Lay Bible Institute
Winter Lay Bible Institute
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sieck Hall 202
Registration deadline: Jan. 26, 2018
Early African Christianity
Dr. Joel Elowsky
Professor of Historical Theology
Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts
The contribution of Africa to the life and doctrine of early Christianity often goes unnoticed among African and Western Christians. Africans are often told by Muslims and others that Christianity is the “white man’s religion.” This session of the Winter Lay Bible Institute will explore what Christianity looked like in Africa in the early centuries. We also will explore Africa’s intellectual contributions to the early Christian faith and life as it is found in the Scriptures and from the early church fathers. When you consider that there are more than half a billion Christians in Africa — and many times more Lutherans in Africa than there are in North America — African Christianity may very well be the future of the church.
Additional Continuing Education Opportunities
Faith and Writing Workshop
Concordia Seminary’s “Faith and Writing” workshop explores various forms of creative writing — starting a blog, creating a sermon or devotion, “traditional” forms of creative writing (story, nonfiction, drama, poetry) — and everything in between.
The Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship.
The Pre-Lenten Workshop includes sermon manuscripts, textual notes, orders of service for midweek services and also suggestions for the Sundays of Lent to help pastors in developing their own worship resources.
Summer Workshop Series
Hosted by congregations across the country May through August, and led by Seminary faculty, these workshops offer an opportunity to delve deeply into topics ranging from the teachings of Martin Luther to pastoral tools, such as preaching, responding to conflict and teaching confirmation.
Parish pastors, district and synodical officials, Seminary and Concordia University students and faculty and interested laypersons attend each year to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time. One CEU is available for attending the Symposium.