“Grace, Peace, and Personal Survival for the Preacher”: An Mbird Conference in Lancaster, PA (6/11-13)

Excited to announce our (fast!) approaching Mockingbird conference in Lancaster, PA, hosted at the historic […]

Mockingbird / 5.9.19

Excited to announce our (fast!) approaching Mockingbird conference in Lancaster, PA, hosted at the historic Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. With its theme—“Grace, Peace, and Personal Survival for the Preacher”—this intimate, impromptu conference aims to minister to those who minister. But of course all are welcome, not only preachers. Topics may include: family life, isolation/conflict, church administration, working with staff, personal weakness, and more. Details below:

June 11-13, 2019

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA
31 S. Duke Street, Lancaster PA 17602

Registration – $200
No Food Registration – $150

Schedule (Preliminary):

Tuesday, June 11th

Pre-Conference: Steeple Climb & Downtown Lancaster Tour w/ Adam Morton & Rob Horton (~3 pm); visit Lancaster Central Market (always worth a visit, only open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)

5:00 pm — Registration opens
6:45 pm — Opening devotion
7:00 pm — Evening talk: Mark Tranvik, “The Vocation of the Preacher”
8:00 pm — Dinner w/ wine talk (Alessandro Sgro)

Wednesday, June 12th

8:30 am — Coffee, donuts and registration
9:30 am — Devotion
9:45 am — Morning talk 1: Mark Tranvik, “The Preacher of Vocation”
10:45 — Coffee break
11:00 — Discussions A
12:15 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm — Rob Myallis, “Why Church Administration is Like Sex”
2:30 pm — Discussions B
3:30 pm — The Reformation in Print: Trinity’s collection of 16th century books (w/ Adam Morton)
6 pm — Drinks & panel
7:30 pm — Dinner w/ wine talk (Alessandro Sgro)

Thursday, June 13th

8:30 am — Coffee
9:15 am — Closing devotion
9:30 am — Nick Lannon
10:30 am — Adam Morton
12:00 pm – Approximate closing


Check the site frequently as more will be added soon

Getting to Lancaster by air:

The closest significant airport to Lancaster is Harrisburg (MDT), about 40 minutes distant. It is small and very quick and easy to fly into and out of. Tickets tend to be slightly more expensive than flying into Baltimore or Philadelphia, but check.

Philadelphia (PHL) and Baltimore (BWI) are about equidistant (around 90 minutes drive), but anyone flying into Philadelphia can take a train directly into Lancaster. Take the SEPTA train directly from the airport to Philadelphia’s 30th street station, and from there Amtrak runs into Lancaster on a very regular basis.


Downtown (Price high to low):

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 S Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 239-1600

Hotel Lancaster
26 E Chestnut St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 394-0900

Both downtown hotels are just a few minutes’ walk from the church.

Not downtown: A multitude of options. The church has some free parking available for conference attendees, and a parking garage is located across the street. Questions can be forwarded to Adam Morton at pastoradam@trinitylancaster.org.


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