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Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland 2019
Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Cornerstone Lutheran — Carmel, IN
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THE CONFERENCE: BEST PRACTICES
With the goal of helping other congregations most effectively use their God-given gifts, Christ Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona, started the Best Practices for Ministry Conference. Since it began, the conference has been presented free of charge to all who attend. Participants are greeted with warm hospitality, great speakers and practical workshops. The Conference has grown greatly since its start, expanding to the Midwest.
In 2015, Carmel Lutheran (now Cornerstone Lutheran) brought the concept of the conference to Indiana to make it more easily accessible to more congregations "in the Heartland". Cornerstone hosted in 2016 as well, and St. Peter's Lutheran in Columbus assumed the leadership of the Best Practices for Ministry:Heartland conference for 2017 and 2018. They turned the reigns back over to Cornerstone Lutheran for 2019.
The Best Practices for Heartland Conference is free to attend. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.
- 2019: Unmistakable
Heading into its fifth year, Best Practices for Ministries Heartland's theme for 2019 is "Unmistakable". What is unique to the church? Jesus! In all of our mission and ministry efforts, our unmistakable aim is to proclaim Christ.
2019 BPM HEARTLAND CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019
1:30 pm – Registration
2:15 pm – Welcome
3:15 pm – Session #1
4:30 pm – Break
5 pm – Keynote - Rev. Gerard Bolling
6:15 pm – Dinner by Grillant Foods
7:15 pm – Worship
8:15 pm – Party
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019
8 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Worship
9:30 am – Session #2
10:45 am – Break
11 am – Session #3
12:15 pm – Lunch
1 pm – Keynote - Rev. Kevin Wilson
2 pm – Session #4
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Session #5
4:45 pm – Break
5 pm – Keynote - Jim Morris
6 pm – Food Trucks and Fun
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
8 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Session #6
9:45 am – Break
10 am – Session #7
11:15 am – Break
11:30 am – Keynote - Rev. Tom Pfotenhauer
12:30 pm – Sending and Fare-thee-well
12:45 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Fin
- Keynote Speakers
Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO
Rev. Gerard Bolling was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Gerard attended Concordia Chicago from 2008-2012, earning a BA in Theatre with a minor in Languages. He also learned to love American Sign Language (ASL) and see the potential of ministry contained within the Deaf world.
Gerard graduated from Concordia Seminary in 2016 with a Master of Divinity and received a call to serve at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in North St. Louis City. He currently is a part of the Greater Things Program, where he leads the Deaf Ministry team at Bethlehem while reaching out to youth and families in the Ferguson, MO area.
Gerard also co-leads the dynamic weekly Bethlehem Church ministries (preaching, teaching, outreach programs, community engagement) with Pastor John R. Schmidtke. Together, Pastors Schmidtke and Bolling are creating an urban ministry network that aides in community outreach as it relates to the diversified Church. He also is a Doctoral Candidate at Concordia University in Portland and serves as an online adjunct Christian Leadership professor at Concordia University Texas and Concordia University Portland.
Gerard has been married to his beautiful wife Lorenda for 5 years. They have 2 amazing children named Lincoln (3) and Monroe (1). Lincoln and Monroe are exactly 2 years apart to the day (October 5th is their shared birthday!).
President, Ohio District LCMS
Kevin Wilson has served as the President of the Ohio District, LCMS since 2018. Joining the Ohio District staff in 2006, Wilson previously worked as Executive Director of Mission and Ministry and as a Regional Facilitator.
Wilson came to the Ohio District from the Phoenix area, where he started Word of Life Lutheran Church and School as a Missionary-at-Large for the Pacific Southwest District. Wilson previously served in Kansas, where he was Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leavenworth, KS and founding pastor of Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church in Basehor, KS. Prior to entering the ministry, Wilson worked as a journalist.
Wilson and his wife, Dorinda, are blessed with three children. The Wilsons live outside of Columbus, OH.
Vice-Chairman, Pacers Sports and Entertainment Group
Jim Morris is the vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment. A graduate of Indiana University with a master’s degree from Butler University, he was former Mayor Richard G. Lugar’s chief of staff from 1967 to 1973, before joining the Lilly Endowment where he served for 16 years as president from 1984 to 2002. He was also the chairman and chief executive officer for IWC Resources Corporation and Indianapolis Water Company. Before going to Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Trustee Morris was the executive director for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where he led the world’s largest humanitarian agency from 2002-2007.
Jim Morris has received many honors, including 16 honorary degrees and IU’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has been a trustee and board chairman for both Indiana State University and Indiana University, serves on the national advisory board for the Boy Scouts of America, and was treasurer of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He served as chair of the board for Riley Children’s Foundation, is a former member of the IU Foundation board of directors, and serves on a number of corporate boards.
Currently he serves as the United States permanent representative to the Executive Board of UNICEF.
Senior Pastor at Woodbury Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN
Tom Pfotenhauer serves the people at Woodbury Lutheran Church located in Woodbury and Stillwater Minnesota. WLC is a multisite congregation with three campuses and a focus on Multiplying Disciples/Transforming Lives. Besides all the pastor stuff, Tom loves to hang out with his wife Stephanie, daughter Peyten and Goldendoodle Harry. He also enjoys running with Team World Vision raising awareness and funding for clean water in Africa and of course cheering for his beloved Vikings.
- Breakout Sessions
The Eager Conversationalists: A Hopeful Look at What Prepares Christians for Witness
Jesus called His disciples to go as witnesses throughout the world (Acts 1:8). But how do you do that when more and more of us every year are reluctant to even talk about our faith in everyday life? The latest research from Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Barna Group has revealed five key characteristics shared by Christians who are comfortable,and even eager,to talk about their faith. Come discover this important EAGER Profile, assess your own readiness for witness, make a spiritual growth plan.
The Spiritual Conversation Curve: A Practical Tool for Reluctant Witnesses
Paul encouraged all Christians to wisely discern “how to answer” each non-Christian in their life (Colossians 4). But how exactly do we do that in an age where many non-Christians have experienced “church hurt” and don’t show any interest in Jesus at all? Learn the simple but revolutionary tool developed by Lutheran Hour Ministries that can help you, and your congregation, discern how to talk with the non-Christians in their lives.
