Location: Carol Joy Holling Center, Ashland
Conference Schedule: April 5, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; April 6, 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lodging is included in your registration fee. (See below for further details)
Registration Fee: $155 per person
Registration Deadline: March 19, 2018
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ESV
As Lutheran educators, we strive to follow God’s instructions in Deuteronomy 6:4-7. This conference will focus on our Lutheran Ethos and how we integrate the faith in our schools and classrooms. Presenters will provide you with tools to strengthen your witnessing skills and equip you to share these resources in your school, congregation, and community.
Because this year’s theme covers all levels of education, our sessions will be presented to the entire group of participants instead of separating ECE directors and school administrators. Pastors, especially those at congregations with an early childhood center, are also encouraged to attend day one with or in place of their administrator/director so that every school/center is represented.
LIVING • LOVING • LEARNING
Every One His Witness is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, co-workers, and any other non-churched people you may know. You’ll also learn tools to help you listen and connect better with those in your congregation. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing in your everyday life.
President Snow has encouraged every Nebraska District congregation to utilize this new tool to equip their members. Rev. Rich Boring, Nebraska District Assistant to the President for Outreach and New Ministries, will lead participants through an abbreviated version of this study. As leaders in your congregations, you will then be equipped to lead your students, families and congregation members as they become equipped to witness to others through their various vocations.
Participants will need to purchase a kit (or use one already purchased by their congregation) prior to the conference and bring it with them. In order to assist congregations with this purchase, the Nebraska District has grant funds available to congregations to pay for 1/2 the cost of a kit (up to $65). Congregations that wish to share a kit, such as dual parishes, neighboring congregations, etc., may request up to $65 in grant funds to offset the costs of additional workbooks. Only one grant award per congregation.
Kits and additional materials can be ordered from the CPH website. CPH has provided a media kit to help congregations inform members and publicize training opportunities. Click here to access the media kit.
Congregations that purchase a kit may apply for a grant from the Nebraska District.Click here for the grant application. Contact the District missions and outreach department at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Other conference presentations will offer additional resources for integrating the faith in our Lutheran Schools and encouragement for serving together in ministry.
Lorinda Sankey, Associate Dean of the College of Education for Health and Human Sciences at Concordia University, Nebraska, will present Genesis for Schools and Classrooms. Investigate God’s perfect application of Law and Gospel in Genesis. Learn how it speaks to school and classroom environments, relationships, core values, rules, consequences, and response to sin.
Bob Ziegler and Ken Sankey will share information about the new Lutheran School Ministry Program which is primarily designed for non-LCMS educators who serve in Lutheran schools and desire additional training to incorporate the Lutheran educational ethos into their classrooms. The program provides practical instruction on what makes a Lutheran Christian education truly distinctive.
What is the role of a Lutheran educator? What does it mean to be in Ministry? All of our staff members are in ministry. How do we move from contracts to “Calls?” Acts 6:1-6 talks about a mediate call to ministry. There were three distinguishing characteristics: they were to be of good repute (reputations), full of the Spirit, and of wisdom. Is this true for all of your staff? Lee Schluckebier, a retired professor who has taught courses at Concordia to education students preparing for a call, will lead this session.
Social/Emotional Needs: In light of the recent profile of the shooter in Florida, this session will discuss how we in Lutheran schools can help students form healthy relationships, make smart choices, and take personal accountability for their actions. Rev. Justin Hannemann, assistant to the District President for Ministerial Health and Executive Director of Grace Point Institute for Relational Health, is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Topics will include how to boost a child’s ability to build self-confidence, foster acceptance, patience, empathy, and more.
Lutheran Ethos 1,2,3: You have all received emails over the past couple years, explaining a resolution from the LCMS Convention in 2016 which aims to encourage and strengthen the Lutheran Ethos of our LCMS early childhood centers, elementary schools, and high schools. Learn more about the District’s work to provide a report to Synod at the 2019 Convention stating what has been done to strengthen the Lutheran Ethos of our schools, along with an evaluation and recommendation for further strengthening.
Lodging: The conference will be held at Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center. The Thrivent Room on the lower level of the Swanson Center will serve as our meeting space. Meals will be served at the Sjogren Center. Lodging will be reserved at both the Swanson Center and in the Sjogren Center.
Standard rooms are double occupancy. Roommates will be assigned unless noted on your registration form. Single
rooms are available at an additional charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please mark your preferences on the
registration form and pay the corresponding registration fee.
Registration includes the cost of meeting space, lodging on Thursday night and meals during the conference. Lunch and
dinner on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, and access to the 24-hour snack bar with a limited amount of snacks and
refreshments are included. Feel welcome to bring your own snacks & refreshments for the evening. Space will be
available for fellowship time on Thursday evening.
Click here to download the conference registration form to return by mail.