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LCMS Children and Youth Ministry Conference

July 9 - July 12

Transitions: Walking in The Truth

The LCMS Children and Youth Ministry Conference is scheduled to be held July 9-12, 2017, in downtown Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency Hotel under the theme “Transitions: Walking in the Truth.”

Join LCMS School Ministry and LCMS Youth Ministry for a time of learning, discussion and encouragement as we work together to strengthen our support of young people and their families, especially during critical times of transition.

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Regular registration (through June 1, 2017) — $250 per person

Late registration (after June 1, 2017) — $300 per person

Group discount (if registered by May 1, 2017) — $200 if three or more persons from the same congregation or entity register

Student rate (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc.) — $200

Hotel information — The Hyatt Regency Hotel is offering a block of discounted rooms for conference attendees.

Plenary speakers

Jake Mulder is the director of strategic initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Mulder has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a youth pastor in the Reformed Church of America, ministry director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia.


Cynthia Brown is adjunct professor in the Family Life department at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and she developed the core curriculum for the children’s ministry concentration.

Brown is the author of Energizing Your Children’s Ministry (Concordia Publishing House), which uses personal anecdotes to present “a practical tool for church workers and volunteers who are passionate about outreach to God’s littlest disciples.”

She has more than 40 years of experience working with children in both school and church settings.


Dr. Bernard Bull serves as Assistant Vice President of Academics and Director of the MS in Education — Educational Technology at Concordia University Wisconsin. He works with accelerated learning and continuing and distance education.

His research interests include discipleship in the digital age; the philosophy of Christian education; Christian worldview studies; networked learning; formal and informal online learning environments; online and blended communities of practice; peer-to-peer learning; self-directed learning; digital literacy and digital citizenship.


“For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 3-4 ESV)

Members of the family of God participate together in the joy of watching young people walk in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their baptismal identity. In the journey, young people and their parents will face a number of transitions:

  • Pre-Natal/Birth/Baptism to early developmental years
  • Early childhood to elementary school
  • Elementary school to confirmation and middle school
  • Confirmation to high school and beyond

Through the transitions, we aim to instill a faith in Jesus Christ which young people do not outgrow, but cling to every day as part of the body of Christ.

Conference goals

The goals of the conference are to gather, resource, and support LCMS congregations to:

  • walk alongside young people as they live in their baptismal identity through each developmental stage.
  • create and support Christ-centered environments which speaks of and demonstrates love for all of God’s children in every age and stage of adolescence.
  • instill a hope-filled vision for ministry in the local, national, and international contexts.
  • invite the whole “family of God” to be involved in the support of God’s young people.
  • articulate a cohesive plan for ministry for training and nurturing parents and other leaders in the support of young people.
  • be advocates for young people in their congregations and communities.
  • celebrate how God has used His people to pass on faith in Christ from generation to generation in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Christian Church at large.

Resources and networking will take place through plenary and workshop sessions and special events.

Congregational resources

Email youth.ministry@lcms.org or call 888-843-5267 for more information.


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Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W. Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203 United States
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