Theological Conference - Take Heart, Take Action | Michigan District, LCMS

Theological Conference - Take Heart, Take Action

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 08:30 am to 03:00 pm EST

Our Savior Lutheran Church
7910 E St Joe Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917

Event Description: 

Everywhere we go, we go as a witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be a witness? How can my witness persuade someone to believe? How can I be a witness to people who really don’t seem to care about church or the faith? Take Heart, Take Action is a theological conference for laypeople and church workers, and the featured speakers will share practical advice and insight into our calling as witnesses of the Gospel. Please join us on February 24, 2018, at Our Savior, Lansing.

Registration Information: 

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcomed on Saturday!

Registration cost (includes lunch):

  • $25 - Conference Fee
  • $20 - Student Fee

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Compassion Ministry at the 2018 Theological Conference

In support of Michigan District “Great Compassion Ministry,” The Theological Conference will partner with the St. Paul Community Lutheran Church of Pontiac .   The mission statement for the ministry is meeting people where they are with the Gospel that changes lives. Please consider bringing one or more items listed below with you to the conference:

  • Toiletry Items
  • Baby Diapers All sizes
  • Pull ups all sizes
  • Adult toothbrushes
  • Deodorant men and women
  • Razors
  • Washcloths
  • Trial size mouth wash
  • Combs and brushes
  • All canned goods are also acceptable

Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier - Moderator

Michigan District, LCMS

Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier attended Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. After his Ordination on August 15, 1982, he served as Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, Mich. as well as Youth Pastor and interim Head Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, Ill. In 1989, he was called to Our Savior, Lansing as Administrative/Senior Pastor where he served until he was elected President of the Michigan District, LCMS in June of 2009. In addition to serving as Michigan District President, he also serves as Vice-Chairman of the LCMS Council of Presidents. Pastor and Pat Maier have been blessed with four children, Leah, Joel, James and Hannah. Leah is married to Kyle DeWees and their marriage has been blessed with Beckett and Avery, Pastor and Pat Maier’s two grandchildren. Hannah was married to Garrett Wenzelburger last year.

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Rev. Dr. Mark A. Wood

Director of Revitalization
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

The Rev. Dr. Mark A. Wood serves as director of LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry and as director of the LCMS Revitalization initiative. In his roles he identifies, develops and promotes resources for assisting congregations with inviting, welcoming, and receiving people who are disconnected from the church, equipping Lutherans to be more effective witnesses in their everyday lives, and, aiding congregations with revitalization.

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne

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


John T. Pless

Rev. Greg Finke

Executive Director
Dwelling 1:14

Learn more:

Rev. Greg Finke is the founder and Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14 and author of the books “Joining Jesus on His Mission” and “Joining Jesus – Show Me How.” Dwelling 1:14 is a non-profit ministry which helps leaders disciple their people to join Jesus on His mission in the places they already live, work, and go to school ( 

Before founding Dwelling 1:14, Finke had been the senior pastor of Messiah Lutheran in Midland, Mich. for 18 years and Gloria Dei Lutheran in Houston, Texas for three years. Greg and his wife, Susan, have three daughters and enjoy life as neighborhood missionaries in League City, Texas. 

Finke is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago (1985) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1989). He is a frequent presenter at conferences for Synodical, District, and regional gatherings.

Angus Menuge

Rev. Todd Jones

Assistant to the President
Michigan District, LCMS

Rev. Todd Jones is a 1989 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to accepting the call to serve as Assistant to the President – Mission Education and Support for the Michigan District, LCMS he served Concordia Seminary in St. Louis as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Resident Field Education. Prior to that, he served two congregations before accepting a call to the Mid-South District as an Executive Assistant to the District President. His areas of interest and expertise include mission work, children’s ministry, and ministry health.

Jones and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1982 and have two children, Timothy and Jessica. 


Agenda Details: 

Saturday, February 24

  8:30 a.m. Registration/Fellowship Sanctuary Lobby
  8:55 a.m. Opening Sanctuary 
  9:15 a.m. Session 1 - Rev. Todd Jones Sanctuary 
  10:00 a.m. Q & A Sanctuary 
  10:15 a.m. Break Sanctuary Lobby
  10:30 a.m. Session 2 - Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr. Sanctuary 
  11:15 a.m. Q & A Sanctuary 
  11:30 a.m. Lunch Commons/Gym
  12:15 p.m. Session 3 - Rev. Dr. Mark A. Wood Sanctuary 
  1:00 p.m. Q & A Sanctuary 
  1:15 p.m. Break Sanctuary Lobby
  1:30 p.m. Session 4 - Rev. Greg Finke Sanctuary 
  2:15 p.m.  Q & A Sanctuary 
  2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion Sanctuary 
  3:00 p.m. Final Comments Sanctuary 


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