Exploring the man of Martin Luther and where the church has come in the last 500 years.
Through his studies of Scripture, Martin Luther finally gained spiritual enlightenment. Beginning in 1513, while preparing lectures, Luther read Psalm 22, which recounts Christ’s cry for mercy on the cross, a cry similar to his own disillusionment with God and religion. Two years later, while preparing a lecture on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, he read, “The just will live by faith.” He dwelled on this statement for some time. Finally, he realized the key to spiritual salvation was not to fear God or be enslaved by religious dogma but to believe that faith alone would bring salvation. This period marked a major change in his life and set in motion the Reformation.
In 1517, Pope Leo X announced a new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a sheet of paper with 95 theses on the university’s chapel door. Though he intended these to be discussion points, the Ninety-Five Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences as corrupting people’s faith. Luther also sent a copy to Archbishop Albert Albrecht of Mainz, calling on him to end the sale of indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the Ninety-Five Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.
In January 1521, Martin Luther was officially excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. In March, he was summoned before the Diet of Worms, a general assembly of secular authorities. Again, Luther refused to recant his statements, demanding he be shown any scripture that would refute his position. There was none. On May 8, 1521, the council released the Edict of Worms, banning Luther’s writings and declaring him a “convicted heretic.” This made him a condemned and wanted man. Friends helped him hide out at the Wartburg Castle. While in seclusion, he translated the New Testament into the German language, to give ordinary people the opportunity to read God’s word.
From 1533 to his death in 1546 at the age of 62, Martin Luther served as the dean of theology at University of Wittenberg. Martin Luther is one of the most influential and controversial figures in the Reformation movement. His actions fractured the Roman Catholic Church into new sects of Christianity and set in motion reform within the Church. A prominent theologian, his desire for people to feel closer to God led him to translate the Bible into the language of the people, radically changing the relationship between church leaders and their followers.
Just the following statistics alone will take your breath away:
Throughout the Global Church today, Christian leaders have recognized the importance of synergizing efforts and energies together to maximize each today toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the 21st Century. On October 30, 2017, an international gathering of Christian leaders will convene in the Wittenberg area of northern Germany. At this historic gathering, the three main focus will be:
Pastors and leaders are invited to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saints Church, in Wittenberg, Germany on October 30, 2017. An event of this magnitude only comes ever 500 years! Each attendee will hear and experience keynote presentations from world class Christian leaders. Additionally, there will be times of intercessory prayer, seeking the Lord for courage for the future, harmony in the Body of Christ and for fresh vision pertaining to the Great Commission.
Dr. Samson O. Ayokunle
Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle serves as the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The Nigerian Baptist Convention is one of the oldest, yet progressive denominations throughout Africa with more than 15,000 churches and 6,000,000 worshippers. The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the finest seminaries in Africa, yet, it is the oldest seminary in Africa.
Dr. Doug Beacham
Doug Beacham is the General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The International Pentecostal Holiness Church has expanded to 3.5 million people, 15,000 churches in 125 nations. Through Dr. Beacham’s leadership, the IPHC is growing faster than ever before.
Dr. Glenn Burris
Glenn Burris serves as the President of the Foursquare Church in Los Angeles, California. The Foursquare Church is a Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal Christian denomination consisting of approximately 80,000 church in 160 nations. Glenn is one of the most sought after speakers in the Body of Christ today.
Dr. Jan von Camphausen
Dr. Jan von Camphausen is the director of the Protestant Wittenberg Foundation. The declared aim of the Reformation Anniversary is, “The curiosity about God to kindle in modern man.” Dr. von Camphausen served a pastor in Dortmund, Superintendent in Gorlitz and then entrusted with the project office in EKD Church in Hanover. Since 2012, he has led the Evangelical Wittenberg Foundation, in Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. von Camphausen will provide powerful leadership at The Wittenberg 2017 Summit and will bring a keynote message.
Dr. Chuck Conniry
Dr. Chuck Conniry is Vice President and Dean of George Fox Evangelical Seminary and George Fox University’s College of Christian Studies. He came to George Fox with twenty years of pastoral experience. After creating and directing the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program for 10 years, Chuck assumed his responsibilities as Vice President and Dean of the seminary in 2008 and oversight of the College of Christian Studies in 2013. Dr. Conniry is providing cutting-edge academic leadership in the 21s Century.
