Professor Wade Johnston from Wisconsin Lutheran College will be our guest presenter. He will present on his book, An Uncompromising Gospel. It overviews key themes from the Heidelberg Disputation, the Disputation against Scholastic Theology, and Bondage of the Will, and then goes over the disputes among Lutherans that broke out about these themes, which led to the Formula of Concord.
WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership is being planned by Congregational Services for Jan. 21-23, 2020, in Chicago, Ill. The conference will emphasize leadership that is rooted in the beliefs of confessional Lutheranism.
The WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership is founded on twin convictions:
The gospel is the power of God for salvation. It alone has the power to create and sustain faith in Jesus Christ. There is no way to God except through Christ. Therefore, the mission of the Church is to proclaim the gospel, carrying it to every corner of the world.
God expects the Christian to use his reason and intellect, gifts God himself gives as part of his image, to formulate how to best proclaim the gospel in his corner of the world.
Lutheran leadership is at the nexus of those convictions. The Lutheran leader trusts firmly in the efficacy and sufficiency of God’s Word. However, he also understands that he has the responsibility to assess and plan ministry so that the congregation might do all it possibly can with God’s Word to disciple the faithful, seek the lost, and pursue the straying.
Thus, Scripture says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account” (Hebrews 13:17 EHV).
The National Conference on Lutheran Leadership seeks to encourage congregational members and leaders in those twin convictions. In the plenary sessions, we will discuss larger strategic issues that are relevant for all congregations. The breakout sessions are more tactical in nature. Some share “best practices” for various types of ministries. Others address challenges that are applicable only to some congregations.
The National Conference on Lutheran Leadership will also provide the opportunity to network with leaders from other congregations: for encouragement, for the sharing of wisdom, and for Christian fellowship.
More information will be available soon.
More information coming soon.
WHO: Youth entering grades 4-9.
WHAT: The most fun you’ll have this summer. Incredible activities (tough mudder, zip line, inflatables, massive group competitions), next-level worship, and more new friends than you can count.
WHERE: Georgia FFA Camp, just outside of Atlanta.
720 FFA FHA Camp Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
WHEN: Arrive on Monday, July 22nd between 2:30-5:30pm. Head home at 11am on Friday, July 26th.
HOW: Register here and talk to your local WELS church about payment & travel.
WHO: Youth entering grades 9-12.
WHAT: The most fun you’ll have this summer. A team scavenger hunt through an Orlando theme park (Disney or Universal), inspiring keynotes, an amazing resort, and a great chance to grow with people at the same point in life’s journey.
WHERE: Tropical Palms Resort
2650 Holiday Trail
Kissimmee, FL 34746
WHEN: Arrive on Tuesday, June 25th. Head home at on Friday, June 28th.
HOW: Register here and talk to your local WELS church about payment & travel.
The Called Worker Continuing Education Conference is a district conference at which pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are strongly encouraged to attend. As brothers and sisters, we walk together and want to make use of every opportunity to encourage, support, and grow together. This conference affords us the opportunity to do just that. In addition, called workers’ families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the accommodations throughout the week.
Camp South is a WELS Bible camp for kids completing grades 3-8 which will take place July 23 to July 27, 2018. You can register today at https://goo.gl/forms/n7MBFHQ7rVje1b5p2 - all registrations are due by April 30. Camp is held at the Georgia FFA Camp, located just outside Covington, Georgia. Visit www.GeorgiaFFACamp.org to learn more about their high quality amenities.
Camp South costs $285/person. Speak with your pastor and youth leaders about fund raising opportunities and available support from your congregation. One check please per congregation!
Camp activities include: energetic Bible lessons, Survivor themed team-building challenges, campfires, swimming, engaging Bible studies, cosmic bowling tournament with prizes, low ropes course, lake blob, water zip-lining, fishing, mudder course and much more!
The 2018 SLAA Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 5:45 pm in the Edinburgh Ballroom of the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL.
Find more information about the meeting here.
For more information about SLAA and the various Grants available, go here.
Living Promise and Living Savior would like to invite your youth to a winter event from Friday evening, February 2nd to Sunday evening February 4th in Gatlinburg TN. The event is for all youth ages 11-18. (Highschool and middleschool) (Please also invite any prospects or friends.)
Having heard a lot of positive comments about last year's event we are going back to Gatlinburg again this year.
If you have not attended in the past, we would love for you to think about attending this year. It provides all our youth with an opportunity to get together outside the summer months. We have also worked very hard at negotiating the very best deals to provide an all-inclusive experience at a great price.
Youth will have the option of skiing or tubing at Ober Gatlinburg, a variety of other winter games and activities, devotions, and a special worship opportunity on Sunday mornings.
The cost is $125 for tubers. $165 for skiers. This includes all activities, lodging, a t-shirt and meals for the entire weekend.
More information can be found at www.LivingPromiseChurch.com/teen-ski A video from last year can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-ZFyhAgFk
We are asking for those who intend to go to RSVP at the link above by January 2nd.
We hope your youth can join us for some fun, fellowship, and worship and Bible study opportunities.
Caleb Kurbis and Matt Westra
South Atlantic District churches with early childhood ministries or elementary schools are encouraged to attend an evangelism workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The leaders of Telling the Next Generation describe their workshop in this way:
"Telling the Next Generation is a ministry provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism and the Commission on Lutheran Schools. The program serves congregations of the WELS with planning, assistance, and resources for implementation of outreach and harvest strategies utilizing their Lutheran elementary school and/or early childhood ministry."
For more information on the scope and structure of the workshop, please visit the workshop's webpage. https://wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/education/lutheran-schools/telling-the-next-generation/. The WELS Commission on Evangelism will be distributing more information to congregations in advance of the meeting.
