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The Bugenhagen

July 29 - July 31, 2024 : Racine, Wisconsin
July 29 - 31, 2024

St. John's Lutheran Church

510 Kewaunee St.

Racine, WI 53402

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The Bugenhagen Conference is a three day conference for pastors on practical theology. Attendance and meals at the conference are free to registrants. The conference features three keynote speakers and forty workshops presented by over twenty pastors.
The Reformation held up the great truth of salvation by grace through faith. Faithful Lutheran pastors know that the gospel is to permeate the teaching and the life of the congregation. Our preaching, teaching, and all of our practices should be fully shaped by the Word of God. The Pastor ought to excel in his ministry whether it be in teaching, caring for the sick and dying, providing biblical counsel, or being an example in holy living.
The Bugenhagen Conference was created to help pastors hone their craft and excel in all facets of ministry. Pastors know that there is always room for improvement, whether it be in the routine tasks of administration, or in more particular matters of pastoral leadership in the parish. The pastor is to be competent, confident, and skilled in his ministry.
The Bugenhagen Conference is a gathering particularly designed for the parish pastor, providing a place for him to honestly evaluate himself against the biblical model of who a pastor is to be. Here he can critically assess among brothers what qualities, skills, and characteristics he has developed and, also, where he needs to develop. The workshops allow pastors to hear from brothers in the ministerium who can provide practical guidance in approaching specific tasks and challenging situations that one may face in the parish.


Participants at the Bugenhagen Conference will hear three Keynote Addresses. Out of the forty Workshops offered, they will be able to attend eight. It has been said pastors of different ages and experience naturally bring particular gifts to the church: the young, zeal; the middle-aged, stability; and, the elders, wisdom. A healthy mix and balance of these qualities will be brought together at the conference in order to strengthen and build up our ministerium in the Missouri Synod.


Keynote Speakers

2023 Workshop Presentations

 (This will be updated for 2024 in in the time leading up to the conference)


I. Preaching and Teaching


Comfort One Another with These Words: Funeral Preaching—Pastor Joshua Conradt

Getting Better at Bible Study: Long-Range Planning—Pastor Matthew Moss 

Getting Better at Bible Study: Jonah—Pastor J. J. Stefanic 

How to Teach about Equity—Pastor Andrew Preus

“And Their Works Do Follow Them” (Rev. 14:13): Funeral Sermons—Pastor Benjamin Ball

 Theology is for Preaching…and Teaching—Pastor Greg Truwe

 Upcoming Sunday Text Study: Trinity 8—Pastor David Vandercook

Upcoming Sunday Text Study: Trinity 9—Pastor Christian Preus

 Water and the Word from the Beginning to the End—Pastor Joshua Wiladsen

 Where Is It Written?—Pastor Dan Gilbert

 Writing and Copying: Essential to the Publication of the Gospel—Pastor Edward Naumann

 The Year of Jubilee—Pastor Tyson Mastin

II. Liturgical Matters


CLOSED (with a D) Communion Conversations—Pastor Jack Gilbert

Beautifying the Building—Pastor James Roemke 

Familiarity Breeds Contemplation:

Using a Single Rite for the Good of Your Parish—Pastor Paul Schulz

 Forum on Funerals—Pastor David Petersen

Metered Psalms in Lutheran Worship:

Singing the Bible’s Prayerbook as Hymns—Pastor Aaron Uphoff with Pastor Nathan Wille

III. Care of Souls

Can You Be More Merciful than God?—Pastor David Ramirez

Exhorting the Christian Congregation to Spiritual Disciplines—Pastor J. J. Stefanic

 The Faith of Unborn Infants According to Bugenhagen and Luther

and Implications for Pastoral Care—Pastor Karl Hess

 From the Moment of Conception:

A Christological Foundation for Being Pro-Life—Pastor Brandon Koble

 Fruits of Repentance in the Christian Life—Pastor Michael Grieve

 Not In the Passion of Lust:

Pre-Marital Catechesis on the Sixth Commandment—Pastor Sean Willman

Training Martyrs for the Prize—Pastor Karl Hess

 Variation on the Consolations—Pastor Erik Rottmann

IV. Congregational Life and Parish Administration

All Things Should Be Done Decently and in Good Order:

Revising Your Constitution & Bylaws—Pastor Matthew Moss

 Closed Funerals: Faithfully Exercising the Office of the Keys—Pastor Andrew Harris

 Good News: A Simple Way of Teaching the Faith—Pastor Paul Schulz

From School to Church—Pastor Jack Gilbert

 Making Big Changes in the Congregation—Pastor Aaron Uphoff

 Shepherding through a Building Project—Pastor Travis Kleinschmidt

 Congregational Stewardship in a Time of High Inflation—Pastor Heath Curtis

V. Pastoral Leadership

The Greatness of Difficulty—Pastor Jason Braaten

 Hunting For Fun and Pastoral Profit—Pastor Heath Curtis

 Never Split the Difference—Pastor Jason Braaten

 New Pastor Forum—Panel

 Other Books—Pastor David Ramirez

 Preparing the Next Generation of Pastors—Pastor Andrew Preus

 Recovering the Joy of the Office—Pastor Sean Kilgo

 When You Fast: Nuts and Bolts for the Lutheran Pastor—Pastor Ryan Loeslie


2024 Keynote Addresses

Monday, July 29: Pastor Jack Gilbert

Tuesday, July 30: Pastor Karl Fabrizius

Wednesday, July 31: Pastor Travis Kleinschmidt



St. John's Lutheran Church
Racine, WI
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Union Grove, WI
Messiah Lutheran Church
Kenosha, WI

Planning Committee

Rev. Jack Gilbert 

St. John's Lutheran Church 

Racine, WI

Rev. David P. Ramirez

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Union Grove, WI

Rev. Aaron Uphoff

Calvary Lutheran Church

Watseka, IL

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