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Sabbatical Week Deadline Extended!

How do you defend your faith in a skeptical environment? The Sabbatical Week course on Christian Apologetics at the end of June is getting closer - have you registered? We have met our minimum registration, but would love to have a larger group of participants! The registration deadline has been extended beyond June 1st - it is not too late to sign up!

Theme: How do you present and defend your faith today in a skeptical environment? A course on Christian Apologetics
Instructor: Prof. Dr. Jonathan Strand, CUCA
Date: June 27-30, 2011
Who: All Pastors, Deacons, DPS, and Teachers are welcome to attend
Place: Concordia University College of Alberta (Hosted by CLS & CUCA)
Cost: $250

More info here: http://www.concordiasem.ab.ca/academics/SabbaticalWeek.php

Fostering Pastoral Collegiality

Early this week, CLS held its 2nd annual Pastoral Gathering. Pastors from the Edmonton region and further afield were invited to join in a day of conversation. This year’s forum centered on the topic “The Pastor and Synod.” The discussion was attended about a dozen guests, along with members of the seminary faculty.
The afternoon opened with a keynote address by Dr. Edwin Lehman, president emeritus of Lutheran Church – Canada. He spoke about the proper understanding of synod as a joyful walk together on the same path. It is not a forced lock-step, nor is it an individualistic free-for-all, but it is a walk in which the people move together toward the same goal and look out for one-another’s well-being.
With these thoughts in mind, the group divided into two, with each of these groups discussing two different sets of two theses dealing with the relationship of pastor and synod. These theses were designed to be provocative, and were intended to be open-ended. Opinions and insight…

Where to next? Sacred Convocation; 2 weeks away

That question is front of mind for vicars and candidates at CLS. At the 27th Sacred Convocation on May 27th, five vicars and two pastoral candidates will receive the answer, as they prepare themselves for the next chapter of service in Jesus' name. Darren Dressler, Todd Guggenmos, Vince Moore, James Prophet, and Mark Schultz are awaiting vicarage placements; Ian Wemyss and Lorne Reddemann are awaiting their first call. David Morton, a colloquy student, will also receive his Theological Diploma.

The Sacred Convocation combines into one service, events which used to be divided into three parts. It marks the completion of what is known as the “holy circle,” in which candidates who were given to the seminary by the church to prepare them for service, have completed their education and are now given back to the church for service to the people of God.

After a service of praise and of hearing the word of God, candidates for vicarage (which normally takes place as the third year o…

License to Preach

The Master of Divinity program starts with a year-long orientation session. In a sense, this must be what it seems like for first year seminarians. In these eight months they are introduced to isagogics, exegesis, systematics, homiletics, and several other new things cleverly gathered together with theological buzz words. Scott Gamble and Roland Starke have reached that time of the program where they probably feel like the orientation is finally over. You see, one notable milestone for all first year full time Master of Divinity students comes at the completion of a course called Preaching 1. The objective is to learn and practice an orderly method of preaching doctrinally sound, contextually relevant sermons. Major emphases are the sermon writing process, sermon delivery, and distinguishing between Law and Gospel. While enrolled in this course, students received the privilege of preaching twice in worship services of their assigned fieldwork congregations; Scott at Christ the King Lu…