The Gospel in Seven Words
The annual Pre-Lenten Workshop is held on campus each year to help pastors in developing their worship resources for Lent.
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration (includes lunch): $50
Registration deadline: Jan. 5, 2018
Dr. Peter Nafzger
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Lent is all about the Gospel. Every year we set aside 40 days to reflect, repent and recall the love God has shown us in Christ. Every year we, as preachers, search for the right words to proclaim the incredible news that God does not judge us for our sins, but that in Christ, He grants us forgiveness, life and salvation.
Which words will you choose this year?
Imagine that someone asked you to summarize the Gospel in a few short words. Let’s say seven. Could you do it? Could you summarize the Gospel in seven words? How about your members? Could they confess the Gospel clearly and concisely?
During this Lent series for pastors, we will explore a variety of biblical ways in which we confess our Christian faith. In doing so, we will equip both pastors and members in finding creative ways of proclaiming the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to offering a traditional series of midweek sermons, this workshop will include an interactive (dialogical) option designed to help pastors work with their members to formulate a confession of the Gospel using their own words. Peter’s encouragement in 1 Peter 3:15 provides the biblical orientation for this series, as it calls all Christians to be prepared to give the reason for our hope in Christ.
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV).
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.
Lay Bible Institute
Calling lay people, students involved in homiletical education, pastors and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world: the Lay Bible Institute is for you!
The Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship.
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.