Mission Convocation

August 7 & 8, 2020

Friday, August 7

Saturday, August 8

Lutheran Week 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NALC will be hosting our first ever Virtual Mission Convocation. Join us virtually to hear from Bishop Dan Selbo on the 2020 Vision, participate in elections and voting, and hear updates from across the NALC.

Friday, August 7, 6-9 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 8, 2-6 p.m. ET
Cost: $25 (voting delegates), $0 (visitors)

It is easier than ever to attend the NALC Mission Convocation. With no need to travel, and minimal registration costs, we encourage all pastors and delegates to attend. Invite members of your congregation to join in as well! We’re hoping to have more participants than ever before.

Bishop John’s Invitation to Lutheran Week

Lutheran Week Guide

Want to see what’s happening this year at Lutheran Week 2019? Follow along, learn about the sessions, or read the reports in this year’s guide!

Getting Ready for the 2020 Mission Convocation

Preparation

1. Register

We encourage all attendees to register. Registration will close on Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. ET.

2. Discussion Forums

Leading up to the Mission Convocation, NALC leaders have hosted virtual discussion forums. These forums were an opportunity for delegates to ask questions prior to the Mission Convocation. The forums were on the following topics: Proposed Rules of Procedure & Agenda, Report of the Treasurer & Proposed 2021 Budget and Proposed Constitutional Amendments.

3. Technology Requirements

The Mission Convocation will be live through GoToWebinar. To participate, you will need a computer or tablet with an internet connection and microphone (in order to participate in discussion). You will not need access to a webcam.

4. Supplemental Materials

Updates from across the NALC are available for you to view prior to the Mission Convocation.

How to Participate

Joining the Webinar

Click on the button in the email you received from NALC Communications that reads “Join the [Friday or Saturday] session.” It will open a page that requests your name and email address. Then it may ask you to download “GoToOpener.” Allow your device to download the app. After downloading the app, you will automatically enter the webinar.

If you ever need to log out of the webinar, you can rejoin by clicking on the “Join the [Friday or Saturday] session” button in your email.

Voting

In order to participate in voting, delegates will need their Delegate Voting ID and access to a web browser. You can find your Delegate Voting ID in the email you received from NALC Communications on Thursday, August 6.

If you have a technical issue while voting, call 855-255-NALC and one of our voting technicians will assist you.

Discussion

During the mission convocation we will be following Robert’s Rules of Order. The following are instructions for how to participate in discussion through the virtual platform:

To make a motion delegates will type in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to make a motion.” Those requesting to speak will be recognized by the Bishop in the order received. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation.

To speak for or against a motion delegates will type in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to speak (for or against) the motion.” Those requesting to speak will be recognized by the Bishop in the order received, alternating those speaking for and against. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation.

In order to second a motion, a delegate will type into the question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to second the motion made by (name of delegate making motion).”

During the live event, to make a point of personal privilege delegates will type in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to make a point of personal privilege.” Those requesting to make a point of personal privilege will be recognized by the Bishop in the order received, according to Robert’s Rules of Order. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation.

To make a point of order delegates will type in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to make a point of order.” Once the current speaker has concluded, the delegate wishing to make a point of order will be recognized. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation.

To call the question delegates will type in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to call the question.” The delegate wishing to call the question will be recognized in the order received. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation. (Note: Please note the difference between an on-site and online convocation: calling the question on-site is meant to speed things along by calling for a vote to end discussion and moving to an immediate vote should the vote to end discussion pass. It takes a quick voice vote. Online, that “quick voice vote” turns into a fairly lengthy voting process, so please be aware of the potential that calling the question may add, rather than subtract, time.)

Delegates may ask a question of the Chair by typing in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation, “Question for the Chair” and their question. The Bishop will read their question to the Convocation and respond as appropriate.

If a delegate or visitor has a personal question, they can type their question into the webinar question panel and they will receive a typed response from an NALC staff member.

Following the Report of the Treasurer and Presentation of Proposed 2021 Budget, delegates may ask a question of the treasurer by typing in the webinar question panel the following: their name, congregation and “I would like to speak to the treasurer.” Those requesting to speak to the treasurer will be recognized in the order received. The Bishop will announce the speaker’s name and congregation. The speaker will then be unmuted in order to address the Convocation.

Latest news

Read more about our latest news posts and be informed.

Video Recordings of 2020 Mission Convocation

Friday, August 7, 2020 Saturday, August 8, 2020

Results of Votes During the 2020 Mission Convocation

Results from votes taken during the 2020 Mission Convocation.

Women of the NALC Annual Gathering

The gathering will be held August 4, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET through GoToWebinar. “God Creates Women of Purpose: Women Who Reflect the Heart of God” is the theme of this year’s Annual Gathering.

Youth & Family Ministry Webinars

Gary and Laurie Pecuch, NALC youth & family ministry coaches, are offering a couple of online sessions. They have scheduled two GoToMeeting sessions on Saturday, Aug. 15. The first session is on the topic of safeguarding from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. The second session is a question-and-answer session on topics of your choice from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

Pre-Mission Convocation Discussion Forums

In order to answer any questions you may have prior to the Mission Convocation, NALC leaders are hosting the following discussion forums. Join us on any of the following dates over Gotomeeting.

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Delegates Expected

Lutheran Week Planning Team

  • The Rev. Will Hartfelder, Chair
  • The Rev. Andrew Ames Fuller
  • Rebecka Andrae
  • Maddie Benson
  • Jenny Brockman
  • The Rev. Mark Chavez
  • The Rev. Tony Ede
  • Jacqui El Torro
  • Anne Gleason
  • Dawn Hahm
  • The Rev. Carl Johnson
  • Stephen Krepp
  • Laurie Pecuch
  • Becky Seifert
  • The Rev. Dr. Nathan Yoder