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The Augustana Ministerium Annual Conference Reading Lists

Please read the following before the conference, as these works will guide our discussion


Ecclesiastical Supervision in a Post-synodical Age


J.A.O. Preus, The Second Martin (CPH, 1994), Chapter 6, “Chemnitz’ Superintendency”

The Epistles of St. Ignatius of Antioch (Kleist translation)

Hans von Campenhausen, “Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three  Centuries” (Hendrickson, 1997)

Episcopacy—Lutheran-United Methodist Diologue II (Augsburg, 1991), esp. Todd Nichol, “Bishops in the Lutheran Tradition: The Book of Concord and Later Lutheranism” and George Bornemann, “The Role of the Lutheran Bishop”


Various Models of Church Polity and How They May/May Not Shape
Ecclesiastical Supervision in a Post-synodical Age



Marquart, Kurt, The Church and Her Fellowship, Ministry, and Governance (Luther Academy [current publisher], 1990), esp. pp. 195–219

The Visitation Articles for the Electorate and Provinces of Upper Saxony” (1592). Available online at http://bookofconcord.org/visitation.php

Akin, Daniel, Perspectives on Church Government: Five Views of Church Polity (B&H Academic, 2004)


Church Fellowship in a Post-synodical Age


Essential Readings for the Discussion (freely available online):


Preus, Rolf, “Church Fellowship and Closed Communion” (parish Bible study outline, taught January and February, 2007)

Preus, Rolf, “Making a Clear Confession in Muddy Waters” (Burnsville, MN, free conference presentation, January, 2009)

Stefanski, Eric, “Fellowship: What It Is and What It Implies” (chiefly for the section “My Sin in Kansas City”; presentation at St. Luke Ev. Luth. Ch., Richland Center, WI)

Stefanski, Eric, “Guilt by Association” (Burnsville, MN, free conference presentation, January, 2009)

Stefanski, Eric, “A Brief and Bluesy Response to ‘Muddy Waters’,” (a reaction to some assertions in Rolf Preus’s paper)
    not yet posted


The bases for the arguments in the Stefanski papers, above, can be studied in more depth by reading:


Marquart, Kurt, The Church and Her Fellowship, Ministry, and Governance (Luther Academy [current publisher], 1990), esp. pp. 39–77

Walther, C.F.W., Theses on Communion Fellowship with Those Who Believe Differently [Double-sided printing] [Single-sided printing] [Half-sheet Booklet] (CTS, Fort Wayne, 1990; free file, .pdf format)

Elert, Werner, Eucharist and Fellowship in the First Four Centuries (CPH, 1966), esp. pp. 23–184


The Confessional for Pastors in a Post-synodical Age


Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Life Together (Harper, 1976; Harper Collins, 2008), section on Confession and the Lord’s Supper (may be readable via Google Books)

Confession and Absolution Readings” (free file, .pdf format)





FAQ Brochure (136k Adobe PDF) Contact Form and Info Our “Statement on the
   Holy Ministry”
Our Constitution and Bylaws
General Information Brochure
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Bimonthly Newsletter TAM “Statement on the
   Holy Ministry”
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Insurance Options for Pastors Information for calling a pastor (Applies to LCMS only; 104k Adobe PDF)
Upcoming Conference Info Reading Lists Registration Form Lodging and Directions Daily Schedule Past Conferences