Faith Sharing Tools for Energizing and Equipping God’s People for Witness!
Most people in our churches desperately want to share the Gospel with family and friends but can’t find simple and effective tools to help. In this session, we’ll explore a host of proven and new witnessing tools and set you up for training your folks to be ready for spiritual conversations that will make an eternal difference. Come and explore our new Spiritual Conversations starter kit!
Dionne Lovstad-Jones joined the LHM staff in February 2014 as a ministry advancement officer. Prior to her tenure at LHM, Dionne was the manager of development outreach with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative. She earned her bachelor's degree in parks and recreation and tourism from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE). Her prior work experience includes advancement positions at Valparaiso University and La Lumiere School, and tourism marketing work for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and tourism offices in: La Porte County, Ind., Collinsville, Ill., Maryland Heights and St. Charles, Mo. Dionne is married to Howard Jones and has a son, Zachary, who resides in the Chicago suburbs.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Hear ideas for how to be a neighbor to the individuals and organizations in your community as you seek to be Jesus’ hands and feet.
Susan Klemstein is Director of Outreach at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine, IL. She has a passion for making connections in the community and spent many mornings watching Mister Rogers as a kid.
A New Confirmation Approach
Two years ago, we launched a YouTube-based confirmation program to reach our kids online. 20,000+ views and nearly 400 videos later, we've learned a ton about how to connect with our digital-native children. We will share our philosophy and materials with all who are interested in considering how to leverage these technologies and our approach to enhance their ministry!
Senior Pastor at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Daniel Lepley is a Wabash Pastor Leader and leads the ConfirmationYou team. DCE Joel Marquardt brings a cutting-edge understanding of reaching our youth in the digital world with Christ's love. Media Director Kimberlee Mourer rounds out our team with her expertise in videography and video production.
Why Muslims? Why now?
What do you think is the number one reason for Muslims not believing in Jesus? no one told them! It is Muslims’ time on God’s calendar, they’re high on top of His To-Do list! God is doing unprecedented work among Muslims today, unheard of in all history since Islam existed. More Muslims came to faith in Christ since the year 2000 than in the past 14 centuries combined since the rise of Islam. It’s about time the church fully embraces the Great Commission and engage what is now one-fourth of the world population—namely Muslims. Come to know more about what God is doing and how you and your church can be a part of it.
You probably haven’t heard about pastor Muhammed! He’s a real person serving our Lord and Savior and making disciples among people from his own background –Muslims. Did you know that there are LCMS pastors and seminary professors who are converts from Islam? Before 9/11, very few Americans knew or cared to know about Islam and Muslims. All of a sudden, after 9/11, the interest level of the American public spiked. For those of us who are concerned with fulfilling the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS”, it is always a good time to preach the Gospel and to know the background of the people to whom we’re preaching the Gospel. It is important for us to know what Muslims believe and practice and how is it different from our Lutheran faith. It is crucial to communicate the Gospel to them in a culturally relevant way that makes sense to them and resonates in their hearts, to be ready to make a defense(apologya) for our faith and hope while inviting Muslims to receive salvation by grace through faith in Christ, and join the family of God.
Vicar Nader Hanna was born and raised in Egypt, a Muslim Arabic speaking country, currently lives in Huntington Beach CA, and works as an evangelist and itinerant speaker. Nader helps launch Disciples making movements among Muslims, and helps churches know more about Islam and how to reach Muslims in their communities with the message of God’s love and salvation in Christ Jesus.
Nader is a regular guest speaker at several Christian Arabic TV networks. He has traveled to preach the Gospel and train leaders in Africa, Asia and Europe. Nader is recognized as an ordained minister by “Covenant Ministries International” CMI in New Jersey. He received theological training in Beirut-Lebanon, Training on missions at the “Keystone Project” in South Dakota, “Horizons International” in Colorado, and “Crescent Project” in Indiana USA. Nader is a certified trainer with EQUIP, and a “Haggai Institute” faculty member; both are leadership training organizations. He is currently colloquizing to enter the ministerium of LCMS and serving as a vicar at Faith Lutheran church in Huntington Beach CA.
Rev. Nader Hanna and His wife Amy have a 17-year-old son, Hadi Hanna. Nader and Amy have been full time in ministry for the past 20 years, producing and broadcasting Christian TV and radio programs to the Arab/Muslim world, doing outreaches, discipleship and leadership training in Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and the USA.
More Volunteers?! 8 Tips for a Strong Volunteer Team
Picture your volunteers as passionate, committed, equipped and even joyful! That's not just a healthy volunteer team, that's the Body of Christ at its best. It’s easy to see the importance of building volunteer teams, but not as easy to see how to establish their foundation. Join counselor and author Karen Tripp as she shares 8 tips that have worked amazingly well for Cancer Companion volunteer teams.
Reduce Cancer Stress: Step-by-Step Cancer Caregiver Plan
Cancer is not like other illnesses. The treatments can make you feel worse as they make you better, the fatigue can be nonexistent or chain you to the couch and the people around you cannot figure out how to help. Add on top of this the stress on the caregiver and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Let Family Counselor Karen Tripp teach you a care-giving plan to relieve stress for all concerned.
Compassion Fatigue and Burnout for Church Workers
Can working in the ministry field wear down a person’s ability to cope emotionally with the hardships surrounding them? Can this effect not only their work environment but outside interests as well? What is the difference between Compassion Fatigue and Burnout? Learn ways to prevent both and improve your connections at church, work and at home.
Karen Tripp MS LMFT Author, Counselor and President Cancer Companions. As author of Christian books including God is Bigger Than Your Cancer and a daughter of a colon cancer survivor, Karen brings her training as a Marriage and Family Therapist to her work with cancer families. Whether in her counseling, writing or administration of the nonprofit Cancer Companions, Karen gives wisdom and meaning to coping with the chaos we call cancer.
Hope Doesn't Let Our Story End: How to Continue Sharing Your Story and the Story of Jesus in a Heavy World
Tanner incorporates story, spoken word, and scripture as he shares what he has learned when it comes to evangelism, relationship building, and spreading hope.
