Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

August 3-7, 2020

Due to the unprecedented implications of COVID-19, including the legal and health-related uncertainty regarding when groups will be able to gather, we are on standby for registration. Our uncertainty is based in part on the fact that the Omni William Penn Hotel is currently closed. We will provide an update as soon as we have settled on how we will proceed.

Lutheran Week 2020

Every year, the North American Lutheran Church gathers for Lutheran Week! The week is more than a conference, more than a church festival and much more than a business meeting. The NALC Lutheran Week is all of that and more! This year’s theme is God the Father Creates.

The 2020 Lutheran Week of the North American Lutheran Church will draw our attention to the person of God, the Father. Continuing the six-year cycle focusing on the persons and work of the Holy Trinity, the Braaten-Benne Lecture series, the NALC Mission Festival and Convocation will each aspire to point to the nature and being of God, the Father, who is creator of heaven and earth!

Lutherans will necessarily remember Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, affirming the first article of the Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

And the subsequent question: What does this mean?

The Catechism explains:

I believe that God has made me and all that exists. He has given me and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers. He provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day. God also protects me in time of danger and guards me from every evil. All this he does out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I surely ought to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true. (The Small Catechism, Martin Luther, Augsburg/Fortress, 1979.)

At first glance, Luther’s explanation of this article appears to focus attention on the “work” of God the Father, that He has made me and all creatures, providing for us richly and daily with all that we need! The Father does all this, however, because of who He is—because it is His nature not only to create, but also to provide, and all this, He does, “out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it.

Dr. Luther was always careful to emphasize that all we have and are, indeed, our justification and eternal salvation are not because of us and our words or deeds, but solely the proper work of God, growing out of the heart and being of God. For God the Father not only creates, but also redeems and sanctifies us, through the gift of His Son and Holy Spirit. Luther writes in the Large Catechism:

He has created us for this very purpose, to redeem and sanctify us. Moreover, having bestowed upon us everything in heaven and on earth, he has given us his Son and his Holy Spirit, through whom he brings us to himself. As we explained before, we could never come to recognize the Father’s favor and grace were it not for the Lord Christ, who is a mirror of the Father’s heart. Apart from him we see nothing but an angry and terrible judge. (Apostle’s Creed, Article III, Book of Concord, Tappert, Fortress Press, 1959)

As we focus on the person, nature and being of God the Father, we understand Him fully through the Lord Jesus Christ, mirror of the Father’s heart, revealed by the Holy Spirit, because of the Father’s divine goodness and mercy! Join us for Lutheran Week 2020!

Bishop John’s Invitation to Lutheran Week

Lutheran Week Guide

Want to see what’s happening this year at Lutheran Week 2019? Follow along, learn about the sessions, or read the reports in this year’s guide!

Hotel Information

There is a room block available at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Make your reservation by either calling 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) or clicking here.

Ministry Expo

Each year, many parachurch ministries, seminaries, publishers and mission organizations attend Lutheran Week to provide a wealth of resources and partnership opportunities for our churches and leaders. Here is a short list of just some of our partners in attendance this year.

Conference Schedule

Check the program for this year's conference and learn about the speakers and sessions in store for the church.

Get Inspired

Worship the Lord, receive the Sacrament, study the Word with the Church across North America, and take a moment to discern where God is leading you and your congregation!

Meet New Faces

We're a large and growing church, and there's plenty of people for you to get to know!

Fresh Insights

Learn practical methods of church ministry, including: technology & communications, ministry for seniors, youth & family ministry and more!

Coaching Sessions

Discipleship is at the core of who we are. Learn about our Life-to-Life Discipleship Initiative and how you can be a catalyst for renewal in your congregation.

Prepare for the Future

Get a pulse on the vision of our church and hear from Bishop Dan and our leadership about where we're headed.

Have a Voice

The North American Lutheran Church is Congregationally Focused, and Convocation is a prime opportunity to have a voice in the future of the church.

Latest news

Read more about our latest news posts and be informed.

2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

The NALC Executive Council met online on April 28-29 and voted to propose to the 2020 Convocation amendments to the NALC Constitution in three areas: 1) move from an annual to a biennial convocation; 2) name regional subdivisions of the NALC as Mission Districts; and 3) clarify the process by which the Executive Council apportions more lay delegates to the convocation so there is approximately an equal number of lay and clergy delegates.

2020 Nominees for Executive Council, Court of Adjudication and Board of Regents Announced

The 2020 Nominating Committee presents the candidates named below for positions to be elected at the August Mission Convocation. We believe that all the individuals named are qualified and would do well in their service if elected.

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Delegates Expected

Lutheran Week Planning Team

  • The Rev. Will Hartfelder, Chair
  • The Rev. Andrew Ames Fuller
  • Rebecka Andrae
  • Maddie Benson
  • Jenny Brockman
  • The Rev. Mark Chavez
  • The Rev. Tony Ede
  • Jacqui El Torro
  • Anne Gleason
  • Dawn Hahm
  • The Rev. Carl Johnson
  • Stephen Krepp
  • Laurie Pecuch
  • Becky Seifert
  • The Rev. Dr. Nathan Yoder