The 2015 Convention of our Kansas District is June 4-6 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Topeka. The theme is Baptized for This Moment, focusing on Witness & Wellness under the Scripture of Acts 2:38-39. The Rev. Dr. John Hirsch, former Director of Congregation and Worker care of the Texas District will be our guest presenter. The Rev. Dan Preus, Third Vice-President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will be our synod representative. Synod President, The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, will offer the first portion of the synod report and preach for our worship service on Thursday evening.
The convention begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and concludes by noon on Saturday. Registration begins Thursday at 8:00 a.m. This is the opportunity for our congregations, ministries and workers to engage our work together and extend our combined work into our Synod and throughout the world.
Please read the following information carefully as it deals with specific details on Convention.
Wellness Moment Videos
The Convention Workbook can be accessed by clicking the link below. Please download a copy of the workbook to your personal computer, there may not be WIFI availability therefore you will not be able to use this link in the convention room. If you are unable to download the document, please call Tami Lierz at 800-357-4421 ext. 200. Voting delegates - if you are unable to attend, please pass on all materials to the alternate delegate.
Convention Worship Service & Offering
The Convention Worship Service is Thursday evening June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunflower Ballroom. Faith Lutheran Church of Topeka is the host congregation. Synod President, The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison will be the Proclaimer and The Rev. Jim Bender of Faith will serve as liturgist and celebrant. The convention offering, received at the worship service, is designated for:
- Guinea Mission – in support of the Mercy ministry of the Medical Clinic in Siguiri, West Africa.
- Guinea Mission – to support indigenous candidates from Guinea, West Africa attending the Togo Lutheran Seminary.
- LeadaChild CCCS schools in Guinea.
The 2015 Pentecost Sunday offerings were in support of the Siguiri Medical Clinic of Guinea. Congregations are encouraged to bring their Pentecost offerings to the convention worship service.
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
A block of rooms has been reserved under “Kansas District Lutherans.” Our group rate is $92.00 plus tax for single or double. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. You must call the hotel directly at 1-800-579-7937. The cut-off date for contracted rates and room availability is May 11. Check in time is and check out is Early room availability on Thursday is not guaranteed, but the hotel will gladly store baggage until rooms are available.
Hotel Restaurant Hours:
Breakfast: 6‐10 a.m. (Buffet or menu)
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Buffet or menu)
Dinner: 5‐10 p.m. (Menu only)
Driving Directions from West of Topeka:
Take I-70 East to Exit 363 Adams St./ Branner Trafficway exit. Turn left (south) on Adams and travel to 15th St., which is the first street on right. Turn right (west) on 15th St. When the street forks, stay on the left hand side and merge on to 17th St. (15th St. goes right). The Capitol Plaza Hotel is on the left corner of Topeka Blvd and 17th St. Turn left on Topeka Blvd. and right into the Capitol Plaza Hotel/Kansas Expocentre main entrance.
Driving Directions from South of Topeka:
Travel on the Kansas Turnpike (335) north to South Topeka Exit #177. Pay the toll and immediately get into the right lane. Go north on Topeka Blvd. The Capitol Plaza Hotel is on the left corner of Topeka Blvd. and 17th St. Turn left into the Capitol Plaza Hotel/Kansas Expocentre main entrance.
Mission Moment Videos
Voting Delegate Forms
The “Delegate Reporting Form” is to be completed by the congregation and is the official notification of who the congregation has elected to represent them at the District Convention. This form has all of the contact information and the required two signatures from officers of the congregation. This form originally was mailed to the congregations during the 4th quarter of last year. It was due on November 30, 2014, but it can still be completed if the congregation has not yet completed one.
The “Alternate Delegate Form” is ONLY needed if the original delegate(s) are not able to attend the District Convention. If one or both of the delegates on the “Delegate Reporting Form” are not able to attend, this form must be completed, signed and sent to the District Secretary Rev. Dave Meier.
The “Credentialing Form” (LCMS Official Registration) is to be brought with you to the District Convention and presented as proof of attendance. The 2010 Synodical Convention determined that the voting delegates who attend District Conventions will also cast the votes to elect the President of Synod in an election to take place prior to the 2016 Synod Convention. These forms are gathered and sent to the Synod Secretary to be used in the next Synod Presidential Election. All information and signatures MUST be completed prior to the District Convention. Please remember that ALL delegates must have their own Credentialing Form and personal email (the pastor and the lay delegate may not share the same email address).
Credentialing form (LCMS Official Registration) appears above this paragraph. This form must be signed by two congregational officers and all requested information MUST BE submitted at the registration desk at our District Convention, beginning June 4. Registration will be located outside the Sunflower Ballroom at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. Again, in order for the delegate to participate in the election of the President of Synod, this form must be submitted. If the Alternate Delegate is seated at the District Convention, instead of the assigned delegate, the “LCMS Official Registration Form” must be completed with the information of the alternate delegate.
The Bylaws of Synod (2013 Handbook 4.2.3) states: All nonvoting ordained and commissioned ministers who are members of the Synod within the district shall serve as advisory delegates.
(a) They are entitled to voice and vote on a floor committee, if appointed, and to voice in the convention.
(b) All advisory members are expected to attend all sessions of the convention.
(c)Those advisory members whose office in the Synod, district, or other agency imposes professional or service requirements on which full and regular convention attendance makes undue demands, shall nevertheless, in consultation with their supervisory boards, arrange for their own partial or occasional attendance and participation in accordance with policies established by their supervisory boards.
An Excuse Form for synodically rostered ministers, ordained and commissioned, is available by clicking the link below. If you are not able to attend this form must be completed and submitted to the District President.
Vendor & Exhibit Room
All Exhibitors will be in the Shawnee Room. This room will open Thursday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open during lunches, breaks and during general sessions. Delegates are encouraged to visit the Exhibit area, but should make every effort to remain in the convention hall during sessions. If it is determined that there is excessive activity of delegates during sessions, access to the exhibit room will be restricted.
- Concordia Plan Services
- Concordia Publishing House
- Concordia Seminary
- Concordia Theological Seminary
- Concordia University - Seward
- Lutheran Trust
- Lutheran Heritage Foundation
- Lutheran Urban Mission Agency (LUMA)
- Lead A Child/CCCS
- St. John's College Alumni Association
- Transforming Churches Network
- The LCMS Foundation
- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
- LCMS-U at Kansas State University
- Kansas District Archives
- Lutheran Church Extension Fund
- Kansas District Parish Nurse
- Renewal In Wellness
- Comfort Dog Ministry
- Kansas District Educational Services
- Kansas District Youth Ministry Team
- Kansas District Missions
- Lutheran Student Center - Wichita State
- KansaSEED Deaf Ministry
- Mission of Christ Network
- Kansas District LLL / Lutheran Hour Ministries
- Lutherans for Life of Kansas, Inc.
- People of the Book Lutheran Outreach International
- Thrivent Financial
- Haskell LIGHT