Tanner Olson is an author, storyteller, and the creator of Written to Speak, a spoken word and writing project that seeks to share hope and announce love. Tanner formerly served at Camp Luther in Northern Wisconsin and with the ACTS Church Lakeline in Austin, Texas. He is currently on tour, sharing poetry and stories across the country. Tanner now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Sarah.
Giving a Good First Impression
First Impressions are NOT a separate ministry area, but a CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY. When we understand the guest and decide to be a place that welcomes them, we must have a clear strategy to do this - across ALL ministry areas. While God’s Word is preached from the pulpit, there is the Gospel that we live. We are modeling to our faith community how they should love and care for people as they are out and about in the communities where they are planted.
Jeni Walker is an alumni of Concordia St. Paul and has been serving as Director of Children’s Ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for 16 years, but has over 30 years of ministry experience. She has a passion for connecting the home and church, and modeling radical hospitality to all as Jesus modeled for us.
Religious Expression: Equipping educators
There are many misconceptions about what is legally permitted in regards to religious expression in public schools. Whether educators work in the parochial or public school setting, they have a unique opportunity to live out their calling. In this workshop, participants will explore how they can minister to educators by looking into current issues, identifying pertinent laws, examining our vocation from a new perspective, and taking steps to work within the law. We will change the conversation from “why has God been removed from schools”, to “what are Christians doing to practice their faith in their day to day lives as educators”?
Jake serves as a 4th grade teacher for the Bay City School District. He recently received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and is an active member of his schools leadership team as a teacher representative. His experiences as a student growing up in a private school, a first-year teacher in a charter school, and current experience in a public school offers a unique perspective. He understands the challenges educators face every day, but also recognizes an opportunity to connect with people and build relationships. He hopes this message will equip, excite, and empower educators.
Mike is the superintendent of Hudson Area Schools. He has experience as a public school superintendent (9-years), principal (7-years) and Lutheran School teacher and administrator (13-years). He has extensive experience in curriculum and instruction, leadership, school finance and policy. Throughout his career he has lived first-hand the challenge and opportunity of living your faith in the public and parochial school systems. He looks forward to supporting others in considering how to live out their faith in their role as an educator.
How Can They Understand? Providing Christian Books for Immigrants in Your Community
Immigrants in large numbers are an increasing reality not only for cities, but for towns as well, so how can they be reached for the Gospel? I will explore how LCMS parishes can and have used LHF books to reach out to immigrant groups in their respective communities.
Matthew Heise is a 2003 Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) graduate. He also received his Ph.D. in May 2018 from Concordia Seminary, writing about the persecution and martyrdom of Russian Lutherans in Joseph Stalin’s USSR. Since April 2014, he has been serving as the Executive Director for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, based in Macomb, Michigan.
Competence and Confidence: Creating Fearless Influencers within Your Church and Ministry
Help your ordinary people become extraordinary, fearless influencers for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom. In this session, we will examine the practices, priorities and principles of Jesus with His followers—equipping you to implement them intentionally in your local ministry. God has great things in store for you and your congregation! Join Kurt and Eric for a discussion of the principles behind an effective ministry of equipping laypeople to lives of depth and influence.
Desert Days: Practicing the Power of Silence and Solitude
In a time of increasing distraction, what can you do to remain focused in your walk with Christ and what can you do to help your people practice silence and solitude? Join Kurt for the whys and hows of "desert days" – practical ways to implement solitude and silence into your life.
Election 2020: How to Handle Politics in the Church
With the upcoming election and increasingly divisive politics, how can you talk about politics effectively without compromise and without promoting disunity. Hear from a Christian economist about how to address politics and public policy from the pulpit and in conversations.
Kurt Sauder is a long-time pastor with years of experience as a lead pastor, men's minister, and campus pastor at a mega-church. Kurt is a co-author (with Eric Schansberg) of two discipleship curricula (Thoroughly Equipped and Getting Equipped) and two books on making disciples and disciple-makers (Enough Horses in the Barn and Roll Up Your Sleeves). Currently, Kurt ministers through Solid Steps Radio and Further Still Ministries—with a focus on discipleship, spiritual transformation, and leading others into lives of greater depth and influence.
Eric Schansberg is a professor of economics at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany. He is a prolific author with work ranging from dozens of op-eds to two books on public policy and a commentary on Joshua. Eric is also co-author (with Kurt Sauder) of two discipleship curricula (Thoroughly Equipped and Getting Equipped) and two books on making disciples and disciple-makers (Enough Horses in the Barn and Roll Up Your Sleeves).
A Call for a Contextually Conscious Church Revitalization:
Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:2 (ESV) We pray for laborers, but would we be ready if God sent them? Are we inadvertently turning away those who are being sent to our door steps instead of encouraging, engaging, welcoming, listening, learning and growing with them. Join us as we discuss how to have time-tested, contextually-conscious, Great Commission-driven conversations with your community as your church engages in revitalization. The revitalization process is not a trending terminology of our times, but a humbling tool that God uses to revitalize us personally, along with our churches and community.
Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy serves as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone in the borough of Queens, NY (www.immanuelwhitestone.com). He also serves as the Mission Executive overseeing church planting initiatives for a regional judicatory of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Pastor Johnson calls his congregation as a church planting and church revitalization laboratory to learn, unlearn and engage in the gospel telling and gospel living mandate of Christ's great commission. They have worship services in four languages. Pastor Johnson has been engaged in initiating several worshiping communities/church plants for the Lutheran and non-Lutheran tribes around the globe. Recently, he founded www.gelnet.net (Global Evangelical Leadership Network) - a think-tank and hands on mission planting and mission leaders and church planters networking platform. GELNET is an alternative space for local congregations which are looking to seek help to engage, encourage, equip and partner with indigenous leaders and churches around the world. He will be happy to be of any assistance in guiding and consulting your congregation or organizations.
Practice Makes Perfect: A Weekly Rehearsal of Life
In this session, we’ll explore together how our weekly church services cultivate various practices and habits in us. These habits and practices, such as hospitality, reconciliation, proclamation, intercession, communion, and the like, are the foundation for our daily discipleship and Christian life in the world. We’ll discuss best practices for how to center our worship services and Christian witness around these behaviors.
