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Helping the Seminary be accountable in a diverse world

Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying says his heart is in education and his passion is mission work. Seying joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in September as associate dean for urban and cross-cultural ministries and the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry. He oversees the Seminary’s two ethnic-focused pastoral formation programs, the […]

‘It’s not about me. It’s about God’

By Kim Plummer Krull Christine Ouko’s gentle voice grows soft when she recalls the survivors she counseled as a social work intern at a women’s hospital in Nairobi. When post-election violence rocked Kenya seven years ago, she listened to stories of abuse, longing to offer more than she was equipped for with only a bachelor’s […]

Concordia Seminary volunteers raise $10K for St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis raised $10,700 at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving fundraiser held Jan. 28 in Koburg Hall, surpassing its goal of $10,000. Thirty-one “shavees,” including Concordia Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer, various faculty and staff members, students and additional supporters from the St. Louis community participated in the event. St. Baldrick’s head-shaving […]

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 […]

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, […]

Partnering to help teachers lead with the Gospel in Ethiopia

“What we are being asked to do in Ethiopia plays exactly to our strengths as a seminary.” So explains Dr. William W. Schumacher about Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s partnership with Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, half the world away in Ethiopia. Schumacher, professor of historical theology and director of […]

From refugee to ‘phenomenal’ ministry leader

In 1993, a 26-year-old South Sudanese Christian arrived in the United States after what he humbly calls “a very difficult time.” Losing two siblings and many relatives and friends to murder and starvation in his war-torn homeland, Matthew Both knew he must flee with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Leah, if his family was to […]

Connecting through language

The global community has never been more connected, thanks to mobile phones, tablets, and the Internet. As globalization brings people together, it’s important for ease of communications to know multiple languages. That said, Concordia Seminary students are learning there is a unique benefit to using a native language when it comes to connecting with congregations […]