From Friday, 15 February to Sunday, 17 February lay and pastor representatives from congregations and schools met in Hamilton for the 39th Victorian District (including Tasmania) Convention of Synod, on the theme of 2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, was present at the opening of Convention in Hamilton and extended a greeting and encouragement to those present as we serve our communities in faith.
The Business of Convention included an interactive session with delegates based on the strategic initiatives from 2016 District Convention; including #4 (Working Collaboratively with Schools for Worshipping & Community Outcomes. This material is being collated and more will be reported in coming weeks.
The LEVNT leaders presented on Saturday and received questions varying from the cost of Lutheran Education, to queries about policy or direction on ‘screen time’ and the make-up of our Lutheran school communities and the reasons why a family from a non-Lutheran background might opt for a Lutheran Education for their children. Executive Director, Julian Denholm, offered up some of the many reasons for Lutheran Education being the choice including exposure to a Christian environment, a caring environment, good quality education and value for money and noting that it’s different values for different parents.
Hamilton Pastor, Rev David Wear shared that Lutheran Schools played a part in his journey and his chosen professional path and that he too sends his children to the Lutheran School. Volunteers from Good Shepherd College provided lunch on the Saturday and the school presence was well signposted outside the church.
Almost all Lutheran Principals in the District were able to be present and it was commented that their presence at Convention, despite their very busy schedules, was a real demonstration of their commitment to our Lutheran schools and community.
Elections for standing committees and councils with Debbie Bennett being the member elected to CLEVNT, and with Rev Richard Schulze of Luther College being the Bishop’s appointment. Geelong Lutheran College Pastor, Rev David Spike was elected to the Council for Ministry Support. These are just a few of the members elected.
A more complete report on Convention will be available soon and will be circulated widely for more highlights of our major decision-making forum.