Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CLS Alumni Servant-Leaders

CLS thanks God for the recent election into District service of eight alumni who were elected to Boards of both Central and Alberta-British Columbia Districts this Spring.

Central District
VP - Thunder Bay Region: Rev. David Haberstock (CLS '04)
VP - Saskatoon Region: Rev. James Vosper (CLS '04)
VP - Yorkton Region: Rev. Arron Gust (CLS '01)
ABC District
1st VP: Rev. Roland Kubke (CLS '88)
2nd VP: Rev. Fraser Coltman (CLS '94)
3rd VP: Rev. Darren Siegle (CLS '92)
Clergy Representative: Rev. Mark Hennig (CLS '03)
Clergy Representative: Rev. James Paulgaard (CLS '03)

We thank God for you and uphold you in our prayers -- along with all of our graduates and all pastors across LCC who faithfully serve Christ.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary exists to train and certify pastoral leaders for the Lutheran church in Canada, and continues in its mission to form servants for Jesus' sake.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sacred Convocation - May 29

CLS celebrates the completion of its 31st Academic Year, Friday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. MDT in the Robert Tegler Student Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton. You are warmly invited to join us for this Sacred Convocation.

Students Aaron Astley, Cody Cooper, Scott Gamble, and Eric Moffett will have successfully completed their coursework and will be awarded their M.Div degree.  These four students also stand ready to be assigned their first pastoral call at this service as “servants for Jesus’ sake.”  An honourary “Faith in Life” award will be granted to Mrs. Deanna (Laverne) Hautz recognizing her efforts to spearhead a stronger identity and relationship with ministry wives in the LCC, Alberta-British Columbia District. At the same service, three deacons, trained in the DPS program at Concordia University College of Alberta, will be recognized in preparation for their placement into service within LCC.  Rev. Nolan Astley will be the preacher for the service. We warmly welcome you to join us in person or via webcast as we celebrate God’s gifts to this Seminary and His Church together throughout this past academic year.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Campus News

Concordia University of Edmonton is the new and official name of Concordia University College of Alberta, our neighbours across the street. We celebrate that designation change with them.
We also thank God for our partnership with them even as we say farewell to four professors who have spent the past nine months housed in our building: Rev. Dr. Jonathan Strand, Rev. Dr. Bill Anderson, Rev. Dr. John Maxfield, and Dr. (Cand) Jenn Shack.  It has been a blessing to have you in our midst; we wish you God's richest blessings as you return to the CUE offices (with space made possible by the University of Lethbridge moving off the CUE campus). You survived the fire and displacements with us, reminding us all of our transience in this world.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Saturday @ the Sem = April 11

Who goes to seminary?
What are the prerequisites?
Is seminary right for me?
How much financial aid can I expect?
Am I too old?
Have I been out of school for too long?
Am I too young?
Do I have to take Hebrew and Greek?

...for answers to these and other questions plan to attend
Saturday @ the Sem: Info Day & Free Lunch
April 11th, 2015 @ 1pm
RSVP to 780-474-1468 ext 227 or

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Looking for a Summer Vicar?

SUMMER VICARAGE is an opportunity for a congregation to receive help with congregational or other ministry projects from a seminarian on summer break.
Seminarians are licensed to preach (with manuscript supervision) and conduct worship (but not consecrate the elements in Holy Communion or do any "Official Acts" like Baptisms, weddings, and funerals). Summer vicars generally lead worship and preach, teach Bible class, participate in Summer VBS, work in youth ministry, and are involved in congregational visitation. Some churches use a summer vicar for a special project or to test out a new or unique ministry. 
This program has a long history and rich tradition with the seminaries in LCC. A summer vicar can provide a congregation with some additional pastoral needs while a pastor is on sabbatical or having extended travel. Seminarians are not expected to do a summer vicarage, but since courses are not offered over the summer, most students seek a summer job.
A summer vicarage is in lieu of other employment, so a fair stipend, transportation, and housing is expected. A summer vicarage provides additional financial support to students while giving them experience and another aspect of formation as a pastor-in-training.
Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, has a few students who have expressed interest; please contact President Jim Gimbel for more information at or 780-474-1468 x 224.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Attention Congregational Treasurers

THANK YOU for being partners in our ministry and mission through your donations. We continue to need donations in support of general operations, financial aid ... and our recovery from the fire and other related infrastructural work (an additional $55,000). If you are planning to support our ministry, please do not channel monies earmarked for us through the ABC District office (they will return it); please send it directly to Concordia Lutheran Seminary, 7040 Ada Blvd N.W. Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3.  If it is part of a larger pool for other ministries of LCC, please send it on to Lutheran Church-Canada, 3074 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y2.  Thank you again.

