All Pastors' Conference 2018 | Michigan District, LCMS

All Pastors' Conference 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 05:00 pm EDT to Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:00 pm EDT

Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Event Description: 

Metanoia: Living in Change

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Our congregations always live on the line between the unchanging truth and the always changing world. The decade ahead promises even more radical change in marriage, family life, education, and therefore in ministry. Come join us as, guided by God’s Word, we consider how to face change, how to keep what must not change, and how to be changed ourselves with minds constantly renewed by the Holy Spirit. Great speakers, good conversation, time for rest and refreshment, and daily worship with your fellow workers in the harvest field will equip you to navigate the changing landscape ahead.

The goal of the 2018 All Pastors’ Conference is that participants will:

  • be provided with help in thinking theologically about what is essential and non-essential to local LCMS congregations bringing the Gospel to their communities in the rapidly changing landscape of today.
  • foster closer relationships with brother pastors through vibrant/engaging worship, thought-provoking devotions, and adequate time set aside for fellowship and informal conversation.
  • have opportunities for personal reflection, spiritual growth, and refreshment of mind and heart before the crush of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Registration Information: 


Pastors, Vicars, Deacons, Staff

Emeriti Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Registration: $120 / person
includes Monday and Tuesday lunch & dinner

Optional Breakfast Package: $40 / person
Monday and Tuesday

Lodging Costs Detailed Below

Registration: $60 / person

includes Monday and Tuesday lunch & dinner

Optional Breakfast Package: $20 / person
Monday and Tuesday

District makes lodging arrangements for emeriti who register on time.

Exhibitor Registration (includes primary rep fee): $175 plus meal costs

$25 per additional rep + meal costs

Cost for meals is noted on registration
Additional charges for extra tables & electricity needs

Exhibitor Contract

Lodging Costs Detailed Below


Conference registration does not reserve your lodging. If you require lodging for the conference, rooms at Boyne Mountain Resort are available at the rates of $78 per night and up as follows:

  • $78 Edelweiss Lodge Standard
  • $90 Clock Tower & Boynehof Lodge Standard
  • $100 Mountain Grand Lodge
  • Suites are also available

Reserve Room(s) Online

Please go make online room reservations, or call 800.462.6963 and ask for MI District All Pastors’ Conference Rate. Please note that after the cut-off date of 9/20/2018, attendees will have to call Central Reservations at 800.462.6963 and ask for the Michigan District LCMS Pastors Conference to book reservations, based on availability.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Information for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be coming soon.

Anniversary Honorees

The Michigan District, LCMS thanks and praises God for our pastors and considers it a privilege to recognize those that are celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and 75th anniversaries of their ordination. We will honor them at the banquet at the All Pastors’ Conference, in October, with a special slideshow and a certificate of recognition for their faithful service.

This year's honorees (pdf)

Child Care provided by Wellspring Lutheran Services

Wellspring is underwriting the child care costs for attendees, and Boyne will staff their Helga Haus.

Register your child(ren)


Monday, October 8

8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Morning Conference Session
1:00 - 6:00 pm: Afternoon Conference Session & Free Time
8:00 - 10:00 pm: Gemutlichkeit 

Tuesday, October 9

8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Morning Conference Session
1:00 - 2:30 pm: Afternoon Conference Session
8:00 - 10:00 pm: Gemutlichkeit 

Activity Options for Free Time


  • Beards Brewery Co. – Petoskey – 25 min/18 miles
  • Stiggs Brewering Co. – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Shorts Brewing Co. – Belaire – 40 min/30 miles
  • Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery – South of Petoskey – 17 min/14 miles


  • Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery – South of Petoskey – 17 min/14 miles
  • Petoskey Farms Winery – East of Petoskey – 28 min/19 miles
  • Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery – East of Petoskey – 28 min/19 miles
  • Walloon Lake Winery – South of Petoskey – 20 min/16 miles


  • Veterans Memorial Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Bayfront Park – Petoskey – 25 min/18 miles
  • East Park – West of Petoskey – 23 min/18 miles
  • Raven Hill Discovery Center (admission charged) – East Jordan – 15 min/8 miles


  • Café Sante – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Thick n Juicy Burger – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Red Mesa Grill – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Boyne River Inn – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Lake Street Markey – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Beach House Restaurant on Deer Lake – W of Boyne Mt – 6 min/2.5 miles

Hiking Trails:

