Confessions Reading Group Counter & List

While the Ablaze ticker is counting evangelism encounters, we here at BJS will be counting confessions reading groups. Each time someone reports to us an existing or a new confessions reading group we will add to the ticker. Once you start a reading group in your area, contact us with details on it so we can publicize it with the rest of the groups.

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Number of Confessional Groups Counted as of Sept 10, 2009


Number of Confessional Groups Counted as of August 20, 2010


The “ticker” is on the way up!

Below is a map of the 35 reading groups as recorded by Brothers of John the Steadfast. You can locate the closest one to you, click on it, then read more information about it on the list below.

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The below are sorted by state then city.

#1  Northern California Circuit 12 Reading Group, Chico, California
Rev. Mark Stenbeck
Contact: 530-342-6085
Circuit 12 (Northern California) monthly pastors conference of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District will read and study the Formula of Concord each month, beginning in November 2009, utilizing a downloadable Confessions study from CPH. Our circuit counselor is Rev. Mark Stenbeck and Rev. Robert Roberts is chairman. Circuit program committee is Rev. Mark Rabe and Rev. Donald Jordan. Monthly meetings are held at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chico, California. For more information see or Rev. Donald Jordan,
#2  Tischreden, Cupertino, CA, Cupertino, California
Lutheran Church of Our Savior
5825 Bollinger Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

"Tischreden" - meets every other Saturday from 9-10:30 am to discuss the Lutheran Confessions. Each group member is presented with a Lutheran coffee cup upon which is imprinted: "This is most certainly BREW!" The group is led by one of our pastors and is currently reading/discussing the Smalcald Articles. For more info, call 408-252-0345 or check out
#3  Mt Zion Reading Group, Richmond, California
Pastor Tim Beck
Contact: 510-233-2299
Mt Zion Lutheran Church, 5714 Solano Avenue, Richmond, California, 510-233-2299. LCMS. Church email is [email protected] Pastor Tim Beck.
The class starting tomorrow night at 7:30pm, is a study in Luther's small catechism, then other applications including confessions, the reformation, and various other categories of Lutheran doctrine. (Not sure how many weeks the class will go at this point).
#4  Wittenberg Discussion Group, Santa Clarita, California
Glen Warriner
The purpose of the Wittenberg Discussion Group is to study and discuss foundations of the Lutheran Church. The statements of belief (also called confessions) of the Lutheran Church are contained in the Book of Concord which was published in 1580. We use the Book of Concord, the Bible, and study guides and materials provided by Concordia Catechetical Academy and Concordia Publishing House.

Several of our members have an extensive background and differences of opinion lead to lively discussions. We meet every Wednesday at 6PM at the Church's conference room except during Lent and Advent (when we are dark). Currently we are studying Luther's Large Catechism.

People unfamiliar with theology and limited Bible knowledge ARE welcome. Materials will be provided.
#5  Hope Lutheran Reading Group, Aurora, Colorado
Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

Wednesday evening Bible Study on the Lutheran Confessions on September 10th (from 6:30p-8:00). Child care will be provided, extra copies of the BoC will be available, and we will end the evening with the order of Vespers. (During Advent and Lent the class will be replaced with our evening services.)

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO
#6  Immanuel Reading Group, Pensacola, Florida
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pensacola, FL
10 am - 12 noon, first Saturday of each month; followed by lunch and the Lutheran beverage; currently studying the Large Catechism.
#7 Reading Group, Moscow, Idaho
Contact: Click here
Thursday evening Hymn Sing and reading group of the Lutheran Confessions on (from 6:30p-8:30p).

We begin every evening with the order of Vespers or Compline. (During Advent we will do Evening Prayer service.)
#8  Divine Shepherd Reading Group, Bolingbrook, Illinois
Pastor Mumme
Contact: (630)759-5300
Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bolingbrook, Illinois
Tuesday nights at Divine Shepherd Pastor Mumme leads a reading group for his congregation. It is open to the public.
#9  Calvary Reading Group, Elgin, Illinois
Pastor Mark Bestul
Contact: (847)741-5433
Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois
Contact Pastor Mark Bestul for information.
#10  Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans (NICL), Lockport, Illinois
Various Pastors
We meet as a group of pastors each month on the 4th Wednesday.
#11  Bethany Reading Group, Naperville, Illinois
Pastor Tim Rossow
Contact: 630/355-2198, ext. 230
Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Illinois, Tuesdays, 7:30 PM

Contact Information: Pastor Tim Rossow, 630/355-2198, ext. 230
#12  Immanuel Lutheran Reading Group, Steger, Illinois
Pastor Craig Meissner
Contact: (708)754-2345
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, Illinois
Pastor Craig Meissner is leading a Sunday morning Bible Class on the Confessions using Robert Preus's book Getting Into the Theology of Concord as a guide. The class is from 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
#13  St Paul Reading Group, Evansville, Indiana
Pastor Walt Ullman
Contact: 812-422-5414
St Paul's Lutheran Church
100 E Michigan St
Evansville IN
Pastor Walt Ullman

