Generations Letter by Dr. Meyer

DrMeyer2This 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.

  • Many Americans will continue to believe that all roads lead to heaven, that Jesus was just another great religious leader and that there is no absolute truth. Concordia Seminary will equip future pastors, deaconesses and leaders to witness in this vastly changed and eternally dangerous cultural mindset.
  • Pastoral leadership will be more important than ever. Expanding cross-cultural experiences will prepare Concordia Seminary graduates to learn the community’s culture to which they will be called so that they can best share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pastoral leadership will demand that seminarians be formed for ministry with an appreciation for the priesthood of all believers. We want our graduates to model and manifest servant leadership in all they do.
  • Christianity will continue its amazing growth outside of Europe and North America. Many of these growing churches will continue to look to Concordia Seminary for theological leadership.

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
Concordia Seminary