Dr. Gustavo Crocker
Gustavo Crocker serves as one of the General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene, located in Lenexa, Kansas. The Church of the Nazarene is an evangelical Christian denomination that emerged from the 19th century Holiness movement in Britian and America. It is the largest Wesleyan-holiness denomination in the world. There are approximately 30,000 churches in 159 nations.
Dr. James O. Davis
James O. Davis is the Founder of Cutting Edge International and the Cofounder of the Billion Soul Network, located in the Greater Orlando area, Florida. Over the last 35 plus years, Dr. Davis has traveled nearly 9 million miles, ministering in 125 nations. The Billion Soul Network is the largest Christian network, with more than 2,000 organizations and 475,000 churches in every nation in the world.
Dr. Leon Fontaine
Since 1994, Pastor Fontaine has taken Springs Church through a period of unprecedented growth with the adage “One Church, Many Locations.” Each week his teachings are heard by thousands attending services throughout Winnipeg, southern Manitoba, and in Calgary, Alberta. Pastor Fontaine is also the CEO of The Miracle Channel, a Christian television station based out of Lethbridge, Alberta. He is a sought-after consultant on management and church growth.
Dr. Robb Hawks
Dr. Robb Hawks is a global missionary, whose focus is on unreached people groups around the world. Additionally, his children’s TV shows are being broadcast in numerous languages with more than 100 million hearing the Gospel. Dr. Hawks is the Founder of Oral Initiative and the creator of SHOT, the global evangelism concept for those who will never read/write in their lifetime. He is bringing his world class leadership to serve as the Executive Producer of the Wittenberg 2017 Congress.
Dr. Timothy Hill
Timothy Hill currently serves as the newly elected General Overseer of Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. In the past, he also served as the Executive Director of World Missions, as well as 1st Assistant to the General Overseer at the Church of God Headquarters. The Church of God consist of more than 7 million members in 183 nations and is one of the fastest growing movements in the Body of Christ. In the last two years, thousands of new churches have been planted throughout North America and around the world. In addition to his global leadership, Dr. Hill is a noted Gospel songwriter and a best-selling author.
Rev. Johannes Justus
Johannes Justus is the Pastor of Protestant Free Church and is President of the Federation of Pentecostal Churches, consisting of approximately 900 churches in Germany. He provides vision and leadership to advance the construction of new churches throughout Germany. Johannes has a strong passion regarding the role of the Holy Spirit in the construction of these new churches for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. He a key Christian leader in Germany today!
Dr. Suliasi Kurulo
In 1990, Suliasi Kurulo pioneered the World Harvest Center in Suva, Fiji. The World Harvest Center is now the largest church in Oceania, numbering approximately 10,000 worshippers each weekend. In the last 25 years, the World Harvest Center has also planted nearly 6,000 churches in 125 nations, located among unreached people groups.
Rev. Eddy Leo
Rev. Eddy Leo is the Senior Pastor of one of the leading churches in Indonesia of more than 50,000 members. He has mentored more than 100,000 men in the last five years, including winning tens of thousands of Muslim men to Christ, through 39 nationwide Hubs of Christianity Additionally, Pastor Leo has created a national movement that reaches the upper echelons of business and government. While planting and building strong churches in Indonesia, Eddy serves as the CoChair/Southeast Asia for the Billion Soul Network.
Dr. Ron Luce
Dr. Ron Luce is the Founder of TeenMania. Through the ministry of TeenMania millions of young people have been influenced and impacted for Christ in every nation on earth. Tens of thousands of young people have been equipped for missionary work. Presently, Dr. Luce has launched Generation Next to equip and raise up millions of young people to help finish the Great Commission.
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
Jo Anne Lyon provides leadership as the General Superintendent of the Wesleyans located in Fishers, Indiana. The Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley. It originated as a revival within the 18th century Church of England. Today, the Wesleyans have a million members in more than 100 nations.