REGISTRATION: Download and complete the registration form. The registration form also includes more information and details about the day's agenda.
Messiah, Alpharetta, GA
Jan. 8-10, 2018
- Conference Agenda
- Hotel Reservation- here (December 20 deadline)
- Conference Dues- $20/congregation to Treasurer Ben Zahn- Amazing Grace Lutheran Church 2240 Carolina Forest Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
- Conference Fee- $30/person to Harmon Lewis- Messiah Alpharetta 4765 Kimball Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30005
- Those interested in Top Golf- here. Contact Harmon email@example.com or 251-753-3507
Developing a Lutheran Apologetic (Luke Thompson - 5ish hours - TBD based on conversations with him)
Recently in our circles there has been more and more talk of apologetics. WLQ has also noticed the need and put out some articles on it. This is good. We are reacting in love to a North America that is increasingly post-Christian. To a degree the American South has been isolated from the worst of the onslaught, but we have reason to believe it will come. We have the unique opportunity to be prepared as the cultural creep reaches us too. Developing a truly Lutheran apologetic that will allow us to speak with all the power, love, and wisdom we can muster is a timely activity for us. Questions worth exploring will include: What are the theological limits of apologetics? What use should they have in different ministry settings like preaching, teaching, catechism, one to one evangelism, etc.? What sorts of arguments should the Lutheran parish pastor be familiar with? How will a Lutheran apologetic differ from Reformed or Evangelical approaches?
Book Review (Presenter – Jonathan Kehl) – 60 minutes
We will be reviewing The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona. Pastor Kehl has prepared some questions for us to use as we read and then will lead a discussion at Conference.
Romans 1 Exegesis (Presenter Keith Schleis) – 75 minutes
The presenter is asked to take us through the Greek in Romans chapter 1 with an emphasis on the natural knowledge of God and natural law. He is asked to highlight through the exegesis Paul's arguments that will form the basis to a scriptural approach to apologetics. He may also include some Greek review to keep the brother’s fresh.
Worship: Confession of St. Peter
Readings: Kratz handling devoters:
Lindloff, Stuebs, Kurbis
*Update as of Thursday, September 7, 2017*
Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, this event is postponed. A future time and date for this event will be set by the Board and communicated to the District after Irma passes through the District.
- SLAA President John Backus
Notable informational items on the Agenda include:
- Introduction of Board Members
- Summary of Finances and Grants Dispersed
- Significant(!) updates on the Assocation's legal status and transition in progress
- Presentation of newly amended & restated Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
A notable action item on the Agenda is:
- Nomination and Election of Board Members
SLAA is a Florida non-profit corporation whose assets provide financial support to qualifying students in WELS secondary education schools, and to congregations and elementary schools offering Christian education or youth ministry programs for adolescents in the South Atlantic District of the WELS and Circuit 1 of the ELS.
Pastor John Backus
2033 N Herculues Ave
Clearwater, FL 33763
All congregations are encouraged to use the monies they had budgeted for Summer Quarter in the South, to send a worship team to the National Worship Conference. The District Praesidium has designated the national worship conference as our district conference for summer 2017. There will not be another district conference meeting in 2017.
May 1-2, 2017
Our Savior, Birmingham, AL, Monday, May 1st
Noon – Opening Service with Communion –Good Shepherd
Rev. Joel Russow
12:45-1:15 – Lunch served at church
1:15-2:30 – Book Review/Bible Study: The Long Reformation – Rev. Dan Berg
Reviewer Rev. Berg will guide us through a discussion of the book and development of a Bible Study out of it.
2:30 – 3:00 – Break
3:00-4:30 – Text Study John 10:22-30– Rev. Kent Holz
Pastor Holz will lead us through a joint text study (google doc) in preparation for preaching on this Good Shepherd text.
4:30-5:00 – Ministry Updates
Closing Prayer – Rev. Joel Russow
Dinner on Own / Fellowship at Hotel (listen for announcements)
Tuesday, May 2nd
9:00 – Opening Devotion –- Rev. John Roebke
9:30 – 10:45 – Pastoral Theology Round Table - Rev. Craig Born
Rev. Born will prepare some questions on best practices and lead the round table discussion as we try to learn from one another in the ways we handle some of our pastoral responsibilities.
10:45-11:00 - Break
11:00 – 11:45 – Cases of Casuistry Discussion- Rev Jon Scharf
11:45 - Itinerary – Rev. Jonathan Scharf
12:00 pm – Departure (Lunch is not provided)
Hyatt Place - 800-992-0698
4686 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
There have been some changes to the agenda, most notably that dinner on Jan 9th has been moved forward to 4:30pm and worship to 6:00pm. See the updated agenda here. Also, please note the clarifications to Conference costs below (per person vs. per congregation costs).
The Cottonbelt Conference will meet January 9-11, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama. The conference will officially begin with supper and worship Monday evening, starting at 5:30pm at Saving Grace Lutheran Church.
The hotel reservation deadline is Dec 8, 2016. Please click through for hotel information and reservations. The hotel will provide transportation to and from the airport as well as to and from church. Restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel. If you fly in, you would not need to rent a car. The closest airport is Mobile (MOB). Lower prices could be found at Pensacola or Gulf Port-Biloxi.
You may also click through to read about the conference topics. A detailed agenda for the conference is coming soon.
Attending pastors should prepare two checks from their congregation:
- $30 PER PERSON written out to our hosts at Saving Grace Lutheran church
- $20 PER CONGREGATION written out to Conference c/o Ben Zahn. Please send that to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2240 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.
The South Atlantic District Called Worker Spiritual Growth Conference which will be held on October 12-14 at the Hilton in Altamonte Springs, FL, for all pastors, teachers, and staff ministers.