Hosting the synod convention

For the 64th biennial convention, delegates enjoyed the beautiful campus of Luther Preparatory School (LPS), Watertown, Wis., one of WELS’ four ministerial education schools. The convention location rotates between three of the school campuses, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.; Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich.; and Luther Preparatory School.

“It’s important for [ministerial education schools] to host [the conventions] because these schools are owned and operated by WELS so all of these delegates here—this is their school. They support it in every way,” says Rev. Matthew Crass, LPS president. “And then they come to these schools for these conventions and they get a taste for what ministerial education is all about and how we are doing what the Lord Jesus asked us to do—bringing the reapers into his field for the harvest.”

The LPS staff works closely with leaders and staff at the Center for Mission and Ministry to plan the convention. Rev. Roger Kobleske, an LPS professor, has served as the school’s convention coordinator since 1999. This will be his last time serving as convention coordinator due to his retirement this year. WELS President Mark Schroeder publicly thanked Kobleske for his service Thursday morning.

Kobleske says he has been happy to be able to serve the synod in this way. “Leaders lead, but there’s always someone helping the leaders,” he says. “In the body of Christ, that’s how it’s supposed to be. If we all do our part, then things go well.” He shared how school staff and volunteers worked together to set up the campus, to provide meals and snacks, to coordinate the technology, to shuttle delegates to the airport, and to ensure that the convention runs smoothly.

His favorite part of the convention? “It’s being able to see all these people from different places come together and to be able to talk to them. I’m grateful to have the privilege to serve this way.”

The next synod convention will be held at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., in 2019.