Story Magazine - Second Quarter, 2006

Commencement 2006: Luther Seminary Graduates Prepare to be Witnesses of Christ

Luther Seminary conferred degrees on 136 newly prepared witnesses of Christ's gospel at the 137th Commencement, May 28, at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.

Why We Do What We Do

But what if our identities were bound up less in what we do but in why we do what we do? Bound up less in a specific call and more in the One who calls?

Estate Gift Creates Endowed Faculty Chair

The Fourth Commandment reads in part, "Honor your father and mother." Ruth Reigstad's life-- and her death--bears witness to that.

Notes from the Mission Field

Families are the new mission field. In Africa, mission historians tell us that the most effective missionaries of the 19th and 20th centuries were the ones who could best enter the home with the good news of Jesus Christ. The same is true today.

Drawing the Young to the Congregation’s Heart: A revamped Children, Youth and Family Ministry meets growing demand

The updated CYF extends beyond youth and family to include children and young adults. Classroom work grounds students in theology, youth culture, practical leadership and more.

Mark Hillmer: Reconnecting Life and the Gospel

Every course involves having the students share an autobiography, especially as it is framed by scripture. It's transformed the atmosphere in the room, he says. "When we tell our stories in class, it breaks down barriers between students. It's preparing them to be real people in the parish." And Hillmer includes himself in this assignment. "I tell my story, too. I want them to know I am flesh and blood; I have sinned and fallen short of God's glory."

Planting the Seed, Growing Where God Puts You: Alum-in-Residence Katy McCallum Sachse, ’99, Shares Thoughts on Ministry

Although she said it was "bizarre" to be on campus without her classmates, participating in the program is "very re-energizing."

What Our Alums Are Doing: Congregations Band Together to Support New Mission Church

Even as the ELCA pastors in Minnesota's Brainerd Lakes area--many of them Luther grads--shepherd their own congregations, they have their eyes on a larger flock. The four congregations are working together to support a new mission church to reach a growing number of unchurched residents.

High Tech and High Numbers for D.Min. Programs

Pastors in Luther Seminary's Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program are going high-tech to bring their preaching to a higher level. And pastors from the Southwestern United States are meanwhile looking to Luther to revitalize their congregations.

In Memory

Endowment Seeks to Preserve Legacy of Gerhard Forde

Scholar and Luther Seminary systematic theology professor Gerhard Forde left a mark on the Lutheran church in his almost 40 years of teaching and writing.

Meet Luther’s New Seminary Pastor—The Rev. Dr. John Martin Mann

Along with the many first-year students on campus this fall, Luther Seminary welcomes another new face, Pastor John Martin Mann, who has accepted the call as seminary pastor.

A Recovery Ministry

In 1987, Brunsberg started Lost and Found, a ministry in Moorhead, Minn., which provides counseling for those involved in addiction and offers assistance to family members as they get loved ones into treatment.

15 Ways to Engage a Young Man's Faith

What does it take to keep younger men interested and active in the church?