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The ILC World Seminary Conference is held every three years. Participants at this years conference are from six continents and represent confessing Lutheran church bodies large and small.

First Conference

  • April 5-8, 2001
  • Canoas, Brazil
  • Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA)
  • Theme: Preparing Lutheran Pastors for Today
  • Keynote: Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, “Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio – What Makes a Theologian?”
  • Approximately 60 participants
  • Second Conference

  • March 31-April 5, 2004
  • Augustinekloister, Erfurt, Germany
  • Theme: Luther and the Word of the Pastor
  • Keynote: Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin, “Luther on the Pastoral Minstry: Biography of An Idea”
  • Approximately 46 representatives with a total 61 participants
  • Third Conference

  • March 29-April 1, 2007
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • Theme: Challenges to Confessional Theologians Today
  • Keynote: Rev. Dr. Reinhardt Slenczka, “Confessional Church and Theology: Confessing Theologians–a Global Challenge Today”
  • Approximately 70 participants
  • Fourth Conference

  • June 3-6, 2010
  • Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • Theme: Confessional Lutheran Identity in Light of Changing Religious Demographics”
  • Keynote: Dr. Philip Jenkins “Global Shifts in World Christianity”; Dr. Erni Seibert “Confessional Lutheran Identity in Light of Changing Religious Demographics”
  • Over 150 participants including theological educators from North America
  • Fifth Conference

  • August 8-11, 2013
  • Palanga Lutheran Church, Palanga Lithuania
  • Theme: Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom As A Mark of the Church
  • Speakers: Rev. Dr. William Weinrich, Rev. Dr. Darius Petkunas, Rev. Roberto Bustamante, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast Jr., Rev. Dr. Joseph Ochola Omolo
  • Approximately 83 participants