An Interview with Amanda Berg, 1st Year Distributed Learning Student Can you describe your path to entering seminary? My dad’s vocation as a Lutheran Air Force Chaplain meant moving lots of places and growing up worshipping in an ecumenical base chapel setting. From a young age I had a deep interest and curiosity about God…
Pastor Lundborg says, “Collaborative Learning is like DL [Master of Divinity Distributed Learning Program] 2.0. We are now talking about what’s best for the student’s formation, finances and family. It is especially great for students who are already serving in a congregation and now can dig into seminary in real-time.”
Taking a full class load and serving in this role with three churches is busy. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming. It helps that SWIM church members are flexible and understanding and forgiving of mistakes. They are more self sufficient than any other church I’ve ever experienced. They are willing to try new things, to experiment. They invite most new ideas. I am keenly aware of how wonderful this is.
There is something oddly, deeply familiar about this time and place called seminary. Perhaps it’s because the private, Lutheran, higher education vibe resonates with my experience from Luther College.
Read “Coming Home” from Daniel Grainger’s blog, published with his permission.
“As a recipient of funding from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, I can speak to the large impact they have had on me and my family.” The generosity of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Manchester, Missouri benefitted Wartburg Student Sarah Schilcher.
Mikayla Kopp is an intern at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This unique combination of working with a congregation as well as at a hospital has her thinking about Advent in new ways this year.
The season of Advent involves a focus on waiting and Mikayla is helping her congregation to live into the season through preaching, teaching, and service.
“An old saying goes that ‘you are just one YES away from your miracle’,” recalls Jennifer Michael, a first-year Master of Divinity student at Wartburg Theological Seminary.