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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professors Burreson and Schuler Online


August 3
August 5


Continuing Education



Treasures Old and New: A Workshop on Adult Faith Formation

Pastors and congregational leaders in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) face new missional challenges in our “post-Christian” context. This workshop will introduce participants to a model of adult faith formation and discipleship with roots in the catechumenal practices of the early church. Through presentations by experts on faith formation and conversations with pastors who have developed successful adult faith formation, participants will explore new ways to form disciples through catechesis; to shape Christian identity through the biblical narrative and the sacramental life of the church; and to foster a habitus of hospitality in congregational life. This workshop seeks to develop a broader congregation approach toward adult faith formation. For those looking for the right “new program” to revitalize a congregation, this workshop may not be for you. Instead, this workshop emphasizes faith formation as a process and a journey that can be flexibly designed for any parish context. Pastors at four different exemplar parishes will share their experiences with participants. Through this workshop participants will see how faith formation practices can revitalize parish life as the whole congregation participates in shaping the faith and life of new Christians.

Dr. Kent Burreson

Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of Chapel, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Few people know the liturgical landscape as well as Dr. Kent Burreson. He has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the liturgy’s history — how it has remained the same and how it has changed. Just as importantly, Burreson shows how the liturgy and our worship life forms the faith within us and shapes our lives within the world.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler

Professor Emerita, Concordia University St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler has taught full-time at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., since fall 2008. A rostered deaconess in the LCMS, she has a master’s degree in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and a Th.D. in historical theology from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines. Convinced that what people believe is more profoundly shaped by worship and ritual than by didactic exercises, her research interests have implications for the church. In her previous life she served as executive director for a church-related nonprofit that addressed problems of poverty and racism in north St. Louis County, Mo.

Dr. Kent Burreson photo
Dr. Rhoda Schuler photo

Guest Pastors

Rev. Timothy Droegemueller Pastor at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Cumming, Ga.
Dr. Scott Bruzek Senior Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Ill.
Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor Pastor at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, N.Y.
Rev. Danny Eggold Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Ind.

Tentative schedule

One 10-11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Two
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Two 10-11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Two
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Three 10-11:45 a.m. Session Five
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
Registration cost: $140
Registration deadline: June 16, 2021
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Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.