1 Peter 5:10 serves as the theme for this year’s Florida-Georgia District Educators Conference:
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
The FLGA District Educator’s Conference will provide professional development for teachers, DCEs, Family Life Ministers,
and administrators working with students in preschool through high school.
Brenda Jank will lead keynote sessions from the organization Run Hard. Rest Well. RWRH equips leaders and educators to thrive and flourish in a high-stress profession through a focus on mental health, resiliency, and positive engagement. Keynote sessions will include evidence-informed restorative wellness practices that can be used to strengthen the mental and emotional health of faculty and students. Brenda is high-energy and story-driven, equipping leaders to explore transformative rhythms of work and rest for themselves and those they lead, love, and serve.
We have three years of ministry anniversaries to celebrate! We will recognize anniversaries starting with those who have completed ten years of service and every five years following that benchmark. Please indicate all anniversaries from 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 on the registration form, as that is the only method we have to identify workers celebrating an anniversary.
The Ministerial Assistance Program, a service of the FLGA District and Lutheran Counseling services, is designed to help church workers and educators cope with the challenges and demands of church life and work. Registered attendees can schedule individual appointments during the conference with LCSW Megan Miessler and Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong.
Event Resource Links:
2022 Educators Conference Workshops
Hilton Daytona Oceanfront Resort Reservations
quad occupancy. You can make your reservations through this link.
You have until August 30th to make reservations.
Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Educator Award
In 1986 our District Administrators Association began recognizing a “Teacher of the Year” at its annual Educator’s Conference each Fall. Dr. Ben Eggers served as the FL/GA District Parish Services Executive from 1979-1986 after serving as the youth ministry director for the LCMS. This position served all the schools in the district as well as the congregations. Ben (Gentle Ben) was a robust man, passionate about his love for the Lord and a love for the Lord’s people. He was a visionary who appreciated the ministry of every teacher, administrator, and support staff member in our schools. He had high expectations of those in ministry and loved having a good time. Ben knew how to enjoy a party. He was one of those rare individuals who just seemed to have it all together. He could recall the name of every person he had ever met. But Ben didn’t just remember names; he remembered people, and there is a difference. Ben was an advocate for our schools and a true encourager of our educators in their ministry. On May 21, 1993, Ben died very suddenly after delivering a keynote address at the Walther League Convention.
In the Fall of 1993, the Administrators Association renamed the “Teacher of the Year” award the “Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Educator” award. Ben’s wife Lillian presented the first award at the 1993 Educators Conference at the Walther League Convention. In the Fall of 1993, the FG District Administrators Association renamed the “FG District Teacher of the Year Award” the “Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Lutheran School Educator Award.” Dr. Egger’s wife, Lillian, presented the first award at the 1993 District Educators Conference. To date, over fifty educators have been honored with the award.
To nominate an educator:
Educators and administrators who have completed 10 years of service in LCMS school ministry, including a minimum of 5 years in the FLGA District, may be nominated. Nominees should exemplify Christian leadership and service to their school, church, and community.
Submit the nomination form and supporting documents to Cindy Hammerstrom by August 31 for consideration.
Barnabas Son of Encouragement Award
By God’s grace, Pastors who are strong partners in their congregation’s school ministry, make a profound impact on what the school ministry team is able to accomplish. In 2015, Educators in the FG District established the “Barnabas, Son of Encouragement Award,” to honor pastors for their support and partnership in the Gospel through school ministries.
Who was Barnabas?
The Book of Acts presents Barnabas as an evangelizing apostle and church leader who was a model of integrity and character. He is called a “good man,” a “prophet and teacher,” an “apostle” and “one who through God worked miracles.” Acts recounts the times he faced persecution and risked his life for the name of Jesus. Barnabas believed that Saul had truly been converted when others expressed doubt and disbelief. He saw great potential in young John Mark and was a champion for both he and Saul at different times. 1 Corinthians affirms his character by noting he worked while serving congregations in order not to burden them. The apostles nicknamed him, “Barnabas – Son of Encouragement.”
To nominate a pastor for this award, complete the following form.