Fellowship, Faith, & Fundraising

Announcing The 2017 Heartland Summit October 8-10, 2017 at Concordia University - Ann Arbor

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus in Matthew 6:21

Focus: This year’s Heartland Summit will have a twofold focus.

  • Sectionals/speakers will focus on our Christian faith—in the school leader, faculty and staff, and extracurricular coaches and directors—and how you, as the school leader, can lead and equip your organization to be more intentional in building up a culture and school committed to faith growth and the Great Commission.
  • Sectional/speakers will also focus on fundraising providing school leaders and development directors with ideas, tools, and strategies to make the most out of special events and third source funding. See the conference itinerary for more specifics.

Who Should Come? In addition to any and all Lutheran high school administrators, this year’s conference is designed for athletic directors and activities directors to attend, as well as development directors or those who chair/lead major fundraising events like auctions, golf tournaments, and special event dinners. Bring your AD and Development Director!

Where: Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI

When: Sunday evening, October 8 – Tuesday noon, October 10th

Conference Cost: Thanks to ALSS partner, CUW/CUAA, there is no conference cost to any conference participant who belongs to an ALSS school if you register before August 1st. This is one of the benefits of being of ALSS. After August 1st, the registration cost for the conference is $100. Conference cost for those who are not members of ALSS schools is $150.

Transportation & Lodging: Conference participants are responsible for transportation and lodging costs. ALSS has secured a discounted block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn ($99 per night) – near the University of Michigan and one block away from the New North Building where the Heartland Summit will be held. Rooms will go fast, so do not hesitate to make your reservations. You can follow this link to make those reservations: The Heartland Summit or call (734) 769-9800 and tell them you are with the “Heartland Summit Conference.”

Register Online Now!

Retreat Itinerary

Sunday, October 8th [Fellowship]
Welcome/Social Time
5:00-6:00pm Dinner/Social Time

Welcome by President Patrick Ferry

Professional Share Tim

Monday, October 9th [Faith]
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Devotion – CUAA Campus Pastor Ryan Peterson
8:45-10:00 “Building a Discipleship-Focused Staff” – Mike Zimmer
(Northern Illinois Education Executive)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 “Jesus be the Center of Your School” – Dwayne Jobst
(Principal, Lake Country Lutheran High School, Hartland, WI)
12:30-2:00“Marketing Your Lutheran School’s Co-curricular and Athletic Programs: Ethics, Effectiveness and Affordability” – Julie Meyer (Owner of 410 Creative LLC)
2:00-2:15 Break

"How to Build a Culture Befitting Lutheran High Schools Among Your Coaches"
"Character and Leadership Development for Student-Athletes and Coaches”
"Building a Positive Culture Among the Fans" – by Lonnie Pries
(Director of Athletics, CUAA)

4:00-5:15 CUAA Tour
5:30 Dinner Out/Social Time

Tuesday, October 10th [Fundraising]




Devotion - CUAA Campus Pastor Ryan Peterson


“From Bake Sales to Philanthropy: Your Twelve Month Plan of Fundraising Success”
(Jon Dize - CFRE of the Lutheran Schools Partnership of Northern Indiana)




Auction Best Practices

Paul Gnan – ED, Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, WI
Joel Landskroener – ED, Mayer Lutheran High School, Mayer, MN
John Brandt – Principal, Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw, MI
Mark Bahr – Head of Schools, Lutheran High School Association ofGreater Milwaukee




Toolbox Time: Other Fundraising Best Practices

“Senior Citizen Bible Studies & Grandparent Days” – Paul Gnan
(Exec.Dir., Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, WI)

“How to Raise a Million Dollars” – David Hahn
(President of ALSS)

“Establishing a Development Position” – John Brandt
(Principal, Valley Lutheran High School)