The Magdeburg Conference

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The city of Magdeburg, Germany received a new pastor: Martin Luther. By Luther’s preaching the Word of God, the city defected from Roman Catholicism and joined the cause of the Reformation. Emperor Charles V outlawed the town repeatedly. Even under siege, the city retained its independence. In the years to follow, Magdeburg gained a reputation as a stronghold of the Reformation and its furtherance, even being the first major city to publish Luther’s writings.

The Magdeburg Conference has a simple goal: to find refuge in God’s Word and the Lutheran Confessions from the siege of false theology.

During the Magdeburg Conference we will delve into and study the Augsburg Confession, one of the most basic Lutheran confessions of faith after the Small Catechism. (Each conference participant will receive a complimentary copy of the Augsburg Confession.)



The spirit of Magdeburg lives on



The Reformation lives on





The Lutheran Catechetical Society is hosting the Magdeburg Conference on Friday August 26th and Saturday August 27th at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, IL. We will be studying the first 3 Articles of the Augsburg Confession: 1. Of God, 2. Of Original Sin, Of the Son of God. The Rev. Brian Saunders, District President of the Iowa East District, will be our presenter.


The cost of the conference is $35 for individuals and $55 for couples. This includes all sessions, a reception on Friday evening with address, a copy of the Augsburg Confession, and perhaps most importantly-German style lunch on Saturday. More details concerning accomodations and reception location will be forthcoming.


Who is this conference for? This conference is especially designed for clergy and laity to study the Lutheran Confessions together.  We hope that it will inspire a love of the Lutheran Confessions and also give an example for pastors of how to teach our beloved heritage in our congregations. Pastors, please encourage you members to come with you to study the Augsburg Confession, especially men serving as elders.


Registration: You may register online at the Lutheran Catechetical Society’s Website.


Listen Online: You can also listen to an Issues, Etc interview with Pr. Chris Hull of Christ Lutheran Church about the the importance of the Lutheran Confessions, not just for the clergy, but for all Lutherans.



For additional information or questions:

Vendors/General questions- Contact Pr. Bryan Hopfensperger at [email protected]

Questions concerning location- Contact Pr. Chris Hull at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the Magdeburg Conference!



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