, or both days of programming, scheduled for approximately 9:00 AM -12:00 N, each morning. Specific times will follow, but here is a tentative schedule: Wednesday, October 21: + Worship led by Bishop James Dunlop
+ Opening Greetings with Bishop James Dunlop
+ Dave Daubert & Richard Jorgensen presentation
+ Q&A with Daubert & Jorgensen Thursday, October 22: + Opening Remarks by Bishop James Dunlop
+ Peter Danilchick presentation
+ Q&A with Peter Danilchick, facilitated by Richard Jorgensen
+ Closing Remarks and Q&A with Bishop James Dunlop
Dare Great Things: Key Spiritual Tasks for the Church in the Age of COVID-19
Thursday, October 22 Rev. Protodeacon Peter M. Danilchick, D.H.L. We leaders are called to encourage and to make people aware of the greatness of their own personhood in Christ, especially in difficult times. I will discuss the concepts of kingship, priesthood, and prophesy as these apply to the people of God, whether we are laity or clergy. I’ll then discuss the practical lives of some individuals who have served God and His people throughout the centuries with emphasis on more recent and especially difficult times, lay men and women, deacons, priests, and bishops. I offer up these fairly diverse examples as shining stars for us to contemplate our own vocations and tasks, and those of the people we care for, and to see the light of Christ present in all. I hope these reflections will shed some light on the tasks of the Church during our own age, as illumined by those who have come before.
Protodeacon Peter M Danilchick has served domestic and overseas parishes and missions of the Orthodox Church for forty-five years, and is presently assigned to St Mary Orthodox Church, Falls Church, VA. He is a retired ExxonMobil executive with over three decades of international operations, planning, and management experience, including as President, Exxon China Petroleum & Petrochemical Company, and Vice-President, Planning, ExxonMobil Asia-Pacific Ltd.
His ExxonMobil career was principally focused in the international arena, working in six different countries. At the same time, he worked in the Orthodox Church in these locations, either supporting existing parishes or establishing new missions. He also served on two national church governing boards in the USA and East Asia as well as the board chairman of the International School of Hamburg, Germany.
He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Syracuse University, respectively. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.), honoris causa, from St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
He is the author of “Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians”, published by St Vladimir’s Seminary Press https://www.christianleadership.co
Protodeacon Peter M. Danilchick
Mission & Ministry in a Hybrid Church
Wednesday, October 21 Rev. Dave Daubert & Rev Richard Jorgensen
In the Covid and Post-Covid world the church has discovered and will continue to discover online possibilities for ministry. At the same time on-the-ground ministries continue also. Congregations and leaders will need to explore what it means to “Hybrid Church” which practices both online and onsite ministries as we live into God’s call for our life and mission together. In this workshop, Dave Daubert and Richard Jorgensen will help participants explore how we can faithfully adapt to our changing context and to find ways for us to sustain a path forward into the future.
Dave Daubert is the Lead Consultant for Day 8 Strategies. He has a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies. Dave works with faith-based organizations and with leaders to connect people to God’s work in the world and support revitalization for the sake of God’s mission. He also serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL – a role he shares with his wife Marlene who is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA. The connections between the teaching, coaching and consulting that Dave does and the parish experiences that he lives out bring grounded insights that make his work a unique blend of theory and practice. He has been interviewed on NPR and is the popular author of several books and articles about mission, leadership and the practice of ministry (including Living Lutheran, Reclaiming the ‘V’ Word, Lutheran Trump Cards, and The Invitational Christian). His new book on becoming a hybrid congregation is coming out soon and is being co-written with his friend and colleague Richard Jorgensen. Dave and his wife live in Elgin, IL with their dog Elsa. They are the parents of two grown children and new grandparents.
Richard Jorgensen has been married to the Rev. Dr. Janyce Covner Jorgensen since 1986 and together they have two adult children, Mark an attorney in Boston, MA and Leah who teaches Special Education in Baltimore, Maryland. Richard has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1989, and served 23 years as a parish pastor before being called to serve as the Director for Evangelical Mission in the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA in 2012. Richard has advanced training in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Spiritual Direction, and has served for several years on the ELCA’s Congregational Vitality Team and has helped train Mission Redevelopers and Synod Teams for mission renewal. Richard has a great passion for equipping leaders and congregations to grow in faith and in mission in Christ’s name for the sake of the world. He and Janyce, who serves as Lead Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in York, PA reside in Jacobus, Pennsylvania.