J-Term 2018: January 24-26

Transformational Church: God's Church in God's Mission

Lutheran Brethren Seminary, 1036 Alcott Ave West, Fergus Falls, MN
Bethel Lutheran Church, 702 Alcott Ave West, Fergus Falls, MN


Wednesday at Lutheran Brethren Seminary: Dr. Ryan Nilsen
Session #1 (1:30-2:30 pm) - The CLB Mission in North America
Session #2 (2:50-3:40 pm) - Understanding God's Mission
Session #3 (4:00-4:50 pm) - Guiding Lessons from the NT Church


Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church: Dr. Ed Stetzer
Session #1 (8:00-9:00 am) - The State of the Mission Field and Challenges to the Mission Force
Session #2 (9:15-10:15 am) - Transformational Church
Session #3 (11:15-12:15 pm) - Comeback Churches
Session #4 (1:45-2:45 pm) - Sermon from Dr. Stetzer

Thursday Evening at Lutheran Brethren Seminary
Supper and Processing (5:00-7:00 pm) - Small Groups
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Friday at Lutheran Brethren Seminary: Dr. Mark Sundby
Session #1 (8:00-9:15 am) - Resilience in Ministry, Part 1
Session #2 (9:45-11:00 am) - Resilience in Ministry, Part 2
Q & A with Dr. Sundby (11:00-11:15 am)

North American Mission
Session #3 (11:30-12:30 pm) - What's Next


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Dr. Ed Stetzer Ph.D.

Dr. Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. He has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Dr. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.


Dr. Ryan Nilsen D.Min.

Dr. Ryan Nilsen is Lead Pastor at Praise Christian Fellowship in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, where he preaches God’s Word, equips ministry leaders, and leads the church in its fulfillment of God’s mission. Ryan also serves as Executive Director of Fifth Act Church Planting. He has a B.A. in history and English from the University of Connecticut, a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and is an ordained pastor in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. He graduated from Denver Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2017. His thesis, Mission Recovery: Finding Health and Purpose for the Church, centers on the themes of this year’s J-Term conference. He has served churches in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Iowa. Ryan and his wife Kjirsti have five children and live in Torrington, CT.


Dr. Mark Sundby Ph.D.

Dr. Sundby is a 1996 graduate of the University of Minnesota with over 20 years experience as a psychologist. He serves as Director of LeaderWise in New Brighton, Minnesota. LeaderWise develops leaders through coaching and consulting and offers a state-of-the-art assessment process.