Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Presidential Call Update

In keeping with Bylaw 6.11.a (2011 Handbook, Page 60) the Lutheran Church-Canada Board of Directors has authorized the electors and Board of Regents of Concordia Lutheran Seminary to proceed with their planned second call for nominations.


The Board of Regents of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) is issuing a call for nominations for the Office of President.  The President of CLS “shall be the executive officer of the Board of Regents and as such serve as the spiritual, academic, and administrative head thereof.” (Synodical Bylaw 6.13, Lutheran Church--Canada Handbook, 2011). For a more detailed description of the functions of the office of president, consult the Synodical Bylaw 6.13.
A nominated candidate should possess the following qualifications: 

  1. Be able to provide spiritual leadership by understanding himself as a servant for Jesus, namely by being humble, open, and attentive to the needs of others, including students, staff and faculty;
  2. Be an ordained clergyman of Lutheran Church---Canada or of a church body in altar and pulpit fellowship with LCC, particularly one who has had significant experience in parish ministry;
  3. Be supportive and understanding of the seminary’s primary task of pastoral formation.
  1. Be able to write and speak clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences from the academic community to members of local congregations;
  2. Possess the ability and credentials to provide credible academic oversight, particularly by holding an earned doctorate;
  3. Be known and respected within LCC as well as within theological circles.
  1. Understand and provide leadership in the financial aspects of seminary administration, including development and fundraising;
  2. Provide leadership in analysing and helping others work through difficult problems with the goal of achieving an acceptable solution;
  3. Be willing to travel in order to make connections with CLS’ constituency for purposes of development, recruitment, and public relations.

Please note that according to Synodical Bylaw 6.11.b only member congregations of the Synod, the Board of Directors, the Board of Regents, and the faculty of Concordia Lutheran Seminary are eligible to make nominations.

Please direct all nominations to the secretary of the Board of Regents:
Rev. Daryl Solie
190 Litzenberger Crescent
Regina, SK. S4R 5X9

The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Fickenscher Returns the Call

Dr. Carl Fickenscher has returned the call to become Concordia Lutheran Seminary's next president. In the letter received at the seminary yesterday, Dr. Fickenscher says,
“Sadness, joy, and confidence all come with the decision...that I am returning the call to be president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary... I would have loved being part of your CLS family and Edmonton community. ...I believe we would have been blessed in our work for God together. I'm deeply honored to be called! ... Still, I have--we can all have!-- total confidence that God's kingdom in Edmonton and Canada will go forward exactly as He perfectly envisions! It's very obvious to me that CLS is in a position to flourish with its next president. The challenges I heard were actually exciting...Understanding that--the seminary is part of the Church, precious people of God preparing to minister to precious people of God, and not simply an institution or operation--assures us that God will be with us, accomplishing His wise and gracious will in Christ Jesus. That is certain!”
As prescribed in the Synod Handbook, the next step in the process for calling CLS's president will be for the electors to either reissue the call, elect from the remaining candidates on the short list, or request the Board of Regents to issue a new call for candidates.
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