  • Boyne Mountain Resort has many trails and paths – inquire at the desk for a map
  • Avalanche Preserve, Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails – Boyne City – 11 min./6 miles
  • The Hill Nature Preserve – Boyne City – 14 min/8 miles
  • Driggers Nature Preserve – E of Charlevoix – 30 min/17 miles
  • Wisser-Saworksi Nature Preserve – Boyne Falls – 5 min/2 miles

Beachfront Parks:

  • Sunset Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Peninsula/Tannery Beach – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Veterans Memorial Park – Boyne City – 10 min/6 miles
  • Young State Park (pass required)– NW of Boyne Area – 15 min/8 miles

Compassion Ministry

At every All Pastors’ Conference we include an opportunity to meet the needs of others. This time we will be taking special note of those who have cared for us at this conference year after year—picking up after us, cleaning, cooking, serving, and making our stay more pleasant. The hotel staff members are not highly paid, and they do all their serving work in the background. We will make an extra effort to recognize and thank them for their work.

  • Please consider bringing a special thank-you card for your housekeeper (along with whatever gratuity you might leave).
  • Please bring a gift card in any amount that we can distribute to other hotel staff, cooks, servers, and others whom we have less opportunity to bless directly.
  • Please take a moment at registration to write a note of thanks that we can deliver later with the gift cards.
  • Please watch for opportunities to thank, bless, and encourage those who serve us.
Ken Ham

Rev. Dr. Tod E. Bolsinger

Rev. Dr. Tod E. Bolsinger is the vice-president and chief of Leadership Formation, and assistant professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. For seventeen years, he was the senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, Calif. after serving for ten years on the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He earned a Ph.D. in Theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of three books, including Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, and It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the community of God transforms lives. He speaks, consults and is an executive coach in transformational leadership for corporate, non-profit, educational, and church organizations.

Tod is married to Beth, an executive coach, consultant, and professional artist.  They have two young-adult children, Brooks and Ali. An avid outdoor lover, if Tod hadn’t taken biology after lunch in high school, he would have been a National Park Ranger. When he retires, he is going to be a ski host who puts four people on every quad chair lift.

Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III

Professor of Exegetical Theology
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne

Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III joined the Exegetical Department of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW) in November 1989, and specializes in Hebrew and Old Testament studies.

He received his A.A. from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1972); B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1974); M.Div. from CTSFW (1978); and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (1984).

He taught in the Theology Department of Concordia University, River Forest, Ill. (1984-1989; chairman, 1989). He was assistant pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. from December 1989 through November 1992.

His doctoral dissertation on Asherah, a Canaanite goddess, was published in 1986 in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series. He contributed a number of articles to the Anchor Bible Dictionary and has published articles in various journals. He has written 1 Kings 1-11 (published May 2018) for the Concordia Commentary series, and his 1 Kings 12-22 for that series is scheduled to be published in May 2019. Currently he is writing the commentary on 2 Kings. Maier is also one of the regular preachers on the cable T.V. program “Worship Anew.”

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer is president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He also serves as a professor of practical theology.

He completed his B.A. (1969) at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. and earned his M.Div. (1973) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He earned an M.A. (1974) and a Ph.D. (1986) in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate (1993) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Meyer began his pastoral career serving as pastor of St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy, Ill. and St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Memphis, Ill., 1974–1981. He served on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as a guest instructor, 1979–1981, and as an assistant professor and director of Resident Field Education, 1981–1984. From 1984–1988, he served as senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill.

Meyer was a speaker on The Lutheran Hour radio program, 1989–2001. He joined the Seminary faculty in 2001 and became its president in 2005. Through 2003, he was also the host of the television show On Main Street. He has written numerous sermons and columns for Lutheran Hour Ministries; he has co-authored Bible studies and has regularly contributed articles to academic journals.

Meyer has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Church-at-large over the years in several capacities, including third vice-president of the LCMS, 1995–1998.

Meyer has been speaking and preaching on the road for over 25 years. His areas of interest and study include: 1 Peter, the Church in a changing culture, and the Sabbath applied to life today.

He resides in St. Louis with his wife Diane. They have two grown daughters: Elizabeth (Darren) Pittman and Catharine (Charles) Bailey, and five grandsons: Christian, Connor, and Nicholas Pittman and Andrew and Jacob Bailey.

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr.

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne

The Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. serves as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW), and professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism. Dr. Rast joined the Department of Historical Theology in the fall of 1996 after serving as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Madison, Tenn. (1992-96).

