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Faculty-led summer workshops offered nationwide

Workshops address contemporary topics that influence ministry

Updated

All pastors, church workers and congregation members are invited to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Summer Workshop Series to explore contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry.

Hosted by congregations across the country from May through August, and led by Seminary faculty, the 10 workshops offer an opportunity to delve deeply into topics that include the right relationship between church and state, the responsibility of the church toward the surrounding culture, the role of the pastor in civil affairs, the ongoing creation debate, and the meaning and responsibilities of being confessional.

“These summer workshops offer pastors and laypeople a unique opportunity to study theology with our Seminary professors to gain a deeper understanding of how God’s Word and the Lutheran Confessions address contemporary issues and how we might better proclaim and confess Jesus in the church and the world,” said Rev. Paul Sieveking, director of Continuing Education.

The cost for each three-day summer workshop is $140 (unless otherwise noted), which includes Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

Registration and payment should be made no later than 14 days prior to the beginning of each workshop. Workshops must have a minimum of 15 participants in order to be held. Interested participants should reach out to each workshop contact for directions, housing and meal information (see the list below).

Learn more and register for the workshops at www.csl.edu/summerworkshops or contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or ce@csl.edu.

Workshops include:

The Book of Exodus as Story and Gospel
Dates:
May 21-23
Deadline:
May 7
Presenter:
Rev. Thomas Egger, assistant professor of Exegetical Theology
Location:
Camp Okoboji, 1531 Edgewood Drive, Milford, IA 51351
Host:
Lori Gamble, lorigamble02@gmail.com

NEW! The Great Evangelical Creation Debate
Dates:
July 9-11
Deadline:
June 25
Presenter:
Dr. Charles Arand, Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology and Dean of Theological Research and Publication

Location: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 3721 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Host:
Rev. Paul Nelson, paulnelson@emanuellutheransb.org

 NEW! Wholly Citizens: Facing the World or How not to Sin in the Voting Booth
Dates:
July 9-11
Deadline:
June 25
Presenter:
Dr. Joel Biermann, Waldemar A. and June Schuette Professor of Systematic Theology
Location:
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 910 Amos St., Humboldt, KS 66748
Host:
Rev. Timothy Roth, pastor.troth@gmail.com

Meeting the Crisis of Scripture as “People of the Word”: How to Avoid both Liberal Criticism and Biblical Fundamentalism
Dates: July 9-11
Deadline:
June 25
Presenter:
Dr. Peter Nafzger, assistant professor of Practical Theology
Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 605 S. Walnut St., Seymour, IN 47274
Host:
Dr. Ralph Blomenberg, rblomenberg@immanuelseymour.com

NEW! On Being Confessional Today
Dates:
July 9-11
Deadline:
June 25
Presenter:
Dr. Joel Okamoto, Interim Chief Academic Officer and Waldemar and Mary Griesbach Professor of Systematic Theology
Location:
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1005 First St., West Fargo, ND 58078
Host: Rev. Clark Jahnke, revchjahnke@ideaone.net

NEW! Preaching and the Arts
Dates:
July 16-18
Deadline:
July 2
Presenter:
Dr. David Schmitt, Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature and Professor of Practical Theology
Location:
Faith Lutheran Church, 111 Sumac Road, Huntsville, TX 77340
Host:
Rev. Robert Hemsath, pastorrobert@faithhuntsville.org

Making Sense of [Your] Preaching
Dates: July 30-Aug. 1
Deadline:
July 16
Presenter:
Dr. Joel Okamoto, Interim Chief Academic Officer and Waldemar and Mary Griesbach Professor of Systematic Theology
Location:
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. Holland Ave., Springfield, MO 65807
Host:
Rev. Nick Hagerman, nhagerman@trinitylutheranspfd.org

NEW! The Great Evangelical Creation Debate
Dates:
Aug. 6-8
Deadline:
July 23
Presenter:
Dr. Charles Arand, Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology and Dean of Theological Research and Publication
Location:
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2505 West Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062
Host:
Rev. Eloy Gonzalez, pastor.egonzalez@orlc.org

Influenced by a Cloud of Witnesses: Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Strength
Dates: Aug. 9-11
Deadline:
July 23
Presenter:
Dr. Timothy Saleska, Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Ministerial Formation
Location:
Lutheran Church of Messiah, 840 N. 11th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501
Host:
Rev. Mike Redeker, pstrredeker@aol.com

 NEW! Preaching and the Arts
Dates:
Aug. 13-15
Deadline:
July 26
Presenter:
Dr. David Schmitt, Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature and Professor of Practical Theology
Location:
Faith Lutheran Church, 8125 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
Host:
Rev. Kevin Guynn, pastorg@faithmentor.org

About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit www.csl.edu.

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