Tuesday 13 June '23 1:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday 14 June '23 9:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 15 June '23 9:00am - 11:30am
Event for IRE Conference 2023

IRE Conference 2023

Janzow Campus Center

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The 2023 Institute for Religious Education 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 community where “All the believers were one in heart and mind” (Acts 4:32a).

Lodging Options

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites: $132/night for Concordia IRE Conference attendees. For this rate confirm with hotel booking that you are with the conference. (402) 646-1004
East Hills Inn & Suites: 402-643-3679


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Keynote Speakers

Goal: Following participation in the 2023 IRE Conference the attendee will be more effective at enhancing authentic Christian community in their churches.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, June 13

Registration 1:30-2 p.m.

Janzow Campus Center

Welcome 2-2:30 p.m.

Cattle Conference Room

Opening Worship 2:30-3 p.m.

Weller Auditorium

Break 3:30-4 p.m.

Keynote #1 4-5:30 p.m.

Cattle Conference Room

Rev. Peter Nafzger: The Theology of Community

Debrief/Implications 5:30-5:45 p.m.

Dinner 7-9 p.m.

Junto Winery

Free Time 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Breakfast on Your Own

Opening Devotion 9-9:30 a.m.

Keynote #2 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Charles Vogl: The Art of Community, Part 1

Break 10:30-10:45 a.m.

Keynote #2 10:50 a.m.-11:50 p.m.

Charles Vogl: The Art of Community, Part 2

Lunch 12-1:15 p.m.

Janzow Cafeteria

Keynote #2 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Charles Vogl: The Art of Community, Part 3

Break 2:30-3 p.m.

Keynote #3 3-4 p.m.

Kjersten Tucker: Designing and Adapting Space to Enhance Community

Implications 4:30-5 p.m.

Transition to Dinner 5-6 p.m.

Dinner and Program 6-9 p.m.

Free Time 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 15

Breakfast on Your Own

Keynote #4 9-10 a.m.

Jean Twenge (Virtual): Gen Z, Technology and Community

Break 10-10:15 a.m.

IRE Time/Implications/Application/Evaluation 10:15-11 a.m.

Closing Devotion 11-11:30 a.m.

Cattle Conference Room


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