Mondays at 11:30 - 12:30

We went through the AC during the past year, currently finishing up the 10 Commandments in the LC.
#14  Seymour Indiana Reading Group, Seymour, Indiana
Pr. Daniel Lepley
Contact: (812)522-1837
BoC group in Seymour, IN led by Pr. Daniel Lepley of Redeemer Lutheran Church. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month @ 8:00pm. We are currently studying the Apology. For more info call Pr. Lepley at (812)522-1837
#15  St Johns, Audobon, IA, Audobon, Iowa
J. Wheeler
Contact: [email protected]
1st Monday of the Month, 9:30 - noon, informal conversation after lunch.
#16  Holy Cross Reading Group, Carlisle, Iowa
Rev. Kevin Johnson
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Carlisle, Iowa
Every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm we have Table Talk, a study of the Book of Concord, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1040 Market Street, in Carlisle Iowa. Carlisle is a small community on the southeast corner of Des Moines. Our website is
We have studied the Augsburg Confession and Large Catechism. We are currently studying the Smalcald Articles. During the summer we move the study to Wednesday night, following our weekly vespers service at 6:30 pm.
Rev. Kevin Johnson
#17  Augsburg Reading Group, Shawnee, Kansas
Pastor J. W. Watson
Contact: (913) 403-6194
Augsburg Lutheran Church, Shawnee, KS
Thursday Night Theology
Studies of the Lutheran Confessions
Thursdays 7pm (Advent and Lent Services replace our study)
Pastor J. W. Watson ([email protected])
#18  Grand Rapids Area Confessional Study Group, Grand Rapids, MI
Pastors Terry Hoese and Mark Love
The Grand Rapids Area Confessional Study Group meets the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. till noon.
Messiah Lutheran Church

2727 Five Mile Rd. NE
Grand Rapids
#19  Hope Lutheran Confessional Reading Group, Dewitt, Michigan
Pr. Tony Sikora
Anyone is welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at Hope Lutheran Church in Dewitt. Matins begins at 10:00 am, followed by reading and discussion of the Confessions. Lunch at a local pub follows at noon. The meeting date is occasionally changed due to conflicts, such as the Ft. Wayne Symposium.

Pr. Tony Sikora
Hope Lutheran Church
Dewitt, MI
#20  Book of Concord Reading Group, Bonne Terre, Missouri
Pastor Charles Henrickson
Contact: (573) 358-3105
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bonne Terre, Missouri
Book of Concord Reading Group: Mondays (usually), 9:30-11:00 a.m.
340 Summit St, Bonne Terre MO
Pastor Charles Henrickson
#21  St Paul Reading Group, Jackson, MO, Jackson, Missouri
Pastor Al Wollenburg
We have a Confessions Study Group which meets (usually) on the Second or Third Thursday of the month (but it is a flexible date in order to accommodate busy schedules). We typically gather at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson or at Tractor's Restaurant in Jackson by about Noon. After lunching together, we return to the church and study until 2p-ish. It is mostly designed for clergy but laity would be welcome.

Contact: Pastor Al Wollenburg, Sikeston, MO
#22  Peace Reading Group, Lemay, Missouri
Mark Dowell
Contact: (314) 892-5610 or [email protected]
Peace Lutheran, St. Louis/Lemay, Mo.
737 Barracksview Rd
St Louis, MO 63125 - (near Hwy. 255 and Telegraph Road in South County)

We meet every other Friday at 6am; our next meeting will be on Aug 8th. We are currently studying the "Book of Concord." In the past we have read together the "Fire and Staff" by Pastor Preus (highly recommended for other groups), "How We Got Into This Mess: A Brief Survey of LCMS History" by John C. Wohlrabe, and the Issue Etc. transcripts from the broadcast on the round table discussion of Rick Warren's book titled "The Purpose Drive Life."

We are blessed to have both of our Pastors in attendance and all are welcome.
#23  Confessions and Theological Book Study, Liberty, Missouri
Rev. Mark Stirdivant
We've met most recently at Perkins restaurant at the corner of MO hwys 152 and 291.
Books studied include the Confessions, Sasse's Lonely Way, Singing the Gospel, Bach and Leipzig, Several Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics volumes, Quest for Holiness, and Fire and the Staff. Most of us are from west central Missouri and the Kansas City area, but we also attract an occasional Kansas refugee!

