Leadership Conference

Leadership Conference 2018: Re-visioning Evangelism

September 25 to 27, 2018

Temple Gardens, Moose Jaw, SK

Schedule: Saskatchewan Synod Fall Leadership Conference 2018 Agenda


Keynote Speaker:  Rev Dr William Harrison, President LTS, Saskatoon, SK (

“As a scholar, my current focus is on understanding and helping people to communicate the good news of Christ Jesus in today’s context.  This includes work on everything from the World Religions conversation to spending time with people in challenged rural and urban churches.  For me, this task is rooted in the Christian tradition, so that it connects directly to my other interests in the Reformation (with a focus on the English Reformation) and on Trinitarian and Christological theology.”

For more information about Dr Harrison see Lutheran Theological Seminary 

Leadership Conference 2017: Enriching our Worship Life

 September 26 to 28, 2017

Bella Vista Inn, Humboldt, SK

Keynote Speaker: Dirk Lange

Dirk G. LangeDirk G. Lange, Associate Professor of Worship, has come to Luther Seminary from the Lutheran seminary in Philadelphia where he taught liturgy and homiletics. Dirk’s ministerial experience has covered a wide spectrum of activities, but all under one umbrella: liturgy in the lives of people. During the 1980s, as a brother of Taizé, he worked with church leaders and many lay people involved with the prayer groups in the Eastern European underground. During the early 1990s, he was engaged with the prayer and songs of Taizé. After leaving Taizé, he came to LTSP to study under Gordon Lathrop and then went on to do doctoral work under Don Saliers and Mark Jordan at Emory. He is editor and contributor of “Ordo: Bath, Word, Prayer, Table” (OSL, 2006), an introduction to liturgical theology and festschrift in honor of Dr. Lathrop. With Luther and Derrida as dialogue partners, Dr. Lange queries theology, its disruption and its rewriting, through the lens of the liturgy. He has been involved with the Renewing Worship project of the ELCA, serving on the editorial board for Daily Prayer as well as participating on the development panels for Holy Communion. He has published several articles in the liturgical journal Worship as well as in several other scholarly journals. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and founder and convener of the seminar group on Liturgy and Postmodern Questions. He is also a member of American Academy of Religion (AAR), Societas Liturgica and the Academy of Homiletics. He has also served parishes in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Additional Event Highlights

  • Tuesday evening Communion Service at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
  • Wednesday supper and worship at St. Peter’s Abbey in Munster, SK. Worship will be led by Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange
  • Oasis on site at Bella Vista Inn at BV Bar
  • Peer Presentations
  • Tour of St. Peter’s Cathedral and Abbey – Muenster (Optional during Wednesday free time)

Leadership Conference 2016

September 20 – 22, 2016

Manitou Springs Hotel, Manitou, SK

David GoaGuest Speaker: David Goa was born in Camrose, Alberta, to Solveig and Finn Goa who had immigrated from Norway to Canada. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. He counts the eminent philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, the scholar of religion Mircea Eliade, the historian Zenos Hawkinson, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, among the scholars who have most influenced his work.

David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects both in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over thirty years at the Royal Alberta Museum. He lectures widely and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to the media. His work focuses on religious tradition and modern culture, culture and the civil life, and on public institutions in service to cultural communities and modern civil society.


Topic: A Conversation on The Art of Engaging Difference: Discerning Gifts and Needs Leadership On and Across Boundaries

Session 1
Our Responsibility to Muslims in a Time Shaped by Terror: Why and How

Biblical Reading: How about a section from the Apostle Paul’s time in Athens, including his standing on the soap box on Mars Hill, Acts 17:19-28

Session 2
The Co-Dependent Twins: A “Christian” Response to the Conservative – Liberal Divide

Biblical Reading: The Jacob and Esau story strikes me as useful including Genesis 28:16: “Surely God was in this place and I, I did not know”

Session 3
Spiritual Friendship: Our Capacity to Engage Difference

Biblical Reading: Genesis 18:1-14, Abraham and Sarah by the oaks; and/or Luke 10:25-37, who is my neighbour

Schedule of Events:Final Schedule

Past Conferences 

Leadership Conference 2015

Leadership Conference 2014

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