As you are making plans for the future, we encourage you to attend Concordia's Servants of Christ Conference to learn more about what it means to be a servant of Christ in your studies, in your work, and in all of your relationships.View Tentative Schedule
Learn about the biblical teaching of vocation: As you look to the future, you may be asking yourself questions like these: What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing? What will allow me to make a fair amount of money? These are reasonable questions, but here are some other questions to consider: What does God want me to do? How will I serve God by serving others as I do my work well? The Servants of Christ Conference will help you to wrestle with these questions as well as questions about how your college education will shape your faith and how you might be a blessing to every person you encounter.
Get information about college and careers: Whether you are considering full-time church work, education, medicine, business, computers, or any of a number of other areas of study, the Servants of Christ Conference will give you the opportunity to learn more about the education required and about career opportunities that might be a good fit for you. You will also get tips on how to use your high school education to prepare for college and how to choose a college that will work well for you.
Take part in breakaway sessions that will help you to grow in your faith: The Servants of Christ Conference will also offer breakaway sessions on such topics as how Christians relate to science, proof that Jesus really did come back from the dead, and how to engage our culture with the truth of God’s Word and the Love of His Gospel.
What defines you? How many things do people need to know about you to say they know you? What does the world need to know about you as a Lutheran in order to begin to paint the portrait of a Lutheran? In this workshop, Dr. Paavola will describe how grace, faith, and Scripture are the defining points in our relationship with God. It's all about the relationship that God creates with us through his Word, on the foundation of grace and received by faith.
The petals of a lily are never wrinkled with worry. How do they do it? How do the birds trust the God who made them? We are so much more than lilies and birds and we worry so very much more. Yet the Bible has wonderful advice on how we might turn from worry to prayer, from dark memories to the light, from bitterness to thanksgiving. Join Dr. Paavola as we discuss how the words of Jesus and Paul give us hope in an anxiety-filled world.
Platitudes and cliché’s don’t work very well in the war zone. God’s Word and Biblical theology do! The life and death questions asked of a chaplain by those returning from battle or on their way into it are questions many of us ask at one time or another. “How do I deal with what I’ve experienced?” “Can God forgive me for what I’ve done?” Hear how those questions and others were addressed by an Air Force chaplain in the Afghanistan war zone, and how they are answered for you.
One of the most important things Christians can do in order to engage Muslims in conversations for Christ, is to know what their faith is. The respect shown in knowing the basic tenants of Islam can prove to be an opening toward offering them the Good News of Jesus Christ. This sectional will present, in a straightforward and respectful way, the fundamental teachings and expectations of Islam, with time for discussion on how we can apply what we learn to our privilege of sharing the Gospel.
Does Christianity conflict with science? No, but scientism, a philosophy of science, conflicts with Christianity. But scientism—the claim that materialistic science is the only or best way to know anything—is false. In its strong form, scientism is self-refuting. But even the weaker form is false because science depends on non-scientific assumptions: if these could not be known, nothing in science could be known either. Interestingly, it is Christianity, not materialism, which provides the best justification of these assumptions. Some of the greatest scientists, like Kepler, Newton, Boyle, and Maxwell, were inspired to do science by their theological convictions. And still today, Christianity provides the best reasons for thinking that the scientific vocation is both possible and worthwhile.
Our trust in Christ as our personal savior is created by the Holy Spirit, not reason. Nonetheless, we can show that the foundation of our faith, the Resurrection of Jesus, is a historical fact. We will do this by showing the powerful evidence for five key facts, all of which have been doubted by skeptics and critics: (1) Jesus was really killed; (2) Jesus was really buried; (3) Jesus' body was not stolen; (4) Jesus did appear to be alive again; (5) This appearance was not a hallucination or confusion of identity. While knowing these facts does not save us, it can help us be more confident witnesses as we seek to give an answer to anyone who asks for a reason for our hope.
Transgender. Cisgender. Intersex. Gender dysphoria. Besides the flurry of terms floating around, this age is witnessing unprecedented upheavals in changes to the concepts of male and female. Find definitions, information, and solutions that will bring clarity to this confusion over God’s design.
You hear charges like these: science disproves the Bible; suffering proves there is no God; and Christians are judgmental. Find out how to engage in conversations and respond with the truth. Time for other questions will be offered as well.
The bible gives us some great interactions around the idea of identity in both the Old and New Testaments. For our purposes, we will spend some time in discussion around some of the cultural expectations for both men and women, the ways we try to cover up or manipulate our identity and the purposeful way Jesus seeks to restore. Our time will involve group discussion and activities as well as a chance to dive deeper into the stories of some of our favorite biblical characters and how Jesus reframed their identity in Himself.
The book of Esther gives us a great look at lots of different relationship dynamics. We will take a look at the importance of listening, good communication skills, conflict management and prayer in our everyday interactions. Most importantly, these same skills can help us identify relationships well-worth pursuing.
Love is from God. Marriage is from God. Sex is from God. So why does the world think that any of this has to do with our “choice”? In this session, we will explore the wonder and joy of God’s gifts of marriage and sexuality on the basis of Holy Scripture. We will also consider how a proper understanding of love, as it is expressed in marriage between man and woman, leads us to God and His love for us in Christ. It’s a profound mystery!
In America today, Christians are faced with thousands of arguments about what true Christianity is. For Christians today, it is often difficult to know how to respond to so many differing views about the Christian faith. This talk is intended to strengthen Christians in their confession and love of Christ, so that they know what is of Him and can speak in love to others what Christianity is not, and, most importantly, so that they can lovingly point to what Christianity is, what Christ has done for us, and what following Him is all about.