2019 Kansas District Pastors Conference

Oct. 7–Oct. 9, 2019 | Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Overland Park





“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).


Rev. Dr. William C. Weinrich
Professor of Historical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne


Dr. William C. Weinrich has served on the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary since 1975. He specializes in early church history and patristic studies and is the author of John 1:1—7:1 for the Concordia Commentary Series, published by Concordia Publishing House in 2015. (For a more complete bio, see the conference packet.)

Keynote 1: Introducing John’s Gospel: Basic Perspectives and Themes
This session will be an introduction to those fundamental and basic perspectives and themes that govern the presentation of Jesus and his work in John’s Gospel. Among these will be the significance of Jewish festivals, the death of Jesus as exaltation, and Jesus as the Word who does the will of his Father.

Keynote 2: The Prologue of John’s Gospel (John 1:1-18): How do we read it?
This session will discuss the Prologue of John’s Gospel as an Ouverture to the entire Gospel. What is the structure of the Prologue? What themes pervasive to the whole Gospel are introduced in the Prologue? What Old Testament background contributes to the Prologue?

Keynote 3: The Gospel of Freedom: John 8:31-36
This session will discuss John 8:31-36 (the Gospel text for the Reformation) in view of its context within the Gospel of John. Important here is the contribution this text makes to the theme of the Festival of Tabernacles in John’s Gospel.

Keynote 4: The Confession of Thomas as Climax of John’s Gospel (John 20:19-31)
This session will discuss the confession of Thomas as the climactic intent of the Gospel for all readers. We will argue that Thomas has been falsely characterized as a “doubter,” when, in fact, his demand to “see” the marks of the Crucified is the demand which the Gospel itself makes upon all those who believe.

Registration Information

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

Registration Fees

Through September 30
$120– Pastors
$60 – Spouses; Vicars
No registration fee for emeritus workers and committee members; attendees responsible for cost of lodging.

After September 30
$145 – 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 ordained pastors.
  • Cancellations or Substitutions – Substitute when possible as cancellations after Sept. 30, 2019 may be subject to a $50.00 per person cancellation fee to cover meal costs.  Contact the District Office to make registration changes.

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, ext. 200, or tami@kslcms.org.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn
10591 Metcalf Frontage Road
Overland Park, KS 66212


To make reservations, visit the hotel website at Hampton Inn weblink or call the hotel at 913-341-1551 and ask for the group rate by name: Kansas District Lutheran. (This block is for both the Pastors and Educators Conferences; please be sure your dates are correct before completing your transaction.) All reservations should be made by Monday, September 16, 2019.  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.

$109/night plus tax – King Bed Room
$109/night plus tax – Double/Double Bed Room

Amenities: Free daily hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking, outdoor pool, lounge area, fitness center, business center

Worship Service

A joint worship service for the Pastors Conference and Educators Conference will be held Wednesday, October 9, at 10:30 at the conference site. The offering has been designated for the Kansas District Church Worker Care Fund.

The Kansas District Church Worker Care Fund, established in 2018, was created to provide financial assistance for crisis care of rostered workers and their families.  Workers experiencing serious medical, vocational, emotional or mental challenges can apply for financial aid to help with recovery resources.