Engage A Changed World

Our world isn’t just changing - it CHANGED!  
While Jesus, the Word, the Sacraments, and the hope of His Gospel are the same yesterday, today, and forever,
the challenges we face to ENGAGE with our broken world call us to new ways of thinking and serving.
The 2021 Pacific Southwest District Pastors’ Conference will address this critical moment in Christian history
with presentations by home-grown PSD practitioners who will lead us in generative thinking, study, and discussion.
Significant time has been built into the conference to gift us with opportunities to reconnect, recreate, and refocus with one another for the exciting ministry season ahead. 


"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6


2021 Pastors' Conference Registration

The LAST day to register for the conference will be September 24, 2021.


Registration Pricing (Hotel Cost Not Included):

Early Registration (until September 1): $160

Late Registration (after September 1): $180

Emeritus: Registration free of charge!

EARLY conference check-in will be available in the hotel lobby on

Sunday, October 3 from 4-8 pm and will open again at 7 am on

Monday, October 4, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the conference,  

contact Kelly DeJongh by email at kelly.dejongh@psd-lcms.org 

or by phone at 949.854.3232 ext 200. 


Hotel Reservations

Embassy Suites by Hilton - Phoenix/Scottsdale

4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy South - Phoenix, AZ 85032 - Tel: 602-765-5800

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Embassy Suites by Hilton in Phoenix/Scottsdale offers an affordable, relaxed and upscale atmosphere for business travelers, families and vacationers. All room are spacious, two-room suites with private balcony or patio. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and internet access. Guests may enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception. They also offer access to Stonecreek Golf Club (their on-site golf course) which is just footsteps from the hotel and the hotel is within walking distance to the Paradise Valley Mall.

The LAST day to reserve a hotel room at our reduced conference rate is Monday, September 13, 2021.


Keynote & Breakout Sessions

Conference Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson - Pacific Southwest District President

Dr. Joel Oesch - Plenary Bible Study Leader

Rev. Dr. Tim Ahlman and the Christ Greenfield Team - “You are Not Alone nor Stuck: Discover, Develop and Deploy Your Lay Leaders"

Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa - "Engaging with The Word in our Changing World"

Rev. Dominic Rivkin - "Congregational Partnerships that Work: A Panel Discussion with Real Practitioners" 

Rev. Dr. Scott Seidler & John Karolus - "Analog Savior, Digital Mission"

Breakout Sessions:

Rev. Nader Hanna  - "Why Muslims? Why Now?"

Rev. Brian Barlow  - "Engaging LGBTQ"

Rev. Dr. Glenn Fluegge & A Cross-Cultural Panel - "Engaging Cross Culturally"


2021 Pastors' Conference Ladies Luncheon

Tuesday, October 5 @ 12 noon 

Sponsored by LCEF

"Staying the Course in a World of Change: Child of God, Family and Ministry"


Dr. Mary Scott (Executive Director and CEO, Orange Lutheran High School) with Rev. Dr. Mike & Kathy Gibson


Sign up to attend during the regular registration process. Luncheon cost is underwritten thanks to the generosity of Lutheran Church Extension Fund. 

*If you have questions, please contact Kelly DeJongh by phone 949.854.3232 ext 200 or email kelly.dejongh@psd-lcms.org  



(Note that many courses in the area are closed for overseeding in late September through October.)

Top Golf   

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Starfire Golf Club  

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Camelback Golf Club   

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McCormick Ranch Golf Club  

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West 

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Musical Instrument Museum   

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Penske Racing Museum   

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Heard Museum  

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Gardens & Hikes

Canaan In The Desert Prayer Garden 

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Desert Botanical Garden   

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Experienced Firing Range Enthusiasts  

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Montezuma's Castle  

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Scenic Ride/Drive 

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Fun in Phoenix


Lots more activities info is available at www.experiencescottsdale.com 

COVID-19 Cleaning and Safety Measures

Embassy Suites is committed to providing a safe, enjoyable experience from check-in to check-out. 

Learn more at Hilton.com/CleanStay.