The Way They Should Go: Raising Up Young Leaders in the Church
In this session, we’ll share stories and best practices on raising up young leaders in the church. As one example, we’ll share the stories of raising up young leadership at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL, where a daughter of the congregation has now grown into full-time music ministry and leadership. As she was raised up in ministry, she is now raising up the next generation of young leaders! We’ll describe this process and some of its possible practices that might be shared in all our churches.
Dr. Jim Marriott serves as the Director of Musical Arts at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he teaches a variety of courses on worship and oversees the musical life of the seminary community. He cherishes daily life with his wife, Kristi, and his two children, Joel and Kirstin. He is an active runner and an even more active consumer of ice cream!
Mrs. Erica Mertz serves as the Director of Worship at the Green Trails campus of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL, where she leads, oversees, and equips the music ministry of that faith community. She is also an active songwriter and performer. Erica recently celebrated her first anniversary in marriage to her husband, Kaleb Mertz.
Why RGOH Tutoring & Mentoring Program Works!
Rebecca’s Garden of Hope will present our foundation of the program. We will also present the specific successful partners. RGOH will present our challenges and how we are growing.
Pamela Elliott and Jim Boyd serve as Co-Directors of Rebecca’s Garden of Hope Tutoring and Mentoring Program at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, IN.
Finding & Focusing Your Church’s Future Presenter
How can you cast a compelling vision for your church that gets people excited about what’s ahead and pulling in the same direction? The answer is in the hard work of clarity. Vision clarity unlocks sacriﬁce and empowers people to contribute to a big unifying dream. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. Using a simple tool, and a commitment to the unique work that God has given to you and your people, you can communicate a picture of the future that stirs hearts and fuels execution like never before.
What Can Your Church Do Best?
With so many resources at our ﬁngertips, it seems as though the options for ministry possibilities are endless. Every day we’re bombarded by a new idea or practice that promises to help us grow our church. In the face of so many “can do”s how do we hone in on our one “MUST DO”? The answer lies in uncovering what makes your church unique. God has gifted you with unique people with unique talents in a unique time and place. Let’s name that uniqueness to empower doing the things your church an do best. Your church was born one-of-a-kind. Don’t let it become a carbon copy on your watch.
Healthy Marriage in the Midst of Ministry
We all desire to put God ﬁrst in the way we live our lives and lead our families. But does it ever feel like a call to ministry means putting work ﬁrst and giving the leftovers to spouse and family? Or does it seem that one of you experienced a call to ministry and the other is just along for the ride? It is possible to have a uniﬁed marriage in which you both experience the good gift of missional sacriﬁce while continuing to grow in love for one another. Join us as we share about our own victories and valleys of journeying together along the way of loving others in ministry as we grow in love for one another. We’ll discuss honoring your respective individual callings, making space to welcome others into your lives while protecting the safety of home, and loving one another well as you roll with the rhythms of ministry.
Rev. Jacob Hoyer pastors a new LCMS church in central Florida while also working as a Clarity Navigator, partnering with churches to help them clarify “who we are” and “where God’s taking us”. In the last two years he has worked with more than 15 churches across 6 states to help them get stunning clarity on their unique identity and direction.
Jacob is married to Erin Hoyer and they both grew up in ministry families, met while doing international missions work, and have been married for almost 9 years. Five years ago they led the planting of a new church in DeLand, Florida. Along the way they’ve shared the high points and hard times of ministry while continuing to discern and distinguish their respective callings to serve God by serving others. They continue to enjoy exploring what it means to be missionaries to God’s people individually and together.
The 5 Questions We Get Most About Passwords
We get questions about passwords and password policies all the time, from how complex they need to be to how often they should be changed. Join Tyler for this in-depth conversation where he will answer the most common questions and demonstrate how passwords can better protect your church from hackers. He will even show some of the technique that hackers use to get into your environment.
Tyler Holmes is a Client Success Manager at Techlocity. Tyler takes pride being able to translate tech speak for clients providing an often-needed interface between technical experts and business owners. His background is finding right-sized solutions for businesses large and small and applying enterprise-sized experiences to smaller budgets.
How to Get IT Aligned with Your Church’s Growth Goals
It's time for you to get a handle on your IT. Roger will show how checking your environment against hundreds of industry best practices related to software, hardware, security, network, policies, and any compliance standards you have will allow you to build a plan to get your environment in line with best practices and foster the growth in your church.
Roger Underwood is a CEO/Partner at Techlocity. Roger has spent his career bridging the gap between leadership and the technical teams he has managed. His favorite aspect of IT is breaking down the jargon to help leaders and business owners understand the function, purpose, and strategy behind how technology can have a positive impact on a business.
Interior Design: Making the Most of Your Ministry Space
Have you ever sat in a committee meeting to pick out paint color and struggled to get consensus? Don't let interior projects be a stumbling block for your ministry, especially when we know the will of God is not determined by a specific paint color. We will review points on how to run a God-honoring design process and provide real project examples for you to glean ideas on making the most of your ministry space. Specific topics to be discussed are: assembling your team, developing core values, establishing your guest experience, smart furniture selection, and practical stewardship objectives.
Annette Barrett’s passion is driven because of her belief that we exist to be in relationships with one another, the greatest of which are seen within the church. She has 30 years of experience of coming alongside teams to collaborate, create solutions on providing a stunning, welcoming interior space for the use of ministry. Everyone at the table is an equal and she sees her role as a connector of ideas for 100% Design Consensus. Please join Annette and get strong take-aways to help you "establish plans" for any interior project large or small.
Bringing Hope to Those Experiencing Homelessness
It has been said that no one becomes homeless because they ran out of money, at least not at first. People become homeless because they run out of relationships. Ministering to people who are experiencing homelessness can feel daunting, scary, overwhelming, and at times even counterproductive. But it doesn’t need to be! Together we will explore reasons for homelessness, ways to effectively minister to those experiencing homelessness, and how to stop re-inventing the wheel but collaborate with other ministries who are doing homeless ministry well!