Dr. Alex Mitala
Dr. Alex Mitala is considered a “Spiritual Father” to millions of Ugandans and a key Christian leader in Africa. For nine years, he served as the Chairman of the New Birth Fellowship, representing more than 20,000 churches in Uganda. Through his leadership, thousands of churches of been planted in Uganda over the last twenty years. Moreover, Dr. Mitala networked key leaders throughout Uganda and broke the back of AIDS in his nation, bringing it to down the lowest levels in all of Africa.
Dr. David Mohan
David Mohan is the Founding pastor of New Life Assembly in Chennai, India. New Life Assembly is the strongest church in India, exceeding 50,000 worshippers each weekend. Dr. Mohan serves as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Chairman of National Coalition of Unreached Peoples of India and President of the National Association of Evangelicals in India.
Rev. Peter Mortlock
Rev. Peter Mortlock is the founding pastor of City Impact Church in Auckland, New Zealand. City Impact Church is the strongest church New Zealand, with more than 6,000 attending each weekend. Additionally, Pastor Mortlock is deploying a national strategy of evangelism of church planting for the entire nation. Over the years, City Impact Church has become one of the most influential churches “down under” and is impacting many more nations for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Pastor Mortlock serves as the CoChair/Australasia for the Billion Soul Network.
Pastor Poncho Murguia
In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a city notorious for violent crime and drug cartels, Pastor Poncho Murguia and his congregation Cruz de Gracia are a vivid example of what happens when Christians take the kingdom of God to where the gates of hell are. His faith and ever-increasing hope for his beleaguered city have made him one of Ciudad Juárez' and Mexico's most respected spiritual leaders.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The NHCLC is America's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches and more than 100,000 churches throughout South America. CNN and Fox News named Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement”. NBC/Telemundo called him “America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader”. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was nominated by TIME magazine for their “100 Most Influential People in The World” list in 2013 and his description of the Latino faith community emerged as their April 15, 2013 cover story, The Latino Reformation.
Dr. Heinrich Christian Rust
Heinrich Christian Rust is a German Baptist minister, theologian, author, pastor and a member of the charismatic movement within the Communities Union of Evangelical Free Churches (BEFG). After studying theology, from 1979 to 1983, he became a national youth pastor in Lower Saxony, and then from 1983 to 1996 as pastor of the Evangelical Freikirchliches community (Baptists) Hannover-Walderseestraße. He earned doctorate in Religion at German Baptist.
Rev. Alberto Salcedo
Alberto Salcedo is the founding pastor of Ekklesia Church in La Paz, Bolivia. Each weekend, Ekklesia Church averages more than 20,000 attendees. Through the visionary leadership of Pastor Alberto, Ekklesia Church the Ekklesia Church Network are bringing transformational leadership to the entire nation of Bolivia. Pastor Salcedo is one of the most sought after speakers in the Global Church today.
Dr. David Sobrepena
David Sobrepena is the founder of Word of Hope Church in Manila Philippines. Since its conception nearly 30 years ago, the church has grown to more than 50,000 each weekend. Additionally, his ministry has equipped more than 300,000 Christian leaders in Southeast Asia. Dr. Sobrepena serves as the Cochair/East Asia Billion Soul Network.
Dr. John Sorensen
Dr. John Sorensen serves as the President of Evangelism Explosion. Evangelism Explosion was founded in 1962 by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. USA. Over the last fifty-five years, more than 100 million people have come to Christ through this worldwide ministry. Many leading missional leaders consider the EE training and teaching to be the finest throughout the Body of Christ. Evangelism Explosion was the first Christian organization to have ministry in every nation.
Rev. Hartmut Steeb
In April, 1991 he became the General Secretary of the All-German Evangelical Alliance. Steeb has been heavily involved, even before his full-time employment at the German Evangelical Alliance in ecclesiastical honorary offices. About 20 years he developed and directed the youth work of the Evangelical regional church Ludwig-Hofacker -Gemeinde in Stuttgart and was in this parish 1977-1989 elected church council.
Dr. Leonard Sweet
Leonard Sweet is a contemporary theologian, semiotician, church historian and best selling author. Dr. Sweet currently serves the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Sweet is considered to be in the top ten Evangelicals in the Body of Christ today.
