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South and East Pastors Conference 2022

Fault Lines

May 3, 2022 - May 4, 2022
Frankenmuth, MI

1030 W Tuscola StCritical Race Theory, Cancel Culture, and “wokeness” are concepts that reveal a massive cultural and political chasm between two diametrically opposed worldviews. Join us as we learn more about our nation’s Fault Lines. Our speaker is Rev. Fredric Hinz, Public Policy Advocate for the Minnesota Districts of the LCMS. From his vantage point, Hinz will provide an overview of a newly emergent worldview whose stated aim is the destabilization of our liberal democracy and the marginalization/destruction of the institutional Church, and will also point us to the much-needed antidotes the Christian Gospel offers us in our time of national need.

What does this mean? For centuries, the belief that there was truth was not questioned. Certainly, there was a great deal of debate about what was true and who had the right to determine truth. Yet, the concept of truth remained central to our framework as a society. As if it was a ripple that has crossed time when Pilot dropped the pebble in the pond, “What is truth” modern culture in the U.S. is in rebellion against the idea of truth. That rebellion challenges our comfortable and battle-tested approaches to ministry and mission. Dr. Jones’ presentation will propose strategies for equipping God’s people to be firmly rooted in God’s Word while testifying to God’s truth through word and deed. The presentation will focus on three aspects of pastoral ministry: children’s ministry—laying a foundation of truth; youth ministry—our identity in Christ; and new member classes—untangling the knots.

A note regarding masks during the COVID-19 pandemic:  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided mask guidance that flexes based on three key COVID-19 phases (response, recovery, and readiness).  The Michigan District will follow any mask mandates by the MDHHS, local health departments, or venues that are in place at the time of an event or conference. Masks are generally available at the registration desk. If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID prior to arrival, please stay home.

When & Where


May 3, 2022 - May 4, 2022

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734
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Rev. Fredric Hinz

Rev. Fredric Hinz serves as Public Policy Advocate for both Minnesota North and South Districts of the LCMS. As such, he represents the LCMS in matters pertaining to life issues (abortion and doctor-assisted suicide), issues related to marriage, family, and sexuality, and issues related to religious freedom, including parental choice in education. A graduate of Concordia University Nebraska, Chicago State University, and Luther Northwestern Seminary, Hinz has taught biological science at both the high school and college levels, owned and operated retail shoe stores, and served as a parish pastor in St. James, Minn. and Gaylord, Minn. In addition to active engagement in the public policy matters of the Synod, Pastor Hinz also advocates for the advancement of intelligent design theory. Hinz and his wife, Rachel, have three married children and 10 grandchildren. They reside in Gaylord, Minn.


Rev. Dr. Todd A. Jones

Dr. Todd Jones grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to serving parishes South Dakota and Arkansas, he worked as a church planter in Southern California and as a mission developer of several new starts in Northwest Arkansas. He also assisted in church planter training in India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Nigeria. In the summer of 2013, Todd received a call to join the faculty in the practical theology department of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Besides teaching, he was the director of the Residential Field Education program, the Summer Vicarage program, and the Mission track. In 2018, Todd completed his PhD in Intercultural Training. He currently serves the Michigan District as the assistant to the president for continuing education and new start development. God has blessed him and his wife Susan with two wonderful children and five grandchildren.


Registration is now closed.

Deadline to register is March 31, 2022.

Registration Costs:
Pastors, Vicars, Deacons & Wives: Early Bird $100/person | Late Registration $150/person
Emeriti & Wives: Early Bird $0/person | Late Registration $150/person

Deadline to register is March 31, 2022 after which prices go up to $150/person for ALL attendees.

Please Note:

  • Hotel Registration is separate. See below for details.
  • District makes Emeriti lodging reservations through March 31, 2022. EMERITI ARE NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS.
  • Registration for Metro East & Metro West Region Pastors, Deacons, Vicars, and Emeriti includes a copy of the book Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe by Voddie T. Baucham Jr. If you are a member of a different region we suggest purchasing the book on your own.

    We also suggest that you read Chapters 1-6 of this book prior to attending the conference.

Compassion Ministry

In support of the Michigan District Critical Targets, specifically Great Compassion Ministry, the South and East Pastors Conference has partnered with the CAN Council. We will support them through our offering collected during our worship service and ingathering.

We will be collecting all items appropriate for a baby and underwear and socks for children (teen & youth).

Additional Information

SEPastorsConfAgenda2022Hotel Information

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Ln
Frankenmuth, Mich.

Registration Link – www.bavarianinn.com/reservations/#/room  Use code: 1335FS  Room Cost: $99

Deadline to register is March 31, 2022

Worship Location:
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
1030 W Tuscola
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

CEUs will be Available:
Complete this form, print, sign, and return to CSL.

South and East CEU Form

Conference Sponsors

  • Church Extension Fund
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services
  • Concordia University Mequon/Ann Arbor

Goals & Objectives 

The South & East Pastors Conference is conducted for the spiritual and professional growth of pastors and vicars.

  • The conference shall provide an opportunity for pastors to meet and encourage one another on a regular basis.
  • The conference shall provide a subject that offers further growth in Christian doctrine and practice, in professional development and in the work of the District and Synod, or in any other professional matters that are brought forward.
  • The conference will 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 will continue to reach all of the pastors, vicars, and emeriti with an annual opportunity to join together to prayerfully support one another and the Synod. It may adopt and submit overtures to the Convention of the Michigan District.