Schedule of Events
Friday, April 26th
5:30 p.m. - Check-in/Registration
6:00 p.m.Evening Prayer - Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller
7:00 p.m. - Coffee Break
7:30 p.m. - Plenary 1: The Three Estates & Christian Vocation
8:45 p.m. - Gemütlichkeit - At The German Table
Saturday, April 27th
8:00 a.m. - Matins - Rev. Jeremy Freeman
9:00 a.m. - Coffee Break 9:30 a.m. - Plenary 2: Challenges of the Three Estates: Living Faithfully as a Christian Family
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Breakout Session 1
1:00 p.m. - Breakout Session 2
2:00 p.m. - Break
2:15 p.m. - Breakout Session 3
3:15 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion with Q & A
4:00 p.m. - Vespers - Rev. Andrew Tessone
Breakout Sessions 2019
Breakout Session 1
Tips for Parents and Youth on the
Led by Rev. Steve Andrews, Jr.
For what career should I study? To which I college should I go? How do I help my child prepare for college? How are we ever going to pay for this? What questions should I even be asking?! There’s a lot to consider during those final high school years. And, all too often, our faith ends up left out of the conversation altogether. Join Pastor Andrews as he explores the Scriptures to find answers to these, and many other, questions. Pastor Andrews is the Associate Pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Lee’s Summit, where he and his wife Hannah are parents to three adorable children.
Breakout Session 2
A Study of Luke 15: The Son and the Father Led by Rev. Tyler Arnold
Join Pastor Arnold as he leads a study on Luke 15, especially the parable of the prodigal son. Participants will examine the son and his misdeeds; take a look at the father and his reaction; and consider the son who was lost, but ends up within the father’s household. Pastor Arnold is nearing the completion of the Doctor of Ministry degree at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He is Senior Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, MO, where he and his wife Andrea live. They have two sons.
Breakout Session 3
A Quiver Full…or Not So Full: The Blessing
Led by Rev. Allen Braun
Our culture has lost sight of children as a blessing. Rather, we live in a world which chases after worldly, temporary things, in the place of children. So what does the Bible have to say about this? Are children there for our benefit? To “complete” us? Are they a biological product which we manufacture in a factory, or are they a gift from God. Join Pastor Braun to see what Holy Scripture has to say. Pastor Braun and his wife Laura have six children. He lives just south of Cole Camp, where he serves as Pastor of Mt. Hulda Lutheran Church. He is also the Vacancy Pastor of Amigos de Christo in Sedalia, and is the Pastoral Assistant and Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, MO.
Breakout Session 4
God Made Dirt: Vocation and Creation in Light of the Resurrection
Led by Rev. Jeffrey Hemmery
We are dislocated people. Stuck between the “very good” of the original Eden and the perfection of the New Creation, we’ve become afraid of a little dirt, scrubbing grit from under our fingernails and blasting germs away with shots of Purell. How does getting our hands a little bit dirty confess both the goodness of creation and our hope for a real, bodily resurrection? What does our hope for resurrection mean for our every day vocations. Come to this session to find out!. Pastor Hemmer is the pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, IL, and is the author of Man Up! He and his wife Laura are blessed with six children.
Breakout Session 5
Old Time Promises from 1 Peter 1:3-9
Led by Rev. Fred Hertwig
As we age it seems that time goes faster and we accomplish less. May we “rest in peace” before we slip away from our families? Now way! God promises that the highest quality of life is ours in Christ Jesus. Empty nesting, grand-parenting, and everything else with which the LORD blesses us as we age is work which God has designed for us to do! Pastor Hertwig is enjoying retirement with his lovely wife Jane. Together, the Hertwigs have four adult children.
Breakout Session 6
Who Controls the Checkbook?
Led by Rev. Jesse Kueker
In a world without checkbooks, nobody does! But when it comes to the financial mechanisms of our day, whether Venmo or ApplePay, who controls the money? Difficulties with family finances are a leading cause of marital discord. With eleven years of business experience and a knack for personal financial responsibility, Pastor Kueker will guide participants toward a faithful way of managing money as husband and wife. Pastor Kueker is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, MO. His wife is Alyssa and, together, they have three children. They love where God has placed them are thankful to be a part of this wonderful conference.
Breakout Session 7
What to do with Same Sex Attraction, and Those Who Suffer From It
Led by Rev. Kristopher Morris
Pastor Morris and his wife, Sheri, have been married for fifteen years, and are the parents of four children, ages 12, 9, 6, and 4. Nowadays it seems that almost every family has to deal with the topic of homosexuality. Whether it be a co-worker, classmate, or family member, we al know someone who struggles with same-sex attraction. How do we respond in a faithful Christian manner? How do we show love without watering down God’s Law? Pastor Morris will lead participants in a discussion which will seek to equip in practical ways to “speak the truth in love” about this sensitive subject.
Breakout Session 8
Dealing with Divorce
Led by Rev. Tyler Poppen
It is fairly safe to say that divorce has touched almost every single family in some way. Whether a divorce has occurred in your own life, your parents’, your children’s, your sibling’s, or even in the lives of your close friends, it has numerous effects on our relationships. The Scriptures are clear on God’s design for marriage and what He has to say about divorce. This breakout will examine the reality of divorce in our lives and how God speaks of divorce in His Holy Word. Pastor Poppen, a child of divorce himself, is married to Katie, and together they have three boys: Dean, Hank, and August. He is pastor of Holy Cross & St. John Lutheran churches in Cole Camp, MO.
Breakout Session 9
Welcoming People with Special Needs
Led by Rev. Erik Rottmann
Jesus our God welcomed people with special needs. You have the same power because “the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Romans 8:9). In addition to discussing what “special needs” are, this breakout session will: 1) offer you biblical perspectives that transform thinking; and 2) suggest specific ways to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). Pastor Rottmann serves as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Versailles, MO, where he and his wife Kelly live with their three sons.
Breakout Session 10
If I Knew Then What I Know Now..
Led by Rev. Paul Schulz
Why in the world would you attend a breakout session taught by someone under 30 who has been married for less than 5 years? It doesn’t seem like the wisest decision. However, the central tenets of marriage aren’t based upon experience, at least not according to the Bible. They’re based on Christ. Join Pastor Schulz as you study the basic tenets of marriage from Holy Scripture. Pastor Schulz is pastor of two congregations in rural Northwestern Iowa, where he has served since May of 2017. He and his wife Sophia have two young children, ages 2 and 1.
Breakout Session 11
Bear One Another’s Burdens: The Burden of Infertility
Led by Rev. Andrew Tessone
Jesus reminds us to bring children to him, that the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. But what about those families who are not able to bear children? Are they separated from God’s promise? Are they somehow broken or less loved by God than those who have multiple children? How should we respond to those who are unable to conceive? Join Pastor Tessone as he tackles these and many more questions on infertility and the love of Christ our Savior. Pastor Tessone is Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sedalia. He and his wife Elisabeth have one son, Levi, who will celebrate his first birthday this summer.
Breakout Session 12
United Voices: The Church, The Home, (and The School)!
Led by Rev. Gregory R. Truwe
So many voices are speaking and teaching our children. Unfortunately, so many of them speak and teach that which is opposed to the faith. So what are we to do? Well, what if the Church and the Home (and even the school!) were speaking together in support of one another. And what if these voices were those which were powered by God the Holy Spirit! In fact, that’s exactly what we have! Join Pastor Truwe as he explores the subject of united voices – when the church, the home, and even the school teach with one voice! Pastor Truwe is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, MO, and is finishing the Doctor of Ministry degree at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He and his wife Jamie are blessed with five children.