Evangelism Day 2015 is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015.
Elective 1: Reaching out with the Gospel to Mormons: Mark Cares
Have you ever thought of witnessing to Mormons? Many have found this to be one of the most meaningful experiences in their lives. Two different opportunities to do just that will be explained. One involves joining other Christians in going door to door in Utah this coming summer and the other centers on witnessing to Mormon missionaries.
Elective 2: Worship and Evangelism: Jonathan Schroeder
Does the way we worship help or hinder outreach? How does the outreach ministry of the congregation impact its worship life? What role does the school have in worship and outreach? How can we help move unchurched families from school attendance to worship attendance? This session will explore these questions as we look at the intersection between worship and outreach in congregational life.
Elective 3: Ministry to the Poor: Paul Biedenbender
"Whoever is kind to the needy honors God" - Proverbs 14:31
God is honored when, in our Christian love, we selflessly serve others, including those less fortunate that we are. That principle is clear. The applications can get messy. Is my kindness helping or hurting? How can I put proper boundaries and expectations in place for those I seek to serve? How does this ministry serve the greater mission of the great commission? What are the spiritual dangers to me in ministering to the poor? This elective will highlight the blessings of ministering to those who are needy along with addressing some of the common challenges in such work.
Elective 4: 24/7/365 Jesus ‘n Me! -My Faith, My Peers, My Identity: Pastor Nathan Strobel
Throughout the life of a Christian, the challenge always will be “Whose am I in this moment of living? Am I God’s man or God’s woman, or am I going to rule the moment?” We have enough trouble with our own thoughts and desires in living for Jesus, but what about when we are challenged from the outside? A high school classmate who is coming out as a lesbian? A college buddy who is drinking too much? Weed showing up at college party? A girlfriend who doesn’t share my faith or my moral walk? What’s a person to do if “Jesus ‘n Me” is my 24/7/365 goal? Join Pastor Strobel as we crack open the Book and game plan with the Savior!
Elective 5: Sharing Christ with Someone Living a Homosexual Lifestyle: Pastor Tom Trapp & Suzie Neas
How do you communicate Christ with Christian and non-Christian friends, classmates, co-workers, and relatives who struggle with homosexuality? Hear from someone who left the homosexual lifestyle and found peace with Christ.
Elective 6: Evangelism and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Jon Boche
During a time of significant decline in enrollment in WELS grade schools, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) is affording incredible growth in enrollment in WELS schools in the city of Milwaukee. What is the MPCP? What are the opportunities and pitfalls that it presents? Is MPCP an effective instrument of evangelism and, if so, how can it be most fully exploited? This elective will address these issues and others relating to effective outreach through WELS schools.
Elective 7: Outside Looking In: Witnessing to Unbelievers: Jill McKinley
Jill will tell the story of how she became a WELS Christian and discuss her experiences with evangelism both before and after her conversion. You will hear a unique perspective on the keys to reaching people with a personalized message of Christ’s love and salvation.
Elective 8: Evangelism in Times of Crisis: Prof. Ross Stelljes
“God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform” (CW 420:1), including during times of crisis. Listen to real-life stories of personal crises in the lives of members, prospective members, and called workers, and see how God used these crises to open doors for gospel witnessing.
Elective 9: Using Early Childhood Ministries/Preschools for Evangelism: Matt Brown and Barb Noon
At Beautiful Savior the preschool continues to be a big part of the outreach plan. We work to connect the congregation to the preschool and introduce our preschool families to God’s Word through our congregation. Our preschool staff recognizes that serving many non-member families brings different challenges and opportunities. We currently have 56 students, and five are from member families. We have two pastors who strive to get to know the parents and children who come to our preschool. This workshop will look at some practical ways pastors, directors, and teachers can work together to use the preschool and early childhood ministries as an outreach arm of the congregation. We will share some experiences and talk about ways the Lord has opened doors to share the gospel.
