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Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland 2023!

Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Oct. 13
(Check in begins Wednesday at 1:30 PM and the conference concludes Friday at 1:30 PM)

Cornerstone Lutheran Church  Carmel, IN


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If you need hotel accommodations, we have several hotel blocks reserved. Just click on one of the links below to make your reservation:

SpringHill Suites AND Residence Inn
Hilton Garden Inn
Hyatt Place


Check Out This Year's Schedule!


1:30 pm – Registration
2:15 pm – Welcome
3:15 pm – Session #1
4:30 pm – Break
5:00 pm – Keynote Speakers: Ben and Celina Haupt
6:15 pm – Dinner
7:15 pm – Worship
8:15 pm – Party


6:30 am – 5K 
8:00 am – Breakfast 
8:30 am – Worship
9:30 am – Session #2
10:45 am – Break 
11:00 am – Session #3
12:15 pm – Lunch 
1:00 pm – Keynote Speaker: Jeff Cloeter
2:00 pm – Session #4
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Session #5
4:45 pm – Break
5:00 pm – Keynote Speaker: Mark Montieth
6:00 pm – Dinner and Fun


8:00 am – Breakfast 
8:30 am – Session #6
9:45 am – Break
10:00 am – Session #7
11:15 am – Break
11:30 am – Keynote – Special Presentation
12:30 pm – Sending and Fare-thee-well
12:45 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Conference Ends


What is Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland?

With the goal of helping other congregations most effectively use their God-given gifts, Christ Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona, started the Best Practices for Ministry Conference. Since it began, the conference has been presented free of charge to all who attend. Participants are greeted with warm hospitality, great speakers and practical workshops.

The Conference has grown greatly since its start, expanding to the Midwest in 2015, when Cornerstone Lutheran Church brought the concept of the conference to Indiana to make it more easily accessible to more congregations "in the Heartland". Since that time, "Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland" has also been hosted at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana, and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This year, it's back at Cornerstone!

We are excited to announce this year's keynote speakers: Mark Monteith, award winning sports journalist, radio host, and author; Rev. Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost and Associate Professor at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, and his wife, Celina; and Jeff Cloeter, senior pastor at Christ Memorial Lutheran in St. Louis.

This free conference includes not just fabulous speakers and vendors, and a chance to connect with each other, but awesome meals and activities, too! To register, CLICK HERE!

We can’t wait to see you for Best Practices in Ministry: Heartland!