Theological Consultation #57
September 29 - October 1, 2017

Theme: Soul Care

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Lane, Superintendent of Wabash Conference

Location: Essenhaus Conference Center - Middlebury, Indiana

Registering for the Conference

Reserving Your Room

Reserve a room at Essenhaus Inn (1-800-455-9471) by August 28th to receive the special rate. Housing is $128 per night for one or two people or $148 for a balcony room. Slightly higher rates apply for 3 or 4 person rooms.

Registration Fee

When you arrive, you will pay a registration fee that covers the costs of our meeting rooms, speakers, and banquet dinner Saturday night. Breakfast is included in your room rate. Friday dinner and Saturday lunch is on your own. The registration fee is $100 for one person and $25 for spouses. There is no charge for students.

Annual Dues

If you are a member, your annual dues will be collected when you check in. Annual dues are $50.

Saturday Banquet

If you would like to purchase an additional seat to the banquet on Saturday night, seats are $25 per person. Children under the age of 12 are charged $1.25 per year of their age. We determine our number for the banquet by how many people register for rooms. If you stay elsewhere or do not want to attend the banquet, please email or call FMHF President Norm Wetterau ( or 585-335-2350).


There are scholarships available for pre-med, nursing, and medical students. Please contact FMHF President Norm Wetterau ( or 585-335-2350) to find out more.

Child Care

We can provide limited child care if you let us know by August 29th. Please contact Norm Wetterau if you are interested.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Lane

The Rev. Dr. John Lane, superintendent of Wabash Conference, will be the speaker at our fall retreat, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct 1, 2017, at Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana. He has been pastor of several large churches and has a Doctor of Ministry from Gordan-Conwell Seminary, but his resume also revealed some less well-known experiences that might help him as he develops this theme. These experiences include: being a part of a church planting team, Associate Minister, Senior Minister, Camping Director and counselor, Inner-city youth leader, Hospital Chaplain, Missions leader, Stephen's Minister, and Coach.

His subject will be soul-care. So, what is a soul? Aristotle wrote much about the soul (psyche, ψυχή). What do other cultures say, what does modern science say and what does the Bible say? Is the soul something only important in heaven or is it also important now? Pastor Lane will address this subject in his initial talk, where he will review some of this, but then help us see where our soul is. How can we care for our soul if we are not sure if we have a soul, or are too busy to recognize it?

The subsequent talks will be to help us see what is our soul today and how we can care for it. Although the best care of our soul is to let God take care of it, there are practical things we can do which include making time and certain spiritual disciplines. In addition to his talks, he will direct us in discussion around our table and as a group. We should all come away with some practical ideas of how we can take better care of our souls.