Dr. Efraim Tendero
Dr. Efraim Tendero serves as the General Secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance. The World Evangelical Alliance represents 600 million Christians in 125 nations worldwide. WEA exists to foster Christian unity and to provide a worldwide identity, voice and platform for evangelical Christians. Seeking empowerment by the Holy Spirit, they extend the Kingdom of God by proclamation of the Gospel to all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society.
Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer
Kenneth C. Ulmer is one of the most sought after speakers and teachers in the Body of Christ today. Dr. Ulmer is the Senior Pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angels, California. Faithful Central Bible Church is one of the strongest churches in North America. He has authored numerous books and teaches each year at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Peter Wenz has been the Lead Pastor of the Gospel Forum church in Stuttgart (Germany) since 1984. The Gospel Forum is one of the strongest churches in Germany, with a weekly attendance of about 4000 people. His international ministry has led to the formation of a network of about 400 congregations and Christian works in over 20 countries. Pastor Wenz is one of the most sought after speakers in the Global Church today.
Dr. George O. Wood
George O. Wood serves as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. Over the last one hundred years, the Assemblies of God has grown from 300 to nearly 70 million in 191 nations. At the current rate of evangelism and discipleship, the Assemblies of God will surpass 100 million by 2020. Dr. Wood is known for for his powerful preaching and his inclusive vision for the entire Body of Christ for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Rev. Lazarus Yeghnazar
Rev. Lazarus Yeghnazar is the Founder of 222 Ministries. 222 Ministries has a focused vision to train leaders, equip churches and transform nations. Rev Yeghnazar serves as the CoChair/Central Asia in the Billion Soul Network and is considered to be the most networked Christian leader in the Middle East. His synergistic vision is raise up leaders through church planting, training, theological education, Christian media and humanitarian support.
Dr. Byoungho Zoh
Dr. Byoungho Zoh created the ‘Tong’ method of studying the Bible, an approach that fuses rationality and sentimentality as well as the cultures of the East and the West together. He is the President of Bible Tongdokwon which is an educational institution for studying the Word of God. He chaired the ‘21st Century Future Church Conference: The Companionship of the East and the West’ for 10,000 ministers in 2007. In 2008, he acted as the co-representative of the ‘Re-Orientation thru the Bible’ Seoul Declaration of 140 Korean Theologians. He has published more than 30 books.
Dr. P. Douglas Small
Global Chair of The Wittenberg 2017 Prayer Network
Dr. P. Douglas Small has served as pastor, educator, conference speaker and consultant in the area of prayer ministries and city reaching. He is Founder & President of Alive Ministries: Project Pray. He holds a B.A. degree in Christian Ministries, an M. A. degree in Biblical Studies and a second M. A. degree in Church Administration, as well as a Ph. D. degree in Biblical Studies. He is an award-winning author and a popular speaker in pastor’s and leadership conferences, churches, ministry conventions, family retreats and gatherings for prayer and spiritual awakening. He serves as The Global Chair of The Wittenberg 2017 Congress Prayer Network.
The Wittenberg 2017 Summit will convene at Maritim Hotel Berlin and at the famous All Saints Church. In the midst of the bustling capital of Germany, the Maritim Hotel Berlin located in the embassy district, along the picturesque Tiergarten. This luxurious 5-star hotel is decorated in the style of the golden 20s and provides business and tourist travelers all of the amenities of a world class property. The interplay of classic decor and modern facilities make every stay a memorable experience. All Wittenberg 2017 attendees can reserve their special discounted lodging rates directly with the Maritim Hotel Berlin or through Fellowship Travel.
All Wittenberg 2017 plenary sessions will convene in the Hall Maritim, located in the Maritim Hotel Berlin. The Hall Maritim is the most beautiful and technological advance theater in Berlin. All conference delegates will experience three incredible meals and refreshments in the Hall Maritim, in addition to the hearing inspirational messages by cutting-edge Christian leaders. Space is limited to the first 500 delegates and 150 spouses!
The Castle Church, often called, “All Saints Church,” is where Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-Five Theses on the door on October 31, 1517. While the original wooden door no longer stands, a massive bronze memorial door marks the spot that changed the course of history. Martin Luther’s grave be viewed inside Castle Church. On November 1, 2017, the final session of The Wittenberg’s 2017 Summit will convene inside Castle Church. Don’t miss it!
