South & East Pastors' Conference 2018 | Michigan District, LCMS

South & East Pastors' Conference 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 09:00 am EDT to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:00 pm EDT

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI

Event Description: 

“500th Anniversary of the Reformation: A Wake or An Awakening?”

It has been asked how the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation would impact Lutherans, the church, and the world. Unfortunately, we live in a time of negativism and pessimism in regards to the church, millennials, politics, and the world in general. Dr. Hunter's book “Who Broke My Church?” is a real look at our present situation with a desire to turn us back to a “Kingdom Culture”—after all, we are called to serve the King. As President Maier stated regarding this book: “’Who Broke My Church?’ is a must read for church leaders who care about their congregations and desire to be faithful followers of Christ. Here is an undeniable practical and powerful truth that will convict, heal and transform."

Goals & Objectives – South & East

The South & East Pastors' Conference is conducted for the spiritual and professional growth of Pastors and Vicars.

  • The Conference shall provide an opportunity for pastors to meet and encourage one another on a regular basis.
  • The Conference shall provide a subject that offers further growth in Christian doctrine and practice, in professional development and in the work of the District and Synod, or in any other professional matters that are brought forward.
  • The Conference will cultivate positive relationships: to be mutually helpful in every way possible and to encourage, instruct, and admonish one another in a spirit of sincerity and Christian love.
  • The Conference will continue to reach all of the pastors, vicars, and emeriti with an annual opportunity to join together to prayerfully support one another and the Synod. It may adopt and submit overtures to the Convention of the Michigan District.

Compassion Ministry

In support of  Michigan District “Great Compassion Ministry,” The South & East Pastors’ Conference will partner with the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region with ingathering donations and worship offering.  You may also donate directly to the CAN Council. Mission Statement - We are building communities where children are free from abuse and neglect.  Vision Statement – As the recognized leader in children’s advocacy, we are empowering communities through innovative programming, comprehensive services, and effective collaborations enriching generations to come!

Please bring one or more items listed below with you to the conference, or make a greater difference for the children in the region and post at your church and bring a whole car load of donations.:

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region Wish List

Seminary CEU Verification Forms

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Registration Information: 

Registration Fees

Pastors, Vicars, Deacons, Staff Registration

Emeriti Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Online registration has closed.


includes Tuesday Lunch and Dinner, Wednesday Breakfast

Registration includes the book "Who Broke My Church" by Kent R. Hunter for pastors, deacons, and vicars.

Lodging Costs Detailed Below

Online registration has closed.

Early Bird Registration for Emeriti and Spouses has closed. Please register through the general registration process.

Emeriti registering after April 4 will need to make their own lodging arrangements.

Online registration has closed.

Exhibitor Registration:
$125 plus meal cost

Cost for meals is noted on registration
Additional charges for electricity needs

Exhibitor Contract

Lodging Costs Detailed Below


A block of rooms has been set aside for the night of May 8. Call the lodge directly at 855.652.7200 to make your room reservation by April 4, 2018. The group number is 12M2HM..

$95/person - Single and Double Occupancy


Dr. Kent R. Hunter

Church Doctor Ministries

Dr. Kent R. Hunter is the founder of Church Doctor Ministries. He has served as a pastor in Michigan, Indiana, and South Australia. In the past 35 years, Dr. Hunter has consulted more than 1,400 churches from 65 denominations, fellowships, and movements. Dr. Hunter is the architect of Healthy Churches Thrive!, a 36-month spiritual adventure to prepare churches for the coming revival, and SEND North America, a training experience to equip young adults to be missionaries to their culture.

Dr. Hunter received his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and his D.Min. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is the author of 30 books on the subject of church health, vitality, and the effectiveness of the church. His latest book is Who Broke My Church? 7 Proven Strategies for Renewal and Revival.

Dr. Hunter says his reason for being on this earth is to help Christians and churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to make disciples of all peoples. He recognizes that America is the third largest mission field in the world, behind China and India. His passion is to come alongside pastors and church leaders to provide encouragement, direction, and focus and to turn challenges into opportunities for mission through the local church.

Dr. Hunter lives on a certified tree farm in northeast Indiana with his wife, Janet. They have two grown children, Laura and Jon. 

Rev. Charles Schulz

Concordia University Ann Arbor
Assistant Professor of Theology

Rev. Charles Schulz grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his bachelor's degree at Concordia, Ann Arbor, Master's of Divinity and Master's of Sacred Theology (exegesis) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, a Master's of Art (Classical Languages) from Washington University, and a Master's in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (A.B.D.) from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He’s currently studying for his Ph.D. (history of exegesis) at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Professor Schulz has taught as an adjunct at the Lutheran Seminary in São Leopoldo, Brazil, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. Recent publications include translations of Luther's writings and theological studies on the Lord's Supper, iconography, and theosis. Assistant professor of theology at Concordia since 2001, he directs the pre-seminary program on campus and teaches courses in Greek, Latin, Church History, Bible, and theology. From 2005-2014, he also served as the pastor of St. Thomas, a small rural congregation west of Ann Arbor.

He and his wife, Elisa, are raising their three children together in Dexter. His hobbies include running and biking.


Agenda Details: 
Tuesday, May 08, 2018  
  9:00 - 10:00 a.m Registration and Coffee/Juice 
  10:00 a.m. Divine Service at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration  
  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
  12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Devotion
  1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Rev. Dr.Kent R Hunter
  2:00 - 2:10 p.m. CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region - Suzanne Greenberg
  2:10 - 2:20 p.m. Church Extension Fund - Jim Saalfeld, John Bates, Paul Wills
  2:20 - 2:30 p.m. Wellspring Lutheran Services - Dave Gehm
  2:30 - 2:40 p.m. Break
  2:40 - 3:40 p.m. Rev. Dr. Kent R. Hunter
  3:40 - 4:40 p.m. President Maier's Report
  4:40 - 4:50 p.m. Break
  4:50 - 5:50 p.m. Rev. Charles Schulz
  5:50 - 10:00 p.m. Bar Open - Sponsored by Church Extension Fund
  6:30 p.m. Dinner
Wednesday, May 9, 2018  
  7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  7:00 - 11:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
  8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Morning Devotions
  8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Concordia University Ann Arbor- Rev. Ryan Peterson
  8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kent R Hunter
  9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break 
  10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kent R Hunter Q and A
  11:15 a.m. Itinerarium


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