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The Augustana Ministerium: A pastoral association formed to preserve and promote Lutheran pastors and a<br>distinctively Lutheran Ministry of Word and Sacrament to Lutheran congregations.

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Conference Audio

A Mars Hill Moment

Augustana Ministerium Ninth Annual Theological Conference

August 12–14, 2014

Exegetical Introduction to Conference Theme, based on Acts 17:22-31 – Rev. Jeffrey Ahonen, SuperintendentAudio

A Mars Hill Moment with the Jews” – Rev. Brett Balfour,  Audio

A Mars Hill Moment with the Mars Society” – Rt. Rev. James Heiser, Dean of Missions,  Audio

A Mars Hill Moment with the American Evangelical/Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Person/Lutheran in Name Only” – Rev. Todd Wilken,  Audio

A Mars Hill Moment with the Muslims” – Dr. Adam Francisco,  Audio

A Mars Hill Moment with the Mormons” – Rev. Dr. Kent Heimbigner, Legate,  Audio

Panel Discussion, Moderated by Rev. Paul Rydecki, Dean of Education,  Audio

Conference Audio

Confessional Lutheran Church Polity?

Augustana Ministerium Eighth Annual Theological Conference

August 20–22, 2013

“The Proper and Godly Role of the Laity in the Governance of a Parish” – Rev. Eric Lange,  Audio

A Constitution That Serves the Saints” – Rev. Eric Stefanski,  Audio

The Office of the Holy Ministry as Prophet, Priest, and King” – Rev. Eric Stefanski,  Audio

Conference Audio

Fellowship as the Body of Christ

Augustana Ministerium Seventh Annual Theological Conference

August 7–9, 2012

“Fellowship and the Office of the Holy Ministry: Suffering and Honor in the Body of Christ” – Rev. Robin Fish, Jr.,  Audio

When Fellowship Isn’t Fellowship: What Are Pastors and Congregations to Do?
An Alphabet Soup from ACELC [intraSynod] to TAM [intraLutheran] and beyond [ACLC/ELDoNA fellowship agreement]
” – Rev. Bruce Ley,  Audio

Communion Casuistry” – Rev. Brian Saunders,  Audio

Authority and Discipline: Their Roles in Fellowship As the Body of Christ” – Rev. Gregory Schultz,  Audio

Closed Communion: Where are the Boundaries?” – Rev. Terry Small,  Audio

Conference Audio and Book

Lives in the Balance: Equipping the Saints for the World’s Fight and the Soul’s Salvation

Augustana Ministerium Fifth Annual Theological Conference

May 17–19, 2010

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Support the work of The Augustana Ministerium by purchasing this book of essays,
which includes all of this conference's essays and some from earlier conferences

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Reclaiming the Old Lutheran Axiom: We Teach Our Own—To Keep our Baptized Children Alive,” by Rev. J. Richard Sawyer,  Audio

Nurturing the Foundations of Faith:  Equipping God’s People to Defend against the Reasoned Arguments of Unbelief,” by Rev. Dcn. Anthony Oncken,  Audio

The Balanced Spiritual Diet of Full-Strength Law and Gospel, and the Deadly Signs of Imbalance,” by Rev. Michael Henson,  Audio

Instilling Christian Citizenship: The Freedom of Grace and the Bondage of the Neighbor,” by Rev. Dr. Steven A. Hein,  Audio

The Seven Deadly Values of Contemporary Culture:  The Shape of the Enemy’s Weapons against Our People Today,” by Rt. Rev. James Heiser,  Audio

Augustana Ministerium Fifth Annual Plenary

“The State of the Augustana Ministerium,” by Rev. Bruce Ley, Superintendent,  Audio  PDF Text

Conference Audio and Video

“Pastoral Supervision in a Post-Synodical Age

Augustana Ministerium Fourth Annual Theological Conference

May 11–13, 2009

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“Ecclesiastical Supervision in a Post-synodical Age,” by Rt. Rev. James Heiser,  Video

Various Models of Church Polity and How They May/May Not Shape
Ecclesiastical Supervision in a Post-synodical Age
,” by Rev. Dr. Kent Heimbigner,  Audio  Video

“Church Fellowship in a Post-synodical Age,” by Rev. Eric Stefanski,  Audio

“The Confessional for Pastors in a Post-synodical Age,” by Rev. William Weedon,  Audio

Augustana Ministerium Fourth Annual Plenary

“The State of the Augustana Ministerium,” by Rev. Bruce Ley, Superintendent,  Audio  PDF Text

Conference Reading Lists

“Considerations for a ‘Post-synodical’ Age”

Augustana Ministerium Third Annual Theological Conference

May 20–21, 2008

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Conference Audio

“The Challenge of Eastern Orthodoxy”


“Sanctification and Modes of Communication”

Augustana Ministerium Second Annual Theological Conference

August 30–31, 2007

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“Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism on Original Sin,” by Rev. John Rutowicz, Part 1 Part 2

“Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism on Justification,” by Rev. David Juhl, Part 1 Part 2

“Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism on Sanctification/Theosis,” by Rev. Gary Gehlbach, Part 1 Part 2

Sanctification: What Is It? What Causes It? What Are its Consequences? by Rev. Dr. Steven Hein

“Modes of Communication in the Ministry of the Gospel,” by Rev. Robert Schaibley


Papers and Reports from

The Constituting Convention
of the
Augustana Ministerium

September 20-21, 2005

“Influences on the Office of the Ministry in the History of American Lutheranism” by Rev. Dr. Steven A. Hein

Statement on the Holy Ministry, Constitution and Bylaws of the Augustana Ministerium

Results of Elections


Papers and Reports from

“A Confessional Lutheran Ministerium for Our Day?”

A Free Conference on the History and Theology of Ministeria

October 24-26, 2004


“On the Reform of Our Own Christian Estate: A Historical Review of Luther on Dissent and Reform” by Rev. Craig S. Stanford

“The Pattern of Pastoral Support and Cooperation in the New Testament” by Rev. Eric J. Stefanski

“Clergy Support and Cooperation in the Early and Medieval Church” by Rev. Dr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr.

“The Ministerium Among Lutherans in America” by Rev. Dr. Steven A. Hein

“The Church, Pastors, and a Confessional Lutheran Ministerium” by Rev. John Frahm

“MOVIE: Is the LCMS Pointed in the Wrong Direction?” by Rev. Jeffrey Warner Windows (right-click and download,
rather than opening in your browser)  Mac  (Requires FREE QuickTime program.)

A related resource: “The Three Walls Preventing Reform of the LC-MS” by Rev. Craig Stanford.
This essay provides some prolegomena as to the rationale for a ministerium at this time and reform in the church in addition to dissent.