Edmonton, October 26, 2011.
To Lutheran Church–Canada,
After prayerful consideration, with my family and with the CLS Board of Regents, I am resigning from my position at Concordia Lutheran Seminary effective October 27, 2011.
It was an honour and privilege for me to follow CLS’ call from Brazil, in January 2007. CLS went through several phases of transition and restructuring, since 2005. I was honoured to lead CLS through the phases of renewal in curriculum and vision, through the times of LCC seminary education changes, brought forth by the Task Force on Cost Efficient Seminary Education, and by the Memorandum of Understanding, voted and adopted in the last convention. Restructuring at CLS has moved on, in the sense of the MOU. Much is still to be done. I believe that my mission and vocation at CLS has now come to an end, and it will be good for other leaders to continue in the path of the agreement reached in June. In the sense of God’s word: One plants, another waters, but God gives the growth. "So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth" (1 Cor 3).
In this common understanding we, myself with CLS’s Board of Regents, pray that God may bless the further work of CLS’ faculty, staff and students, a precious and noble task they are endeavoured to carry out.
May the Lord bless CLS, CLTS and LCC.
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Dr. Manfred Zeuch
The faculty, staff, and students at CLS ask for your continued prayers and support through the coming weeks and months.