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The Bugenhagen

July 24 - July 26, 2023 : Racine, Wisconsin
July 24 - 26, 2023

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

2022 Workshop Presentations

 (Workshops for 2023 will be updated closer to the conference. Below are last year's workshops.)


I. Preaching and Teaching


Avoiding Ambiguity and Abstractions in Funeral Preaching—Pastor Stephen Preus

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

Equity—Pastor Andrew Preus

Getting Better at Bible Study: 

Christ in the Creation Account (Genesis 1-3)—Pastor Fritz Eckardt

Getting Better at Bible Study: The Comfort of Christ and the Sacraments

in the Book of Judges—Pastor Karl Fabrizius

Getting Better at Preaching:

Easter with a view to Ascension and Pentecost—Pastor Sean Kilgo

Getting Better at Preaching: The Season of Easter—Pastor Mark Preus

Preaching the Oracles of God: Insights from Missouri's Past—Pastor Adam Koontz

Speaking with One Voice:

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

Upcoming Sunday Text Study: Trinity 7—Pastor David Ramirez

II. Liturgical Matters


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

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Yuletide—Pastor Heath Curtis

How to Get along with Your Church Musician—Pastor Sean Daenzer

Metered Psalms in Lutheran Worship:

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

Restoring the Great Easter Vigil—Pastor Brian Liermann

III. Care of Souls

A Church Diagnostic from Revelation 2-3:

Unto Repentance and Comfort—Pastor Michael Grieve

Dealing with Traitors: Lessons from the Donatist Controversy—Pastor Fritz Eckardt

The Faith of Unborn Infants According to Bugenhagen and Luther

and Implications for Pastoral Care—Pastor Karl Hess

Fighting Transgenderism in the Church and Home—Pastor Andrew Packer

How to Encourage Funerals by Making Them More Affordable:

A Discussion on Blended and Home Funerals—Pastor Tyson Mastin

Luther's Hierarchy of Earthly Authorities in the 4th Commandment of the LC:

What It Means for Us Now—Pastor Michael Grieve

Planning a Marriage & Family Conference—Pastor Greg Truwe

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

Teaching Faithfulness and Loyalty in the midst of Conflicting Duties:

The Example of Jonathan—Pastor David Ramirez

What Hearers Owe Their Pastors:

A Closer Look at the Table of Duties—Pastor Wes Hromowyk

IV. Congregational Life and Parish Administration

Factual Numbers—Pastor Joshua Conradt 

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

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

The Necessity of Pushing Back—Pastor Benjamin Ball

The Role of Circuit Visitors: Proper Care for Pastors and Congregations—Pastor John Wille

V. Pastoral Leadership

Be Strong to Be Useful: Do You Even Lift, Bro?—Pastor J. J. Stefanic

Becoming an Antifragile Pastor—Pastor Andrew Packer

Blackpill Detox: Dealing with Sloth—Pastor Jason Braaten

Getting Stuff Done—Pastor James Roemke

Let the Dust Stay on Your Feet:

Having Pastoral Contentment in your Divine Call—Pastor Benjamin Ball

The Lily Sabbatical Program—Pastor David Petersen

Starting New Things—Pastor David Buchs


2023 Keynote Addresses

Monday, July 24: Winning the Lottery in Babylon -- Pastor Heath Curtis

Tuesday, July 25: Recognizing and Fighting the Peculiar Acedia that Threatens the Office of the Ministry -- Pastor David Petersen

Wednesday, July 26: A Psalm 18 Pastor -- Pastor Ryan Loeslie



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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