SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 // 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

ENGAGE! is more than a convention. Using life and family issues as bridges, ENGAGE! will help you talk with others confidently and credibly about the Good News of Jesus Christ within the context of life and family issues.

ENGAGE! by attending this one-day event. You have been on the sidelines long enough. We will help you demonstrate love and establish a relationship to talk about your most important relationship – with Jesus Christ!

You can expect:

  • An engaging day among your Christian friends.
  • Snacks and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Words to inform and inspire you from our experienced speakers.
  • A delicious catered lunch from That’s Amore!
    • Spaghetti served with meatballs, garden fresh salad with house dressing, and Italian bread & butter.
  • Opportunities to view displays from a variety of organizations.
  • Practical materials to use AFTER our convention, to help stay engaged.
  • Opportunities to win special prizes to equip you for ministry.
  • An exhibit by Northwestern Publishing House to review and purchase high-quality Christian materials.
  • Book Signing by Dr. Stacy Hoehl, Author of Purposeful Grieving: Embracing God’s Plan in the Midst of Loss
  • A chance to help our mothers at New Beginnings or clients at our pregnancy care centers (by bringing diapers, baby wipes, or non-expired formula).

”Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:18

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM  |  Registration & Refreshments

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  |  Opening Worship & Welcome

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  |  Breakout Session 1

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM  |  Catered Lunch & Book Signing

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM  |  Ministry Updates

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  |  Breakout Session 2

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM  |  Breakout Session 3

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM  |  Closing & “Take it to Heart”

Breakout Session 1

James Hein

Engage: When They Say… You Say…

Pastor James Hein

This Bible study workshop will delve into the difficulties to live and share one’s faith when the odds seem so against a Christian and the fallout can be so harsh.

Pastor Hein is a 2008 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He was assigned to Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN, where he served for 7 years. In 2016 he accepted the call to serve as Lead Pastor of St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. An older millennial, Pastor Hein is heavily into producing digital content and has maintained an online blogging, podcasting, and video presence throughout his ministry with the goal of helping Christians gain appreciation for changeless truth in an ever-changing world.

Helen Fleischmann

Engage: Dare to Care in the Congregation

Mrs. Helen Fleischmann

This workshop explores how to get a congregation more engaged on the issues or at least more informed. This would include an examination of lethargy or apathy and also of a disconnected pastor.

Although Mrs. Helen Fleischmann retired from her work at Christian Life Resources some years ago, that did not stop her from volunteering in various capacities at her church, St. Paul Lutheran in Slinger, WI. Helen was approached by her son, Pastor Robert Fleischmann (CLR’s National Director) to organize and start a Care Committee to serve as a lifeline to those in need, homebound, or physically unable to attend services at St. Paul. She enthusiastically agreed and headed the group for many years. Helen is still actively involved in reaching out to others through visits, cards, and conversation as a part of this vibrant Care Team. Helen has been married to her husband, Robert, for 63 years. She has been blessed with 4 sons, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, and she loves her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Breakout Session 2

Karen Fischer

Engage: Maintaining Family Ties in a Tattered World

Mrs. Karen Fischer

In a me-oriented society even the family has become a casualty. Traditional values have been cast aside in favor of individual values and ambitions. In this workshop we will explore steps that can be taken to maintain family ties and deal with the disrupted elements that endanger family unity and the Christian faith.

Karen joined Christian Family Solutions in 2019. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a Master’s of Science–Education in Professional Counseling from Concordia University–Wisconsin.

Karen’s passion is helping individuals engage in the practice of re-learning thought processes that are more likely to increase their well-being and decrease their anxious and depressed patterns. Her belief is that mental health therapy is akin to other therapeutic activities and as such is a practice that individuals can learn and cultivate given the proper tools and feedback.

Currently, she specializes in intensive outpatient mental health groups and using a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and brief solution-focused therapy to aid individuals. Karen has experience in the young adult population and a special interest in mental wellness education as well as incorporating experiential learning.

LeRoy Reed

Engage: When Christian Values Collide with Social Norms

Mr. LeRoy Reed

Some companies are moving towards formal policies on religious conversations or other controversial matters (i.e., an employee undergoing a gender change). This workshop will explore how to handle these matters in the setting of one’s employment.

LeRoy Reed is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Slinger, Wisconsin, and teaches a weekly teen Bible class. He also serves as the Chairman of the Christian Life Resources National Board. He, his wife Jean, and his children, Alex and Alicia, live in West Bend, WI.

Breakout Session 3

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt

Engage in the Political Climate without Overheating

WI Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt

Why politics as a means of engagement? How a pro-life Christian can get involved, and how can he or she make a difference when politically engaged.

Representative Thiesfeldt was born in Fond du Lac County in 1966 to a family of eleven children. He has been happily married to his wife Cindy for 27 years and they have been blessed with four children.

