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Exploring the Lutheran Confessions

  • Grace Lutheran Church 313 S Prospect Ave Champaign, IL (map)

How we think about God affects how we talk about God. How we talk about God determines whether we proclaim the gospel or some other message that is not faithful to who God is and what God is up to in Jesus Christ. This realizaon is what set Marn Luther and his colleagues down the path of reform 500 years ago. It is the enduring legacy of the Lutheran movement and our gi& to the ecumenical church. Join Pastor Chris Repp this fall for a study of the Lutheran Confessions to see how these texts connue to be vitally important to the mission of the church today.

This class will be conducted using online ZOOM as well as onsite at Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL

Any adults who would like to deepen their understanding of our Lutheran Heritage and the Lutheran Confessions are encouraged to participate. The class will also fulfill a requirement for those who wish to become available for Synodically Authorized Ministry (SAM).

Session One Saturday, September 15, 2018

Session Two Saturday, September 29, 2018

Session Three Saturday, October 13, 2018

Session Four Saturday, October 27, 2018

Session Five Saturday, November 10, 2018

Session Six Saturday, December 1, 2018

$150 for those pursuing the Synodically Authorized Ministry program, and they will be expected to complete addional assignments $75 for everyone else

Required Texts: Robert Kolb, Timothy Wengert, eds., The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000) Ed Schroeder and Ron Neustadt, Gi& and Promise: The Augsburg Confession and the Heart of Chrisan Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016)

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About the Presenter

Pastor Repp received his M.Div. from LSTC in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 he served as an ELCA missionary in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he taught Church History and Systemac and Confessional Theology at a Russian Lutheran seminary. He then served as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Carbondale for twelve years before accepng his current call to Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign in 2015. A former member of the ELCA’s Global Mission Program Commi@ee for six years, he now serves on the synod’s Candidacy Commi@ee and on the board of the Crossings Community (, an organizaon that liAs up the insights of the Lutheran Confessions for both preaching and daily Chrisan life. He is married to Helen, a nave of the UK. They have three adult children, Andrew, James, and Marian, and a four-year-old Standard Schnauzer named Zoya.



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$150 for those pursuing the Synodically Authorized Ministry program, and they will be expected to complete addional assignments $75 for everyone else Send check to: REGISTRAR, C/SIS-ELCA, 524 S. 5th St, Springfield, IL 62701. For additional information or questions, contact Pastor S. Blake Duncan by email:
Earlier Event: September 15
Synod Council Meeting
Later Event: September 17
Professional Leadership Retreat