The Large Group Electives take place from 9:30 – 10:25 a.m., 10:35 – 11:30 a.m., and 1:50 – 2:45 p.m
Large Group Elective 1: Making the Unknown Known: Reaching Out to the Hmong People: Ben Schaefer and Nau Lee
All around us in America are different ethnic groups with diverse histories, cultures and religious backgrounds. The Hmong people are one such group that God has brought to our country. How can we share the word of Christ with them? What do we need to know to share the good news, which is brand new to most Hmong people? The apostle Paul made the “Unknown God” known to the Athenians by the Spirit’s power—and our Lord gives us the same opportunity with the Hmong people. We will discuss some history and culture of the Hmong people, and highlight the work among the Hmong of Manitowoc. Trinity Hmong Lutheran Church is one of the newest congregations in WELS, but it exists as part of the longest running Hmong ministry in our synod. Future pastors, teachers, and congregational leaders will see the beauty of these unique people in Christ and learn some lessons for cross-cultural outreach in a Midwestern parish.
Large Group Elective 2: Helping college students share their faith with other college students: Ken Brokmeier
Your best friend from high school did not come to MLC but instead is at a public university. They have contacted you wondering what to say because their current roommate has made the request to bring their boyfriend/girlfriend back to the room on their next date spend the night in the room. How do you tell them “No?” You begin dating someone who is not WELS (someone from work). At what point do you bring up the subject of Jesus/religion and how do you do so? We will plan to discuss these and other examples as we turn to God’s Word to discover how to share our faith with other college students.
Large Group Elective 3: Reaching out with the Gospel to Muslims: Pieter Reid
There are more and more Muslims in both large cities and also smaller towns across America. What is my attitude toward them? “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). “God so loved the world…” and “God so loved the Muslim world…” Both statements are true. How do I develop the attitude of Jesus? I need to distinguish between the threat of Islam, and showing care and concern for the soul of the individual Muslim. As a future congregational leader, teacher, or pastor, how can I not only encourage outreach, but also cross-cultural outreach, and outreach to Muslims?