National Administrators Conference


Mordecai Moments

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Phoenix, Arizona

The 2023 LEA National Administrators Conference will help you grow!

  • This one-day National Administrators Conference offered by Lutheran Education Association immediately precedes the popular and practical Best Practices in Ministry Conference at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix. One flight, one hotel, two great events!
  • The timely program involves Lutheran education’s relationship to governmental, cultural, and legislative topics important to the future and safety of Lutheran schools.
  • The 2023 NAC proceeds under the theme     Mordecai Moments…
            … inspiring courageous leadership in Lutheran education for times like these
  • The conference schedule allows for quality time with Sponsors and Exhibitors.
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  • Early childhood administrators

  • Elementary school administrators

  • Pastors of congregations with schools

  • Other congregation and school leaders responsible for education programs

  • District and national leaders

Key elements from Scripture that drive NAC’s program (Esther 3–7)…

  • Mordecai would neither bow nor pay homage to Haman—repeatedly refusing King Ahasuerus's command to do so.
  • Haman, angry with Mordecai’s lack of obedience, plotted to destroy all of Mordecai’s people—the Jews.
  • Haman complained to the king that Jewish law was “different from everyone else’s, and they do not obey the king’s laws. It is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.”
  • The king authorized Haman to “…destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jewish people.”
  • Mordecai got word to Esther, a queen in the king’s court, encouraging her to tell the king of Haman’s treachery.
  • At first, Esther resisted; it could be lethal to her if the king didn’t summon her, and she went to him alone.
  • Mordecai then issued his encouraging and courageous counsel, saying, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”
  • Esther accepted and enacted Mordecai’s risky counsel. She managed a plan to get the king’s attention and protection for her people.
  • Jesus was born King of the Jews some 480 years later.

Faith Says, “It’s Time to Speak and Act!” ...  Two Kingdom Citizenship for the Sake of the Culture and the Mission of the Church!

God engages the world to preserve it and to save it. 2KG citizenship follows God’s lead both in the realm of “Caesar’s” leadership and the mission and ministry of the Church. Amidst government encroachment in virtually every aspect of life, modern-secular culture is challenging the Church’s “essentialness” as a legitimate, public voice for good.

Amidst identity politics, LGBT, pro-abortion activism, and unbridled sexual libertinism, various “arms of culture” are confronting the Church’s legitimacy to teach and preach the “whole counsel of God” for our peoples’ and our culture’s flourishing in life.

In this session, Dr. Gregory Seltz explains why faith compels us to speak and to act for the sake of the culture and the Church.” Indeed, we were fashioned for “such a time as this.”

Dr. Gregory P. Seltz, Executive Director, Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Prior to Seltz’s work in Washington D.C., he served as the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program, a position he held since February 2011. Before joining Lutheran Hour Ministries, he served as the Director of the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, as well as professor of Theology at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Before his work at Concordia, Seltz was the Executive Director of Life’s Journey Ministries, an urban, not-for-profit evangelism ministry in Manhattan, New York.

Current Religious Liberty Threats

In this session, the Ryan Tucker will explore current threats to religious nonprofits, including specific threats to educational institutions. The presentation and discussion will be set in the changing contexts of the nation and individual states, especially as a result of any changes in mid-term elections that affect schools.

Ryan Tucker serves as senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries with Alliance Defending Freedom. He oversees all litigation efforts to maintain and defend the constitutionally protected freedom of churches, Christian ministries, and religious schools to exercise their rights under the First Amendment.

Ways to Protect Your School’s Religious Freedom

This session includes discussion about the history of religious freedom in the United States, the importance of protecting that freedom, and some practical steps your school can take to be better protected in our current cultural and legal landscape.

Kyle McCutcheon serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Christian Ministries. In this role, McCutcheon primarily focuses his practice on representing churches, faith-based schools, and faith-based ministries.

Best Practices in School Safety: Finding Truth and Increasing Capacity for Proper Responses

Discovering and articulating the truth about best practices in school safety has been a challenge over the past few years. Despite recent school shootings, hardening of schools, renewed efforts in mental health, increased security measures and personnel, and a focus on staying safe, school shootings continue to create fear. The fear about school safety has impacted parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This is a great tragedy in America today, and we must make every effort to eliminate fear from anyone’s school experience—unless you didn’t study for the test!

Discovering the truth in research data and common sense are essential for increasing our capacity to properly address school safety. Safety plans have been around for years, but a proper framework to follow in any crisis will empower anyone to make definitive decisions when it counts. People have the ability to be empowered through proper training—proper training through a framework for any crisis is the key to a proper response.

Dr. Julian Petzold spent 28 years in Lutheran schools in roles that included early childhood through high school. During that time, he experienced a wide variety of crises. His doctoral research is in the area of best practices in school safety. He has presented on the topic of school safety since 2018, and he now consults with individual schools to provide administration and staff practical plans and training to survive and thrive in any crisis—including a school shooting. Dr. Petzold is currently President of Lion Safety Consulting, a company he started with this simple mission: “Empowering people with practical preparation for any crisis.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Registration and coffee in exhibit area

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.  Opening devotion and Session 1:  Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz - "It's Time to Speak and Act! ... Two Kingdom Citizenship for the Sake of the Culture and the Mission of the Church!"

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Exhibits open

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Brunch Buffet

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Exhibits open

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Session 2:  Ryan Tucker - "Current Religious Liberty Threats"

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Session 3:  Kyle McCutcheon - "Ways to Protect Your School's Religious Freedom"

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break/exhibits

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Session 4: Dr. Julian Petzold - "Best Practices in School Safety: Finding Truth and Increasing Capacity for Proper Responses"

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  Wrap-up and closing

5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Reception in exhibit area

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Banquet, entertainment, awards