Thank you for serving as a delegate for the convention. This is a valuable service to the district and church. Please review the following information about the 2019 Synod Convention. The theme for this event is “Joyfully Lutheran.”

Dates and Location

Tampa, FL
July 20-25
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

There is valet parking only, the hotel has given our delegates staying at the hotel a highly discounted rate of $10 a night
This hotel:

  • Is walking distance from the convention
  • Has dining options on-site
  • Has a tavern on-site
  • Has a Starbucks on-site

Travel, Expenses and Reimbursement

As a delegate, you are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to and from Tampa.
The Missouri District will provide a one-time reimbursement check for all travel and food expenses in the amount of $810.00 ($510 for travel and $300 for meals).
Please note: this amount reflects no deductions, such as requesting a single room, spouse meals or other circumstances. Individual amounts will vary depending on the requests you have made for your time at the convention.

Checks for travel costs will be mailed out the first week of July.

Important Links and Election Information

Convention Workbook
Tentative Schedule
Welcome Video

Please review the convention workbook carefully, and when Today’s Business becomes available, please read through the resolutions thoroughly, along with the nominee statements and biographies. Consider seeking out the perspectives and opinions of others in your circuit. However, you are voting as yourself, not on behalf of anyone else. Please learn about the people and resolutions and vote according to your conscience.

Schedule Highlights

Exhibitor Hall
The exhibitor hall will be open throughout the course of the convention and will be a place for many LCMS organizations, schools, RSOs and other partners.

Orientation (first-timers, please be sure to attend)
Sat. July 20 1 p.m.

Delegate Dinner (the info packet from Synod includes information about this event and how to include your spouse)
Sat. July 20 5:30 p.m.

Opening Worship Service
Sat. July 20 7:30 p.m.

Evening Activities

Sun. July 21
LCEF ice cream social

Tues. July 23
Alumni receptions for our synodical universities and seminaries.

Wed. July 24
Reception for the President-elect

Breakfasts (locations TBD)

Each breakfast will start at 6:30 a.m.

Sun. July 21
Sponsored by the Missouri District

Tues. July 23
Sponsored by the Missouri District

Wed. July 24
Sponsored by the LCEF

Dress Code

Dress between business and business casual attire is appropriate for the convention. Please remember to bring clothes appropriate for the opening worship service.

We suggest dressing in layers, accounting for the hot climate of Tampa, as well as the potential for a chilly convention center.

Election of the President

The election of the Synod President happens before the convention in late June and the results of the election will be announced prior to the convention as well.

Synod has sent information to the congregational electors. Please direct any questions about this process to Synod Secretary John Sias.