2019 Bishop's Convocation

Remembering the Past to Find Our Way into Future
(With Help from the Acts of the Apostles)

History has a way devolving into nostalgia, but that shouldn't happen when we look to Christian history to remind us about who we are and who God is. Acts won't provide us with a perfect, pristine model for ministry that we can copy, but it can re-invigorate our confidence in God's reliability and give us courage to risk and dream. We will explore what Acts says but also questions of why Acts was written and what kind of impact it seeks to have. By putting the lessons of Acts into conversation with our current frustrations and hopes, we'll see how the book sparks creativity and renews faith.

Registration Fees

$100 - Commuter
$150 - Retired Roster
$200 - Triple-Plus Occupancy
$275 - Double Occupancy


Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM PDT
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM PDT

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3258 W Lutherhaven Rd
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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Diana Abken
EWA-ID Synod 208-755-3343 

A Special Thanks to...

Mission Investment Fund for helping to sponsor our Convocation this year!

About Camp Lutherhaven


Majestic trees…inspirational views…gracious hospitality…all describe Camp Lutherhaven, situated on scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene eight miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a destination resort community.

With 70 years of operation as a Christian camping facility, Lutherhaven is ideal for summer camp, family reunions, retreats, conferences and other gatherings. Camp Lutherhaven provides a welcoming, comfortable lakeside facility within easy reach of North Idaho, Eastern Washington and Northeast Oregon.

  2019. Lutherhaven Ministries.

About Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The Coeur d’Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers from the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d’Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself.

There is something magical about Lake Coeur d’Alene that’s hard to define, but begins with the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across its waters at night. The perfect place to plan your next vacation and activities.

2014-2018 Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitor Bureau, Inc.

Speaker: Professor Matthew Skinner, Luther Seminary

Matthew Skinner joined Luther Seminary’s faculty in 2002, having earned his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he had previously completed his M.Div. and served as a teaching fellow and visiting lecturer. In more recent years he has conducted advanced research at the Center of Theological Inquiry as a member-in-residence and a writing fellow. Skinner’s teaching experience covers the full range of the New Testament canon. His courses focus on the original, ancient settings and circumstances surrounding the creation and preservation of biblical writings as well as how this literature continues to be experienced and interpreted in congregations and other public venues. Much of Skinner’s published work focuses on the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the cultural realities displayed in these writings, and their ongoing theological relevance.

BishCon2019 Agenda


1pm Registration/Check-in
3pm Gathering Prayer (Zoerb Chapel)
3:30 Dr. Matt Skinner (Zoerb Chapel)
5:00 Social Time
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Dr. Matt Skinner
8:00 Synod Staff Time/CWA Debrief
9:00 Evening Prayer (Inspiration Point)


8:15 Morning Devo (Outdoor Chapel)
8:30 Breakfast
10:00 Dr. Matt Skinner
Noon: Lunch
1:00 Small Group Discussion
2:00 Free Time
5:30 Dinner at the Waterfont, sponsored by Mission Investment Fund
7:00 Fireside Communion Service
8:00 Gourmet s'mores & continued spirited conversation


8:15 Morning Devo (Outdoor Chapel)
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Rostered Leader Meeting
10:45 Closing Prayer
11:30 Cleanup & Head Home

Staying at Camp Lutherhaven

We will primarily be housed in the retreat center at Lutherhaven.  However, these are camp facilities so there are no private rooms available. Sleeping rooms typically include a private bath, a full- or queen-sized bed in every room, with a number of bunk beds, new mattresses, and hotel-style furnishings.

  • Food and beverages are not allowed in any sleeping rooms.
  • Lutherhaven is a non-smoking facility.
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals.

Packing Essentials:

  • Pillow and sleeping bag/bedding (top sheet, pillowcase, etc.)
  • Towel and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Clothing and sturdy shoes for various weather conditions (warm, rainy, cold) - the schedule includes time by the waterfront in the evening.