LCMC Hosts First Seminary Summit

Earlier this month I sent out an invitation to the 11 Seminaries with whom we have a working relationship.  I invited them to join in a conversation with members of the LCMC Ministry Board, along with Rev. Dr. Paul Spaulding, our Coordinator for Pastoral Certification and Rev. Dan Clites, our Coordinator for New Ministry Development. 

The agenda for the meeting was very simple: 
  • Here’s what is happening.
  • Here’s where we are going. 
  • How can we get there together? 
9 of the 11 Seminaries were able to attend and we had a remarkable time together of discussion, reporting, debate and prayer. 

The event was hosted by our friends, Prof. Ken Jones and Prof. Mark Mattes, both on the religion faculty at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

From Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. until Thursday after lunch, we were able to discover what each agency has to offer and how we might work to better collaborate between schools and more effectively prepare leaders to preach, teach and empower in this generation.  We talked about planting churches, revitalizing others, and making disciples.  We talked about the strength of our Lutheran theology and our trouble with evangelism.  We talked about hope, mercy, love, forgiveness, transformation and the overwhelming grace of God that is ours in Christ Jesus.

This was the very first time this kind of gathering has ever taken place, but I am convinced that it will not be the last!

I am so grateful that these very bright men and women, these theologians who have such a passion for the Gospel, are partners with us in this association.  There are great things happening in LCMC, in theological education, in pastoral training and equipping.  I believe that the best days are yet to come!

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig
Service Coordinator, LCMC

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  • Knud Grosen

    I am glad you had a good time, what about sharing the result or con clusion?

    August 3, 2013 at 8:36am
  • Elden Simonson

    Could you let us know what Seminaries we work with, I'm looking at continuing ED

    August 12, 2013 at 11:49am
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