2019 Kansas District Educators Conference

Oct. 9–10, 2019 | Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Overland Park


Jesus, Others, Yourself


Then He said to them, “… for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Special Guests

Lutheran Family Service (LFS) of Iowa

Rev. Max Phillips

Rev. Mike Moreno

Wanda Pritzel



Keynote I: The Problem with Church Workers
Rev. Max Phillips, Executive Director, Lutheran Family Service 

A presentation dealing with how the devil uses ministry zeal against us, wishes us mental harm, and how Christ answers! An exploration of mental health issues affecting church workers and the need for a different view of mental wellness, worker support, and congregational help.


Keynote II: The Way to Church Worker Wellness
Rev. Mike Moreno, MSW, Lutheran Family Service

A discussion of the unique challenges of church workers and pragmatic helps to keep the joy in ministry. “Though devils all the world should fill, all eager to devour us …” The third stanza of “A Mighty Fortress” does warn us that Satan will try to take your joy from ministry. How does one keep joy in the ministry? We will look at avenues to keep you and yours well, so that you can do the ministry set before you … with joy!




Happy, Healthy Marriage 
Wanda Pritzel, LISW

“Happy wife, happy life” is a piece of antiquated marriage advice that doesn’t actually hold true, but how about this extrapolation of it: “Happy marriage, happy ministry”? How important is a happy marriage to successful ministry? We’ll look at what makes a marriage “happy” and the unique stressors and challenges to strong, stable and happy marriage in the lives of professional church workers and their spouses. Finally, we’ll consider practical ways to safeguard your marriage and keep the “happy” going!


Recognizing and Responding to Mental Illness
Rev. Mike Moreno, MSW, Lutheran Family Service

Ever visited someone in the hospital? Of course you have. When our bodies need a higher level of care, we seek out physicians and other health care professionals. And you have encouraged your members to do so as well! You have the unique vocation to speak encouragement to God’s saints so they may also reach out to mental health professionals. Join us as we provide you with tips to recognize mental distress and walk with your neighbor as they receive care to grow stronger. You have the ability to change a life for the better by attending!


The Ministry of Lutheran Family Service
Rev. Max Phillips, Wanda Pritzel, & Rev. Mike Moreno

Serving as a ministry to our own LCMS members and church workers, and as a mission outreach to the lost as an extension of the church’s ministry, see how God is using Lutheran Family Service from the delivery room to the halls of government, from the therapist’s couch to the congregation’s pulpit, and a lot more.



Registration Information

This conference is for all active and retired church workers and their spouses. Online registration is now open.

Registration Fees

Through September 30
$120 – Church Worker/Educator
$60 – Spouse
$0 – Emeritus Church Worker 

After September 30
$145 – Church Worker/Educator
$75 – Spouse
$0 – Emeritus Church Worker 

Registration fee includes Wednesday banquet lunch, lunch on Thursday, and all breaks and materials.

  • This is a required conference for all rostered church workers.
  • 6.25 clock-hour points will be available for early childhood educators – Sessions A1, B1, C1, D1, and E1
  • Cancellations or Substitutions – Substitute when possible as cancellations after Sept. 30, 2019, may be subject to a $70.00 per person cancellation fee to cover meal costs. Registrants can make changes to the online registration form until Sept. 30. Contact the District Office to make changes after that. Save your registration confirmation email as this contains the link to your individual online registration form.

Up-to-the-minute conference registration details regarding schedule, speakers, online registration and hotel registration can be accessed here on the conference webpage.

Questions?  Contact Tami at the District Office at 785-357-4441, ext. 200, or tami@kslcms.org.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn
10591 Metcalf Frontage Road
Overland Park, KS 66212


To make reservations, follow the hotel registration link above or call the hotel at 913-341-1551 and ask for the group rate by name (Kansas District Lutheran ). All reservations should be made by Monday, September 16, 2019.  After this date, we will release the remainder of the guest room block. Additional reservation requests will be honored on a space- and rate-available basis. Please make sure your dates are correct before completing your transaction. The reserved block is for both the Pastors and Educators Conferences.


$109/night plus tax – King Bed Room
$109/night plus tax – Double/Double Bed Room

Amenities: Free daily hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking, outdoor pool, lounge area, fitness center, business center

Worship Service Offering

A joint worship service for the Pastors Conference and Educators Conference will be held Wednesday, October 9, at 10:30 at the conference site. The offering has been designated for the Kansas District Church Worker Care Fund.

The Kansas District Church Worker Care Fund, established in 2018, was created to provide financial assistance for crisis care of rostered workers and their families. Workers experiencing serious medical, vocational, emotional or mental challenges can apply for financial aid to help with recovery resources.