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Retreat Offered for Prospective Seminary Students

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host the fourth annual “Shepherds of God’s Flock” retreat Jan. 8-10, 2002 for men college age and older who are contemplating preparation for the pastoral ministry and their guests. The retreat will focus on the spiritual and personal aspects of the decision-making process. While on campus, participants will be led by Seminary faculty members through a study of the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions concerning the pastoral ministry. Pastors, missionaries and chaplains will also speak about the joys and challenges of their service. The retreat also provides participants the opportunity to talk with other retreat guests from around the country who are contemplating Seminary enrollment, worship with the Seminary community in daily chapel services, talk with current students and attend Seminary classes.

Suggestions from past participants have led to additional sessions on Saturday, Jan. 10, to cover the “nuts and bolts topics” related to Seminary enrollment, such as financial aid, housing and the admission process.

The presenters at the retreat will address the questions that many prospective students ask: “How can I know for sure whether or not I should be a pastor?” “What does the Bible say about being a pastor?” “What do the Lutheran Confessions say?” “What does a pastor, missionary or chaplain do?” The students, faculty and staff of Concordia Seminary invite men who have asked these questions to explore them in the relaxed atmosphere of the Seminary campus.

Wives, fiancees and girlfriends of those considering Seminary preparation also are encouraged to attend. If enough women register, special sessions for women will be offered.

Dress is casual for all activities, and there is no charge to attend. All meals and on-campus lodging are provided free of charge. Travel assistance is also available. Transportation to Concordia Seminary from the airport, bus or train station, and return transportation is provided as needed.

Those interested in registering may contact the Admissions Office of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis at 801 DeMun Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105; 1.800.822.9545; admissions@csl.edu.