The prospect of embarking on a four-year seminary education can be daunting. But imagine adding a four-year undergraduate degree requirement to that. That's what Deborah Hutterer (M.Div. 2004) faced when colleagues encouraged her to go into the preaching ministry.
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.
Director of the Student Resource Center
My being an AIM gives the church an opportunity to affirm the gifts I see in myself and to know that I am not alone.
Lutheran Church of Hope
I think being a pastor is the best job in the world.
I am from Madagascar ... from a village where the first Lutheran Norwegian missionaries made their station. Active involvement with the church gave me the desire to be a missionary and to be involved in the ministry of the church.
Pastor at Pine Grover Lutheran in Roseau, Minn.,
Bethesda Lutheran & Riverside Lutheran
The Luther Seminary community is formed by a good mix of people who are at different places in their lives and have diverse experiences.
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.
Doctor of Philosophy Student
Volunteer Curriculum Developer
Being a Christian means getting out of your comfort zone and stepping into God's kingdom.
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.