Loading Events Deacon/Map Conference Fall 2023 - Michigan District, LCMS

Deacon/Map Conference Fall 2023

The Book of God's Living Letters

September 10, 2023 - September 12, 2023
Arcadia, MI

The danger for the Lutheran church that believes in the inerrant Word is to turn the Bible into holy information—true teachings that are to be understood by the mind alone. Such an approach reduces God’s living Word to the letters on the page, better known by scholars than by those grasped by Jesus in faith. In Lutheran theology, Holy Scripture is not a dead letter, but a living one through which God kills human creatures in their sin and recreates them as the Holy Spirit regenerates and renews dead hearts. We will look at the character of Holy Scripture as the viva vox Dei, the living voice of God, seeing how God forms His people and His church through the living letters of the Bible for His mission in the world.

Note: Deacon and Ministry Assistant Students are also invited to this Conference.


When & Where


September 10, 2023 - September 12, 2023

Camp Arcadia
3046 Oak St
Arcadia, MI, 49613
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Rev. Dr. Theodore Hopkins

Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Hopkins is associate professor of theology, pre-seminary program director, and family life ministry program director at Concordia University Ann Arbor. A systematic theologian by training, Hopkins’ published work and presentations explore Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology and the church-world relationship in North America as Christendom crumbles. Hopkins’ book Christ, Church, and World: Bonhoeffer and Lutheran Ecclesiology After Christendom was published in 2021. Hopkins enjoys birds, baseball, talking theology with anyone in his proximity, and spending time outdoors with his family. He resides near Ann Arbor, Mich. with his wife and two children.


Rev. Mike Roth

Rev. Michael J. Roth is the Senior Pastor at Trinity, St. Joseph, where he has served since 2007. Before Trinity, he served in Eastpointe and Saginaw, Mich., and in Ohio. He is a 1986 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. Pastor Roth has supervised well over 30 vicars, SMP pastors, DCEs, Deaconesses, Deacons, and field work students. He also teaches online courses for Concordia University St. Paul, Minn. and in-person courses at seminaries in South Sudan and South Africa.


Registration is now closed. Deadline is August 15, 2023.

Registration Cost:

  • $373 Attendee - Single occupancy
  • $341 Attendee - Double occupancy
  • $660 Attendee w/ Spouse
  • $263 Commuter
  • $526 Commuter w/ Spouse
  • $491 Cottage - Single occupancy
  • $896 Cottage w/ Spouse

Additional Information

Deacon and Ministry Assistant’s Paperwork

Paperwork must be completed and turned into Martha Wohlfeil by August 31.  Electronic fillable forms can be found at the links below.  Be sure to read the instructions page.

Deacon Forms

Ministry Assistant Forms