Concordia Seminary, St. Louis is pleased to announce that video files of its April 25 worship services during which vicarages, internships and calls were distributed are available for viewing free of charge at www.csl.edu/Resources_CallDay2007.aspx .
On Wednesday, April 25, calls to serve as pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) were issued to 150 students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In addition, 124 students received assignments to serve as vicars. Vicarage is a one-year internship that students preparing to serve in the pastoral ministry must complete.
Of the 150 Concordia Seminary students called to serve as pastors in the LCMS, one is from the Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) and eleven are from the Seminary’s Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT). This is the first group of EIIT students to receive calls to serve as pastors in the LCMS, and this announcement during the worship service by Dr. David Wollenburg, the Seminary’s director of distance education was met with prolonged and enthusiastic applause.
Of the 124 students who received vicarage assignments, six are from the EIIT and two are from the CHS. The vicarage assignments included one to serve in a mission field outside of the continental United States in Asia and Vietnam, which was arranged through the LCMS World Mission.
In addition to the 274 calls and vicarage assignments, four residential students, one CHS student, six Cross-Cultural Ministry Center students and four EIIT students are awaiting calls; and one residential student is awaiting a vicarage placement that is in process at this time. In each of these cases, the details of calls to specific sites are being finalized and should be completed soon. Great care is exercised in both the candidate call and the vicarage placement processes to ensure that the best possible match is realized between the seminarian and the ministry site.
Concordia Seminary also celebrated the presentation of six deaconess students who were assigned internships, and one deaconess candidate who has a call pending that should be completed soon. The deaconess internship assignments included one to serve in a mission field outside of the continental United States in Buenos Aires and Salta, Argentina, which was arranged through the LCMS World Mission. The deaconess program at Concordia Seminary began in the fall of 2002.
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