Tell the Next Generation – An Online Conference on Ministry to Families

March 13, 2020  8:30a.m.-12p.m.

The Missouri District will host its next Tell the Next Generation Conference online.  The conference will focus on equipping families in faith formation in the home (especially for primary grade children and adolescents).  The conference being online enables us to draw family ministry leaders from across the Synod in supporting our congregations and schools in Missouri District.  Like our 2019 Conference, there will be two plenary presentations, Bible study and break out presentations.  The conference will be held on March 13 at no cost to the participants.  Elders, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, Pastors, Directors of Christian Education and anyone who is concerned about retaining our youth and families should attend.  Watch the Missouri District website and social media platforms for registration details and more information.  A practical and relevant conference for you and your congregation that you can attend without ever leaving home.  We hope you will join us!

Featured Speakers

Rev. Dr. Todd Biermann

Dr. Dave Reuter   |   Rebecca Duport


Registration will appear here and will be online only.
The conference will be held via Zoom and will be free to participate.


Any questions, contact Sue Thompson
314-590-6217 | 

Tentative Schedule







Bible Study: Christian Marriage: God’s Design - Rev. Dr. Todd Biermann

Plenary I: Forming Lasting Faith in the Next Generation – Dr. Dave Rueter

Breakout A (several selections will be available)

Breakout B (several selections will be available)

Plenary II – Rebecca Hirsch-Duport


Topics & Speaker Information

Bible Study: Christian Marriage: God’s Design (Ephesians 5:31-32)

Rev. Dr. Todd Biermann is Sr. Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc, MI.  He previously served congregations in Parma, OH and Brooklyn Park, MN.  Having received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia, Seward, NE in 1986 and his M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1990, he completed his D.Min. degree at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in March of 2012.  Since 2005 Pastor Biermann and his wife, Heather, have traveled around the world teaching and modeling Christ-centered marriage and all relationships through their Life in God’s Way materials.  The focus of Pastor Biermann’s book, Handing Out Life, is the way a complete Christian worldview is shaped by God’s teaching on marriage.  He continues to share regular insights on this topic through his blog site,


Plenary Presenters:

Dr. Dave Rueter is a DCE serving at Our Savior Lutheran in Livermore, CA. He has served previously at the Pacific Southwest District and at Concordia University Irvine as well as congregations in Southern California and Texas. He has authored two books Teaching the Faith at Home and Called to Serve published by CPH as well as a contributor to Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry. He also served on LCMS Youth Ministry Office Young Adult research team and helped co-author Relationships Count.

Forming Lasting Faith in the Next Generation

The church has been in the business of handing the faith from one generation to the next since Christ commissioned His disciples. Yet, often we fear that we will not be able to form lasting faith in the next generation as the many generations before us have. Based on research, Dr. Rueter will outline key factors for the home and church related to forming faith that lasts in our children, grandchildren, and beyond.


Rebecca Duport - Assistant Professor & Director of the Director of Christian Education Program of Christ College, Concordia University - Irvine

Rebecca became an Assistant Professor/Director to the DCE Program of Christ College after serving Lutheran Churches as Director of Christian Education throughout the country (Idaho, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida) in life-span education roles working with Children, Youth, Family, Older Adults for 14 years. Her service to the body of Christ also includes speaking at youth gatherings, conferences and leading training events for Family Friendly Partner's Network (FFPN).