Monday, January 09, 2017

give25 campaign

Every year, 55% of the CLS operating budget comes from your donations. In an effort to make it easier for our donors to make small recurring gifts, we have launched the give25 campaign.

I’m so grateful to be a new partner to Concordia Lutheran Seminary in its “Give 25” effort.  The Lord has brought so much blessing to our church through this treasured place, and I hope many of you will get involved – as I have – in this very manageable, ongoing way!

-Robert Bugbee, President, Lutheran Church-Canada
 
Through the give25 campaign, we are seeking $25 per month from 1000 donors.
We're looking for 10 donors from each of 100 LCC congregations to commit in 2017.

Prayerfully consider becoming a partner in 'forming servants for Jesus' sake.' www.concordiasem.ab.ca/give25 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Next Quest: "Narnia For Adults: Introduction to the Chronicles of Narnia”

Visiting guest professor, Dr. Joel Heck, leads the next Quest course entitled, “Narnia For Adults: Introduction to the Chronicles of Narnia ”

Although C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia for children, the series is better understood by adults. This year's second Quest course explores the Narnia books from a grown-up perspective, covering the series as a whole as well as each of the seven novels within it. It will be taught by Dr. Joel Heck, an internationally recognized specialist on C.S. Lewis. Dr. Heck is a veteran professor of theology at Concordia University Texas and will be serving CLS as a visiting professor during our winter semester.

This Quest class is offered as a webcast for distant participants.

Access the live videoconference here: http://concordia.adobeconnect.com/quest

  •  Time & Date: 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, and 21, 2017.
  •  Cost: No registration fee - donations welcome.
  •  To register for the free classes contact Rhonda Buck at admin@concordiasem.ab.ca or 780-474-1468, ext. 225

Some Previous Quest courses can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

RSVP Revisited

In 1998 Lutheran Church–Canada undertook a recruitment effort that we called RSVP. The basic idea was to provide resources that congregations could use on a Recruitment Sunday (preferably in January) and encourage members to identify prospective church workers. Those individuals were referred to their past or, who would interview them and then, if appropriate, forward their names to Synod for follow-up by Concordia College or one of our two Seminaries. 
That recruitment effort was quite successful as many individuals who were identified as potential church workers went on to study for Diaconal or Pastoral ministry. 
Unfortunately, the RSVP initiative was discontinued after about 8 years. However, the resources developed then are still available. Some of these resources are being revised for use in our congregations today. Church workers are still needed. The potential harvest is greater than ever. It is our prayer that congregations will make use of the revised Recruitment Initiative materials and forward the names of prospective students to Lutheran Church–Canada for follow-up.

Lutheran Church–Canada is re-launching the RSVP initiative, with hopes that LCC congregations will observe a Recruitment Sunday on January 22, 2017... (read more)

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 (admin@concordiasem.ab.ca) 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)

Tuesday, July 05, 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 registrar@concordiasem.ab.ca for more details.

Monday, June 27, 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.
 
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