Rural Ministry Conference
March 2-4, 2014
Wartburg Seminary's Rural Ministry Conference is where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that their ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. Click here to learn more.
Hispanic Ministry Summer Term
May 25 - July 2, 2014 at LSPS in Austin, Texas
The Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive.Weeks 2 through 6 consist of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors and contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastors. Wartburg Theological Seminary will grant 6 Master of Divinity credits to students successfully completing the course, which are transferable to the student’s seminary. For more information click here.
February 13, 2014
In an age when the institutional church is losing credibility in the public sphere, and when more than half of all congregations in the U.S. have fewer than 100 people in worship on an average Sunday, how can our small-membership congregations continue to live the Gospel vibrantly, passionately and sustainably? What does "faithfulness to the Gospel" look like in such contexts, anyway, and how can our smaller churches (often located in small and rural communities) minister effectively in their communities and in the world? Join the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley for her lecture, "Vibrant Small Churches in the Post-Modern Age," as she explores the ways that small congregations contribute meaningfully to the building up of the Body of Christ, and how the intimacy and deep knowing of others in such churches is both a return to ancient patterns and a way to connect authentically in a post-modern milieu. Click here to learn more.
January 6-February 14, 2014
Exploring Seminary is a six week online course for all those interested in learning more about seminary study and discerning a call to public ministry. The course includes weekly readings and discussion of topics with the professor, Dr. Craig Nessan, Academic Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary or Dr. Kristine Stache, Assistant Professor of Missional Leadership and Director of Certificate Programs & Distributed Learning. Participants will interact with one another and the instructor to reflect on the fundamentals of theological education. Click here to learn more.
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