Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CTSFW to Begin 170th Academic Year

I received this press release from Concordia Theological Seminary. Normally I would not have posted it as it "just" announces the beginning of a new academic year. However, this year they are broadcasting the opening service on the internet (see link below). Worship services at our seminaries are always special, not only because of the message, but because the sanctuaries are filled with people who love to sing, often mostly men. I thought many would value sharing in the worship, even if only over the internet.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

CTSFW to Begin 170th Academic Year
For Immediate Release
September 1, 2015

Since 1846 Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been training men for the ministry and since 2004, women to serve as deaconesses. On Sunday, September 13, the Seminary community will gather to welcome new and returning students and celebrate the opening of the 170th academic year. The service will take place in Kramer Chapel at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Those who cannot join us on campus can watch live by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on Opening Service in the Livestream Events box.

The Rev. Daniel May, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Indiana District, will preside over the installation of the Rev. Prof. Ryan Tietz as assistant professor of Exegetical Theology. Tietz is a lifelong member of the LCMS with a first-rate academic resume and valuable pastoral experience. He received his Master of Divinity degree (2003) and Master of Sacred Theology degree (2005) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently completing a doctorate in Theological Studies (Old Testament) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Since 2011, he has served as an adjunct professor in Theology at Concordia University Chicago. His parish service has included congregations in New York and Illinois where he enjoyed preaching, teaching and providing pastoral care to individuals of all ages.

"The faculty is refreshed and ready for the new academic year,” commented the Rev. Dr. Charles Gieschen, CTSFW academic dean. “We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices made by each man and woman who is entering our pastoral, deaconess and graduate programs this fall.  We consider it a great privilege and responsibility to be used by the Lord in the formation of these men and women to be servants in Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all."
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Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, exists to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.  Founded in 1846, CTSFW is a seminary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Learn more about CTSFW at www.ctsfw.edu and the LCMS at www.lcms.org.

For additional information concerning educational opportunities and events at CTSFW, please contact Jayne Sheafer, director of Seminary Relations, 260-452-2250 or SeminaryRelations@ctsfw.edu. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, you may opt-out.

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