He received his B.A. in Theological Languages from Concordia College, River Forest, Ill. (1986), and his M.Div. (1990) and S.T.M. (1995) from CTSFW. In 2000 he received the M.A. degree and, in 2003, he earned his Ph.D. in American Church History from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Rast is a member of the Board of Directors for the journal Lutheran Quarterly. He is the chairman of the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR), on which he has served since 2006. He has authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics and regularly presents at workshops, retreats, and conferences around the United States. He has also taught in many countries.

Dr. Rast’s favorite hobbies include Civil War history, music, and trains. He and his wife Amy have three children.

Rev. Dr. Erik H. Herrmann

Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Chairman of the Department of Historical Theology
Director of Concordia Theology
Director of the Center for Reformation Research
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Rev. Dr. Erik H. Herrmann is associate professor of Historical Theology, chairman of the Department of Historical Theology, director of Concordia Theology, and director of the Center for Reformation Research at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL). Dr. Herrmann graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a B.A. in 1995, and received both an M.Div. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) from CSL. Before being called to the faculty, he was an assistant pastor at Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Louis. 

His areas of interest and research include the history of biblical interpretation, with a particular focus on Martin Luther and the Reformation period; history of medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe; 20th century interpretations of Martin Luther and his theology; and the history of American Lutheranism. His most recent publications are in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, The Annotated Luther, and God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions. He served as the consulting historian for the PBS documentary, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World, aired in 2017.

He is married to Aliesha. They are blessed with five children: Augustine, Constansa, Mathias, Tobias, and Elspeth.

Agenda Details: 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  5-7 p.m. Conference Check-in with hors d’oeuvres Mountain Grand Lodge
  7-8 p.m. Evening Prayer Matterhorn
  8-10 p.m. Reception Matterhorn

Monday, October 8, 2018

  6-7 a.m. Morning Walk Hotel Lobby
  7-8:15 a.m.  Breakfast Vienna
  7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Exhibitors Open Arlberg
  8-10 a.m.  Conference Check-in Civic Center
  8:15-8:30 a.m. Welcome | Morning Prayer Matterhorn
  8:30-9:30 a.m. Session #1  - Leading Adaptive Change: The Context that Challenges Us - Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger Matterhorn
  9:30-9:50 a.m.  Break Arlberg
  9:50-10:50 a.m.  Session #2 - Leading Adaptive Change: The Concepts that Anchor Us - Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger Matterhorn
  10:50-11 a.m. Break Arlberg
  11 a.m. - Noon  Session #3 - Following the Unchanging Through Change - Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III Matterhorn
  Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch Matterhorn
  1-1:10 p.m. Wellspring Lutheran Services Matterhorn
  1:10-2:10 p.m.  Session #4 - Leading Adaptive Change: The Conflict that Transforms Us - Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger Matterhorn
  2:10-2:15 p.m. Church Extension Fund Matterhorn
  2:15-2:30 p.m. Break Arlberg
  2:30-3:45 p.m. Session #5 - Leading Adaptive Change:  The Conversion that Forms Us - Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger  Matterhorn
  3:45-4 p.m. Closing Prayer Matterhorn
  4-6 p.m. Free Time  
  6-7 p.m. Dinner Hemlock Lawn
  7-8:30 p.m. Worship Service Matterhorn
  8:45-11 p.m. Gemutlichkeit Matterhorn

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

  6-7 a.m. Morning Walk Hotel Lobby
  7-8:15 a.m. Breakfast Vienna
    Emeriti Breakfast Graz
  7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Exhibitor Displays Open Arlberg
  8:15-8:30 a.m.  Morning Prayer Matterhorn
  8:30-9:30 a.m. Session #1 - The Changing Face of Ministry - Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer  Matterhorn
  9:30-9:50 a.m. Break  Arlberg
  9:50-10 a.m. Concordia University Matterhorn
  10-11 a.m. Session #2 - The Changing Face of the Synod - Rev. Dr. Larry Rast  
  11-11:10 a.m.  Lutheran Benefits Group & Lutheran Trust - Mr. Keith Mueller Matterhorn
  11:10 - Noon  President's Report - Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier  
  Noon - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch - Men's Matterhorn
                                       Lunch - Wives Vienna
  1:15-2:15 p.m. Session #4 - Disputing Heidelberg - Rev. Dr. Erik Herrmann Matterhorn
  2:15-2:30 p.m. Closing Prayer  
  2:30-3:30 p.m. Optional: President Maier Q & A TBD
  6-8 p.m. Banquet Matterhorn
  8-10 p.m. Gemutlichkeit with Karaoke Vienna


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