September 21 & March 28 – CLECT, District Office

CLECT – Certificate of Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching

September 21, 2019
March 28, 2020

9 AM – 4 PM

South Wisconsin District
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53222

Early childhood educators (infant to grade 3) serving in LCMS early childhood centers or schools that are looking to learn more about LCMS beliefs and how to incorporate them into the classroom.

$100 per participant
Includes lunch and the book “Right from the Start: A Parent’s Guide to the Young Child’s Faith Development” by Shirley Morgenthaler.

Contact Chris Cody,, 414-464-8102

Register by 9/6/19




August 22 – Grant Writing Workshop, District Office

Thursday, August 22, 2019
6:00 PM

South Wisconsin District Office
8100 W. Capitol Drive

Guest Presenters:
Dr. Julie Dresen, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, CUW
Cathy Melan, Director of Grants, Office of Advancement, CUW

More Information





RSVP by August 15.

Seating is limited to the first 75 respondents.

Hosted by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

October 1-2, 2019 Retired Pastors, Wives & Widows Retreat

Mr. Gary Thies, Director – Mission Central is the presenter for this year’s retreat.  The global witness to the cross begins and ends in Jesus Christ, Who comes to us in the Word and Sacraments wherever the faithful community gathers. There we receive and are sent back into the world to live as the priesthood of all believers. Luther underscored the cost of discipleship in our witness of the cross as an incarnational witness of our Lord Jesus Christ. How do we do that? What does the priesthood of all believers really mean? How is the Lord using the “most not normal” people to get His work done? What’s happening today among Christians? How is the Lord using retired people in the mission field? These important questions, and more, will be addressed during Gary’s presentations during the retreat.

Our Bible Study Presenter will be Rev. Kent Schaaf – Administrative Pastor, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church & School, Milwaukee.  During the Bible study we will explore the Old and New Testament writings concerning the people of God and how they are to show hospitality or “love of stranger.” This forum will rely on open discussion as participants will share how the church shows love and serves those outside the walls. Difficult questions will be answered as we develop solutions for moving forward in the mission our Lord gives to us through the gift of hospitality.

The Ramada Grand Seasons, Waupaca is again the location for our retreat.

Cost:  $85.00 per person (two people per room) or $120.00 per single room

Registration Deadline is September 20, 2019

Click Here to Register Online

Click Here to view Retreat Brochure

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at 414-464-8108 or


September 28: Youth Event for Grades 5-8

Take advantage of this great opportunity to help youth in grades 5-8 wrestle with some of the challenges that our culture is throwing at them. This event is an especially good opportunity for confirmation classes to grow together. With all of this in mind, please encourage youth in your congregations and youth you know to save the date and to attend the Servants of Christ Seminar at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). The Servants of Christ Seminar will ground youth in the grace of their baptism, teach them about the doctrine of vocation, give them information about college and careers, and allow them to take part in breakaway sessions led by CUW professors and other guest speakers. These sessions are designed to strengthen their faith and help them to live as servants of Christ in our challenging world. The Servants of Christ Seminar is for all students in grades 5-8, and it will take place on September 28th from 9:30 AM to 2 PM on our Mequon campus. This event is free. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Registration opens July 1st.

We encourage you to identify advocates who will urge youth to attend and plan rides for youth. Adult chaperones are welcome to attend all sessions and to eat with us at no cost. Adults are also free to drop kids off at 9:30 AM and pick them up at 2 PM.

Please visit and encourage youth to visit this link for more information and for a sample schedule and sample breakaway sessions from this event last year:

More information will be sent soon.

August 24 – Pre-Retirement Workshop

The South Wisconsin District and Concordia Plan Services are offering you an opportunity to attend a pre-retirement workshop.  This workshop is designed to help you as you plan for that very important transition in your life: RETIREMENT!  We encourage you to attend and start learning what you’ll need to know about making plans for your future.  To register call/email Karen Rayner at 414-292-0743 or at no later than August 9th.  For further information click on the flyer below.

Here are the details:

Where:  South Wisconsin District Office

When:  Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:  $10.00 per person (includes lunch)

Pre-Retirement Flyer

May 13-15 – Spring Pastor’s Conference

The 2019 Spring Pastor’s Conference is being held  May 13-15, at the Radisson , La Crosse; under the theme: Finding a Lutheran Pastoral Voice in Theology and Science.  Our speakers for this year’s conference will be our esteemed colleagues from Concordia Seminary St. Louis – Richard Marrs, Charles Arand, and Joel Okamoto.  We are grateful for their willingness to travel north to engage in great theological conversation and encourage us in our practical application to care for the souls of our people.  Pastors with schools will once again be invited to meet with Dr. Chris Cody, SWD Education Executive during Tuesday’s lunch.  We will also be recognizing ministry milestone anniversaries.

The official opening of the conference will be the communion worship service at Faith, Lutheran, LaCrosse at 1:00pm.  The venue, is the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 200 Second Street South(or 200 Harborview Plaza).  Please make your room reservations by calling 608-784-6680 by Friday, April 12th to secure your lodging.  Be sure to mention that you are with the South Wisconsin District Pastor’s Conference. Room rates will be $115.00 or $125.00 depending on the type of room you choose.  The cost for the conference is $160.00.  Deadline to register is May 6.


Click here to register online.

Invitation Letter


Registration Form