The Bugenhagen

July 25 - July 27, 2022 : Racine, Wisconsin
July 25 - 27, 2022

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 will feature 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

2021 Workshop Presentations

(These will be updated for 2022 in the coming months)

I. Preaching and Teaching


Dispensationalism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Respond—Pastor Tyson Mastin

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

Getting Better at Bible Study: 1st John—Pastor Paul Preus

Getting Better at Bible Study: Job—Pastor Benjamin Holt

Making VBS Great Again—Pastor Jason Braaten

Pan Is Dead: The Usefulness of Pagan Mythology

in the Study of Scripture—Pastor Travis Berg

Preaching Funerals—Pastor David Petersen

Preaching without a Net—Pastor Burnell Eckardt

Speaking with One Voice:

Catechesis for the Home, Congregation, and School—Pastor Greg Truwe

Sunday School as Bible History—Pastor Jason Braaten

​Teaching Our People How to Read the Bible—Pastor Mike Grieve 

The Pastor and Precise Language—Pastor Benjamin Holt

II. Liturgical Matters

Beautifying the Building—Pastor James Roemke

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

Restoring the Great Easter Vigil—Pastor Brian Liermann

What the Lectionary Can Teach You about Hymn Selection—Pastor Sean Daenzer

III. Care of Souls

Being the Pastor of a Small Parish—Pastor Burnell Eckardt

Comfort During Suffering from the Holy Scriptures

and the Church’s Theologians—Pastor Michael Frese

How to Encourage Funerals by Making Them More Affordable:

​​Philosophy as Theology’s Handmaiden—Pastor Travis Berg

Talking to Your Congregation about Governmental Overreach—Pastor David Ramirez

​The Gods of Our Culture—Pastor Mark Preus​

The Repeat Customer: Applying Proper Pastoral Patience—Pastor Jack Gilbert

IV. Congregational Life and Parish Administration

A College for Our Children: Luther Classical College—Pastor Mark Preus  

Building Community in the Congregation—Pastor David Petersen 
Conversation with CTCR Associate Executive Director—Pastor Rick Serina

Factual Numbers—Pastor Joshua Conradt 

Patriarchy and Complementarianism—Pastor David Ramirez 
Starting a Men’s Group—Pastor David Buchs

Stewardship Under the Cross—Pastor Heath Curtis
The Lutheran Witness: 140 Years and Still Preaching Our Fathers’ Faith in Our Children’s Language—Pastor Roy Askins

V. Pastoral Leadership

Digging Up the Talent: Confessing with Boldness in the Office—Pastor Aaron Uphoff

Learn Your German—Pastor Ryan Loeslie

How to Be a Small Town American Pastor—Pastor Heath Curtis

Instilling Courage in the Congregation—Pastor Mike Grieve

Memorizing the Psalms—Pastor Ryan Loeslie

Ruling Your Household Well: Putting 1 Timothy 3 into Practice—Pastor Benjamin Ball


2022 Keynote Addresses


Monday, July 25: Engineering the Trousered Ape -- Pastor John Klieve

Tuesday, July 26: How to Be a Happy Warrior -- Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday, July 27: Read Your Bible -- Pastor Andrew Packer



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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