Elective 10: Intro to Special Needs Ministry (by Jesus Cares Ministries): Pastor Joel Gaertner and Julie Luetke
In a fast-paced world where Scripture study and worship attendance are often shoved aside, a large segment of our population is yearning for such opportunities and is eager to become part of a faith community. It is estimated that about 1.5% of Americans (4,500,000) have an intellectual or developmental disability. These precious souls are an enormous mission field ripe for the gospel. This session will introduce you to a vast amount of resources available to assist you and your congregation in sharing the message of salvation through Jesus with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Information will also be provided on how you can get involved with this ministry while still in college.
Elective 11: Youth Work at the Lighthouse Youth Center: Pastor Jim Buske
Struggling to reach out to your teens and unchurched youth? Is your congregation looking for its place in the community? Then check out what a new ministry in the northwest corner of Milwaukee is doing to make connections with its community and youth. Lighthouse Youth Center is a nonprofit mission outreach that is a “beacon for Christ” as it links inner-city youth with their Savior. It’s a safe, structured place for youth to gather, have fun, meet new people, receive Christian mentorship, and build a relationship with Jesus!
Elective 12: Evangelism with My Family: Pastor Timothy Smith
Some of the more difficult evangelism challenges we face are with friends and family members who are unchurched, of different denominations, agnostic, atheist, or hostile toward Christianity.
Elective 13: Recognizing and Developing Mission Strategies: Ed Schuppe
The Reality of Our World Today: A Postmodern Nation, a Post-Christian World, the Rise of the "Religious Nones," the Millennials, and Narcissism - How then do we reach out to this world?
Elective 14: Evangelism Flops – John Boeder, David Sellnow, Keith Wessel and John Schmidt
Join a panel of MLC professors as they tell tales of “evangelism flops” from their days in mission ministry. Their shared experience demonstrates that evangelistic work is humbling and often deeply frustrating. Participants in this elective will have opportunity to engage the panelists with questions – so bring all your difficult evangelism questions with you!
Elective 15: Work in Russia: Ben Foxen
Ben and Becky will give you the opportunity to learn what you want to know about the work we as a synod are doing in Russia. Do you want to hear about differences between our cultures and learn a little Russian? Perhaps you'd rather hear how the mission got started back in the early 90s. Or maybe you want to know what we're doing now to reach out to people and strengthen the people already under our care. Or perhaps you're interested in how you could be of help to the work and become personally involved. We'd love to tell you all this and more, and we'll let you guide our discussion!
Elective 16: Hear Their Story: MLC students with cross cultural or service learning experience/stories
MLC students lead a “focused poster-session” which articulates individuals’ circumstances and experiences with the gospel from cross cultural or service learning perspectives. This elective is sponsored by the Service and Cross Cultural Learning Committee (SCCLC) and is a modification of the "poster-sessions" one might see at some scientific conference like medical congresses.
- Sarah Koelpin, Paul Bourman, Ethan Brooks, Tim Walsh- South America
- Holly Marquardt- Gravatai, Brazil
- Kayla Schoeneck- Africa
- Nick Quinett- Ukraine
- Petra Thao- Hmong Outreach
- Chris Pflughoeft- “The leadership qualities of Jesus”, “being a salesman of the truth”, “SWOT analysis approach to faith”
- Haley Nitz- Urban Ministry
- Jacob Andersen- Church of Latter Day Saints - Utah
Elective 17: Evangelism in the Spanish Language: Pastor Nathan Nass
In just six years since graduating from MLC, Pastor Nathan Nass has had the chance to participate in and lead Gospel outreach in Spanish in three very different congregations in Milwaukee, WI, Houston, TX, and Saint Peter, MN. His experiences have taught him much about reaching out with the Gospel in the Spanish language, and he’s had the chance to share the message of Jesus with people from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Honduras. In his presentation, Pastor Nass will share what he has learned about reaching out to our Spanish-speaking neighbors, along with important aspects of Hispanic culture that must be understood in order to do ministry to people who speak Spanish.