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South and East Pastors’ Conference 2019

Lots of Grace

May 7, 2019 - May 8, 2019
Frankenmuth, MI

Have you ever felt that it is extremely difficult to motivate people? Have you struggled with discipleship and the third use of the Law in preaching? In this time of apathy in our nation and our world, we could be tempted to motivate with the Law; yet we know that only the Good News of Jesus and His gift of “lots of grace” motivates.

Please join us as we hear from Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow and Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen on how to share the message of “lots of grace” to a world and church that needs to hear this Good News. We are praying this conference will leave all of us with an appreciation for how much grace our Lord wants to lavish on us!

When & Where


May 7 @ 9:00 am - May 8 @ 11:30 am

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734



Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow

Rev. Dr. Justin Rossow is known for his teaching and writing at the intersection of biblical interpretation, metaphor theory, preaching, and discipleship. With a Ph.D. in Theology and Culture, he has regularly given presentations, designed workshops, and published articles and blogs on preaching, discipleship, and metaphor theory for pastors and lay people. He has repeatedly served as guest instructor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. and is First Supervisor for a Ph.D. student at the London School of Theology, London, England.

Dr. Rossow currently serves at St. Luke, Ann Arbor where he helps people delight in taking a next step following Jesus. He and his wife Miriam have four children: Naomi, Liz, Kate, and Caleb. You can connect Dr. Rossow online at justinrossow.com or through Facebook (@JPRossow) or Twitter (@JustinRossow).


Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen

Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen has served as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, Ind. since 2000. His STM thesis, written for Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne (CTSFW), was on the proper distinction between Law and Gospel and the preaching of Norman Nagel. He earned a D.Min. from CTSFW in 2018 with a dissertation on preaching from the Psalter and using the Psalter as prayer. Emmanuel Press has published two collections of his sermons. He is a departmental editor for Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy, where he writes a quarterly column, and is a regular guest on Issues, Etc. He and his wife Jacqui have three grown children and one grandchild.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

9 - 10 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Divine Service
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Composer Rooms' Lobby
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Composer Rooms
12 - 6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
Composer Rooms' Lobby
12:45 - 1 p.m.
Welcome & Devotion
Rev. David M. Mews
Composer Rooms
1 - 2 p.m.
Session 1 - "The Sermon as more than an Altar Call"
Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen
Composer Rooms
2 - 2:10 p.m.
CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
Danielle Russell
Composer Rooms
2:10 - 2:30 p.m.
Church Extension Fund
Mr. James R. Saalfeld, Mr. John H. Bates, Mr. Andrew O. Sohn
Composer Rooms
2:30 - 2:40 p.m.
Wellspring Lutheran Services
Mr. David M. Gehm
Composer Rooms
2:40 - 2:50 p.m.
Composer Rooms' Lobby
2:50 - 3:50 p.m.
Session 2 - Lots of Grace
Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow
Composer Rooms
3:50 - 4:50 p.m.
President's Report
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
Composer Rooms
4:50 - 5 p.m.
Composer Rooms' Lobby
5 - 6 p.m.
Session 3 - Unique Grace
Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow
Composer Rooms
6 - 10 p.m.
Gemutlichkeit - Sponsored by Church Extension Fund
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7 - 8 a.m.
7 - 11 a.m.
Exhibit Hall
8 - 8:15 a.m.
Morning Devotions
Rev. Daniel C. Howard
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Concordia University
Rev. Dr. Ryan R. Peterson
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 4 - Grace and Delight
Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow
9:30 - 9:50 a.m.
9:50 - 10 a.m.
Concordia Seminary
Mrs. Laura Thomas
10 - 11 a.m.
Session 5 - Grace and Outsiders
Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow
11 - 11:40 a.m.
Panel Q & A with Rev. Dr. Justin P. Rossow and Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen
11:40 a.m.
Itinerarium & Closing Devotion
Rev. Daniel A. Potts


Online Registration is now Closed. Please see Debbie Hughes to register On-Site.

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 South & East Pastors’ Conference will gather donations for the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region. There will be a box at registration to place items. Please consider bringing an item from the wish list to benefit area children and families in need.


Additional Information

Bavarian Inn Lodge
One Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Room Rate $95 per night
Call 1.855.652.7200 mention group code 12M2HJ

Worship Location:
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
140 Churchgrove Rd
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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


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.