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!



About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


The Magdeburg Conference — 5 Comments

  1. As the president of the LCS, I can give a bit more insight – we are planning (Deo volente) that this be an annual conference, studying a few articles each year. The goal is that pastors and laity come together and discover the treasures of His Word and the treasures we have as Lutherans.

    As Pr. Rick Sawyer said (I paraphrase) in a discussion at the recent ACELC conference… when he wanted to be a non-Lutheran, no one said anything. When he wanted to be Lutheran, people got upset. We hope this conference might be a small way to learn anew what it means to be Lutheran.

    That said… we are *really* excited to have Pr. Saunders speak. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Hope you can make it.

  2. And Magdeburg, Germany, paid the price of its faithfulness. During the Thirty Years War, the Catholic forces put the entire city to the sword, slaughtering men, women, and children. The whole city was martyred.

  3. This past week in my local newspaper there was a pastor who wrote an article on Open communion. He used the Emmaus text from Luke to display that only in the breaking of the bread can people truly know Christ Jesus. Therefore, it is harmful to prevent people from approaching the table because on account of denominational difference or belief. The minister is sinning against Christ because he doesn’t allow Jesus to be fully made known to all that come to the church.
    This local pastor is Lutheran (ELCA). I spent the next bible class explaining the passage and why we have the communion practice that we do. However, if the laity know the confessions, they will be able to respond to these attacks against Christ Himself with the clear Word of God and the assertions of the Lutheran Confessions.
    This conference is necessary in our time for the truth of Holy Scripture is under attack, as it has always been. The truth of our Lutheran doctrine and therefore our practice is, like the city of Magdeburg itself, under siege by those who would wish to destroy the faith and therefore annihilate our men, women, and children. It is time to confess.

  4. It is so good to see that Iowa District East President Saunders is the guest lecturer. I’m sure that his years of service in the parish will be a blessing to the laity who attend this conference as well as the pastors.

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