Siebert Lutheran Foundation  

2017 Change or Die Conference

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2018 Change or Die Conference
Thursday, October 11th

NEW 2018 Location: Milwaukee Marriott West
Waukesha, Wis.

2018 registration will open in May.

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. On October 12, 2017, more than 325 Lutheran ministry leaders joined us at the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center to hear three speakers talk about ways of growing Luther's impact, and listen to a panel discussion about Innovative Ministry Practices.

Please click on the speakers' names below to learn more about each person and see full videos of their presentations. They're also available on Siebert's YouTube Channel.

Presentation videos are now available! Click on the speaker's name below to view his or her video.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

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


Click here for a video of the panel discussion.


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:

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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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