Symposium on Brotherly Admonition
What is our response when a fellow Christian falls into the trap of sin? And what if the fellow Christian is a brother in the ministry? The Symposium on Brotherly Admonition addressed this challenging but vital aspect of the ministry of the gospel, especially as it applies to those serving in the pastoral office. The three essays presented at the 2012 symposium reviewed the biblical principles of Christian discipline, evaluate the procedures for discipline that are presently in place in our churches and synod, and encourage a consistent and evangelical practice, so important in our age of electronic communication. The symposium focused not only on efforts to identify and deal with error, but also on ways and means to overcome weaknesses and grow in commitment and knowledge.
Over 400 pastors, teachers, and lay leaders were in attendance for the 2012 Symposium on Brotherly admonition. On Monday, President Wendland opened the symposium with a devotion, which was followed by presentations on the topics of Brotherly Admonition in the Congregation, Pastor J. Koelpin delivered and Professor Tackmier responded; and Brotherly Admonition in the Ministerium, delivered by Pastor E. Treptow and followed by a response from Professor Bivens. Tuesday began with a worship service in which Pastor J. Heckendorf was the preacher. Worship was followed by the final presentation on the topic of Brotherly Admonition that Encourages Accountability delivered by Pastor J. R. Huebner followed by a response from Professor Sorum.