This is a different world than the one in which I grew up. You’ve probably experienced the changes as well changes in the world, our country, our communities and in our congregations. What will it be like for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the generations that follow? The follow-up question lies deep in the heart of every Christian: Will there be healthy, loving, Gospel-proclaiming congregations to nurture and sustain them in their heavenward way? Answering “yes” to that question under God’s enabling grace is the special responsibility of Concordia Seminary. Numerous studies tell us what to expect in the years ahead.
Given the long-term unpredictability of the economy, will Concordia Seminary have dependable resources to serve the Church in uncertain economic times? Will we be ready “in season and out of season” with our programs, technological capabilities and facilities?
This campaign is designed to help Concordia Seminary meet those challenges. Our descendants and their generations will face a far different world than that which many of us have known. How deeply satisfying it will be to know we’ve made provision for Gospel ministry in their time just as sainted Christians made provision for us in our time.
Dr. C.F.W. Walther, first president of Concordia Seminary, told his students, “I wish to talk the Christian doctrine into your very heart, enabling you to come forward as living witnesses with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power. I do not want you to be standing in your pulpits like lifeless statues, but to speak with confidence and cheerful courage, offering help where help is needed.”
God help us through this campaign to provide coming generations “with confidence and cheerful courage” in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Your participation in this effort is essential and I thank you for giving time, thought and prayer to your response.
Dr. Dale Meyer
Library & Learning Technology
“As Lutheran Christians, we have benefited mightily over the years from many faithful and effective pastors, most of whom graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Their theological understanding, clear proclamation of the Gospel and evangelical zeal to reach the hurt and lost have served as an inspiration to us and make us eager to help the Seminary form more pastors like them.
“We are committed to carrying forward these values and priorities as chairs of this campaign, and urge you and your congregation to join us in the cause.”
Craig and Jane Olson