The 2020 South Dakota District All Workers Conference is open to all professional church workers, ordained or commissioned, called or contracted, retired or actively serving in the South Dakota District. This conference will serve as the the District's pastors and educators conference in 2020.
The theme of the 2020 All Workers Conference is "Making Disciples for LIfe." Watching young people grow up in the Christian faith brings much joy to parents, pastors, DCE's, teachers, and entire congregations. Yet, healthy ministry to young people can be a struggle. Using the findings of the 2017 Millennials and The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod research, insights from Gen Z and the 7 Practices of Healthy Youth Ministry, we explore where we are in developing young disciples, where we want to go and how we can get there. Our hope is that these presentations will help give you information to effectively plan for next steps in making youth and young adult disciples for life. Conference presenters will be the Rev. Dr. Mark Kiessling, Director, LCMS Youth Ministry and DCE Julianna Shults, Program Manager, LCMS Youth Ministry.
Leading our time of extended Bible study and devotion will be Rev. Dr. Jeff Gibbs, Emeritus Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. His devotions will focus on the Gospel of Matthew. His wife, Renee Gibbs, will lead the pastors' wives session on "Growing Up Into Christ: Reflections on Ephesians."
Conference details can be found in the registration packet, linked below. Registration for this conference can only be done through the online registration form found below. Conference registration and fee deadline is Monday, September 28, 2020. Hotel reservations at the Best Western Ramkota must be made by September 9, 2020.
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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up