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North and East Pastors Conference 2024

Hope for the Less-than-Large Church

May 6, 2024 - May 7, 2024
Bay City, MI

As the landscape of ministry shifts in an increasingly post-Christian environment, pastoral leaders in small and medium-size churches face unique challenges. However, these challenges can open us up for growth and impact. At this conference, we will explore the potential threats as well as opportunities that are distinctive to small and medium-size churches, focusing on minimizing the threats and optimizing the opportunities. We will receive insight and practical help. Join us!


  1. The Landscape of Small and Midsize Churches Today
  2. Perils and Possibilities for Small Churches
  3. Perils and Possibilities for Midsize Churches
  4. Practices for a Post-Church Context

When & Where

Bay City

May 6 - May 7

DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront
One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City, MI, 48708
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Rev. Dr. David J. Peter

Dr. David J. Peter is Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Before joining the Seminary in 1998, Peter served as associate pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peoria, Ill. He earned his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary (1987). He also has a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1982) and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. (1999). He has authored three books and several articles for academic journals, published Bible study resources for congregations, and led seminars on pastoral leadership, congregational dynamics, and the book of Revelation.


Online Registration is now closed. Please contact Debbie Cameron at the district office (734.665.3791) if you still need to register. General registration walk-ins are welcome.
Exhibitor Registration is now closed!

Registration Costs:
Pastors, Vicars, Deacons & Wives: Early Bird $25/person | Late Registration $75/person
Emeriti & Wives: Early Bird $0/person | Late Registration $75/person
Exhibitors: Early Bird $150 + meals/electricity/extra tables | Late Registration $200
Additional Exhibitor Representatives $50/person

Deadline to register is April 8, 2024, after which prices go up to $75/person for ALL attendees / $200 for exhibitor booth

Please Note:

  • Hotel Registration is separate. See below for details.
  • District makes Emeriti lodging reservations through April 8, 2024.

Compassion Ministry

In support of the Michigan District Critical Targets, specifically Great Compassion Ministry, the North and East Pastors Conference has partnered with Orphan Grain Train – Michigan. We will support them through our offering collected during our worship service and an ingathering.

Wish List Items:

Clothing (gently used or new)

  • Infant, children’s, women’s and men’s clothing
  • Shoes (clean and wearable)
  • New underwear (only)—all ages and sizes
  • Socks (good used or new)

Medical Equipment and Supplies

  • Bed and bath linens
  • Sheets
  • Disposable gowns and gloves
  • Hospital beds (hand-crank with vinyl mattresses)
  • Walkers, wheel chairs, crutches, and canes

Quilts, comforters, blankets, towels, washcloths

  • All sizes needed

Infants’ supplies

  • Cloth and disposable diapers
  • Smaller stuffed toys

Hygiene Supplies (kit instructions on ogt.org website)

  • Sanitary products for women
  • Diapers for adults and babies
  • Towels and washcloths

School Supplies (kit instructions on ogt.org website)

  • Backpacks (student sizes)

Miscellaneous Items

  • Bicycles in full working condition
  • Sports equipment (soccer balls, basketballs, baseball equipment, shoes, goals, etc.)

Additional Information

Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton – Bay City Riverfront
One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City, MI

989.891.6000 – Mention North & East Pastors Conference to receive the $105 rate.  Make a reservation online: https://book.passkey.com/go/MIDistrict

Deadline to register is April 8, 2024.

Worship Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
300 N Sheridan St
Bay City, MI 48708

Do you need CEUs?

Complete this form, print, sign and return to CSL.

N&E CEU Form

Conference Sponsors

  • Church Extension Fund
  • Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services
  • Michigan District, LCMS