The Northeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference is set for Oct. 15 -17 at the Bien Venu/Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls with the theme, “Lead by Listening” based on James 1:19.
Let everyone be quick to listen,
slow to speak, slow to anger.
― James 1:19
The conference will include worship services, devotions, time with the Bishop, and learning sessions about intentional listening presented by Deacon Jessica Noonan.
All rostered ministers actively serving in the Northeastern Iowa Synod are invited to attend, as well as seminary interns; CL, TEEM, and SAM students serving in the synod; and retired rostered ministers serving as interims or contracted supply.
LEAD BY LISTENING
Noonan will lead two sessions focusing on the “Lead by Listening” theme, which will explore ways to develop a theology, practice and culture of intentionally listening to God, one another and our neighbors.
Noonan is associate director of LEAD Ministry, a nonprofit organization that works with rostered ministers and congregations to develop leadership and connect congregations to their neighborhoods. She believes that by regularly engaging in the practices of listening and storytelling, faith leaders can be more deeply connected with God and with their neighbors, helping to break down the walls that separate people from one another.
- The event starts at 5 p.m. Sunday with social time followed by worship.
- Monday’s schedule includes devotions, lunch and learning sessions, along with designated free time. An optional group painting class will be offered for people to create paintings related to the listening theme.
- Holy communion will be offered Tuesday morning, followed by shared listening time led by Bishop Kevin Jones. The conference will conclude at 12 noon.
The conference registration fee is $80, which includes lunch. The fee to participate in the optional painting class is $35, which includes the painting to take home. Use the link below to register for the conference.
Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 319-260-2600, ext. 0 and asking for the Fall Theological Conference. Rooms need to be reserved by Sept. 18 to receive the group rate of $106 per night, which includes breakfast.