October 17-19, 2018
Beaver Run Resort Breckenridge, Colorado
At this year’s conference we will explore the identities of the students in our classrooms, youth rooms, hallways, and churches. Keynote speakers and Bible study leaders will provide information, insights, challenge, and encouragement as we engage in crucial conversations about our own identities in Christ and the identities of those we serve.
- Who is the modern learner?
- Who are their parents?
- How do we effectively engage them in learning?
- How might we create safe environments for kids to remove their identity masks?
- How do we help students to effectively grasp the significance of their identity in Christ?
- How do I integrate my personal identity in Christ with my ministry role?
Some conversations are crucial. Identity is one of them.
Large Group Session Leaders
DCE Cassie Schermbeck - Conference Emcee
DCE Cassie Schermbeck is the Director of Faith Development at Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colorado where she brings contagious joy and energy to everything she does and everyone she meets. Prior to her call to Colorado, Cassie served at a Lutheran High School in Illinois, and at two congregations in Texas. Her husband Tim is a rostered teacher currently teaching public school. They have two children. Cassie still loves the Cubs and the Spurs but has adopted the Broncos since moving to Colorado in July. She likes to swim but is using "elevation" and "altitude" as excuses as long as she can.
David Langewisch - Conference Bible study leader
My name is David Langewisch. First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, I come to this conference, not as some high-credentialed speaker, but as a servant of Christ desiring to be used by him to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from synodical schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, our four children, and one grandson, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other classes I’ve taken, positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, this will be a good conference.
During the large group sections we will hear from two key leaders in our church body about the complex and critical topic of identity. We will then engage around the table in crucial conversations about the implications for our classrooms, youth rooms, and churches.
Dr. Joel Oesch is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of Graduate Programs at Concordia University Irvine. Prior to his professorship, Joel served as a Director of Christian Education in Hawaii (1997-2001) and Texas (2001-06), specializing in high school and college student ministry. His academic interests explore the relationship between faith and technology, embodied theology, and the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Joel is the author of More Than a Pretty Face, a text about the relationship between embodied theology and social media. (Wipf & Stock, 2017) He also enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and all manner of sports. He lives with his beautiful wife, Tiffany, and three kids (with one more on the way!) in Laguna Hills, California.
Rev. Leon Jameson is Associate Pastor of Next Gen Ministries at Hales Corners Lutheran Church in suburban Milwaukee. Leon draws from his experiences in this congregation of 9,000 and from twenty years of leadership with young people (and not-so-young people) to deliver creative, authentic, and practical ideas that influence those whose passion is to influence the next generation. Leon loves to run with wife, Gretchen; defeat his 10 year-old daughter, Sydney in light saber duels; and consume vast quantities of Fruity Pebbles with his kindergarten daughter, Rielle. Pastor Leon’s mission is to live for Jesus, leading others to do the same.
Breakout Sessions are Back!
In addition to large group sessions, networking, and keynote speakers, the conference will include breakout sessions on various topics. We are seeking educators to lead 45 minute sessions on a variety topics of interest and expertise. If you are interested in leading a breakout session, please CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL.
Registration is Now Open!
$109 Early Bird Registration
(Registration is $129 after September 14th)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. School/congregations will be billed by the district following the close of registration. Administrators, please register each person who will be in attendance.
The conference will be hosted once again at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO.
To make Room Reservations at Beaver Run, please CLICK HERE!