Story Magazine - First Quarter, 2008
Today we face an important fork in the road of the unfolding story of congregational ministry in North America. Change is rocking the foundation of every ministry.
WorkingPreacher.org began as a midnight revelation. In the light of day, it's revealed as a whole new breed of preaching resource--fresh, original and downright cool. Oh, and did we mention it's free?
There is one program that Diane Cone refuses to miss each week. It isn't broadcast by any of the major networks, and you won't find it on cable. A few times a week, Cone sits down at her computer to watch Luther Seminary's online chapel broadcast.
More than 100 church leaders gathered Nov. 2-3 for "The Missional Church and Leadership Formation," Luther Seminary's third annual Missional Church Consultation.
Defy the laws of time and space by "attending" Luther Seminary lectures via the Web! Two lectures by important American theologians are now available on Luther's Web site.
Doug Andersen had been out of the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years when, as he puts it, he got tired of trying to duck the two-by-fours.
It isn't lost on Dan Shaw that he's now telling the biblical story in the place where much of that story is rooted.
Finding meaningful ways to bring Scripture to a congregation can be a challenging aspect of ministry--and it's also one of the most important roles held by a church leader. In response to this need, the 2008 Mid-Winter Convocation focused on "Engaging Scripture in a Lutheran Key with Heart, Mind and Spirit." Mid-Winter Convocation was held Jan. 9--11 and hosted more than 500 rostered and lay church leaders. Attendees gained ideas to develop, nurture and affirm the calling to bring Scripture to their congregations.
In its ongoing mission to help believers connect what they learn on Sunday with the rest of the week, Centered Lifeی now offers its resources in a convenient catalog.
While most Master of Divinity graduates will quickly exchange their cap and gown for a robe and stole, each year one Luther Seminary graduate is given the opportunity for a year of overseas study before entering parish ministry.
Taught in two-hour sessions over five weeks on the Luther Seminary campus, Lay School classes begin Sept. 15 and run through Oct. 13. The Lay School of Theology is a program of informal, non-credit classes taught by seminary professors for lay persons who want to learn more about matters that relate to their Christian faith and life.
Pastors have been some of the most influential people in the lives of Duane and Phyllis Sander. Growing up, the church was a centerpiece of their communities, and they looked toward their pastors as teachers and congregational leaders, helping them grow in their faith.