Garland Lodge & Resort
4700 North Red Oak Road
Lewiston, MI 49756
The spring North and East Pastor’s Conference will be held May 13-15 at Garland Lodge near Lewiston. The theme of this year’s conference is “Fight the Good Fight: Engaging 21st Century American Culture from a Lutheran Perspective.”
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
Daily we are reminded that American culture is changing from one strongly influenced by Christian thought to one increasingly influenced by non-Christian ideas. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated according to 2012 Pew Research Center polling. The church’s long held positions on a variety of social issues seem under attack. Islam continues to make inroads as a religious force in America and its more radical manifestations are no longer limited to obscure corners the Middle East.
The spring N & E conference is designed to encourage pastors to continue to fight the good fight of the faith in a cultural environment where previous exposure to Christian teaching is no longer the cultural norm. Our speakers have been invited to share their unique perspectives on the fight.
|Online Registration||Pastors, Vicars, and Other Staff ($100/person)|
|Exhibitor ($125) | Download Exhibitor Contract|
|Lodging not included in registration (except for Emeriti). Please see below|
To reserve a room at Garland Lodge & Resort, please call 1.877.442.7526. Please mention North & East Pastors’ Conference to secure the rate of $89 per night. A variety of rooms are available at this price, please visit www.garlandusa.com for room options. Deadline is April 9, 2013.
Emeriti lodging is arranged in the District Office, please do not call the hotel directly.
Rev. Jonathan Fisk
Rev. Jonathan Fisk is Pastor for Youth and Witness at Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois, and host of the YouTube video podcast "Worldview Everlasting." He speaks regularly on topics of new media and postmodern culture, especially as they relate to Lutheran theology and the faith confessed in Luther's Small Catechism.
He is the author of the recent book, "BROKEN: Seven "Christian" Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible," a Christian's guide to interpreting and understanding the classic attacks the devil uses to undermine the Christian faith.
In his spare time, he is addicted to Panda Express Orange Chicken and eats it fortnightly, anticipates dancing with Jak'o the Shadows (and wonders if there will be more Snakes and Foxes,) wastes all his Christmas money on gaming/trading cards, and still thinks he might have a shot at playing in the NBA.
Rev. Hicham Chehab
Hicham Chehab grew up in a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack when only about 7. By age 13, he was recruited by an extremist Muslim group (the Muslim Brotherhood) and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon. He was preparing to become a Muslim preacher (Imam) when a car accident laid him up for a year.
In 1980, Hicham decided to become a doctor and enrolled at the American University of Beirut. In his first semester in college, his brother was killed by Christian militia. Hicham's response was to study by day, and by night take out his revenge in attacks on Christians. However, hearing the Sermon on the Mount (in a college course on cultural studies) at the climax of his hate and thirst for vengeance, he was brought to faith.
Later, Hicham earned an M.A. in the history of Arabs and did Ph.D. studies in the history of Islam. Hicham finished his pastoral education at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., and is a Ph.D. missiology student there.
Presently, he pastors Salam Christian Fellowship, the first Arabic LCMS fellowship planted in the Chicago area, and works as a missionary to the Muslims in Illinois.