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‘It makes the commitment worthwhile’

“This is what I’m going to be seeing. This is it.” That’s what Ryan Schnake has to say about the year he spent in Resident Field Education (RFE) and how it cemented his commitment to full-time pastoral ministry. “It showed me the end goal of my commitment, helping bring people to the Gospel,” said Schnake, […]

The Word is living and active

A pastor begins work on his sermon. He opens his Bible and reads the passage. And God’s Word goes to work. This sermon will not merely delve into the content of the passage. It will not be just about what the text says, nor will it only be an informative speech.   No, the Word […]

Recruiting with a personal touch

“Hi there. Good to see you.” On the first day of orientation in September, fidgety and excited new students filed into Sieck Hall to get their pictures taken and retrieve their mailbox numbers. Rev. Bill Wrede worked his way through the hallway, smiling and shaking hands along the way. “How are you doing?” For the […]

Five faculty installed in three new endowed chairs

Five faculty members were installed as occupants of three new endowed chairs during the Seminary’s Opening Service in September in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Dr. James W. Voelz, graduate professor of exegetical theology, was installed as the first occupant of the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Chair of New Testament Theology. Dr. […]

Proclaiming the Gospel in a digital world

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis alumnus Rev. Matt Peeples (’09) was no digital communication or social media expert when he started The Point Church in Knoxville, Tenn., five years ago. But today his Lutheran church is sharing the Gospel far beyond its walls through the use of social media and other digital tools. The Point, which […]

Concordia Seminary launches online repository

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis – one of the largest denominational seminaries and home to the second largest Lutheran library in North America – is making its vast trove of theological and scholarly resources more readily available to people around the world. Users now have three new choices to get the Seminary’s rich content: two websites […]

EIIT program students receive calls, vicarage assignments

Twelve students in the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) program received call or vicarage assignments during morning chapel Friday, Oct. 23, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The students and their calls or assignments were: EIIT pastoral students John Bakou, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, Minn. Saint-Luc Charelus, Bethlehem Haitian Church, Immokalee, Fla. Yia Lor, […]

Seminary holds visitation events for prospective students

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has scheduled a variety of on-campus visitation opportunities for prospective students for the 2015-16 academic year. The first event of the year, Contemplate, is set for Oct. 15-17. Contemplate, a three-day visit for college students and second-career men and women, includes a campus tour, an opportunity to meet faculty and visit […]

Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program students celebrate calls

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 9, 2015—Twenty-three students in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis celebrated their certification and readiness to receive divine calls into pastoral ministry during a special chapel service today. The students will serve as pastors of congregations and ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) across the United […]

A bountiful harvest

Farming and the church are both deeply ingrained in Steve Struecker’s life. It would be hard to leave one for the other. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to. A student in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, Struecker is a lifelong farmer born and raised in West Bend, Iowa, two and a half […]

Walking the walk in faith

Farm equipment is not a typical sight in the city. But Chris Paavola has walked over 100 miles in University City near downtown St. Louis, praying as he goes, praying what he sees. And when he looks down at his feet, he sees plowshares. “On our very first prayer walk,” Chris said on his blog, […]

Sent to serve

In the very early chapters of Acts, God brings people from various places to Jerusalem in order to connect them with the life-saving message of the risen Christ. So, for example, in Chapter 2 (verses 9-11), people are gathered from the east (“Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia”), from the north (“Cappadocia, […]