Thursday, November 10, 2016

Seminary Guild Presents Gift to First Year Students

The Seminary Guild gave a copy of Pastoral Care Companion to each of the First Year Master of Divinity students this week. Pat Moore, the Guild President, was in attendance to present the books. Each year the Seminary Guild supports students in so many ways, including gift cards for groceries and books such as this.

Pictured (L-R): Benjamin Wandio, Peter Knelson, Travis Heide, Pat Moore, Mark Rekken, Joshua Kurtenbach, Adam Chandler

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sabbatical Week 2017 - Registration is Open

CLS hosts Sabbatical Week, June 6-8, 2017, featuring:
  • Dr. Charles Arand, Systematician, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis  - with a Lutheran theological perspective on handling scientific information about creation and evolution; 
  • Dr. John Nunes, Canadian native, new president of Concordia College Bronxville, NY,  - on preaching for today; and 
  • Dr. Colleen Hammermaster - with psychological insights for pastoral care. 
Same location as last year; The Kings College, Edmonton, $375 includes program, meals, and housing. Enrolment is limited.

Sabbatical Week Registration Form

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Next Quest Class: “HIS-story: God and His People in the Old Testament”

How well do you know the story of the Old Testament? It spreads across time and space, anticipating everything God eventually did through Christ to redeem the whole world. Even so, the story of God and his people Israel has value and integrity of its own. This story is the focus of this fall’s Quest course, which will be team-taught by a mix of CLS faculty and parish pastors.

Please join us for this course on all four Tuesday evenings in October, from 7-9 p.m. on the CLS campus or via web-based audio-video link. (more info here)

There is no cost to participate, but kindly register for the course by email ( or phone (780-474-1468, ext. 225).
Tues Oct 4:      Intro to the OT and the course (Dr. Steve Chambers)
                        Origins (Dr. Vern Raaflaub)
Tues Oct 11:    Patriarchs (Rev. Jonathan Kraemer)
                        Exodus (Rev. Jonathan Kraemer)
Tues Oct 18:    Conquest & Settlement (Rev. Darren Dressler)
                        The United Monarchy (Rev. Darren Dressler)
Tues Oct 25:    Kings & Kingdoms (Dr. Jim Gimbel)
                        The “End” of the Story (Dr. Jim Gimbel)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Envision yourself in the Pastoral Ministry.

Six young men (mostly high school-aged) from across western Canada spent a weekend in May at Concordia Lutheran Seminary to explore various aspects of the Pastoral Ministry. These guests joined seminarians and faculty in sample classes in exegetical, systematic, historical, and practical theology, worshiped together in the seminary chapel and with the congregation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, played games, and ate some great food. The seminary was blessed to have these young men as our guests, and we hope we were a blessing to them as they grow and contemplate their own future.

It takes the whole church to raise up and form a young man to the point when he is ready to be called to serve a congregation. The seminary is the place where much of that formation takes place, but it is only one chapter in a lifetime of formation that begins first in a family and a congregation. If there is a young man in your family or congregation who demonstrates gifts and talents suited to the pastoral ministry, let him know. Encourage him to envision himself in the Pastoral Ministry. Pray for him and the church. And contact us at the seminary to see if we might be helpful in encouraging him too.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Online Greek course - starting in September

Interested in learning Greek online during the evening?
Dr. Chambers will be teaching a one-year Greek class starting in September. This is an ideal course for students preparing to enter the seminary, Pastors looking to refresh their translation skills, or anyone wanting to learn to read the New Testament in the original Greek. Meet with your instructor and other students in weekly evening video conferences paired with online study materials. Contact for more details.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Placements

Keith Hoveland, Edmonton, AB...Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Golden Spike, AB
Kristopher Scott Brayall, Fort McMurray, AB...Vicar, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Didsbury, AB
Kai Buck, Stony Plain, AB...Vicar, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Dryden, ON
Andrew McDonald, Edmonton, AB... Vicar, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winkler, MB
Will Rose, Brownsville, Oregon... Vicar, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Valleyview, AB
Kaitlin Schmitz, Warman, SK... Deacon, Faith Lutheran Church, Grande Prairie, AB

Sacred Convocation and Placement Service

Tonight's Sacred Convocation marks the end of the 32nd Academic Year at Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Watch the live event on our YouTube channel here at 7pm:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Envision Yourself - a high school retreat

Do you know someone of high school age who would make a good Pastor?
CLS is hosting a weekend retreat for high school aged students to come and spend a couple of days envisioning what it would be like to train to be a Pastor in Lutheran Church Canada.
The retreat begins on Friday, May 13th in the early evening, and concludes after attending a local worship service on Sunday morning (May 15th).

The cost, which includes food and accommodations, is only $50, and CLS has also set aside some funding to help with travel for those who need it.

More information is included with the Registration Form, found here:
Envision Yourself - Registration Form (PDF)

Saturday @ the Sem

Are you thinking about applying to the Master of Divinity program in the next couple of years? Do you want to visit the seminary, talk with some of the faculty and students, meet a few others who are considering the same path, and enjoy lunch and fellowship?

Come to Saturday at the Sem. It's on April 16th, starting at noon.
More info here:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pastor’s Tune Up: Relax, Refresh, Renew

CLS is hosting a PASTOR’S SABBATICAL WEEK on June 6-10 (program 7, 8, 9 with 6 and 10 for travel), held at the wonderful conference centre of The King’s University, 9125 – 50 Street, Edmonton, AB.

Programming includes morning and one afternoon speakers and interaction time. Schedule details will follow. Featured speakers include Dr. Reed Lessing, Dr. Colleen Hammermaster, Dr. Robert Bugbee, and Revs Darren Dressler & Mike Keith.

Other sectionals will be led by members of the faculty and local/participating clergy. Submit your proposals to Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel, no later than April 1, 2016.

The cost of $375 covers the overhead at King’s. There is a $25 discount for alumni, and an additional $25 discount for those involved as Field Education or Vicarage Supervisors.

Housing will be in six bedroom apartment suites (Check out Accommodations), with meals at the chef-prepared conference meal centre.  Daily topics and sectionals will be at King's. Evening worship will be at CLS, where there will also be a variety of evening activities for clergy fellowship and rejuvenation.

Registration is limited to 50 so reserve your place immediately.  Registration discounts end April 1 and an additional $100 cost after April 15.

Registration Form (PDF)
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