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North and East Pastors’ Conference 2019

The Joy of the Journey

May 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019
St Ignace, MI

One of the perks of being a pastor is spending time in the Word. Yes, a lot of it is simply “work.” But can you study a pericope and NOT discover something new? And, often enough, an hour or two has suddenly gone by and we get to sit back with a smile and say with King David, “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:111).

Register now and plan to join our speaker, Rev. Dr. John Nordling of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind., as he explores “The Joy of the Journey.”

When & Where

St Ignace

May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - May 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Little Bear Arena & Conference Center
275 Marquette St
St Ignace, MI, 49781



Rev. Dr. John Nordling

Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling is a professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW). He received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo; an M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. also in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nordling served as pastor at Grace English Ev. Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Ill. from 1990-1994. He taught at Valparaiso University from 1994-1999 and at Baylor University from 1999-2006, after which he joined the faculty at CTSFW. He developed Lutheranism & the Classics, a biennial conference for pastors, classicists, and educators. He has authored two books and a number of academic articles on the Pauline epistles, slavery, and social issues.

Nordling and his wife Sara have been married since 1985.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Conference registration, sessions, lunch, Monday dinner, exhibits, and breaks will be at :

Little Bear Arena & Conference Center
275 Marquette Street
St. Ignace, MI  49781

Gemütlichkeits and Tuesday dinner will be at Breaker’s Restaurant.

Breakfast is included in the lodging rate at Breakers Resort.

5 - 6 p.m.
Conference Registration
6 - 7 p.m.
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Opening Worship Service
8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Gemutlichkeit - Sponsored by Church Extension Fund

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Opening Devotion
Rev. Charles B. Burhop
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 1 - The Joy of the Journey: an Overview of "Joy" in Philippians
Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling
9:30 - 10 a.m.
10 - 11 a.m.
Session 2 - Locating Paul in the Letter's Salutation: Phil 1:1-2
Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
President's Report
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
12 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and time with exhibitors
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Devotion
Rev. Roger R. Kilponen
1:30 - 1:40 p.m.
Concordia University
Rev. Dr. Ryan R. Peterson
1:40 - 1:50 p.m.
Wellspring Lutheran Services
Mr. David M. Gehm
1:50 - 2 p.m.
"Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action" Homeless program.
Ms. Prudence Anguilm
2 - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 3 "To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain," Phil 1: 18b-26
Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling
3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Church Extension Fund
Mr. James R. Saalfeld, Mr. John H. Bates, Mr. Andrew O. Sohn
3:50 - 4:00 p.m.
Concordia Seminary
Mrs. Laura Thomas
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Closing Devotion
Rev. Arthur Bode
4:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Free Time
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
7:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Gemutlichkeit - Sponsored by Church Extension Fund

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Opening Devotion
Rev. J. Derek Riddle
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 4 - Pondering the Christ Hymn: Phil 2: 5-11
Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Final Greeting, Blessing of Grace and Wrap-up Phil 4: 21-23
Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling


Online Registration is now closed. Please see Debbie Hughes to register on-site
Late registration fee is $100 for everyone.

Registration Cost: $100 per person for pastors, vicars, deacons, and wives.

Note: Hotel Registration is separate. See below for details.

Compassion Ministry

In support of Michigan District Great Compassion Ministry, the conference will gather donations for the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Homeless program. Please consider bringing an item from the following needs list: personal hygiene items, single-serve food items (ready to eat or microwaveable).

The Saint Ignace office is a part of the larger 3-county Community Action Agency. Items will be distributed, as needed, throughout the 3 counties.

Additional Information

Hotel Lodging
Breakers Resort
927 N State St
St Ignace, MI 49781

Cost is $75.99 per night for double queen or king rooms (breakfast is included in the room rate).

Please make hotel registrations directly with the hotel at 906.643.7733 (mention group Michigan District Lutheran Church).


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Goals & Objectives

The North & East Pastors’ Conference is conducted for the spiritual and professional growth of its members.

  • It shall provide means for its members to relate together on a regular basis.
  • Matters pertaining to Christian doctrine and practice, to professional problems, to the proper conduct in office, to private study, to the work of the District and Synod, or to any other professional matter shall receive due attention.
  • The members are to aim to 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 may adopt and submit overtures to the Convention of the Michigan District.