Fall Leadership Conference Highlights

At LCEF’s 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, we acknowledged and celebrated the amazing partnerships we have with the individuals, congregations, schools and organizations who make ministry happen.

It was also a precious and prayerful time of fellowship with friends, partners and investors who make it possible for LCEF to support LCMS ministries.

If you want a taste of what it was like to be there—or you want to relive those moments—we’ve shared some of the speakers’ presentations below.

Conference Overview

Experience the entire three-day conference—and all the lovely people, fun times and engaging presentations—in this brief but bold video!

Welcome to the South

LCMS Southern District President and conference chaplain Rev. Kurtis Schultz introduced us to the history and wonders of his district.

What Real Love Looks Like

Max Biesenthal, LCEF senior vice president – Ministry Support and conference emcee, challenged our common misconceptions about love and clarified the reality of true love in Christ.

Outstanding Ministry Efforts

Steve Bremer, LCEF senior vice president – National & District Operations, presented two awards that celebrate and honor the life and ministry of the late Fred E. Lietz who brought LCEF to life in the late 1970s.

Honoring Ministry Extension Work

Ryan McIvor, senior vice president – National & District Operations, introduced us to the congregations who’ve elevated their partnership with LCEF and the district vice presidents who tirelessly serve their districts.

Always Rejoice

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison encouraged us to remember that we have a reason to rejoice.

The Love That Inspires

LCEF President and CEO Bart Day reminded us of God’s bold and reckless love for all people—a tenderness that should inspire our own compassionate words and deeds for the loveless.

Liberty to Proclaim Jesus’ Freedom

Greg Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of maintaining our worldly freedoms so we can engage the culture and proclaim the eternal peace of Christ.

Bold Love in Difficult Circumstances

Clinical social worker Megan Meissler, Rev. Tim Carter and former Navy Chaplain Rev. David Schilling discussed what it looks like to love boldly and not feel helpless in persistently harsh and painful situations.

Lutherans and Loving Boldly

Rev. Dr. John Nunes, president of Concordia College New York, spoke about the things that Lutherans do well (like educating all people in the faith) as well as what we could do better.