Two Regional Conferences to Replace the BJS Conference this Year, by Pr. Rossow

In place of our annual conference, BJS is helping to underwrite a couple of one day conferences across the country in Fairview Heights, Illinois and Corpus Christi, Texas. These conferences will highlight BJS speakers and interests. In both locations Rev. James May, Director of Lutherans in Africa (LIA), will be updating folks on the work of LIA and in Fairview Heights, recently coloquized LCMS pastor and BJS blogger Matt Richards will be joining Rev. May.

The event in Fairview Heights will start on Friday night, February 21 and conclude on Saturday, February 22. Both speakers will be focusing on the liturgy as a means of making disciples. This has great meaning for Rev. Richards who came to the LCMS in part because of the liturgy and for Rev. May who emphasizes the liturgy and other Lutheran distinctives as he spreads the Gospel around Africa.

The event in Corpus Christi will be on Saturday, February 15 at one of the Corpus Christi churches. Rev. Dustin Beck is organizing the event. We will have more details in a week or two.

The staff and members of Bethany, Naperville, Illinois are taking a year off from hosting the annual BJS Conference. The first conference was held six years ago with 80 participants. Attendance at the conference peaked two years ago with 250 attendees who enjoyed LCMS President Matt Harrison’s address to the banquet. Over the years we have been edified by engaging speakers such as Todd Wilken, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, Klemet Preus, Chris Rosebrough, Jonathan Fisk, Bryan Wolfmueller and others.

Stay tuned here on the BJS blog for details on next year’s plans. We may have more regional events, return to our annual conference format or both.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Two Regional Conferences to Replace the BJS Conference this Year, by Pr. Rossow — 4 Comments

  1. Arrrrgh. You’ve always had it the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day. I saved that weekend, but I already have plans for the 21st!!!

  2. HURRAH!!! South Tx never gets anything like this! I am so excited! I will do my best to be there! Thanks, BJS and Pastor Beck!

  3. Very happy for the attendees of the other conferences, but sad that I will miss gathering together for a 2nd straight year. Blessings to you all at Bethany, and many thanks again for all your hard work over the years! Hope to see you next year. 8>)

  4. When will the specifics (schedule, registration, cost, etc.) for the Fairview Heights conference be available? There’s also a Higher Things retreat nearby and I’m trying to decide whether to take my son to HT or I go to BJS.


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