2014 Tax Receipts

Tax receipts for January - September 2014 have already been mailed. Tax receipts for October - December 2014 are being mailed in the next few days. We apologize for our delays, and appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seminary Cooperation Continues

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario - Cooperation between Lutheran Church–Canada’s two seminaries continues to bear fruit, as evidenced by recent meetings in St. Catharines, Ontario. On January 26, the Boards of Regents of Concordia Lutheran Seminary and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary held their annual joint meeting, followed the next day by individual board meetings. On January 28, representatives of the seminaries as well as LCC’s Board of Directors met as part of the regular review of the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“We’ve come a long way from the difficult days leading up to the 2011 Synod Convention when the future of seminary education in Lutheran Church–Canada was in question,” noted LCC First Vice President Nolan Astley, who serves on the MOU Committee. “Over the last few years our seminaries and the Board of Directors of Synod have, by God’s grace, begun to work together in many important ways.”
Vice President Astley highlighted a number of recent seminary successes:
  1. Continued fiscal responsibility. The two seminaries have demonstrated a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and sustainability, both in seeking out opportunities to reduce expenses and being diligent in developing donor support for their programs. Both schools finished recent fiscal years in surplus positions.
  2. Greater resource sharing through technology. Over the past four academic years, the two seminaries have shared a number of classes via the internet, with Edmonton students able to take courses taught from St. Catharines and vice versa. Better equipment has been purchased and students and faculty are growing more comfortable with the technology. 
  3. Renewed focus on recruitment. At 2013’s National Church Worker Conference, church worker recruitment a session topic, focusing especially on the role of current pastors and deacons in raising up candidates for church work vocations. The ABC District has developed a website focusing on recruitment (, and CLTS and CLS have produced a series of posters for display in churches. 
  4. Responsible approach to faculty hiring. Both schools are seeking new faculty to replace retiring professors, and this process is being carried out with consultation between the schools and Boards of Regents. 
The committee also reported plans to revise the current MOU document to provide ongoing guidance for the seminaries and Synod as they work together to provide cost-effective sustainable seminary education in LCC. It also noted its desire for the establishment of a more permanent committee.

“The intention would not be to go back to the old method of having a Board for Higher Education, which reduced seminary autonomy and did not report to Synod’s BOD,” Vice President Astley explained, “but there is a case to be made for the creation of a synodical committee that would coordinate our work in the training of future church workers, much as the Committee for Missions and Social Ministry Services guides LCC’s mission work.”

The MOU committee has set September 2015 as the target date for the completion of a new document to guide seminary education in LCC.

The committee also wished to address misconceptions that they are committed to the immediate amalgamation of LCC’s two seminaries. Concerns raised in the Task Force’s report continue to militate against amalgamation in the near future, and so the present focus remains on cooperation and operational unity, rather than institutional merger.

The preceding article has been copied in its entirety from Canadian Lutheran Online.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Seminary and the ABC District Church Extension Fund (CEF)

In light of recent ABC District Church Extension Fund news, this information may be helpful to our Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) family.

1) Concordia Lutheran Seminary is a corporate entity independent of ABC District, and although we are a seminary of Lutheran Church - Canada, we are not structurally incorporated with ABC District.

2) Concordia Lutheran Seminary owns the property and building at 7040 Ada Blvd NW, and has no current debt against the building.

3)  CLS has endowment money and restricted capital invested in two sources: LCC-FM (the financial Foundation of Lutheran Church-Canada in Winnipeg)  and ABC District Church Extension Fund (CEF).  Roughly 78.5% of our money is with LCC-FM and 21.5% is with ABC CEF.

4) Roughly $898,000 of our assets are invested in ABC CEF. These assets are currently frozen (like all investor assets in the ABC CEF). After the decision is made, whether the short-term or long-term solution is chosen, we lose a significant amount of money.

5) Because of the nature of this investment (two term notes), we have NOT been drawing from this ABC CEF money for daily or annual operations costs like we have been upon the investments in LCC-FM that pay out semi-annually.

6) We had anticipated accessing some of the CEF monies for capital improvements in the Missionary Study Centre and other parts of the building after the fire.

7) Although we are deeply affected by the CEF situation in real financial losses, we are reminded that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and promises to provide for all of our needs of body and life as He raises up supporters. We strive to be good stewards and managers of your finances ... good fiscal management is an important part of our commitment and your trust in our leadership.

8) We are heavily dependent upon our support base: a) direct donations from so many wonderful visionary Christian people; b) LCC direct subsidy to help support the Seminary mission; and c) support from each of the three districts (ABC, Central District, and East District), as well as agencies like LWML and congregations. THANK YOU!

9)  We assure you that the mission at Concordia Lutheran Seminary continues. Our students study and learn and are being prepared to minister to a church that will need long term support rooted in the Gospel of Christ.  We still "form servants for Jesus' sake."

10) We need your continual partnership with us in broad Gospel ministry, in your prayers and support, but especially in your financial contributions -- directly, but also, continuing to support the mission and ministry of the Lutheran Church-Canada, all three of her districts, and all of the congregations that are part of God's "ministry on the ground" to people who need to connect regularly with Word and Sacrament ministry.

Regardless of how anyone may be feeling right now, we all serve a trustworthy and changeless Christ in this changing world. Christ's ministry still takes place through His Church and her seminaries, using the tools of His Gospel. We "lift high the cross" and "proclaim Christ crucified" even in, and especially at times like these. Thank you for your continued partnership and support in our mission. 

May God bless you,
Rev. James R. Gimbel, Ph.D., President
Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton
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