Speakers

Rev. Jon Bjorgaard - Conference Speaker

Keys to Having a Successful Mission and Ministry in a Post-COVID World.

Description: Over the past couple of decades, worship attendance in churches has dramatically declined. Indications are that this decline is accelerating as many active members have drifted away from live worship and are in the habit of not attending at all or only watching online as the COVID pandemic subsides. What can turn this trend around and help churches to experience exponential growth? It may not be as complicated as we think. In this seminar, you will be given a manuscript based upon Scriptural principles from the greatest leader of all time. We will focus on 10 proven principles from Jesus that will not only transform our lives, but also our churches, community and world.

Pastor Jon Bjorgaard is a 1986 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He has served as Assistant Pastor at Hope Lutheran in Rochester, New York (1986-1988); Senior Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Sandy, Utah (1988-1995); Director of Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church and School in Phoenix, Arizona (1995-1999); Director of Ministries at Shepherd’s Gate Lutheran in Shelby Township, Michigan (1999-2007); Director of Ministries at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran in Scottsdale, Arizona (2007-2018) and currently is the Senior Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past three years, he has also been a pastoral coach and church consultant and worked directly with over 50 pastors and seminarians. God has gifted him in helping churches grow from mid-sized to over 800 in average worship attendance and aiding churches that are on the verge of closing to gain new life, direction and vision. 

Rev. Dominic Rivkin - PSD Mission and Ministry Executive

Rev. Dominic Rivkin currently serves as the Mission and Ministry Executive for the Pacific Southwest District of the LCMS. Rev. Rivkin was the founding pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Temecula CA and the urban mission development agency LINC Los Angeles. Pastor Rivkin and his wife Cassie live in Los Angeles and enjoy spending time engaging in outdoor adventures as part of their personal ministry of mentoring young adults in the city.

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