483rd Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession
The Luther Society (a non-profit organization of the Czech Republic for the advancement of Luther studies) in cooperation with the Luther Academy will host a two-day lecture series on June 11-12, 2013, commemorating the 483rd anniversary of the Augsburg Confession (June 25, 1530) at the Lutheran Church of St. Michael in the center of Prague, The Czech Republic. The guest lecturer for the event will be the Rev. Dr. Charles J. Evanson, who will speak on the "Center and Periphery of Lutheran Ecclesiology" and "What is Key for the Ministry of the Church." The lectures will be delivered in English and translated into Czech.
Luther Academy Overseas Conferences
In strategic consultation with, and invitation from Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod World Missions and National church bodies, Luther Academy is caring for indigenous pastors globally.
The Vision: Our brother pastors remain faithful and grow in their confessional Lutheran identity and capacity at times of great trial and opportunity.
The Challenge: Indigenous ordained pastors have limited theological training; reside in isolated areas of the globe; feel threatened in some cases by militant Islam; have limited or no access to other pastors or missionaries; and are often quite impoverished.
Luther Academy Conferences are conducted by Lutheran scholars with knowledge of each region and last four to five days. Costs vary due to local economics and the capacity of local pastors to contribute. Luther Academy costs include airfare, visas, local transportation, meals, housing and a small stipend for guest presenters. Additionally, costs of meals, housing, materials and in some cases transportation for attending pastors may be necessary. The conferences provide strength and encouragement to the pastors and unity in confession.
Luther Academy is immensely grateful for your prayers and support.
Latin American Conferences:
With scholars from the United States and Latin America (Concordia Seminary Buenos Aires) Luther Academy organizes and plans curriculum for two regional conferences (Argentina and Guatemala) and ten national conferences annually. Luther Academy Fellows Rev. Carlos Schumann of Chile and Rev. Mark Braden of Michigan, and Regional Director (LCMS World Missions) Rev. Ted Krey, who also serves as Missionary to the Dominican Republic, work closely with Rev. McMiller to serve pastors in at least 12 countries. Church leaders and theological educators from under-resourced and small national churches gather for the Regional Conferences.
Annual total cost: $59,250 (partially subsidized by LCMS World Missions)
Number of potential souls affected: 100,000
Luther Academy Fellow Rev. Dr. Detlev Schulz of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, has assembled a team of highly qualified co-presenters to address core theological needs for pastors in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi and Sudan, where the conferences have been held. Past conferences have touched over 45 pastors representing church bodies of over 300,000 members. Dr. Schulz and Rev. McMiller work to return annually to instruct even more pastors in the region.
Annual cost to Luther Academy: $15,500
Number of potential souls affected: 300,000
National conferences have been held in Togo, and Regional conferences have been held in Togo and Ghana for both English and French pastors. Luther Academy Fellow Rev. Dr. Ron Mudge of Concordia University Wisconsin, a former LCMS missionary to Togo, will conduct Luther Academy National Conferences for hundreds of ordained pastors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These pastors shepherd over 100,000 souls in a rapidly growing, war-torn and impoverished Lutheran church.
Annual cost to Luther Academy: $15,500
Number of potential souls affected: 150,000
Luther Academy Fellow Rev. Dr. Michael Albrecht of St. James Lutheran in St. Paul, MN along with the Bible Faith Lutheran Church and Seminary in Guntur, India conduct week-long national conferences held for 400 Lutheran pastors from different backgrounds and even non-Lutheran pastors. A second week of conferences for 40-70 Bible Faith Lutheran Pastors is held if finances allow. Lutherans within India are not only a minority among Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim opposition but also a minority among Christians and an increasingly liberal Lutheran environment. These conferences help strengthen Confessional Lutheranism in the region.
Annual cost to Luther Academy: $8,500
Number of potential souls affected: 1,000,000
Over twenty years ago, Dr. Robert Preus began Luther Academy overseas conferences in northern Europe. Today, Director Emeritus Rev. Daniel Preus and Luther Academy Fellow Rev. James Krikava of Maine each organize and / or assist in the teaching at two annual conferences in Europe. Many small confessional congregations have exceedingly difficult ministries in the shadow of extremely secularized national Lutheran church bodies. Europe in general is also a very difficult mission field, but young, brave and orthodox Lutheran pastors are being supported through the Confessional emphasis of Luther Academy conferences and the fellowship they find with other men from neighboring countries.
Annual cost to Luther Academy: $12,000
Number of potential souls affected: 250,000
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