Siebert Lutheran Foundation  

2019 Change or Die Conference


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The Conference was held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha, Wis.

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 2019 we are celebrating 10 years of bringing people together with speakers and discussions focused on ways to Reimagine Ministry and Siebert is delighted to present Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. President Meyer will share reasons to be optimistic about the future of the church and the ways the church could evolve to spread the Gospel more effectively. Also joining us is Rev. Heidi Neumark from Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan. Rev. Neumark is the author of "Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx" and she will talk about ways to engage your ministry in the reality around you and how to organize the community to build up leadership and create change. More information about President Meyer and Rev. Neumark is below, along with details about the 2019 panel discussion, Creative Stewardship.

If you are planning on staying overnight at the Milwaukee Marriott West, you may take advantage of the conference group rate of $149.00 per night and book by Sept. 18, 2019. Book online using this link or call 262.574.0888 and tell the hotel you are part of the Change or Die Conference group.

The Change or Die Conference's generous sponsors enable Siebert to continue offering this complimentary event to the Lutheran community. Please click on their logos or names below to learn more about their products or services and make sure to visit their exhibitor tables on the day of the conference.

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Contributing Sponsors:


GROTH Design Group


2019 Change or Die registration is now closed. 

2019 Change or Die Speakers

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer is the president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. President Meyer has been speaking and preaching for more than 40 years and his areas of interest and study include 1 Peter, the church in a changing culture, and the Sabbath applied to life today.


Rev. Heidi Neumark

Rev. Heidi Neumark

Rev. Heidi Neumark is a founding member of South Bronx Churches, an ecumenical community organizing group that trained local leaders, built hundreds of low-cost homes, and established a top-ranked public high school.


2019 Panel: Creative Stewardship


Click here to watch the panel discussion video.


Facilitator - Ms. Sue Steege

Ms. Sue Steege is the Director of Transformation Ministries at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, New York. Ms. Steege has served in many educational and leadership roles and extensive experience with Karpenko Institute for Nurturing and Developing Leadership Excellence (KINDLE).


Rev. Frank Italiano

Rev. Frank Italiano is the Lead Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete, Ill., empowering others to use their gifts to support Trinity's ministries.


Mrs. Lori Lorig

Mrs. Lori Lorig is the leader of Faith Unleashed and has been an active Christian leader and volunteer coordinator for over thirty years.



Our 2019 Planning Commitee consists of:


Rev. Walter Baires, ELCA South Central Synod of Wisconsin
Rev. Dr. Bruce Becker, Time of Grace Ministry
Rev. Heidi Borkenhagen, Grace Lutheran Church, Grafton
Michelle Burmeister, Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Gretchen Jameson, Concordia University
Charlotte John-Gomez, Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Rev. Dr. John Parlow, St. Mark Lutheran Church, De Pere
Rev. Randy Raasch, First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg
Rev. Matthew Short, ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod
Rev. Tom Wink, Retired, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Pewaukee

To watch the presentations from previous conferences, please click on the year: 201820172016


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