Christian creatives, visionaries, strategists, theology-nerds, innovators, seekers or closet church-geeks: This gathering is for YOU. What would you change about thechurch [as you know it] to make it a place you call YOUR church? What would you keep the same? What makes worship meaningful for you? We are going to reimagine all this and more in the first ever WELS ChurchHack! Collaborate and advocate for the future of our churches as radical faith pioneers like King David, Jesus, the Acts communities, and Martin Luther did in their day.
What do I do if I go to a church of a different denomination? Do I stand? Sit? Pray? Sing? Commune? Just what does a Lutheran do? Join us for a Bible Study discussion! We’ll talk about our place in the Holy Christian Church, our confessions and beliefs, and our conduct in churches of different denominations.
The gospel changes everything, including ethics. For Christians, justification - that we are declared not guilty in God's sight by grace and through His gift of faith in Jesus - is the starting point of the ethical life. Justification turns us outside of our otherwise inwardly-turned selves. The result? We see our neighbor and serve him as a channel for God's love wherever God places us in life, in our vocations. In this way, God gives the world back to us as a gift and makes us gifts to our neighbor.
A group of bold believers once lowered their paralyzed friend through the roof of a building so he could meet Jesus. Their friend experienced physical and spiritual healing that sparked change in an entire community. At Kingdom Workers, we see ourselves in that story and we’re inviting you (and people all over the world) to see yourself in a new narrative.
Where is the dividing line between Christ and culture? We read of some people deciding to spend a year "living biblically"? Are you really living biblically if you decide not to shave and live in a tent? As we study the ancient writings of God's people, how do we determine what was temporary and intended for a particular culture, and what was universal and intended for all people?
Martin Luther and his Wittenberg colleagues advocated for radical and far-reaching educational reforms: universal education for all genders,an over haul of university education, the use of the catechism in the local parish and the Christian home. We’ll discuss the theological emphases that drove these educational reforms and see how they are still relevant for today’s students in the 21st century.
Have you, even briefly, ever thought about taking your life? It wouldn't be strange if you had. A recent survey showed that one out of twelve people ages 18-25 has seriously considered committing suicide, and that number has been climbing. We Christians don't often talk about this, but we should–both for the sake of our own precious lives, and for the sake of those who are hurting around us. Come to a presentation that offers hope and counsel from the heart of Jesus.
Jill Kanzenbach may be one of the happiest people you will ever meet. Is she wealthy? Nope. Is she beautiful? Nah, she is about average. Is she drunk or high? Nope. Is she delusional? No. Has she never had anything “bad” happen to her? Absolutely not, even though she had to deal with Stage IV Cancer. Come hear about happiness in times of trouble, and how you can be happy in tough times.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Allison Phillips
Guest Speaker: Dr. Hannah Wagie
Christians are challenged to be discerning, to exercise sound judgment; but we are also asked to speak the truth in love, to avoid being judgmental.
God’s people living in the Western world are seeing the rise of neo-pagan culture. Any sense of an Almighty God who is holy and just is almost lost. Any appreciation for a Savior from sin and death seems unnecessary in our “free” society. Is the Christian faith still relevant? Is Jesus worth standing for as the social conversations get heated? How is the Christian to respond to the discussion and the pushback of our “enlightened” society? Pastor Nathan Strobel of Wisconsin Lutheran College shares the real-life witnessing experience of WLC students in 2008 as they came face-to- face with peers picketing on the side of LGBT rights. Join us for some thought-provoking discussion on God’s people picking up the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, in the face of this “new” world.
Why does the 'state' have a vested interest in ensuring and encouraging that marriage remains a civil institution... even if marriage between a man and a woman has not been protected at the federal level? In school I was taught that most of the Founding Fathers were deists and atheists; is this true? What was the origin of our public schools and why were they begun? Is it probable that within the next 50-100 years Muslim flags could be waving over our statehouses and many aspects of Sharia law be integrated into our statutes?
Guest Speaker: Pastor Aaron Strong
Guest Speaker: Michael Novotny
Everyone suffers, yet Christians have a promise that God surrounds us with His protection. In this study of Job we will critique four common misconceptions of suffering, learn why theodicy is such an important word, and, most importantly, be drawn to a closer reliance on God through the study of His Word.