Following his graduation from Martin Luther College in 1989 with a BS in Elementary Education, Jeremy began 21½ years of teaching and involvement in administration in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school. He has extensive experience in coaching varying athletics and was honored to coordinate Veterans Day events at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac.

In 2005 he was elected to the Fond du Lac City Council, and was subsequently reelected in 2007 and 2009. He served three years as the Vice President of the City Council. Jeremy was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in November 2010 and has been reelected since 2012, and currently serves as the chair of the Education Committee.

Robert Fleischmann

Engage: When You Just Can’t Agree to Disagree

Rev. Robert Fleischmann

This workshop explores how to deal with challenging life and family issues on a one-to-one basis. Focus would be on bridge building and dealing with objections and concerns.

Rev. Robert Fleischmann has been the National Director of Christian Life Resources since 1988. He is adjunct to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He teaches an online Master’s certificate course at Concordia University on Bioethics and Biotechnology. He speaks throughout North America on the Biblical approach to various life and family issues and counsels people with God’s Word in correct decision-making. ​

Venue

This year’s National Convention is being held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), 3399 Division Road, Jackson, WI. Jackson is located about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee and can be accessed easily via U.S. Highway 41. KML has plenty of parking in their parking lots. We will use the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) as well as various classrooms for the sessions. The facility is accessible for those with disabilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. You may also want to sign up to join us for the Pizza Afterglow that follows the Convention!

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION TAKE PLACE?
You can register now (click here). On-site registration on the day of the event is from 8:30-9:30 A.M. If you register early, we will have your name on our list!

You can then enjoy a continental breakfast, mingle with your friends, and browse the display tables before the opening service.

WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
The convention will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), 3399 Division Road, Jackson, WI. It is located about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee and can be accessed easily via U.S. Highway 41. Click here to view map.

IS KLM’s FACILITY HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE?
Yes, the facility is accessible for those with disabilities.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
KML has plenty of parking.

WHERE WILL THE BREAKOUT SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
We are using two of the school’s large classrooms for the breakouts. The general ministry plenary update and the worship opportunities will be held in the PAC.

WHO CAN ATTEND?
Teens and adults are encouraged to attend! The sessions are designed for all attendees with two tracks running simultaneously.

IS CHILD CARE AVAILABLE?
No.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR THE DAY?
Here’s the link to the agenda.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dress casually and comfortably. The rooms tend to be cool, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

WILL THE SESSIONS BE VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDED?
No.

WHAT IS THE COST TO ATTEND?
The registration fee is $45.00 per person and includes all sessions and materials as well as a continental breakfast, a delicious catered lunch by That’s Amore!, and other snacks and refreshments throughout the day. Register by clicking here.

CAN I ATTEND PART OF THE DAY RATHER THAN THE ENTIRE DAY?
Sure! You can attend any portion of the event, but there is no reduced registration fee for partial attendance. 

IS THERE AN EVENING ACTIVITY?
Yes, a separate Afterglow will take place at the Jackson Town Hall, 3146 Division Road, Jackson, just after the Convention. It is located a few minutes south of the convention location. This will be a “wind down” opportunity to mingle and discuss the day in a relaxed atmosphere. A light dinner and beverages will be served.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE AFTERGLOW?
There will be a $10.00 charge for the afterglow.

WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover; call the office if you plan to use American Express), check, or money order.

IS THERE A CUT-OFF DATE TO REGISTER?
No, you can register in advance (preferred) or on the day of the event.

IS LODGING AVAILABLE?
Yes, a block of rooms is reserved at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Jackson, Wisconsin. To receive the special rate, you must call the hotel at 262-677-1133. Just mention Christian Life Resources to receive your special rate of $99.00 per night (Friday, October 18-Sunday, October 19) for a standard room with 1 queen bed; $104 per night for a standard room with 2 queen beds; or, $109 per night for a suite with 1 king bed. These special rates are available through September 6. Beginning September 7, the rates increase by $10 per night. All accommodations are non-smoking rooms.

HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION?
We offer three ways to register: by mail, phone, or website.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
A full refund is available until October. 1. After October 1, a $5 service fee will be deducted.

HOW CAN I KEEP UPDATED AND FOLLOW THE EVENT? 
You can keep updated on our Facebook event page where we announce event details and you can directly invite your friends.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
We are happy to answer your questions! Call the office at 414-376-0594 weekdays from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (CST) or email us and we will respond shortly.

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Afterglow Fellowship

The Afterglow will take place immediately after the National Convention conference at Jackson Town Hall (approximately one minute south of KML on the east side of Division Road. Address is 3146 Division Road, Jackson). This separate event is $10 and will begin around 5:00 P.M. We will provide food, dessert, and beverages. It will be a “wind down” opportunity to mingle and discuss the day in a relaxed atmosphere. RSVP’ing isn’t required, but it will help us to get an estimated count for food.

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