The Tale of Two Churches
There is no arguing that we are commanded in Scripture to care for the homeless, to minister to the vulnerable, and to bring hope to the hopeless. But let’s be honest – it’s hard work, intimidating, and frankly most times we don’t know where to start. Or worse, we leave it up to someone else to take care of because we are too busy with so many other ministries. Come hear the tale of two pastors – one an intercity pastor, the other a suburban pastor, who are ministering equally effectively to those in Indianapolis who are experiencing homelessness. As they share their very different stories, you will see how God swiftly moved in their hearts and the heart of their congregation this year to respond with the resources they had at hand. Both High Immersion and Low Immersion ideas and tactics will be shared.
O’Nealya Gronstal is the Director of Community Engagement at Wheeler Mission, a faith-based, gospel centered rescue mission that has been bringing hope, help, and healing to the most vulnerable in our community since 1893.
Top 10 HR Issues
This seminar provides a high-level overview of the top 10 human resource-related issues experienced by organizations today. Topics include job descriptions, Form I-9, employee classifications, payment for overtime hours, handbook policies, workplace harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, health care reform, employment-at-will, and anti-discrimination.
Sally Palmer is an HR Consultant with 20 years HR experience. She is SHRM and HRCI certified with a Master’s degree in HR. Sally has worked for Paychex for 17 years, holding a variety of positions, from Client Service Representative to Client Service Manager. She has been in her current role for three years.
Digital Stained Glass
The visual arts have been part of the church for centuries. Come discuss ways to use images to enhance your worship through weekly sermon theme graphics, sermon illustrations, and more.
Not My Type
All design communicates. Some design communicates more effectively than others. How you choose and set up type helps to more clearly communicate your message. Learn some tricks of the trade to make your worship slides (as well as other digital or printed material) communicate the most important message with utmost clarity.
Victor Minetola is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Lutheran Church Indianapolis.
Traumatized Grace: Ministry in a World Traumatized by Sin
We’ll explore the results traumatic experiences have on our brains and bodies for how we function and intake stimuli from the world around us. We’ll look at tools for doing ministry and presenting the gospel in a trauma-informed way. The presentation and methods shared are developed with clinical and psychiatric research as well as the real world experience of working with at-risk individuals.
For almost a decade, Rev. Rick Jones has been helping bring the mercy and love of Christ into the lives of at-risk youth as the Chaplain and Vice President—Spiritual Life for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The Ranch is a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ. We offer residential, educational, and outpatient services for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, poverty, mental illness, and other traumatic experiences.
Discipling God’s People to be Generous
God’s Word tells us that generosity is a mark of disciple. In this session, we will explore together strategies and tactics a growing number of Lutheran congregations are effectively using to disciple God’s people towards greater generosity at and through the local church. Session participants have the opportunity to receive digital examples from other churches, as well as a complimentary copy of a book A number of pastors and lay leaders use the book to bring a fresh perspective to the stewardship conversation.
Larry Ulrich, a Senior Generosity Strategist at Generis since 2011, has coached more than 30 Lutheran congregations on the journey towards greater generosity for our Lord’s work through the local church. Larry Generis in 2011, after a decade of service with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, Generis is a collaborative, passionate team of more than three dozen associates, committed to the cultivation of generosity in and for the church across a range of denominations, theological contexts, and traditions.
How Long, O Lord, How Long? – How to Support the Unemployed
Even in this good economy, every year over 20 million people in the U.S. become unemployed through a discharge, layoff or job elimination. Statistics indicate you will have more congregational members become unemployed in a year than will be diagnosed with cancer, be divorced or pass away, yet it often goes unnoticed because they don’t talk about it. Learn how can you support the members of your congregation who will become unemployed.
It’s Not Working Out – Now What?
You are a leader in a Church, School or Not-for profit organization. You have someone on your staff whom you value as a person, butthey aren’t meeting your expectations regarding performance in their job, or their vision isn’t in line with yours causing conflict, or they are not a good fit for your team. What do you do? Often leaders avoid addressing issues because they don’t know what to do or how to do it. Learn how to address the many complex personal and legal issues you face in order to do what’s best for the staff member, the team and your organization.
Dale Kreienkamp is a speaker, a Human Resources consultant and the author of How Long, O Lord, How Long? Devotions for the Unemployed and Those Who Love Them. As a Human Resources Executive, he has experienced a personal journey of unemployment twice when both positions were eliminated in organizational restructuring. These personal experiences created a desire within him to help others impacted by unemployment through inspirational devotions. Dale is also an active volunteer at his home church (Concordia, Kirkwood) and leader in his local community. You can learn more about Dale and his work at www.howlongolord.org.
Evaluate and Maximize Your Guest Experience
What if you could know what guests were really thinking? This workshop will give you a fresh perspective on what it's like to be a newcomer and help you assess your guest experience from start-to-finish. You'll leave this interactive session with five key areas you can improve, a list of common "guest repellents" and helpful tips for training your frontline volunteers.
Jamie Shafer - Communications Strategist
Jamie can often be found writing, reading or planning her next Disney vacation with her husband and kids. She's a former church communications director who loves spending time with leaders one-on-one to hear their hopes, talk through challenges, and recommend next steps. Her goal is to help church teams increase their impact and serve well together.
We are Fishhook - A communications agency called to partner with churches and ministries. (You can think of us as an extension of your ministry.) We believe that it is possible for the church to lead in innovation, creativity and culture. And it’s our goal to help you see that too! We listen, we guide, we coach. We help you use the communication tools of today to share the love and hope of Jesus.
Is Muslim Evangelism Possible? From a Muslim Extremist to a Follower of Christ
We live in a multicultural society where many people are sensitive about racial discrimination and feel that the Church may feel irrelevant, in particular when the neighbors are Muslims. How could we encourage the Church to be salt and light to our Muslim neighbors?
Hesham Shehab grew up in a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack at the age of 7. By age 13, he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon. In 1980, while Hesham was going to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, for pre-medical studies, his brother was killed by a Christian militia. Hesham's response was to study by day, and by night take out his revenge in attacks on Christians. However, hearing the Sermon on the Mount, in a course of cultural studies (at that college), brought him to faith. Hesham found in Jesus Christ a way of forgiveness and reconciliation with God instead of hatred and revenge.
Hesham did an MA in the History of the Arabs and Ph.D. studies in Islamic History.
