2017 Christian Leadership Experience
Schedule of Events


Thursday, January 5, 2017

3:00-6:00 p.m.         Exhibitor Registration, Check In and Set Up

6:00-9:00 p.m.         Attendee Registration 


Friday, January 6, 2017

7:00-8:30 a.m.         Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m.         Opening Devotion: Pastor Joel Heckendorf 

9:15-10:15 a.m.       Opening Keynote: The Pursuit of Your Best in Leadership, Todd Gongwer

10:30-11:30 a.m.      Breakout Sessions – Group 1

Session 1A: Five Keys to Living and Leading…for God’s Sake! Todd Gongwer

Session 1B: Great Presentations: How to Enchant Your Audience, Wendy Greenfield

Session 1C: Getting the Outreach Started (Corporate), David Scharf

Session 1D: Define Your Reality – Using Community Assessment to Create a Needs Driven Outreach    Strategy, Ryan Hellpap 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Lunch                                                                         

12:30-1:30 p.m.        Breakout Sessions – Group 2

Session 2A: Engaging Millennials in the Church: Insights from Research on Effective Ministry Models, Brenda   Skelton 

Session 2B: GROWing as a Christian Leader, Scott Gostchock and Greg Schmill

Session 2C: Leading through Relationships – The Value of Touch, Pastor Bramdeo Ramgolam

Session 2D: Reaching Out to People with Special Needs – Domestically and Internationally, Pastor Joel          Gaertner and Davie Duwe

1:45-2:45 p.m.          Breakout Sessions – Group 3

Session 3A: Building a Mission Mindset, Pastor Joel Heckendorf

Session 3B: The Heart of Christian Leadership, Pastor Mark Gabb

Session 3C: Fill your Volunteer Bus for Impact! Activating Christians to Serve, Christy Geiger

Session 3D: Panel: Connecting With and Serving Refugees and Immigrants in Your Community, Jason    Paltzer, Pastor Peter Bur, Pastor Matt Vogt, Dana Kirchoff and Mary Flynn

3:15-4:15 p.m.        General Session I: Walking as a Person of Faith in Public Office, Rebecca Kleefisch

4:15-4:45 p.m.        Closing Devotion: Pastor Mark Gabb

5:45-6:30 p.m.        Social Hour and Casual Networking Reception-Foyer/Pool Deck

6:30-8:00 p.m.        Dinner in Ballroom


Saturday, January 7, 2017

7:00-8:30 a.m.        Breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m.        Opening Devotion: Pastor Mike Berg

9:15-10:15 a.m.      General Session II: Leading as an Authentic Christian: 4 C’s (And a Bonus), Susan Marshall

10:30-11:30 a.m.    Breakout Sessions – Group 4

                                  Session 4A: Balancing Work and Family, Rebecca Kleefisch

                                  Session 4B: Outreach Strategies that Work, Pastor Phil Heubner

Session 4C: Building a Servant’s Heart, Robert and Jeri Browning

Session 4D: The Surprising Financial Lives of the Poor in the Majority World and Church- centered Financial Ministries, Laura Ellis (Hunter) 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m.      Breakout Sessions – Group 5

Session 5A: Making an Impact: A Backbone Guide for Christians, Susan Marshall

Session 5B: Lutheran Principals for the 21st Century, Dr. John Meyer

Session 5C: Staying Mentally Healthy as Leaders, Dr. Brandon Hayes and Dr. Joshua Mears

Session 5D: Meet Jesus at the Well, Meet God in the Garden: Developing Churches as Centers for Clean Water and Nutritious Food, Coral Cady and Anna Sherod

1:45-2:45 p.m.        Breakout Sessions – Group 6

Session 6A: Building Successful Relationships and Understanding Trends Within Foundations, Siebert Foundation, Antioch Foundation, Arvid and Judy Schwartz Family Foundation, & Lutheran Legacy Foundation

Session 6B: Vocation and Human Flourishing in a Suffering World, Pastor Mike Berg

Session 6C: Getting the Conversation Started (Personal), David Scharf

Session 6D: Panel: Understanding and Serving People Struggling with Substance Abuse - Church-based Models, Dr. Joshua Mears, Jimmy Cassadore and Jason Jonker

3:15-4:15 p.m.        Closing Keynote: Leadership Lessons & the Influence of Faith in My Life, Tom Osborne

4:15-4:45 p.m.        Closing Devotion: Pastor Phil Huebner 

4:45-5:45 p.m.        Social Hour and Meet and Greet with Tom Osborne

5:45-6:15 p.m.        Social Hour Continues

6:15 p.m.                Free Time to Explore Orlando


Sunday, January 8, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m.        Breakfast

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.    Closing Worship Service: Pastor Jon Enter 

10:45-11:00  a.m.   Closing and Wrap Up