Inaugurated in 2000 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Wisconsin Synod, the annual symposium attracts several hundred pastors who gather together with seminary students and faculty to hear and discuss presentations on important church topics. Held on the Monday and Tuesday following the third Sunday in September, the symposium includes three essays, a festival service, and an evening of relaxation and fellowship.
The essays and reactions presented at the Symposium can be found on the seminary website on the morning of their presentation. In recent years, presentation of the Symposium essays and the reactions have been streamed live over the internet. Floor discussion following the essays and reactions are not streamed since comments from floor microphones are often difficult to understand and because the seminary does not gain explicit permission from speakers to stream their comments and questions.