Christian Cyclopedia

About the Cyclopedia


(Lat. confero, “bring together.” Used by some classical authors of pub. conferences and discussions. Early used in connection with religious discussions. Cf. Gl 2:6). Beginning in the 11th c., meetings (often called calendae because held on the 1st of the month) of priests were held to discuss religious topics, perhaps because the diocese as such had become too large for frequent meetings of all mems. Such meetings of priests declined in the 13th c. and have never been fully revived in the RC Ch., though officially endorsed.

In the Prot. Ch. no fixed meaning attaches to the word “conference” (see Methodist Churches, 3, 4a; in Congregationalism it designates the voluntary organization of chs. in a dist.). The term has been variously used in Am. Lutheranism. In the earliest days it was applied to the meetings of syns. as well as to less formal gatherings. Pastoral conferences have often been held in Prot. chs. of Eur. and Am.

Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
©Concordia Publishing House, 2000, All rights Reserved. Reproduced with Permission

Internet Version Produced by
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

Original Editions ©Copyright 1954, 1975, 2000
Concordia Publishing House
All rights reserved.

Content Reproduced with Permission

Stay Connected! Join the LCMS Network:

Contact Us Online
(Staff Switchboard)
(Church Info Center)
1333 S Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122-7226 | Directions


Featured Publication

The Lutheran Witness

LCMS Communications

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.
Visit TLW Online