Grand Rapids: Breakaway Session B

When Daily Bread Costs More than It Did Yesterday
The Rev. Jonathon T. Krenz

You’ve studied economics and government, so you understand what’s going on with them these tough financial times - in principle anyway. But what do you do when you feel powerless and still have to rely on your parents to be the primary bread-winners for the family? Come and learn about our Lord’s provision in light of the Fourth Petition and the First Article.

Pastor Krenz serves Epiphany Lutheran Church in Dorr, Michigan. 

Big Man Speak with Forked Tongue?
The Rev. Eric Andrae

Some famous dead Lutheran once said, “We must preach them into hell before we can preach them into heaven.” What?! Isn’t this contradictory? Why would preachers want to do this? The Bible itself says, “The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.” God has work that He loves to do (His proper, normal, usual stuff) and also does some stuff that He’d actually rather not have to do (His alien, strange work). Come learn to tell the difference!

Pastor Andrae serves as the Campus Pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church & Luther House Student Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Campus Ministry - Just Add Water
The Rev. Jonathan Bakker

Do you have a college near you? Would you like to learn how to begin a campus ministry group at a local college on a shoestring budget? There are a variety of different campus outreach models that can easily be applied to your local context. This sectional is designed to address your specific campus situation and offer practical help and support.

Pastor Bakker serves as Campus Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Chapel in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He also is the CCV coordinator for Sola - Grand Rapids. 

Losing Your Identity
The Rev. Dr. David Balla

Instead of someone stealing your identity, what happens when you give your identity away? It sounds silly, but when you enter into a relationship, do you end up losing yourself? In marriage, two become one flesh. But does that mean someone loses out? Find out how we give of ourselves without losing our identity - in relationships, jobs, friends, family and even in the church.

Pastor Balla serves Trinity Lutheran Church in West Chicago, Illinois. 

What is Youth Ministry? (Part 1)
The Rev. George Borghardt & Mrs. Sandra Ostapowich

Are your youth loving their time at the conference and asking how they can continue once they get home? Just what is youth ministry anyway, and can it be done faithfully? Come and learn about the myths and fundamentals about youth ministry. The truth may surprise you!

Pastor Borghardt is the Youth/Associate Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas and Sandra Ostapowich is the Christian Education & Youth Director at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado. 

To Date or Not to Date
The Rev. Dr. Rick Stuckwisch

There’s no lack of advice out there for Christians on dating and courtship, and on relationships in general. It can be tricky trying to avoid a legalistic approach that despises God’s good gifts. How do you know when the right one comes along - and what should you do about it? Or, what if you have the vocational gift of celibacy? This breakaway will help young people answer these and other related questions.

Pastor Stuckwisch serves as Senior Pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. 

Eating Disorders
Deaconess Jennifer (Waters) Asher

Too much...too little. Too fat...too thin. We’ll take a look at the different kinds of eating disorders. Why do they occur? How can the Christian help to direct those with eating disorders to obtain proper diagnosis and effective treatment?

Deaconess Asher is the Director of the Deaconess program at Concordia University-Chicago. 

Teach Us to Pray
The Rev. William Cwirla

Would you pray for me? Do you even know how? Do you, really? Prayer is a gift from God, a priestly privilege of the baptized. Learn the different ways Lutherans pray, and how to pray for and with others in all sorts of situations.

Pastor Cwirla serves Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, CA and is the President of the Higher Things Board of Directors. 

The Real Angels and Demons
The Rev. Steve Kieser

What do you know about angels? Did you know one angel put to death 185,000 in the Bible? Are demons even real? Come find out more about good and evil angels.

Pastor Kieser serves Zion Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, Iowa. 

Manliness and the Man of God
The Rev. Gifford A. Grobien

What does it take to be a man these days? To be good at sports? Good looks? Popularity? Nice try! Being a real man actually has nothing to do with outward success or what people think of you. It does mean having strength and integrity. By looking at the real Man of Scripture, we’ll consider what it takes to be a real, Christian man, especially in today’s world. Ladies, you are encouraged to attend also - it’ll help you learn to separate the men from the boys!

Pastor Grobien is the Assistant Pastor at Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. 

From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee
Deaconess Lynn Fredericksen

Teenage depression is not just having bad moods and occasionally feeling a little sad. Are you concerned about someone because of her mood and behavior changes, eating disorders? Maybe you’re worried about a friend who’s been talking about hurting himself or others. Signs and symptoms of teenage depression, ways of helping, and related topics will be covered. 

Deaconess Fredericksen has been the Treasurer of the Higher Things  Board of Directors since the beginning of time.  In her spare time she pretends to be a school teacher, school principal, and registered nurse. 

The Real Work of the Holy Spirit
The Rev. Leonard A. Astrowski, Jr.

Where do we find the Holy Spirit at work today? Can we “feel” when the Holy Spirit is at work? How do we know when it’s the Holy Spirit who’s talking? When a Gentile man is looking for salvation, come and find where the Holy Spirit sends him as we study Acts 10.

Pastor Astrowski serves Grace Lutheran Church in Fairgrove, Michigan. 

Finding Jesus in ALL the Wrong Places!
Mr. Stan Lemon

Jesus taught with parables, but they were about Him too. Take a look at Jesus in the parables and you might not find Him where you expect. He throws a lot of curve balls in these heavenly stories with heavenly meanings, showing up in the last place you’d look. Further investigation will find the Gospel in the Lord’s least-ness, last-ness, and lost-ness.

Stan Lemon serves as the Database Manager for Higher Things and is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Oakmont, Pennsylvania. 

What Does a Pastor Really Do?
The Rev. Todd R. Jerabek

Have you ever heard the idea that a pastor works only one day a week? Hopefully you know that’s far from the truth! Just what is it that a pastor is called to do, besides dress up in strange robes and stand in the front at church? Maybe you’re curious what a pastor’s day looks like? If this interests you, come and learn - maybe we’ll even have time to pick a pastor’s brain for a bit.

Pastor Jerabek serves Zion & St. Peter Lutheran Churches in Embarrass & Pella Opening, Wisconsin. 

Eating to Live and Living to Eat
The Rev. James Roemke

The Lord graciously gives His own Body and Blood that we may eat, drink and live. How does this Banquet build up the body of Christ in individuals as well as in Christ’s Church? Ponder what it means to join in the Feast with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven. Can you ever have too much of this good thing?

Pastor Roemke serves Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Middleville, Michigan. 

The Emerging Church
The Rev. Robert Wentze

The emerging church is one of the fastest growing phenomena in contemporary American Christianity. Its influence, whether beneficial or harmful, is being felt in our own Lutheran congregations. Join us as we try to define the movement, chart its basic teachings and practices and evaluate how this movement can contribute to our spiritual growth as confessional Lutherans.

Pastor Wentzel serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Walton, Nebraska.