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South Region Pastoral Conference

Christians in a Woke World: A Call to Courage, Confession, and Love

Speakers: Dr. J.A. Pagán, Founder and Chief Instructor of The Institute for Intellectual Formation & Skeptical Inquiry, and Rev. Paul W. Dare, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School, Alexandria, MN

Systemic racism, privilege, political correctness, woke, anti-racist, social justice are common words in the world today. What comes to mind when you hear them? Are you able to accurately define them? Does the world feel divided along the lines of race, gender, religion, and income? Does it seem to you that young people are often losing their Christian faith while attending college and coming out as political activists? Do you think people desire to be considered a victim or part of a victim group?

To understand our world and answer these questions, a Christian in today’s America must understand Neo Marxism, which is often called Cultural Marxism. This conference will seek to enhance the pastoral understanding of this, the predominant ideology of our day, while equipping pastors with a Bible Study for their people.

Dr. J.A. Pagán will lead us in a study of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Cultural Marxism. Following him, Pastor Paul Dare, of Zion Lutheran Church and School, Alexandria, MN, will be leading us in a Bible Study he created for laity on Cultural Marxism.

Dates:  Monday, September 27, 2021 through Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Registration and payment due date is August 31, 2021.

Location and Accommodations: Starved Rock Conference Center in Utica, Illinois, www.starvedrocklodge.com, 800-868-7625, Please make your lodging reservation by Thursday, August 26, 2021. After this date our block of rooms will be released to the general public.


Contact: Rev. Michael Gudgel at 708-253-5761 or michael.gudgel@gmail.com

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East Region Pastoral Conference

Forward in Faith: Education and Mission in the East Region

Speakers: Dr. Russell Dawn (President of CUC), Dr. Patrick Bayens (Professor of Theology at CUC), and Rev. James Huenink (Pastor at Concordia Lutheran in Berwyn)

Dr. Dawn: He will tell us how Concordia University Chicago is poised to be part of the future of the NID and to serve our congregations and schools in these turbulent times.

Dr. Bayens: He will use the Gospel of St. Mark to highlight being missional, especially in the light of ongoing (and past) persecution.

Materials from Dr. Bayens:

Rev. Huenink: He will present on the life of Rev. Marmaduke Carter, the first black Lutheran Pastor in the city of Chicago (also planted St. Philip’s in the city).

Plenty of Worship and Discussion Opportunities: We will celebrate the Eucharist together in Divine Service with our Bishop, we will celebrate the Prayer Offices – Matins, Evening Prayer, and Compline; and an opportunity for Confession and Absolution as well. In the evening, time to gather for discussion and banter.

Dates: Tuesday to Thursday, October 5 through 7, 2021

Location and Accommodations: DeKoven Center, 600 21st Street Racine, Wisconsin.

Registration: Visit the link HERE Each attendee should select one of the three options, based upon housing preferences during the conference. Please leave the date at its default, which should be the day you complete your registration. The fee is all-inclusive, covering presentation expenses, your overnight lodging needs, all meals, and gemütlichkeit.

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All excuses and questions about registration should be directed to Rev. David L. Prentice, Jr. at pastor.prentice@comcast.net or 708-650-4082.

Special Scholarships Available: If cost keeps you away, we are offering some scholarships for those in need. Please contact Rev. Steven Anderson at stevenanderson1530@gmail.com.

PS) If you are still unsure about coming and not desiring to commit early, just come with a check on day 1 (or any day)…we still want you to join us!

North/West Region Pastoral Conference

The Language of the Kingdom Devotional Thoughts from the Hebraic Perspective

Speakers: This year’s Northern Illinois District – North & West Fall Pastors’ Conference will be held Tuesday & Wednesday, October 12 & 13, 2021 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin. Our presenter this year will be Rev. Dr. Rabbi Chad Foster, returning for his second time with our conference. Since he first presented a few years ago, he is the most frequently requested speaker every year. We are also happy to welcome Rev. Nate Guelzow back to his “old stomping ground” to talk to us about discipleship and life on life ministry.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12-13, 2021 Registration, payment and accommodation reservations are due October 1, 2021.


Location and Accommodations: Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wisconsin
Conference Registration


  • You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. Please call Lake Lawn at 1-800-338-5253 to reserve a room with the NID North & West Region Pastors’ Conference rate.
  • Lake Lawn Resort is offering the following room rates for Tuesday-Wednesday, October 12-13, 2021
    • – Luxury Lodge King Room (one bed) – $89
    • – Luxury Lodge Queen Room (two queen beds) – $99
    • – Luxury Lodge Loft King Room (one bed & twin loft) – $129
    • – Luxury Lodge Loft Queen Room (two beds & twin loft) – $129
    • – Luxury Lodge Loft Suite Room (king bed, queen pull-out, and loft twins)- $209
    • **A resort fee of $12 will also be added to each room per night. Tax will also be added unless you bring proof your congregation’s tax-exemption with you to the conference. You will provide this proof at final check-out.**
  • Room Reservation deadline is also Friday, October 1, 2021. Any reservations received after this cut-off date will be accepted on an available basis.

Questions regarding registration for vendors/exhibitors, please contact Rev. Matt Hoffmann at  224 585-3101.

or pastorhoffmann@standrewslutheranschool.org.

Conference locations

DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, is the site where East Region pastors meet.

South Region pastors set their conference in the scenic Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.

Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin, is host location for the North and West Region combined conference.