St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Studying another belief system has enabled me to come to a deeper understanding of Christianity's unique claims. Faithful Christians are called to love their neighbors, and understanding our neighbor is the first step to love.
Master of Divinity, '03
Seminary life presents opportunities to marriage. My wife was very supportive of me becoming a pastor. Her encouragement meant a great deal to me. Though it wasn't always easy, seminary brought us closer and enriched our love for each other.
Regional Representative for Jerusalem and the Middle East, Lutheran World Federation
The Lord makes strange days for Palestinians and Israelis, locked in a struggle for the same Holy Land.
"It's easier to be a faithful Christian here," he says quietly. "You're prompted every day to wake up and reaffirm that today is the day that the Lord has made."
Calvary Lutheran Church
We need great leaders in the church, and I think that, as intimidating as seminary might sound, it's a great experience and they do a great job of preparing us ... Come and check it out and see what God might be up to in your life!
Pastor of Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Hope Lutheran Church
Fargo, North Dakota
For Paul Nynas, both seminary education and pastoral ministry are all about teamwork.
There is such intense scrutiny of Islam in the United States these days that one might think Americans were unaware of its practice in this country until the Sept. 11 attacks.
But for Masresha Chufa, '05, the co-existence of Islam and Christianity was not only the focus of his education at Luther Seminary, but a fact of life in his native Ethiopia for centuries. Relations between the two religions are peaceful, he said, a status he hopes his training will help maintain.
The MSM program really gave me a sense of vocation. I grow as a person of faith as I do what I love.
The whole business of call and resisting call is a very real thing. You have to decide if you'll stay where you are or if God is calling you to another place.
Trinity Lutheran Church
The 'still small voice' within would no longer be still. My thought was that I would go to seminary and get this yearning for studying theology out of my system and 'get back to my life.' Well, here I am many years later loving ministry.
Volunteer Curriculum Developer
Being a Christian means getting out of your comfort zone and stepping into God's kingdom.