In 2001, Hesham, who worked as a journalist at two Lebanese newspapers and adjunct professor (at AUB), met a retired Lutheran pastor, Rev. Dr. Bernie Lutz, working with the Lutheran Hour Ministry (LHM) in Beirut. Dr. Lutz plugged Hesham into the LCMS. Hesham moved to the US in 2004, finished his pastoral education at Concordia, Fort Wayne, IN.
Ministry to Muslims in Chicagoland:
In 2008, with the support of local churches, Hesham planted Salam Christian Fellowship, a mission to Muslims in the western suburbs of Chicago and has so far baptized 42 people from the Middle East.
Salam Christian Fellowship is a faith ministry that depends on the donations of God's people and their zeal to fulfill the Great Commission. Salam reaches out to refugees and new immigrants from eight Middle Eastern countries and shares the Gospel with Muslims in three languages (Arabic, Farsi, and English). Salam holds an informal celebration service meeting every week for converts, seekers, and Muslims.
More than Money: Restoring Mission to the Annual Budgetary Process
Michael E. Batts, the co-author of Church Finance: The Complete Guide to Managing Ministry Resources observed that, “many times churches engage in elaborate budget development processes without first evaluating whether their activities are in alignment with their mission and purpose. In some cases, churches operate without a well-defined expression of their mission and purpose.” This session is designed to introduce you to a tool that can assist congregations in identifying areas in the budget process where mission and vision might be connected to a greater degree.
Introduction to Getting Things Done®: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
This session is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of David Allen’s GTD®system of organization. We will explore the GTD®method for managing your To-Do lists and project lists. We will review Allen’s five phases of mastering workflow which can help to manage out of control email inboxes and capture ideas and action items from meetings. ©2019 David Allen Company. All Rights Reserved. GTD & Getting Things Done are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company.
Rev. Dr. R. Brian Stolarczyk is a senior pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Port Charlotte, FL. After working for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Brian became an LCMS pastor in 2005. As a parish pastor and former circuit visitor he has been able to utilize his accounting background in parish ministry. Brian’s Doctor of Ministry degree is in missional leadership and his final project was conducted in the area of mission and congregational budgeting.
Compassion India Outreach
Our goal is to serve the under-privileged poor village people of North India to improve their living standard through education and charity and bring them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We work through the local people who have the calling to plant Churches and reach these unreached people with the love of Christ. We find it most successful working through local people (leaders) whom we select, train and support financially for the mission. We’ll look at village life and worship of local people and how their lives were changed by the Gospel. We’ll also see how the poor people in a caste-driven society are hungry to hear the love of Christ.
Simple Habits for Marital Happiness
A satisfying marriage is built day-by-day through specific, small actions that show love on an ongoing basis. This session will provide precise words and behaviors that create a gratifying marriage. Simple Habits builds a vibrant rewarding marital relationship that becomes more fulfilling every year. Learn how to immediately improve and strengthen marriages within your church.
Dr. Schroeder is a retired professor of pastoral counseling from Concordia Theological Seminary. As a professor, he taught a number of classes in marriage counseling, family counseling, premarital counseling, crisis counseling, and more. Dr. Schroeder has a successful counseling practice at Cornerstone Lutheran Church and has written a book, SIMPLE HABITS FOR MARITAL HAPPINESS, to be released in November 2019.
Preaching in More Than Words
The best sermons stay with you, becoming a part of Sunday's dinner conversation, emerging again while driving to work the next day, and showing up unexpectedly to do battle with the temptations that emerge throughout the week. Memorable sermons keep people interacting with the Word of God long after they have left the pews. Learn how to engage the senses and help your congregation take the sermon home with them after Sunday morning. Skillful and appropriate use of visuals, congregation participation, object lessons and more will be discussed.
Carl Lehenbauer is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt, the oldest Lutheran church in the state of Wisconsin. He has served at Trinity since 2008, and his ministry experience also includes three summers at Camp Lakeview and student teaching at Walther Lutheran High School outside of Chicago. He loves to spend time with his wife and five children, and also enjoys camping, reading, basketball and DIY projects around the house.
Youth Ministry Strategy and Steps
A strategy of blending relational youth ministry with purpose-driven youth ministry to develop steps for student ownership so teens reach teens for Christ.
Donnie Stubblefield has been doing youth ministry for 25 years. Donnie met Byron Porisch in 1994 and that led to a long mentorship and God opening the door for Donnie to serve at St. John's Ellisville from 1996 to 2004. Donnie then served in Naperville, IL at Crossroads Community Church for 13 years. He is now developing Youth Ministry Coaching at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, IL while serving as a missionary for Casas por Cristo.
Biblical Principles for Leading and Following Well
It’s time to set aside the hero-leader myth. Leadership is not a person and it is not a position. Leadership is a social process involving the interaction of leaders and followers directed toward achieving a shared goal. As a result of this workshop you will be able to identify four kinds of follower abuse in the marketplace, discern between the three distinct types of followership found in the Bible and use the five levels of followership to assess what people need from you.
How to Self‐Publish Your Book
Getting your book in print has never been easier. You have access to software, tools, and services that can help you produce a quality product. Participants will learn how to conquer the writing challenge, how to test your working title, how to create a campaign to fund your project, how to get word-of-mouth jump-started, and how to make your book available on Amazon.
Improving Board Effectiveness
There are five types of governance models currently in use in LCMS congregations across the country. Participants will determine if they should change their current governance model or keep what they have, learn best practices for their type of governance, eliminate bad practices, and identify leverage points for healthy change.
Jim Galvin (Galvin and Associates, IL) is an organizational consultant and facilitator specializing in strategy, governance, and leadership development for faith-based nonprofits. Jim’s most recent book is titled I’ve Got Your Back. It is a leadership parable with a compelling story that delivers a concise theology of leadership and followership. As an author, Jim has been published by Zondervan, Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Baker, Navpress, Moody Press, Intervarsity Press, Focus on the Family, and last but not least, Concordia Publishing House. He is best known as the co-creator and co-senior editor of the best-selling Life Application Study Bible.
