In 1998 Lutheran Church–Canada undertook a recruitment effort that we called RSVP. The basic idea was to provide resources that congregations could use on a Recruitment Sunday (preferably in January) and encourage members to identify prospective church workers. Those individuals were referred to their past or, who would interview them and then, if appropriate, forward their names to Synod for follow-up by Concordia College or one of our two Seminaries.
That recruitment effort was quite successful as many individuals who were identified as potential church workers went on to study for Diaconal or Pastoral ministry.
Unfortunately, the RSVP initiative was discontinued after about 8 years. However, the resources developed then are still available. Some of these resources are being revised for use in our congregations today. Church workers are still needed. The potential harvest is greater than ever. It is our prayer that congregations will make use of the revised Recruitment Initiative materials and forward the names of prospective students to Lutheran Church–Canada for follow-up.
Lutheran Church–Canada is re-launching the RSVP initiative, with hopes that LCC congregations will observe a Recruitment Sunday on January 22, 2017... (read more)