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Twelve Pastoral Practices 

As a result of Wartburg's Cultivating Pastoral Leadership Project, the faculty has developed a set of 12 leadership characteristics that describe how the Seminary curriculum aims to cultivate distinct leadership practices in our graduates. Effective formation instills a fundamental disposition from which graduates practice ministry. We form valued leaders who will practice:

Being rooted in the Gospel - Articulates the Gospel in a way that is heard as Gospel. Is publiclyLutheran and Gospel-centered.

Missio Dei in Word and Sacrament - Is grounded in Word and Sacrament as the means by whichGod creates and forms community for mission in the world.

Biblical and Theological Wisdom - Interprets reality theologically and biblically as a habit. Has a coreset of theological concepts that are interpreted with flexibility in different contexts.

Ecclesial Partnership - Displays a healthy sense of connectedness with the whole church. Fosterspartnership with the ELCA and ecumenical openness.

Complex Analysis - Demonstrates capacity to carefully examine complex social, economic, scientific,and religious issues without oversimplification. Sees relationships from a systems perspective,remaining non-anxious in the face of ambiguity.

Curiosity - Is creative in the use of language, open to grow beyond current perspectives and willingto pursue life-long learning with intellectual depth.

Pastoral Concern - Loves God's people with a "pastor's heart" and maintains clear sense of pastoralidentity and desire for excellence in ministry.

Personal Faith and Integrity - Lives as a person of faith, grounded in a life of prayer and study. Isself-aware in seeing the larger picture, proclaiming hope, and setting healthy boundaries.

Collegiality - Leads in a way that is responsive to the situation and promotes team building. Createscollegial groups within and beyond the church for promoting many forms of ministry.

Evangelical Listening and Speaking the Faith to Others - Listens in a way that leads people to deeperfaith questions. Engages in thoughtful witness to the Christian message, especially to youth andthose outside the faith.

Immersion in the Context - Shows awareness of the context, dialogues with and is involved in thelocal community and interprets texts and contexts with insight.

Sensitivity to Cross-Cultural and Global Dimensions - Is sensitive to multicultural issues and religiouspluralism in the context of globalization. Understands the inclusive character of the ChristianGospel.

The formation process of seminary education through worship, academics, and community life aimsto promote a missional spirit in Wartburg graduates.


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