Caring for the Called
- To foster a culture of intentional, proactive, practical care and concern for the well-being of pastors, teachers, and other church workers;
- To communicate with key lay leadership groups regarding the need for care for their workers for the sake of the mission of the church;
- To encourage and assist congregations in establishing internal worker support systems oriented toward prevention, not only remediation;
- To offer resources for worker care; e. g., Grace Place, Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, Doxology, Concordia Health Plan Pastoral Support Network and Employee Assistance Program, PALS (for new pastors), and more;
- To follow up with church workers and lay leadership groups to encourage them to use these resources;
- To communicate with pastors, principals and other church workers in a variety of ways to support and encourage them.
Richard Koehneke was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1945 and was baptized into God's kingdom of grace at the age of 19 days. He is a product of the LCMS school system from kindergarten through seminary, attending college in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana, and seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
From 1971-1993 he served as a parish pastor in North Carolina, Maryland, and New Jersey. He was the first vice-president of the New Jersey District prior to coming to Fort Wayne. From 1993 until retirement in 2009 he was senior pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. He served for nine years on the LC-MS Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support and for eight years as a mentor pastor in the Pastoral Leadership Institute, in addition to being in the first group of PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support) facilitators from 1998-2001. During his ministry he supervised ten vicars and two DCE interns. While at Holy Cross he supervised thirty seminarians in their field education. He served for 15 years as one of the regular preaching pastors on “Worship for Shut-Ins.”
After retiring in 2009 he served part-time for over three years (2010-2013) at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in church relations and the Specific Ministry Pastor program. For two years (2013-2015) he coordinated a new wellness initiative at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. In 2014 he began serving part-time as ministerial health consultant for the Indiana District, coordinating the new “Caring for the Called” project. He is a member of the Indiana District Ministerial Health Committee and the LC-MS Ministerial Care Coalition.
A composer of numerous worship songs and hymns and several orders of service as well as two published stage productions, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Music Program. Dick and his wife Mary have two adult sons, Steven (married to Caitlin) and Brian (married to Jessica).
Microsoft Office for Lutheran Churches and Schools—Low-Cost and No-Cost Ways to be Safe and Productive with Your Organization’s Data
This session offers a brief discussion on ways churches and parochial schools can utilize Microsoft Office at little or no cost through special programs for each. We’ll explore a quick overview of Exchange, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Teams, Flow, Forms. We’ll also talk about how to protect your organization’s data in the era of Bring Your Own Device.
Scott Dart is the Executive Director of True Technology, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting churches, schools, and other nonprofits with technology solutions. He serves as the Communications and Technology Team Lead at Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO, where he’s wrestled with IT, infrastructure, software, end user training, support, and “But that’s the way we’ve always done it!”
Leadership Pipeline for your Church
Do you feel like you are doing everything? Do you ever ask yourself where are the leaders to take on this certain task? Do you want to raise up leaders in your church to help, support, and lead the church. In our time together you will hear the basic pieces of developing your church’s leadership pipeline and how it will help your church and you accomplish more for the Kingdom.
Sticky Discipleship in Youth Ministry
Are you frustrated with your youth program? Do you feel the youth are not getting anything out of your time with them? Well come and join me as we talk about idea for developing disciple in your youth ministry which sticks and stays for a lifetime.
Matt Koenig - I have served as a teacher, principal, DCE and now pastor in many churches in the LCMS over his 23+ years in ministry. I really enjoy exercise, Superheroes, carpentry, home projects, movies, and time with family. I am married to a Lutheran School Principal. I have two daughters Faith (Freshman at CUC majoring in LTE) and Hope (a Junior in High School). We also have a four-pound tea cup poodle named Teddy.
Growing Faith and Kingdom Through Simple Acts of Kindness!
Lee R Larsen has been the Ministry/P.A.C.K. Coordinator for Acts 1:8 Ministry and Pilgrim Lutheran Church & School, both of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the past 20 years. Throughout this time, I have been a part of performing monthly P.A.C.K. (Planned Acts of Christian Kindness) locally as well as encouraging Christians, now in 107 countries around the world, to do the same. I have witnessed firsthand the faith and kingdom-building attributes of performing P.A.C.K. on a routine basis and have been called to share this with as many as I can.
Worship: Traditional as Attractional
The three presenters craft and help lead the “traditional” worship services at all three of Cornerstone’s sites. Responding to a challenge to grow overall attendance by 10% in the next two years, we’ve compiled a list of fundamentals for preparing “traditional” worship services---a survey of assumptions and basic practices which will continue to sustain and strengthen these worship services as an attractional part of CLC’s overall ministry in the years to come.
Barry Bobb is currently serving ½-time as the Director of Sanctuary Music at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana and as Director of the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago. Prior to these positions Bobb worked at Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, Missouri, first as Editor for Music and Worship, and eventually as Vice President of the editorial department, overseeing all product development. In his early years he served as a grade school teacher and director of choral activities & chair of the theology department at a Lutheran high school. He attained his bachelor’s degree (Director of Parish Music) and a master’s degree in Church Music, both from Concordia University Chicago. In 2000 he received on honorary doctor of letters from his alma mater. He also has a master’s degree in theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri and did doctoral studies there. Barry has served on various non-profit boards of special ed and church music-related organizations in the U. S. including Lutheran Summer Music, LutheranArts, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He is probably best known for his books, Proclaim: A Guide for Planning Liturgy and Musicand Creative Worship for the Lutheran parish. He is also a published composer. He also serves as a book reviewer for The Choral Journal. Barry has a deep and abiding interest in the inter-relatedness of the Church’s theology, its music, liturgy and art, and faith formation.
Joshua Pedde is the artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world. In addition to conducting ICC’s advanced treble choirs, Josh is also the artistic director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir. During his nineteen years with the ICC, Mr. Pedde has been instrumental in growing the ICC’s Innovationsprogram which provides free music education workshops to public and private schools throughout central Indiana. Mr. Pedde serves at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Fishers, as director of worship and organist. He is the music director of the Carmel Community Choir and Orchestra. He is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the AGO. He has received training and certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, and First Steps methods of teaching. Mr. Pedde was an elementary music teacher in the Zionsville Public School system for five year before joining the ICC as a full-time conductor and from 2001-2005 Mr. Pedde was the Artistic Director of the Kokomo Youth Chorale. Mr. Pedde earned his bachelor of music degree in vocal music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University, where he was recognized for his outstanding work in elementary music and a DPM from Concordia Chicago. Josh delights in time spent with his wife, Laura, and children, Annabelle, Grayson, and Savannah.
