ST. LOUIS, October 29, 2012—Representing 20 million Lutherans, 120 Lutheran church leaders from around the world will gather Wednesday through Friday in Atlanta to participate in a groundbreaking conference evaluating the Lutheran church’s significance in the 21st century.
Hosted by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the International Conference on Confessional Leadership will focus on the theme: “The Lutheran Church in the 21st Century: How does it look? Why does it matter?” Unprecedented in size and scope, the event will examine the Lutheran church’s ongoing need to bear a biblical and confessional witness to the world at-large. It is a historic opportunity for Lutherans.
“This conference gives the opportunity to discuss critical theological issues facing not only Lutherans but Christians throughout the world,” said the Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver III, director of Church Relations for the LCMS. “The strong confessional and biblical position of the LCMS reflecting historic Lutheranism is proving to be attractive and of interest to Lutherans around the world.”
Speakers include Dr. Alister McGrath of King’s College, London; the Rev. Dr. Jobst Schoene, retired bishop of Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church; the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, LCMS president; and the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba of the North American Lutheran Church. Other church leaders from North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia also will offer theological perspectives.
Daily news briefs and updates will be available via the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog, LCMS Twitter, LCMS Facebook, the Synod’s video blog and KFUO Radio. The conference is made possible by a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.
Vicki Biggs, Director, Integrated Communications