October 10-12, 2021
Junction City, Kansas
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
SPECIAL CONFERENCE FOCUS
The Koinonia Project
The Koinonia Project, one of our district priorities, aims to build harmony in our life together as the body of Christ. After a one-year delay in the project due to the pandemic, the Koinonia Task Force is eager for Kansas District pastors to have the opportunity at this conference to gain more practice with the Koinonia process (as introduced at the 2018 Pastors Conference) and strengthen relationships with brother pastors. The Koinonia topic for the conference addresses technology and its impact on the church’s worship and community—a timely subject in light of the increased digital presence of many congregations in response to the pandemic. In place of the usual sectionals, the conference format will feature two plenary sessions and several small group discussions led by trained Koinonia facilitators.
You are invited to join us on Sunday night for fellowship to start our program. We encourage all of you to take the time to refresh yourselves for Monday morning, have an evening to relax, and converse with one another about matters of casuistry that you have encountered over the past year. There is no set agenda for the evening; please feel free to use it as you see fit.
Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, President Emeritus, LCMS Minnesota South District
Dr. Dean Nadasdy retired in 2018 as president of the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and is now president emeritus. 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 (1973-1981).
In the 90s, Dr. Nadasdy 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 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO and Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. He has lectured in homiletics at seminaries in Latvia and Hungary. He is a frequent presenter at pastoral conferences and has served as a periodic guest preacher on The Lutheran Hour.
This conference is for all active and retired church workers and their spouses. Online registration opens Tuesday, August 17.
$125 – Pastors
$90 – Spouses; Vicars
No registration fee for emeritus workers and committee members; attendees responsible for cost of lodging.
- This is a required conference for all ordained pastors.
- Cancellations or substitutions – Substitute when possible. Cancellations after October 8, 2021, may be subject to a $60.00 per person cancellation fee to cover meal costs. Contact the District Office to make registration changes.
Questions? Contact Tami at the District Office at 785-357-4441, ext. 5001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtyard by Marriott
310 Hammons Dr.
Junction City, KS 66441
To make reservations at the conference hotel, go to the reservation page of the hotel website or call the hotel at 785-210-1500 and ask for the group rate for ” Pastors Conference.” Reservations should be made by Friday, September 10, 2021. After this date, we will release the remainder of our room block. Additional reservation requests will be honored on a space- and rate-available basis. Please make sure your dates are correct before completing your transaction.
$89/night plus tax – King Bed Room
$89/night plus tax – Double/Double Bed Room
Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pool, lounge area, fitness center, business center
A Divine Service will be held Monday, October 11, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the hotel. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf, is the host. The conference offering has been designated for the Kansas District Church Worker Care Fund, which has historically assisted pastors and educators, spouses, and their families in addressing a variety of unforeseen emergency worker needs. The goal for this special appeal is to invite each District school/congregation to raise a minimum of $50.
PLEASE NOTE: Worship offering checks, made payable to the LCMS Kansas District and earmarked for District Church Worker Care Fund, may be brought to the conference Divine Service or mailed to the District Office at 1000 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604. You may also donate your offerings online on the District website at https://kslcms.org/business-office/donate/.