North and East Pastors' Conference 2018 | Michigan District, LCMS

North and East Pastors' Conference 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 04:00 pm EDT to Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 04:00 pm EDT

Doubletree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront
One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City MI  48708

Event Description: 

Our secular culture today has many similarities with that of ancient Corinth. How does Paul's message of justification by grace and the cross of Christ from his letters to the Corinthian congregation speak to our culture today? What insights does it give us?

Goals & Objectives

The North & East Pastors' Conference is conducted for the spiritual and professional growth of its members.

  • It shall provide means for its members to relate together on a regular basis.
  • Matters pertaining to Christian doctrine and practice, to professional problems, to the proper conduct in office, to private study, to the work of the District and Synod, or to any other professional matter shall receive due attention.
  • The members are to aim to cultivate positive relationships, to be mutually helpful in every way possible, and to encourage, instruct, and admonish one another in a spirit of sincerity and Christian love.
  • The conference may adopt and submit overtures to the Convention of the Michigan District.

Compassion Ministry

In support of Michigan District's “Great Compassion Ministry,” The North & East Pastors’ Conference will support Franklin Avenue Mission,  The mission is in need of diapers sizes 4 - 6 and wipes. Please bring one or more of these items with you to the conference, or make a greater difference for the children in the region and post at your church and bring a whole car load of donations.

Seminary CEU Verification Forms

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Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid

Professor of Exegetical Theology
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dr. Mark Seifrid is a professor of exegetical theology. A Concordia Seminary faculty member since 2015, he earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (1990), and an M.Div. and M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill. (1984). He also holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill. (1975).

He has published major works on justification in the New Testament and a commentary on 2 Corinthians, and is currently writing a commentary on Galatians. He has published numerous articles on Pauline theology and the doctrine of justification—in particular articulating a Lutheran view of justification as drawn from the Pauline Epistles. He taught New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., for more than two decades. He also served as the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Chair in New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His hobbies include running, water sports, cycling, cross-country skiing; and German language and literature. He is married to Janice.

Agenda Details: 

Monday, April 30, 2018

  4:00-5:00 Conference Registration
  5:00-6:00 Dinner
  7:00-8:30 Worship Service - Immanuel, Bay City (map)
  9:00-11:00 Gemutlichkeit sponsored by Church Extension Fund

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

  7:30-8:15 Breakfast
  8:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits
  8:15-8:30 Opening Devotion - Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann
  8:30-9:30 Session 1 "What Went Wrong in Corinth?  Reflections on the Word of the Cross"-Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid
  9:30-9:50 Break 
  9:50-10:50 Session 2 " Letter and Spirit in Corinth"- Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid
  10:50-11:00 Church Extension Fund- Mr. James R. Saalfeld, Mr. John H. Bates & Mr. Paul R. Wills
  11:00-12:00 President's Report- Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier
  12:00-1:30 Lunch and time with vendors
  1:30-1:35 Concordia University- Mr. Curtis Gielow
  1:35-1:40 Wellspring Lutheran Services- Mr. David M. Gehm
  1:40-1:45 Franklin Avenue Mission- Rev. Dr. Bradley J. Yops
  1:45-2:45 Session 3  - " Trouble and Comfort for the Corinthians: 2 Cor. 1:3-4 in context - Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid
  2:45-3:00 Break
  3:00-4:00 Session 4 - " The Problem of Power and the Alternative Jesus in Corinth (2 Cor. 10-13) - Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid
  4:00 - 4:15 Closing Devotion - Rev. Robert G. Scott


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