DARE to Lead 2022

WHEN: February 7-8, 2022
WHERE: KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency, Green Bay, WI
WHAT: A best practices conference providing practical steps to take home to your ministry to implement today.
WHO: Ministry leaders and their entire teams (called, lay and volunteer)

James Emery White -
Jon Hein - Authentic Christian Presence


Keynote Speakers

Pastor James Emery White

Senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and author of books "Serious Times", "Rethinking the Church", and "A Search for the Spiritual".

Pastor Jon Hein

Jonathan Hein served in the Charleston, SC area from 1997 to 2017, establishing 2 WELS congregations there. From 2007-14, he oversaw the work of nearly 30 missions in the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean. From 2014 to 2017, Jon served as the director of WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling. He now serves full-time at the Center for Mission and Ministry as the coordinator of WELS Congregational Services in Waukesha, WI.

Breakout Sessions

When registering online, each person will choose 4 breakout sessions to attend. Sign up for these when registering.

Unified Church (Simple Model)

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Kent Reeder

  • A unified approach to ministry, a la Simple Church.
  • Most Developed: Holistic discipleship – Worship, Learn, and Serve (essentially advocating for sacrificial community service as a part of a healthy church.) Most Passionate: Making decisions based not on those who have been here the longest but on those who are not here yet.
  • Permission & creativity as assimilation.
  • Building 3rd spaces and letting that be enough. This is not a model based on attraction and assimilation. It’s a model based on proximity and influence. Most Practical: Remote staffing.
  • Online engagement & media creation management.
  • Sermon reuse & repurposing.
Coaching Women Up

Life coach Jenni Schubring

  • Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
  • Coaching Women Up

Community Engagement as Outreach

Pastor James Hein, St. Marcus in Milwaukee, WI.

James Hein

A Glimpse into Community Engagement as Outreach

Church and Social Communication

Emily Writes, LLC

Social media manager, Emily Schutte of Emily Writes, LLC. will help ministry teams navigate the world of Facebook, social media ads, Instagram and more.

  • Church in an online world
  • Church messaging on Social Media

Former TV News anchor, reporter, producer and Communications Coordinator for St. Mark Ministries Wendy Kuschel

Catechism: Parent Driven and Student Focused

Brandon Steenbock

  • Family Centric Catechism
  • Family Discipleship
  • Being a church that embraces and answers upcoming digital challenges (master’s thesis)
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Bill Monday

Excellent Online Worship

Anthony Catalano (videographer) – online presence for every budget

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Kent Reeder

Tim Babler

Visitor Friendly Church

Grace in Action

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Leadership and Wellness

Grace in Action

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From Surviving to Thriving

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Rhoda Wolle – Wisconsin Lutheran College

  • Leadership through Strengths
  • Marks of a Thriving Leader
  • Restoring what has been broken: how to mend divisions within the church
  • A united church in a divided world
Child Protection in the Church

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth

Victor is the Chief Program Officer of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms.

  1. General Child Protection Discussion – Lead a conversation on where groups are with their policy or how to get started creating one
  2. How to manage having a sex offender in your congregation
  3. Bible Study topic on corporal punishment using his published paper on Martin Luther’s teachings on the topic
  4. Bible Study topic on “What Did Jesus Say About Child Abuse?”. Discussion regarding the history of the topic and how to move in a better direction – what are the next steps for our congregation
  5. Topic: The Lutheran Confessional and Child Abuse
Online Safety For Everyone


Alison Feigh, MS, of Zero Abuse Project works with students, parents, youth workers, faith leaders, law enforcement and the media to help prevent abuse and abductions. Alison’s work also includes writing curriculum for youth-serving organizations, training professionals about the online challenges kids face and advocating for families of the missing.

  1. Online Safety Policies: What is your congregation’s policy and what is your policy for volunteers specifically within that policy?
  2. How to conduct online safety training for your community?
  3. How to create a trauma-informed youth ministry
Thoughtful, Intentional Worship

Jon Zabell

Pastor Jon Zabell


Creating a Culture that Facilitates Member Engagement

Lori Lorig

Church Staffing for a New World

Lawrence Olson

Event Schedule

3:00 p.m. - Check-in Open
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Conference Registration
6:00- 9:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet (2 beer tickets provided per registered conference guest)

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Conference Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 p.m. - Opening Devotion/Pastor Parlow Welcome
9:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Keynote #1
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. - Breakout #1
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Keynote #2
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - Breakout #2
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout #3
Dinner on your own (see program booklet for happy hour and dinner suggestions as well as notes on where each keynote and breakout speaker will be at for further discussion).

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Opening Devotion
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Breakout #4
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. -Keynote #3

Thank you to our sponsors and St. Mark Ministries partners, ___________

Hotel Block, Dining Suggestions, Tourism Info

Book Your Room

Hyatt Regency, Green Bay

Titletown District

Titletown District
Lambeau Tours & Hall of Fame

Book a Tour
Dining Out

Burgers, beers & coffeehouse - Copper State Brewing Co. (owned by WELS members). Authentic Mexican - Vintage Cantina. See booklet p. _____ for more restaurant options.

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