Rev. Mark Stirdivant
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Kansas City, Missouri
#24  Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Study (NLCS), Lincoln, Nebraska
Rev. Clint K. Poppe
Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Study (NLCS)

Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Study (NLCS) meets each month, generally the 4th Thursday of the month, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3825 Wildbriar Lane (just north of 40th and old Cheney) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Matins at 10 am followed by morning topic, lunch, and afternoon topic; meeting concludes by 2:30 pm. Both pastors and laity are invited; free will offering is received.

Contact: Rev. Clint K. Poppe
#25  Grace Lutheran Church Reading and Book Review, Neligh, Nebraska
Georg Williams
Contact: 402-887-4791 or [email protected]
This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00-3:00 at Grace Lutheran Church. Following Matins, the group studies the Confessions (currently the Large Catechism). After going out to Pizza Hut for buffet we do a book study (currently Martin Chemnitz' "Examination of the Council of Trent" volume 1).

Georg Williams discussion facilitator of the group also hosts a yearly Educational Event for Pastors on the third Sunday-Tuesday of September in Ainsworth, Nebraska (This year's event is September 21-23 and our teacher will be Dr. Naomichi Masaki).

Pastor David Kuhfal
Grace Lutheran Church
Neligh, Nebraska
#26  Book of Concord Reading Group, Bismark, North Dakota
Pastor Thompsons
North Bismarck Lutheran Mission
Book of Concord Reading Group
Tuesday Nights, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
@ Pastor Thompsons Home
928 Arthur Drive, Bismarck, ND, 58501
(For more information visit )
#27  St Paul Reading Group, Wellston, Oklahoma
Rev. Andrew Eckert
Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 706 Birch Ave., Wellston, Oklahoma
"Highlights of the Lutheran Confessions," every Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
#28  Resurrection Reading Group, North Bend, Oregon
Pastor Jim Wilson
Resurrection Lutheran Church, North Bend, Oregon, 11 AM Wednesdays

This is our regular Bible study, where we regularly take up parts of our Book of Concord- we have copies for anybody who wishes to join in.
#29  Confessing Our Good Shepherd, Charleston, SC
Pr. Russell Helbig
Good Shepherd Lutheran in Charleston, SC, began a study of the Augsburg Confession in September, 2013. Sixteen members arrived ninety minutes earlier than usual on Sunday; six were under 25 years of age. Seeing their eagerness to study the Confessions was exciting. We look forward to a great time of learning as we prepare to join a neighboring congregation in planting additional mission congregations in the region.
#30  Dare to Read, Summerville, SC
Pr. Russell Helbig
Concordia Publishing House's "Dare to Read" program led to formation of a reading group at Grace Lutheran in Summerville, SC. "The Lutheran Difference" provided a solid review of Lutheran theology for members catechized long ago. We followed with the Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord, supplemented by materials such as the Confutation drawn from A class of ten consistent readers has continued for 18 months and led to members' stepping up to serve on the board of elders. Having elders familiar with our Concordia is wonderful.
#31  Faith BoC Reading Group, Plano, Texas
Larry Everett
Faith Lutheran Church, Plano, TX

This weekly study of the Book of Concord began two years ago (2006). It is held during the Sunday School Hour. Our BOC Study Leader is a layman who is the product of Catholic Schools. He was a very regular Catholic Churchgoer for many years. Thirty-some years ago, he married a confessional/liturgical LCMS Lutheran, and the rest is history. He is currently an Elder at Faith who brings a lot of insight into the discussion. We have about 15 that participate in the class discussions…

Received from Larry Everett, McKinney, TX
#32  St Athanasius Reading Group, Alexandria, Virginia
Rev. James Douthwaite
Contact: [email protected]
St. Athanasius Lutheran Church, 703 N. Mansfield Street, Alexandria, VA 22304, Rev. James Douthwaite
Usually meeting on the third or fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 pm
Currently reading through Article IV (On Justification) in the Apology
#33  Messiah Lutheran, Seattle Reading Group, Seattle, Washington
Pr. Ernie Lassman
Contact: (206) 524-0024
Messiah Lutheran in Seattle will start our confessions reading group on Monday the 21st at 7:00 PM

Pr. Ernie Lassman
Messiah Lutheran
7050 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
#34  St John Durand WI Reading Group, Durand, WI
Pastor Dan Pfaffe
Contact: 715-672-8787
St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Durand, Wisconsin 54736

St. John's has a study group that meets every Wednesday at 8:30 AM in the Church basement. We invite all who are in the area to attend. We are in the study of the Book of Concord. Matins service follows the study at 10.45 AM except during Lent and Advent when a Service is at 6 PM. We have studied Walther's Law and Gospel and several books of the Bible. Group has been meeting for many years.

Contact is Pastor Dan Pfaffe—[email protected]
#35  Redeemer Reading Group, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Jackson Hole, WY

A Confessional Reading Group was started at Redeemer on 10/13/2008. Our pastor the reading and discussion with several of our members on Mondays at 1pm.

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