2018 Kansas District Pastors Conference

Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2018 | Hilton Garden Inn, Salina



“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you … because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:3-5).

Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy

Dean Nadasdy has served as President of the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (2012-2018). His parish experience includes pastorates at Woodbury Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN (2000-2012); Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN (1981-1997); and Grace Lutheran Church, Eugene, OR, on the campus of the University of Oregon (1973-1981). From 1997 to 2000, he served as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he held the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair in Homiletics and Literature. He currently teaches as an adjunct instructor in the D. Min. program at Concordia Seminary. He has lectured in homiletics at seminaries in Latvia and Hungary and is a frequent presenter on homiletics, worship, and mission at conferences of pastors and Christian educators.

Keynote A: Foundations for Building Koinonia

We explore the concept of koinonia in the New Testament and in the Lutheran Confessions. We consider three aspects of fellowship: unity, concord, and harmony. We define doctrine and practice. We consider where agreement and uniformity are necessary and where they are not. We identify issues in doctrine and practice that currently divide us in the LCMS.

Keynote B: What Has Been Done?

We review the concept statement for the LCMS Koinonia Project. We look at what various districts have done to promote greater concord in doctrine and practice. We evaluate the disputation model as a tool for moving toward greater concord. We look at realistic objectives for the Koinonia Project. We “test-drive” a Koinonia conversation.

 Keynote C: Toward Greater Concord

We clarify both the opportunities and the challenges inherent in a Koinonia process. We consider a variety of models available for Koinonia conversations. We take first steps toward a concept and design for the Kansas District.


Registration Information

This conference is for all active and retired church workers and their spouses. Online registration now open.

Registration Fees

By September 17
$150 – Pastors
$75 – Spouses; Vicars
No registration fee for emeritus workers and committee members; attendees responsible for cost of lodging.

After September 17
$175 – Pastors
$75 – Spouses; Vicars
No registration fee for emeritus workers and committee members; attendees responsible for cost of lodging. 

Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, all breaks and materials.

  • This is a required conference for all rostered church workers.
  • Cancellations or Substitutions – Substitute when possible as cancellations after Sept. 17, 2018 may be subject to a $70.00 per person cancellation fee to cover meal costs. Registrants can make changes to the online registration form until Sept. 17. Contact the District Office to make changes after that. Save your registration confirmation email as this contains the link to your individual online registration form.

Up-to-the-minute conference registration details regarding schedule, speakers, online registration and hotel registration can be accessed here on the conference webpage.


Questions?  Contact Tami at the District Office at 785-357-4441 or 800-357-4421 ext. 200 or tami@kslcms.org.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Salina
3320 South 9th Street
Salina, KS, 67401


To make reservations, visit the hotel website or call the hotel at 785-309-0440 and ask for the group rate by name (Kansas District Lutheran Pastors). All reservations should be made by August 29, 2018.  After this date, we will release the remainder of the guest room block.  Additional reservation requests will be honored on a space and rate available basis.

Cost: $112/night plus tax – single

Check-in:  3:00 p.m.
Check-out:  11:00 a.m.

Amenities: 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, Bar Area, Coin Laundry, Laundry/Valet Service, Lounge, Luggage Hold, On-Site Convenience Store, Pavilion Lounge, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Fitness Room, Pool

Worship Service

The opening worship with Holy Communion will be held Sunday evening, 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 702 South 9th, Salina.  We encourage carpooling from the Hilton Garden Inn due to limited parking.

The worship service offering has been designated by the Pastors Committee for The Lutheran Center for Theological Studies (CLET). The CLET provides seminary education for students from eight countries in West and Central Africa: Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. The typical course of study at the CLET is three years of training at the seminary, and two years of vicarage. The Kansas District currently supports three CLET students from Guinea.