The Wittenberg 2017 Summit will convene at Maritim Hotel Berlin and at the famous All Saints Church. In the midst of the bustling capital of Germany, the Maritim Hotel Berlin is located in the embassy district, along the picturesque Tiergarten. This luxurious hotel is decorated in the style of the golden 20s and provides business and tourist travelers all of the amenities of a world class property. The interplay of classic decor and modern facilities make every stay a memorable experience. All Wittenberg 2017 attendees can reserve their special discounted lodging rates through Fellowship Travel.
All Wittenberg 2017 plenary sessions will convene in the Hall Maritim, located in the Maritim Hotel Berlin. The Hall Maritim is the most beautiful andtechnologically-advanced theater in Berlin. All conference delegates will be moved by the inspirational messages of cutting-edge Christian leaders, and enjoy three incredible meals, as well as refreshments.Space is limited to the first 500 delegates!
The Castle Church, often called “All Saints Church,” is where Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-Five Theses on the door on October 31, 1517. While the original wooden door no longer stands, a massive bronze memorial door marks the spot that changed the course of history. Martin Luther’s grave can be viewed inside Castle Church. On November 1, 2017, the final session of The Wittenberg’s 2017 Summit will convene inside Castle Church. Don’t miss it!
We invite you and your organization to become a part of a growing number of men and women worldwide who are joining forces to synergize together and help toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Only 8 Sponsors & Exhibitor Packages are available at The Wittenberg 2017 Summit.
Secure Your Position Today:
GOLD SPONSORSHIP: $5,000
All of the benefits of a Gold Sponsorship plus . . . .
Secure Your Position Today:
GLOBAL SPONSORSHIP: $25,000
Secure Your Position Today:
Lunch Sponsorship $5,000, plus cost of food.
Secure Your Position Today:
Dinner Sponsorship $5,000, plus cost of food.
You are invited to make plans to join us in the Wittenberg area in Germany October 30 - November 1, 2017.
Each pastor and leader, who chooses to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event will be renewed in their heart for God’s Word, revived in their mind toward the Body of Christ and released to go out and help finish the Great Commission in our lifetime. We encourage you not to miss it!
As we prepare for this international celebration, we encourage you to pray for the Church and for the world. We are living in unparalleled times. There has never been generation where the advancements of technology can be felt nearly each month and the tension between Christian and other religions is seen and heard on television and the Internet nearly every day. A wise man once said, “We do not get to choose the generation that we are going to live in; but we can choose how we are going to respond to it.”
After Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church, he translated the Bible into the German language. With the translation of the Bible into German, combined with recent invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press, local pastors and common people could read and study the Bible for themselves. The Reformation became a revolution!
If you would like to join us on October 30 – November 1, 2017, in the greater Wittenberg, Germany area, then it is important that you make plans early and sign up. In order to sign up, click on the “Sign Up” below and go through the simple registration process. The registration cost is $500 per person. We encourage you to consider bringing your spouse. There are two registration options available for your spouse: 1.) If you would like for your spouse to attend all of the main sessions at the Maritim Berlin Hotel, all meals and go to the final session to be held in Castle Church, then the registration cost is $500; 2.) If your spouse will only attend the main sessions and meals at the Maritim Berlin Hotel, then the registration cost is only $200. When registration reaches 500 confirmed attendees, then registration will close. Space is limited to 500 leaders! We look forward to having you with us! Blessings.
Until The Last Person Has Heard,
E. Stanley Jones Chair
Drew Theological School
James O. Davis
Cofounder/Billion Soul Network
President/Cutting Edge International
Kenneth C. Ulmer
Faithful Central Bible Church
Rev. Dan and Debbie Briles are providing leadership coordination for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther in Germany. For more than 40 years, they have provided phenomenal pastoral leadership. Pastor Briles will be able to answer most practical questions. His email address is Dan@billion.tv.
Mr. & Mrs. Jutta and Norbert Kirsch are proving key leadership in the Berlin Office for The Wittenberg 2017 Congress. In addition to providing local administration for volunteers, conference logistics, they will be assisting with visa invitations for those delegates, who will need a visa to enter into Germany. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Email & Berlin Office
P.O. Box 411605 Melbourne, FL 32941-1605