2017 Ministers' Convocation
May 8-10, 2017
Hosted by the Center for Clergy Excellence, Virginia United Methodist Conference
Held at Virginia Crossings Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center
1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059
This spring, the Center for Clergy Excellence invites you for a time of Sabbath retreat, learning, and fellowship together as ministry leaders at Ministers’ Convocation. Come be engaged in theological and academic conversation while experiencing rejuvenation for ministry. Our theme is “Making Space for Yourself and Others” with an emphasis on hospitality as a practice and spiritual discipline. We look forward to the teachings of Dr. Amy Oden, Professor at Saint Paul School of Theology (OK) and the preaching of Bishop Sharma Lewis and Rev. Dr. Joel LeMon, Associate Professor at Candler.
Click here for event details and registration. Worship, keynote and workshop sessions, lodging and meals will be held at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Conference Center in Glen Allen. You are encouraged to register before Holy Week to ensure lodging availability. The deadline for In-residence Registration is Monday, April 17, 2017. Cancellation and refund policy: Through Thursday, April 6, 2017, full refunds will be given with written notice of cancellation to the Center for ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org. No refunds will be issued after April 6, 2017. All clergy, diaconal ministers, and professional/paraprofessional certified ministers in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church are invited. A 1.0 or .5 CEU is available for the event, depending on the number of sessions participants attend. Continuing Education Funds are available at: vaumc.org/clergycontinuingeducation.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8, with Opening Worship and Eucharist led by Bishop Sharma Lewis beginning at 2 p.m. Convocation will conclude with worship beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 10. In addition to excellent plenary sessions, life-giving workshops and inspiring worship, there is open time woven into the agenda for fellowship with colleagues, recreational activities and personal time.
See who has registered, sorted by district, so that you may carpool or find a roommate. Click here for a participant listing.
Contact information from the Clergy Directory can be accessed here: Digital Clergy Directory
All-inclusive Facilities and Registration Options:
The Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center is an executive conference center with on-site hotel and gourmet kitchen facilities. The registration options are per-person and based on your lodging choices. Both in-residence and commuter registrations include all meals beginning with dinner on Monday through breakfast on Wednesday. Gourmet vegetarian and gluten free options will be available at each meal.
When registering, you may choose from double occupancy rooms with two beds or a double occupancy room with a king bed, presumably for clergy couples. The registration rate is per person. There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms with a king bed or single occupancy rooms with accessibility options to include a walk-in shower, low counters, and wider door frames.