2019 Bishop’s Theological Conference
September 22 – 24, 2019
Cragun’s, Brainerd

“Does Scripture Matter? Engaging the Bible in the 21st Century”

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401


Why does scripture matter for 21st century Christians? In addition to the experience of weekly preaching, what other ways do people of faith engage God’s word? In our days together, we will explore questions like:

  • What is the place of disciplined Bible study – both corporate and individual?
  • How does Luther’s Christocentric hermeneutic shape our deeper engagement with God’s word?
  • How important is our grounding in scripture for living a courageous life of discipleship?

 Our guide for this rich conversation is Dr. Michael Chan, renowned Biblical scholar; recognized for keynote presentations that are creative, challenging, and humorous.

Michael has just returned to the faculty of Luther Seminary – and we are delighted to be among the first to welcome him back to Minnesota.

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Each fall, rostered ministers gather together for the Bishop’s Theological Conference at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd.

With time for worship, theological reflection, deep conversation, rest, golf, canoeing, and friendship,  there is something for everyone. The synod’s rostered ministers make this event a priority every year and leave feeling better equipped for ministry in their contexts.

Previous Themes

Held September 22-24, the 2013 Bishop’s Theological Conference was titled, “Practice Discipleship!” and featured key speakers Terri Elton, Jeremy Myers, Rozella White, and Hans Wiersma.
The 2014 conference, held September 14-16, was titled, “A New Pentecost: Becoming a Culturally Competent Leader.” Attendees heard from Dr. Eric Barreto, Jessica Vazquez Torres, and Rev. Kelly Chatman.
The 2015 Bishop’s Theological Conference, Faith and Public Voice, was held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, September 27-29. Speakers included the Rev. Barbara Lundblad, the Rev. Peter Rogness, and Ms. Judith Roberts. Rostered leaders gathered around tables to discuss the role of clergy in the public square.
Held September 25-27, the 2016 Conference was titled, “Real Presence: With our neighbors, in our neighborhoods.” Rostered ministers left feeling inspired and equipped with practical resources for leading people intotheir neighborhoods, work places, gyms, daycare centers, and schools. Speakers included Rev. Kris Capel, Rev. Meta Carlson, Rev. Chaplain Nancy Carlson, Rev. Kelly Chatman, and Rev. Rob Moss.

Gathered under the theme, “Your Next Bold Step: Faithful Leadership for a Time Such as This,” rostered ministers enjoyed presentations by Rev. Heidi Neumark and had table discussions with colleagues.

Former Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson presented on “Serving the Gospel for Such a Time as This.”