All Workers Conference Workshop Listing

Workshop Listing for People of Promise

SED All Workers Conference

 This listing will be updated as we receive information from presenters


Pastoral Ministry

Faith, Literacy, and the Urban Challenge -  presented by Rev. Elliott Robertson  Faith Comes by Hearing.™ We are a Synod of books. 66 BOOKs in the Bible. Lutheran Service BOOK in the pew racks. BOOK of Concord held in high esteem. So how does a church in a city with underperforming schools and a congregation of greater than 10% functional illiteracy include everyone, teach effectively, and assist each to articulate personal faith?

The Essential Church – What happened to the First Amendment? -  presented by Rev. Dr. William Carr   Throughout this time of the Pandemic, numerous workers have raised concerns about decisions of the government and the First Amendment, why churches were not considered essential and their workers critical to the well-being of church members and community.

Discipleship to Gen Z - presented by Dr. Jacob Youmans, Director DCE Program, Concordia-Texas

Sharing the Mission Heartbeat: Church and School – presented by Sally Hiller  Sharing the same heartbeat, Church and School/Center work together to connect staff, students, and families to Jesus. Understanding the “why we do this” and sharing some of the “How we do this” is the basis of this presentation.

Creative Worship in This Time of Flux – presented by Don Schaefer   Don  discusses creative worship -both house church and congregational church- venues in this time of flux. Beginning with understanding that worship is a sensory experience, he explores ways in which worship might be encouraged through creative ways of using sight, sound, smell, touch, taste etc.

Engaging the Adult Learner – presented by Mark Schroeder   Mark was a key designer of the Synod curriculum to train new missionaries who were heading out to the mission field. His work took him into deep research on the learning styles of the adult learner.

Maximizing Technology for the Season to Come – presented by Phil Grimpo  Focusing on the season of Christmas

Relationships Count – Connecting with Millennialspresented by Rev. Mark Kiessling and DCE Juliana Shults   Mark Kiessling and Juliana Shults lead a discussion on the book Relationships Count.

Communications in Critical Situationspresented by Rev. Anton Lagoutine  Christ-centered communication for difficult conversations.


Workshops in Family Life Ministry

Sunday School – Hybrid Learning – presented by Liz Bejot and Joseph Hope-Hull    Sunday School goes digital – and in person. The lessons we learned when the building closed.

Faith, Literacy, and the Urban Challenge – presented by Rev. Elliott Robertson   ™Faith Comes by Hearing.™ We are a Synod of books. 66 BOOKs in the Bible. Lutheran Service BOOK in the pew racks. BOOK of Concord held in high esteem. So how does a church in a city with underperforming schools and a congregation of greater than 10% functional illiteracy include everyone, teach effectively, and assist each to articulate personal faith?

Discipleship to Gen Zpresented by Dr. Jacob Youmans, Director DCE Program, Concordia-Texas

Children’s Ministry presented by Kathy Unverferht

Children’s Ministry for Church, School, and in the Home – presented by Belinda Bost   Belinda is the Children’s Minister at Concordia, Conover. She continues to develop resources so that Christian Education can be supported and resourced in the home. If you are looking for ideas for Sunday School, home education, Bible lessons for children, or in supporting your Lutheran School-at-Home, you will find much for your work in the workshop.

Maximizing Technology for the Season to Come - presented by Phil Grimpo   Focusing on the Season of Christmas 


Education

Faith, Literacy, and the Urban Challenge – presented by Rev. Elliott Robertson    ™Faith Comes by Hearing.™ We are a Synod of books. 66 BOOKs in the Bible. Lutheran Service BOOK in the pew racks. BOOK of Concord held in high esteem. So how does a church in a city with underperforming schools and a congregation of greater than 10% functional illiteracy include everyone, teach effectively, and assist each to articulate personal faith?

Children’s Ministry – presented by Kathy Unverferht

Meeting the Toddler and Preschooler Where They Are in this COVID Time - Michelle Swain-Clauberg    Our very youngest are faced with processing a pandemic when they have the least tools to process such drastic change. Michelle is Director of the King of Glory Lutheran School and discusses how to manage the classrooms and gathering places of our youngest learners: toddlers and preschoolers.

Children’s Ministry for Church, School, and in the Home – presented by Belinda Bost   Belinda is the Children’s Minister at Concordia, Conover. She continues to develop resources so that Christian Education can be supported and resourced in the home. If you are looking for ideas for Sunday School, home education, Bible lessons for children, or in supporting your Lutheran School-at-Home, you will find much for your work in the workshop.

Digital Learning Environment presented by Matthew Bergholt   On-line teaching and virtual meetings are here to stay. Learn tips for using on-line resources.

School and Church in Mission – presented by Sally Hiller    Sharing the same heartbeat, Church and School/Center work together to connect staff, students, and families to Jesus. Understanding the “why we do this” and sharing some of the “How we do this” is the basis of this presentation.


Soul Care

Making Christian Counseling More Than Christ Centeredpresented by Dr. Marrs

Counseling – presented by Dr. Dave Ludwig

Grief Share – presented by Denise Wright    Grief Share is a ministry offered by several of the congregations of the Southeastern District. It offers a Safe Place for those who are grieving to work through their emotions, feelings, and rebuilding. It is an opportunity to serve the larger neighborhood at a time when sharing Christ’s hope is indeed a precious gift.

Retirement Readiness – presented by Art Umbach    Being ready for retirement begins well before the date of retirement. Pastor Art Umbach offers thoughts (and practical encouragement) in this conversation about retirement.

A Prayer Life -  presented by Robie Hillhouse    Help in processing the hows and whys of developing a pattern of prayer life were among the most requested items in a recent survey of church workers. This workshop will focus on prayer disciplines, getting started, growing in keeping sacred time, and learning to listen to God.

