Making Disciples In America And Africa


Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the ‘Making Disciples Conference’ in Fairview Heights, IL.  This was one of the conferences sponsored by Brothers of John the Steadfast.  At the conference both Rev. James May and I spoke on role of the liturgy and catechesis in the task of making disciples in American and in Africa.

As a part of the conference, both Rev. May and I had the opportunity to speak on our topics with Issues, Etc.  You can access the Issues, Etc. interviews below:

From Evangelicalism to Confessional Lutheranism (Rev. Matt Richard)

Making Disciples In Africa (Rev. James May)

Besides the Issues, Etc. interviews, you can learn more about Rev. James May’s work with Lutherans in Africa by CLICKING HERE.  Furthermore, I have submitted my presentation material below for your edification.

Session Slides
-Making Disciples Conference presentation slides for Session One: CLICK HERE
-Making Disciples Conference presentation slides for Session Two: CLICK HERE

Session Handouts:
Summary and Pastoral/Congregational Considerations
The Liturgy; A True Service That Aids Both The Proclamation And The Hearing Of The Gospel For The Sake Of Faith
How Do We View Christianity?

Grace and Peace to you,
Pr. Richard

About Pastor Matt Richard

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Gwinner, ND. He was previously a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care and Youth Ministries in Williston, North Dakota, and an Associate Pastor of Children and Youth in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University, ND and his M.Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN. His doctor of ministry thesis, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have two children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, blogging, golfing, spending time with his family and a good book with a warm latte! To check out more articles by Pastor Matt you can visit his personal blog at:


Making Disciples In America And Africa — 2 Comments

  1. Pastor Matt:
    I was deeply moved when I looked at the conference Power Points.
    This is exactly the situation we face here in Appalachia. Our Confessions and teachings about our relationship with God is completely foreign here: people think they can rise up to God by what they do instead of the Holy Spirit planting faith in us through Word and Sacraments and by what Jesus did for us upon the cross.
    We have an association of LC-MS Churches here in East Tennessee and we struggle with getting our members to make outreach part of vocation. I am sending this conference format to them. Please pray us.
    Timothy Carter (CALM: Central Appalachia Lutheran Ministries)

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