Concordia Lutheran Seminary presented the annual Timothy Lectures featuring Pastor David Hilderman on September 18th. The Timothy lectures are presented each year so that students, especially, can benefit from the experience of seasoned and effective pastors. Each program focuses on a particular aspect of the pastors’ parish ministry. Again, the Seminary is grateful for the generous support from a local anonymous donor.
Pastor Hilderman’s lectures dealt with church worker physical and mental health built around the theme: “Wounds for Christ; declining church worker health & future hope.” He questioned not only whether church workers were healthier or sicker, but why and how? His discussion introduced indicators of health and systems, specifically Bowen Systems Theory, to address worker and institutional health. With the audience he surveyed models, books, resources, and personnel that have distinguished themselves in the field. Using a biblical approach Pastor Hilderman talked about church worker health and its applications to the parish.
Rev. Hilderman has served as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Abbotsford since 1997. His education included studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Lutheran Theological Seminary and others. His experience includes service in pasrish ministry, as a college teacher, and as a prison chaplain of Canada. He has also served on boards and task forces for the church.