Conferences and Convocations

These papers were presented at Model Theological Conferences and Convocations sponsored by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR).

 

1997
150th Anniversary Theological Convocation of the LCMS

A collection of papers presented at the 150th Anniversary Theological Convocation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1997 held in St. Louis, Mo.

2002
Model Theological Conference

These papers were presented at the first Model Theological Conference held August 5-7, 2002 in Phoenix, Ariz.

 

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  • Acts 15 Bible Study Number One Presentation - Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs
  • Acts 15 Bible Study Number One Discussion - Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs
  • Acts 15 Bible Study Number Two Presentation - Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs   
  • Acts 15 Bible Study Number Two Discussion - Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs  
  • Some Reflections on a Yankee Stadium Case of Discretion - President Emeritus, Dr. Ralph Bohlmann
  • When Cases of Discretion Are Really Cases of Discretion - President Emeritus, Dr. Robert Kuhn
  • Conflict, Confession and Unity - Dr. Harold Senkbeil
  • Conflict, Confession and Unity - Dr. Thomas Zehnder
  • Greetings and Comments from the President - President Gerald Kieschnick
2005
Model Theological Conference

 

These papers were presented at the second Model Theological Conference held August 23-25, 2005 in Phoenix, Ariz.

 

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  • The Congregation's Ministry: Who's In Charge Here? A Pastor's Perspective - Rev. Ralph Blomenberg
  • The Congregation's Ministry: The Role of the Laity - Mr. Peter Hessler

 

2008
Theological Convocation

 

These papers were presented at the Theological Convocation held August 18-20, 2008 in St. Louis, Mo. The theme of the convocation was: “Carrying Out God’s Mission in the 21st Century: The Relationship Between Theology and Polity.”

 

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  • Opening Devotion – Dr. John Nunes (Aug. 19)
  • Opening Devotion – Dr. Robert Kuhn (Aug. 20)
  • Bible Study 1: Acts 15:1-31 – Dr. Joel Lehenbauer (Aug. 18)
  • Bible Study 2: 1 Corinthians 12:4-31 – Dr. Joel Lehenbauer (Aug. 19)
  • Bible Study 3: Ephesians 4:3-6 – Dr. Joel Lehenbauer (Aug. 20)
  • Keynote Address – “Carrying Out God’s Mission in the 21st Century” – Dr. Samuel Nafzger
  • “The Missio Dei” – Dr. Robert Newton
  • Responses to “The Missio Dei”
    • Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Jr.  
    • Mrs. Gretchen Jameson  
    • Rev. Khurram Khan  
    • Dr. Richard Noack  
    • Dr. Leopoldo Sanchez
  • Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance Proposals  
  • Panel Review of Convocation
    • Mr. Kirk Farney  
    • Chaplain Donald Muchow  
    • Dr. Will Sohns
  • Closing Remarks – Dr. Gerald Kieschnick
2010
Model Theological Conference on Worship

Access audio recordings and PDF files of presentations from the Model Theological Conference on Worship, January 11-13, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. The theme of the conference was: “Toward a Theology of Worship That Is…” The conference was co-sponsored by the Commission on Worship and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.

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2012
International Conference on Confessional Leadership in the 21st Century

120 Lutheran leaders from around the world attended the first International Conference on Confessional Leadership October 31-November 2, 2012 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

The conference theme was: “The Lutheran Church in the 21st Century – Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia.” Participants gathered for the purpose of mutual edification and encouragement, and for the promotion of the Gospel-centered teachings that stand at the heart of the Lutheran Reformation of the 16th century.

Speakers from every region of the globe addressed the joys and challenges of confessional Lutheran churches. The conference was co-sponsored by the President’s Office and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations in keeping with a request from the 2010 LCMS Convention (Res. 3-02A).

>>Download Conference Program Guide 

2015
International Conference on Confessional Leadership in the 21st Century

This second International Conference on Confessional Leadership (ICCL) was held May 3-8, 2015 in Wittenberg, Germany.

The conference theme was: “Celebrating the Reformation Rightly: Remembrance, Repentance, Rejoicing.” Conference participants attended the dedication of Wittenberg’s “Old Latin School” and gathered for daily worship in the Stadtkirche, Saint Mary’s, the congregation where Martin Luther preached at least 1,000 times.

An overwhelmingly positive reaction to the first ICCL in 2012 led the 2013 LCMS convention to encourage this second gathering of worldwide leaders (Res. 4-04). Confessional Lutherans representing 41 countries and 23 million Lutherans worldwide heard presentations on central Reformation truths: Scripture’s authority, the centrality of Christ’s redemptive work for the world, and the Gospel’s assurance of grace through faith in Him.

The conference was a step toward helping prepare world Lutheranism for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and was co-sponsored by the President’s Office and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.

>> Download Conference Program Guide

>> Read Sept. 2015 Journal of Lutheran Mission (published presentations)

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