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Heartland DCE Conference 2018

May 17, 2018 - May 19, 2018

The 2018 Heartland DCE Conference, hosted by The Institute for Religious Education at Concordia University, Nebraska is designed for individuals working in parish education in the church. The purpose of the conference is to help participants gain a better understanding, passion and ability to develop a ministry that equips believers for “works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:12)

Make plans now to join us May 17-19, 2018, in Seward, Nebraska.

Registration opens online Jan. 1, 2018, and closes on May 1, 2018, with a cost of $100.

Keynote Speakers

Hosts & Exhibitors

If you are interested in hosting some event in connection with the conference or would like to an exhibitor at the conference, please contact Thad Warren at


  • $100 per participant

Registration fees include conference costs, three meals (Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and Friday dinner) and materials. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the entire registration cost, or if you have additional questions please contact Mark Blanke at


For lodging options in Seward or Lincoln, click here. Be sure to ask about a discounted Concordia Heartland DCE Conference rate.

Special thanks to our conference sponsors!
  • The Institute of Religious Education (IRE)
  • The Karpenko Endowment
  • Concordia University, Nebraska.


Thursday, May 17

Registration2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Welcome3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Opening Worship3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Break4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Keynote #15:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Joel Lehenbauer—"The intersection of the Priesthood of all Believers and the Public Ministry"
Transition Time6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program Bottle Rocket Brewing Company7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free Time9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18

Breakfast on Your Own
Opening Devotion9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
David Coe
Karpanel #19:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Churches doing equipping—Thad Warren monitoring
Keynote #210:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Mike Breen—"Differences between churches that equip and those that don't"
Lunch Janzow cafeteria12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote #31:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Bob D'Ambrosio—"Volunteer management vs. Disciple management"
Break3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Karpanel #23:15 - 4:00 p.m.
DCEs who do equipping—Thad Warren moderating
Day Wrap-up4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Day wrap-up and explanation of the action plan process
Transition to Dinner5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program Junto Winery6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free Time8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19

Breakfast on Your Own
Action Plan Process Initiated9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Action Plan Development9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Evaluation11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Devotion11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
David Coe

Event Dates

  • Thursday, May 17, 20182:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Friday, May 18, 20189:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 19, 20189:00 am - 12:30 pm