Dan Calabrese serves as the organist and instrument director at Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Fishers. He assists in traditional worship planning and coordinates instruments used in worship, including handbells, brass, winds, strings and percussion. Dan grew up in the LCMS church in the Milwaukee area and has had an interest in organ playing from a very young age. Since he started playing for worship services in 1998 at the Lutheran Home for the Aging in Milwaukee, he has been leading worship from the organ bench in LCMS parishes for over 20 years. Other parishes served over those years include Blessed Savior Lutheran (New Berlin, Wisc.), University Lutheran (West Lafayette, Ind.) and St. James Lutheran (Lafayette, Ind.) until he moved to the Indianapolis area in 2007 and began playing at Cornerstone Lutheran. Outside of church work, Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states throughout the Midwest with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He is a junior principal and part owner at ARSEE Engineers in Fishers, Indiana. His firm focuses on structural and forensic engineering.
There is Hope…for Peace in the Classroom
Do you dream of transforming the lives of youth in your congregation with the Word of God, but the thought of middle school children causes anxiety?
Are Sunday school teachers or youth leaders frustrated because children are not listening, talking over each other, or just unresponsive to the lesson or leadership?
Is it hard to find volunteers to serve in children’s ministry because they are concerned about student behavior?
Join me for a session that will provide practical tools and time-tested strategies that empower leaders and teachers to have the time to transform the lives of youth with the Word of God.
Tina Kassebaum, a director of Christian education (DCE) in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for the past 22 years, has served congregations, schools and organizations in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. She is passionate about teaching and has taught in schools as a substitute teacher as well as serving as the director of extended care program. Today, the Lord has given her the opportunity to share her strategies and techniques to relieve stress that comes from challenging behaviors as we work with children and youth. She is also representing Christ For Youth Charities Foundation - providing grants for churches and 501c3 organizations that proclaim Jesus to children who have not heard the Gospel before.
The session will provide an overview of the DISC Model of Human Behavior to build more effective interpersonal relationships, better communication and increased productivity by focusing on individual strengths. We are not all wired the same way! Learn how to identify and understand each person’s wiring to create environments where people are energized, engaged, and committed.
Jane Callahan, RN, MBA, Director of Organizational Development
Jane’s 35 years in healthcare and 5 years in ministry uniquely qualify her to understand human behavior. As a certified Biblical DISC Practitioner, Jane believes this model works well in enhancing employee interpersonal relationships and therefore job satisfaction and productivity.
Compensation Decision Support Tool Overviews
The Compensation Decision Support Tools can now equip both churches and schools with external and internal data on salaries for a variety of positions within LCMS ministries. Ministries’ ability to have information readily available to assist them to make salary decisions can be a critical tool to help them attract and retain workers. This session will provide a high-level overview of the tool and its data, and a demonstration of the tool highlighting areas where ministries may have questions or seek additional guidance.
Beth Jones is the Director of Customer Solutions at Concordia Plan Services where she serves ministries by evaluating the customer experience and product and services that ministries can utilize. She brings over 15 years of Human Resource (HR) experience from both nonprofits and fortune 500 organizations in a variety of HR disciplines such as in effective recruitment, employee engagement, and compensation strategies. Beth is a lifelong LCMS member and is married to Brett Jones, a former LCMS teacher and principal who served in both Wisconsin and Illinois, and who is now enrolled as a second career seminarian at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. They have three children currently enrolled in a LCMS school in the St. Louis area.
Sizzle or Fizzle: Creating Videos that Connect - Phil Klopke
We all have a story that’s worth sharing but how do you create something that connects with your audience, church, and community around you. Come and hang out with the PLI team as Phil Klopke, Co Director of 1,000 Young Leaders, shares some quick tips for creating videos that connect. After learning this, you will realize that anyone can do it!
Your Story Has Power - Dave Ficken
I bet I can make you nervous with just one word. Are you ready for it? Don’t be afraid. Here it is… Evangelize. Nervous? Me too. This word gets a bad rap because it brings up worst case scenarios that have seared a fearful reaction into our minds. The good news? It doesn’t have to be scary anymore. In this 2-session breakout, PLI’s North American Program Director, Pastor Dave Ficken, will teach you how to communicate the Gospel through your story. By the end of our time together, you will:
- See how the Gospel is communicated through Story in the Bible
- Learn how story is a fun and non-intimidating way to share Jesus
- Assess and build out your own personal story
- Experience the power of listening to other people’s stories
This will be so practical, you will be able to go home and begin listening to and sharing stories with neighbors immediately. You don’t have to be an expert theologian to share the Gospel, just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God.
Increasing Your Influence - Kyrie Klopke
There is a simple way to identify where and to whom God has called you to. A way to be intentional with whom and where you spend your time and resources. A way to know with confidence that God has truly gone before you to make way for relationships and gospel infused communities.
Join Kyrie Klopke, PLI’s Co-Director of 1,000 Young Leaders as she shares not just the WHAT, but the HOW behind Holy Spirit led mission and shares tools you can walk away with that will bring clarity to the doors God has already opened to you.
Hilton Garden Inn Carmel/Indianapolis
13090 Pennsylvania Street
Carmel, IN 46032
- Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
- Onsite Garden Grille Restaurant and Pavilion Lounge
- Saltwater swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry®
Click here for reservations. Book by September 4, 2019 for group rate.
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis/Carmel
37 W 103rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46290
- Free High Speed Internet
- Fitness Center
Click here for reservations. Book by September 18, 2019 for group rate.
Residence Inn Indianapolis Carmel
11895 North Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
- Fitness center
- Free breakfast
- Free high-speed internet
Click here for reservations. Book by September 25, 2019 for group rate. When searching for rooms, be sure to add the dates of the conference (Oct 9-11).
SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Carmel
11855 N. Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
- Fitness center
- Free breakfast
- Free high-speed internet
Click here for reservations. Book by September 25, 2019 for group rate. When searching for rooms, be sure to add the dates of the conference (Oct 9-11).
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