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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Saturday, August 4, 2018

from the family up and elders down


  • Click for printable PDF schedule + 6 pages of FREE handouts!
  • 9:30 a.m.—Coffee and Registration
  • 10 a.m.—Opening Devotion
  • 10:30 a.m.—Intergenerational Ministry: Where Are You in Titus 2?
    Discover God’s design for linking the congre­gation to the home in Titus 2:1–8. Consider your distinct calling as a pastor, an older man, an older woman, a younger man, a younger woman, or a child. Learn how each of these members of the Body of Christ serve the good of one another to the glory of God. Ponder real-life applications for your congregation and family.
  • 11:15 a.m.—Marriage and Parenting: Biblical Insights in a Post-Christian Culture
    Society has tried to re-define marriage and usurp parenthood, but God’s Word continues to teach timeless truths. Despite all the confusion, marriage remains a divinely established, life-long union of one man and one woman, open to God’s blessings of children. God calls upon parents to be evangelists in their homes as they train up the rising generation in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • 12:15 p.m.—Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.—The Family Altar: How (and Why) to Conduct Home Devotions
    From the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:4–9) to the New Testament (Ephesians 6:4), to the Reformation (the Prefaces to Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms), recognize a consistent encouragement to have home devotions. Review the blessings that God attaches to His Word and the calling that parents have for serving their children’s spiritual needs. Learn practical tips for conducting home devotions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson is the chair of the History Dept. at Bethany Lutheran College, president of the Hausvater Project, and author/editor of several books, including Studying Luther’s Large Catechism: A Workbook for Christian Discipleship and Telling the Next Generation: The Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Vision for Christian Education. See


The workshop sessions are offered free of charge. Free childcare also is available.

A catered lunch will be served, $10 per adult or $25 per family. (Register by July 28 to reserve your meal for the August 4 conference.)

We also welcome donations to assist us in covering the necessary costs.

Click to register.


Immanuel Lutheran Church
916 Pine St, Manitowoc, WI

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