Siebert Lutheran Foundation  

Change or Die 2017

Siebert Lutheran Foundation's Annual Change or Die Conference provides an opportunity for Lutheran ministry leaders to network and learn from each other. The event is a safe place for assembling people and building relationships across the Lutheran denominations. In 2016, over 350 Lutheran ministry leaders joined us at the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center to hear six speakers and panelists discussing Building Vital Faith Communities. Watch full videos of last year's presentations on the 2016 Change or Die web page.

This October marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. At the heart of this movement was Martin Luther's rediscovery of the Gospel message. "The Word of the Lord Endures Forever" was the motto of the Reformation and still rings true for today's Lutherans - the message of the Gospel remains unchanged. However, our world would be unrecognizable to Martin Luther, so we must focus on staying relevant to reach those in need of Christ's love and redemption.

As Siebert Lutheran Foundation continues to focus on growing the Body of Christ, this year at our Change or Die Conference we are presenting innovative ways to grow the church, reach all generations with the message of the Gospel, and procure resources to sustain the important work entrusted to pastors and ministry leaders.

Registration is now open! (See below.)
2017 Change or Die Conference
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Country Springs Hotel
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Registration & Networking begins at 9:15 a.m.
Program from 10:15 a.m. - 4:20 p.m. (Lunch included)
Networking, Drinks & Appetizers from 4:20 - 5:30 p.m.

If you'd like to reserve a room at Country Springs Hotel, please call them at 262.547.0201 and tell them you're attending the Change or Die Conference to receive our special group rate ($109/night).
While the conference itself is free of charge, attendees are responsible for the arranging and paying for any needed hotel accommodations.

2017 Change or Die Speakers

Rev. Billy Brath

Rev. Billy Brath is an Experience Designer who works with churches, organizations, and leaders to develop and produce ministries that effectively reach the culture today.


Rev. Jodi Houge

In 2008, Rev. Jodi Houge started Humble Walk Lutheran Church in a coffee shop during her last year of seminary and has been running to catch up with where this community leads her ever since.


Pr. Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy

Rev. Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy

Rev. Chick Lane serves as Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN, and Grace Duddy Pomroy is a millennial stewardship ministry leader. They co-authored "Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life."


2017 Panel: Innovative Ministry Practices


Rev. Christopher Bodley

In 2012, Rev. Christopher Bodley accepted the Call from the Michigan District to serve as Missionary-at-large in Detroit for Acts 2 Enterprise, a strategic and holistic urban outreach initiative of the Michigan District, LCMS, and as pastor of Bethany, Detroit.


Dr. John C. Johnson

Dr. John C. Johnson has 40 years of both teaching and counseling experience. He has taught psychology at the undergraduate level and counselor education at Marquette University’s school of graduate studies.


Mr. Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is serving as the mission developer for Chicken Coop Church, a rural church plant he and his wife started in January of 2014 in the north woods of Wisconsin.


To watch the presentations from previous conferences, please click on the year: 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Supporting Sponsor:

Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial is looking for people who want to begin a life-changing career centered on faith, family, and friends. Do you know someone who has an entrepreneurial/self-starter/business-owner mentality? Is connected to the Christian community? Has a pattern of past success? Demonstrates a strong work ethic? Is highly competent and can be trusted? If so, Thrivent would like to talk to him or her about a career with Thrivent Financial. please email all inquires to:
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Change or Die 2017 Registration Form

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Our 2017 Planning Commitee consists of:


Rev. Walter Baires, Ascension, Milwaukee
Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Milwaukee
Michelle Burmeister, Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Deborah Engel, Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Gretchen Jameson, Concordia University
Rev. Mark Jeske, Time of Grace Ministry and St. Marcus Lutheran Church, Milwaukee
Rev. Dr. John Parlow, St. Mark Lutheran Church, De Pere
Rev. Randy Raasch, First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg
Rev. Matthew Short, Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA
Brenda Skelton, Siebert Lutheran Foundation



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