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Sessions & Speakers

Thursday, October 27, 2022
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Morning Networking

9:10 a.m. Keynote

SEARCHING FOR LYDIA:
FOLLOWING GOD INTO A HOPEFUL FUTURE 

Featuring keynote speaker Dwight Zscheile, author of "The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age."

In a time when our society faces a deepening spiritual crisis and growing numbers of people are disconnected from religious institutions, how might churches follow God's lead into relationships with spiritually curious neighbors? In Acts 16, Paul and his companions took an improvisational journey led by the Spirit to discover Lydia, a spiritual seeker. How might we learn from their journey in our day?

Speaker Bio

Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age, and a multitude of other publications. A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he is an ordained Episcopal priest and has served congregations in Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

Speaker Bio

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Dwight Zscheile

VP of Innovation and Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership

Luther Seminary

11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

1. OPENING THE NEW FRONT DOOR TO YOUR CHURCH:
DIGITAL MINISTRY AS AN ON-RAMP TO THE CONGREGATION 

Pastor Bill Limmer
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Rev. Bill Limmer

Pastor

Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church

Over the last thirty years. God has blessed Pastor Limmer with the opportunity to serve congregations and communities throughout the upper Midwest. And along the way, Pastor Limmer has trained pastors in Zambia and Malawi to share the good news of Jesus to their congregations, community, and nations. He is super excited for the hybrid model of ministry that is now a present reality, as it presents a God-given opportunity to go wider and deeper at the same time. Pastor Limmer lives with his wife Jacky and their daughter Alyssa in Franklin, WI. Pastor Limmer's son Andrew lives near Phoenix, AZ with his wife Taylor and daughter Zoe. Pastor Limmer's hobbies include running and experimenting with his Traeger smoker.

We are navigating the biggest communication shift since the Reformation. The Great Commission is about reaching people where they are at. There are 5 billion internet users today. That number is reportedly growing by 500,000 a day. People are online and in order to reach them, we need to share the Gospel online. In this session we will talk about using the internet as a front door to Christianity and to your church.

2. FAITHFULLY TENDING THE VINEYARD:
PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A REACTIVE WORLD
Pastor Jenny Sung

Each of us has a vital call in this next reformation, and the last couple years we have been pivoting and tending to the immediate. As a result, our leadership may have shifted to become more reactive versus proactive. Over time this takes a toll on our bodies and our congregations. Take a holy pause and realign or rediscover where God is calling you to tend in this vineyard. Walk away with tangible next steps and tools to keep you a few steps ahead instead of feeling two steps behind.

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Rev. Jenny Sung

#FreeRangePastor

St. Paul Area Synod of ELCA

Reverend Jenny Sung is an ordained #FreeRangePastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America meaning she spends most of her time traveling, preaching, speaking, writing, and coaching leaders how to heal through brave love and beloved community. She received her Masters of Divinity through Luther Seminary and is the founder and co-director of One Dance Company, a professional modern dance company in the Twin Cities. Connect with Rev. Sung via linktr.ee/FreeRangePastorJenny

3. LEVEL UP: PRACTICES AND TOOLS USED TO EMPOWER
THE NEXT GENERATION
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Mr. Phil Klopke

Director of 1,000 Young Leaders - MBA

Pastoral Leadership Institute

Phil Klopke servers with the PLI Leadership team in Nashville, TN. He and his wife are coDirectors of a learning community called 1,000 Young Leaders. He has a passion for equipping leaders to access further clarity so they can carry out their God dreams to further Kingdom Impact. Prior to joining the PLI team, he spent five years planting a church and college ministry in Southwest Florida.

3. LEVEL UP: PRACTICES AND TOOLS USED TO
EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION
Phil Klopke

How would the young leaders in your church or organization describe their Christian leadership development? Can they name their specific gifts, talents, and passions? Would they describe you as someone who has empowered them to live out their unique God-given purpose? Countless times, young leaders describe themselves lacking clarity and purpose in life. God is engaging leaders of younger generations in unexpected ways and in places that only they can reach. Are you empowering them to name it and step into it or are you just standing in the way? Join Phil Klopke, Co-Director of 1,000 Young Leaders, to learn tools and practices to come alongside and engage your young leaders today.

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Mr. Phil Klopke

Director of 1,000 Young Leaders - MBA

Pastoral Leadership Institute

Phil Klopke servers with the PLI Leadership team in Nashville, TN. He and his wife are coDirectors of a learning community called 1,000 Young Leaders. He has a passion for equipping leaders to access further clarity so they can carry out their God dreams to further Kingdom Impact. Prior to joining the PLI team, he spent five years planting a church and college ministry in Southwest Florida.

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Themed Round Table Discussions

1:55 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Closing Panel

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Reception (networking, cocktails, and appetizers)