Anticipation is building for Call Day Wednesday, April 28, when concluding Concordia Seminary, St. Louis students will receive their first pastoral or diaconal ministry placements, and second-year students will receive their vicarage or internship assignments in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. All calls and assignments for service are to churches or ministries within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Students who will serve a year as vicars or deaconess interns will receive their assignments at a worship service starting at 3 p.m. (CDT). Rev. Michael Lange, president of the LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District, will preach.
At 7 p.m. (CDT), candidates for the pastoral and diaconal ministry will receive their first calls to serve as pastors, deaconesses, chaplains and missionaries in the LCMS. Seminary President Dr. Thomas J. Egger will preach.
“Entering the ministry this year will challenge all our students as churches adapt to the lasting effects of the pandemic. Yet we look confidently to the future because our vicars and interns, pastors and deaconesses, will go out with the grace and guidance of our Savior,” said Dr. Glenn Nielsen, director of Placement and director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships. “Indeed, the call to serve in the pastoral or diaconal office is a holy privilege because it comes from our gracious Lord through His church. So in the days leading up to Call Day, we pray the Holy Spirit will guide those involved in the call process as they work together to place a student in that sacred place, whether a congregation or institution.”
Due to capacity restrictions, in-person seating is limited to participating students and their guests, staff and faculty. All others are invited to watch the services at csl.edu/live. Calls and assignments will be shared on Twitter in real time during both services. Everyone is encouraged to share their celebratory comments and photos with the hashtag #CallDay2021 on social media.
Concordia Seminary will provide a free live stream of Call Day services at csl.edu/live and csl.edu/callday. The Seminary’s Help Desk will be staffed to handle support calls at 866-333-2064 and 314-505-7231. A test stream will be available before the event so viewers can test their devices.
For more information about Call Day, visit csl.edu/callday.
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 csl.edu.