Don’t Lose Your Balance – presented by Stacey Crosson    The Wellness Wheel helps to visualize those areas where worker wellness can be in and/or out of balance. Learn how to approach wellness for a wholistic approach in this workshop.


Neighborhood Outreach

Neighborhood Missionaries in Action – presented by Sally Hiller    Sharing Good News Reports from around the District, Sally speaks about the Neighborhood Missionary building relationships and making connections.

Outreach in the Pandemic – presented by Matt Peeples

Missioninsite – A Neighborhood Mission Tool – presented by Kirk Hymes    Connecting people with Jesus begins with getting to know your neighbors. Do you know who they are and what they are interested in? Where do you begin when you want to learn about your neighborhood? Missioninsite is an incredible resource that helps you take an in-depth look at your neighborhood. In this session, Kirk Hymes will help to unlock the resources of a demographic study of a neighborhood.

Sharing the Mission Heartbeat: Church and School – presented by Sally Hiller    Sharing the same heartbeat, Church and School/Center work together to connect staff, students, and families to Jesus. Understanding the “why we do this” and sharing some of the “How we do this” is the basis of this presentation.

Now is the Time for Effective Outreach – presented by Peter Meier    Many are saying we have stopped, there is nothing we can do, yet this moment is just the moment to boldly share the Gospel. Participants in this session will explore effective outreach strategies and techniques.

How to Join Jesus in a Season of Social Distancing – presented by Greg  and Susan Finke    One of the questions Dwelling 1:14 has been asked the most over the last six months is, "How can we live missionally when we are in an extended season of social distancing? How can we develop relationships with our neighbors when we are constantly being reminded to keep our distance?" In this session, Greg and Susan Finke share what they have learned and what they are seeing as congregations are still joining Jesus in His mission.

Standing in the Gap – Welcoming Our Muslim Neighbors – presented by Yvette Moy    Yvette speaks of the ministry opportunities before us in sharing Jesus with our Muslim neighbors. A missionary movement to bring the Gospel to the 500,000 Muslims living in the DC area. She shares her work with the Crescent Project and her passion for helping people to see Jesus.


Church and School Administration

Copyrights presented by Sirpa Quinn    How does copyright apply to the church and why bother? Whenever we quote someone, we are taught to put in a footnote to reference it. If we publish someone else's artwork, music or written word we are called to respect the ownership of copyright. With some resources, planning and information, our churches can show the world that we do look outside ourselves, and respect and commend composers and creators, acknowledging the gifts they have. Sirpa will share information about copyright infringement penalties (yes, they actually fine churches too) and how to avoid them.

What Church Treasurers Want to Know – presented by Michelle Guilfoil    Looking for help with The Treasurer’s Manual, PPP reporting, questions about financial management? This workshop covers many financial topics.

Concordia Plans – Here to Serve – presented by Louis Johnson    There is so much that Concordia Plans has to offer the workers of our congregations, schools, and missions. In this session, you will learn about Plans for workers that include the well being of the worker.


Coaching

Could Coaching Be in Your Future? – presented by Tina Jasion    Is coaching really different from other helping skills? What’s the difference between coaching, mentoring, consulting, advice giving, teaching or other ways to help and support others? In this workshop,  Tina Jasion will share with you what coaching really is and how it is not only a powerful way to help but also will compliment who you are as a caring servant.

Built for Boldness – presented by Travis Guse    Discovering and harnessing our God-given talents to build a strengths-based life and ministry.  The idea is God has given us what we need for the journey in life He has called us to in the gift of His workmanship and design as we hear in Eph 2:10. 


Technology

Digital Learning Environment – presented by Matt Bergholt    On-line teaching and virtual meetings are here to stay. Learn tips for using on-line resources.

Maximizing Technology for the Season to Come – presented by Phil Grimpo    Focusing on the Season of Christmas.


Personal Well-Being

Built for Boldness – presented by Travis Guse    Discovering and harnessing our God-given talents to build a strengths-based life and ministry.  The idea is God has given us what we need for the journey in life He has called us to in the gift of His workmanship and design as we hear in Eph 2:10. 

Retirement Readiness – presented by Art Umbach    Being ready for retirement begins well before the date of retirement. Art Umbach offers thoughts (and practical encouragement) in this conversation about retirement.

Concordia Plans – Here to Serve – presented by Louis Johnson    There is so much that Concordia Plans has to offer the workers of our congregations, schools, and missions. In this session, you will learn about Plans for workers that include the wellbeing of the worker. 


COVID 19 Topics

The Essential Church – What happened to the First Amendment? - Rev. Dr. William Carr    Throughout this time of the Pandemic, numerous workers have raised concerns about decisions of the government and the First Amendment, why churches were not considered essential and their workers critical to the well-being of church members and community.


Conversations on Race

Be the Bridge presented by Natasha Bowlds    2 Corinthians 5:18 reads, “All this from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us a ministry of reconciliation,” but where do we begin? Learn how to develop groups to walk through the discussions and the steps to racial reconciliation through the Word of God.

Conversations on Race presented by Nikki Rochester    It's a touchy subject these days; but it's on our hearts and minds. As ambassadors of God's love, let's facilitate some conversation.

Gen Z - presented by Heath Lewis    As Generation Z enters into adulthood, they remain a mystery to many in American culture—including the Christian church. What do ministry leaders need to know in order to effectively reach and serve Gen Z in the coming years? In this session, we will discover who Gen Z is; what matters most to them; and, using emerging research from within the LCMS, learn five things Gen Z wants to tell today's church about how we can better serve their generation.