National Staff Ministers Conference
Martin Luther College
New Ulm, Minn.
April 27-29, 2017
“Here We Stand”
A staff minister in 21st century America may face challenges very different from those of a certain monk in 16th century Germany, but the foundation upon which both stand remains the same. “The LORD will be the sure foundation for your times.” (Isaiah 33:6) In honor of Reformation 500, we take Martin Luther’s “ultimatum” for our own and in this year’s conference explore various contemporary spiritual issues with our “feet” planted firmly on the foundation of God and his Word.
Cost: $80 until March 27, $90 Mar 28 – Apr 18
Currently enrolled Staff Ministry students: $25
Registration deadline: April 18, 2017
Thursday: Professor Paul Koelpin, MLC
The Relevance of Lutheranism in Contemporary Culture
Have 21st century Lutherans lost confidence in what it means to be Lutheran? Why does it seem so challenging to teach distinctly Lutheran theology in today’s cultural climate? This presentation aims to review essential elements of Luther’s “model” for ministering to the world with the Word. The insights of Luther are still fresh and fitting after 500 years because his theology “takes every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.”
Friday: Rev. Mike Berg, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wood Lake, MN
Here We Stand: Lutherans in a Postmodern, Secular World
After a quick dive into the worldviews of modernity and postmodernity, Pr. Berg will make the case that not all is lost in our crazy contemporary world and, in fact, this may just be a confessing Christian moment in history, even a Lutheran moment. With a little philosophy, a bit of apologetics, some historical perspective, and a whole lot of Word, the Christian is more than apt to bring a refreshing, intelligent, and compelling case that, “Yes, there is truth and we meet HIM on the pages of Scripture.
Saturday: Dr. Mark Paustian, MLC
Lessons at the Burning Bush
This interactive study of Exodus chapters 3-4 will explore a set of misunderstandings on the part of Moses about what it means to be God’s ambassador. In empathy with the reluctant leader, we experience the difficulty that comes with the failure to grasp the full implications of being called by God. Our purpose in lingering on that mountain is that, through Word and Spirit, the truths that eluded him may be taken up more fully into our lives.