If you heard about a seminary course on parish immersion you would likely visualize seminary students working with a local pastor and congregation; but a different look at parish life is in store for 2nd year seminarians. For the first time, CLS is taking a group of five seminary students to Southeast Asia to see how parishes operate in a very different environment. From December 31st to January 21st, Dr. Edward Kettner, who is travelling to Thailand and Cambodia to teach seminary courses, will accompany the students, Stephen Bartlett, Michael Montague, James Prophet, Darren Dressler and Timothy Schneider as they encounter a new culture. The trip is funded from the seminary’s Missionary Study Centre grant provided by the Marvin M. Schwan Foundation.
Although this is the first time the seminary has taught the parish immersion course overseas, several years ago two students accompanied Dr. Norman Threinen to Ukraine.
“This approach reflects the practical focus of our curriculum,” explained Dr. Kettner, who also serves as academic dean. “From my own experience, I know this experience will play an important role in the pastoral formation of these students.”
“It’s important that LCC’s seminary students have the opportunity to experience a mission field,” noted Dr. Kettner. “Some of them may discover a new area of ministry to which the Lord may be calling them.”
Please pray for a valuable learning and growing experience for these students and professor, and for their safe return as they travel overseas.