Peoria, Ill., hosted its largest convention ever in June when nearly 5,000 attendees of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League's biennial convention flocked to the city, generating more than $2 million in economic impact for the area. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., LWML is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. What would make this meeting a standout in any city is the extent to which volunteers run the show — pretty much the entire meeting is planned and ...

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