Southern California Travel

 

I will be travelling to the following locations, the last week of January.  Please come see me if you would like to learn more about coming to the Seminary.

Monday  Jan 28  Christ Lutheran Church, Costa Mesa, 2pm-4pm
                   Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Anaheim,6pm-8pm
Tuesday Jan 29  Concordia University Irvine, 8am-5pm
Wednesday Jan 30
                  Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, 10am-1pm
                  University Lutheran Chapel, Los Angeles,4:30pm-7pm
Thursday Jan 31  
                   First Lutheran Church, Burbank,10am-1pm
                  Historic First Lutheran Church,Pasadena, 4:30pm-7pm
Friday Feb 1
 Lutheran High School of Orange County, Orange                                                              9am-12pm

Just to Recap-Many Great Opportunities to Visit Concordia Seminary

When Christmas and New Year’s have passed and the season of Epiphany begins, you will find many great opportunities to come and visit Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Shepherds of God’s Flock is January 10th. This event is geared toward those who are second career and those in college. It will help answer questions reagrding the nature of the vocation. Green and Gold Day is January 11. Remember, this event is for college students who are considering seminary. It is situated perfectly at a time when most college students are still on break. Finally in January, is Taste of the Sem. This time honored event will help high school students see pastoral formation. They will have a seminary student mentor, attend classes, and will take an in-depth look at the Lord’s Prayer with the help of the faculty.
Please considering coming to one of these events. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-822-9545.

The Seminary Entrance Exams

If you ever hear yourself ask, “How can I give myself the best chance to pass the seminary entrance exams?,” then answer yourself by saying, “The Called by the Gospel books.”  “What are these books?,” you may then ask.  I am glad you asked.  I have included a picture so you can see the textbooks that will capably lead you through the study of the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Lutheran Confessions.  You can also refer to the link ESSENTIAL ENTRANCE EXAM STUDY RESOURCES for more detailed information.

So What is the Certificate Route?

I have received several questions over the years regarding possible alternate routes into the Ministry.  I usually have been quick to answer, “the Certificate Route.”  Then the question that is likely to follow is, “what’s the difference?”  Well, good question and here, in this blog post, I will provide a good answer (see also, http://www.csl.edu/admissions/academics/altrt/prcert/). 

First, there is a difference in eligibility.  To be eligible for this route one must be 35 years old and have 10 years of significant experience in a LCMS congregation.  There is one exception, however.  If an applicant is a commissioned minister and has served for at least 8 years, he too would be eligible for this route.

Second, there is a difference in the length of the program.  The Certificate Route is a three year program- two years in residence and one year vicarage.  The vicarage,as opposed to most vicarages, occurs during the last year of the program.

Third, there is a difference in the make-up of the academic program.  Since the Cert. Route is shorter, one can imagine that there would be less classes.  To give you the detail of these classes, I refer you to: http://www.csl.edu/resources/academics/registrar/academic-catalog-2011-2012/, pages 22-26.  Note that Hebrew is not a requirement of the Certificate Route, so Old Testament work is done in English. 

Finally, if you meet the points of eligibility and feel that you would like to explore this route a bit further, give us a call-1800-822-9545.  We would enjoy working with you to help you decide which route is best for you.

Do You Want to Become a Deaconess? Consider Concordia Seminary.

Now is a good time to begin the admissions process for Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. The most obvious, and most significant, thing you can do at this point is to complete the application- http://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/DeacApplication-2012-2013.pdf - for other routes of deaconess studies, please check out: http://www.csl.edu/admissions/academics/deaconess-studies/deaconess-dual-degree-program/ and http://www.csl.edu/admissions/academics/deaconess-studies/dccert/.

Once this application is filled out, you will be given information so that you can begin taking the entrance exams. These exams cover the subjects of Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine. You will find classes and review information on http://itunes.csl.edu/ but it is essential that you study the “Called By the Gospel” series for the OT, NT, and CD exams, http://elce.csl.edu/prep/. Continue reading

Do You Want to Become a Pastor? Consider Concordia Seminary.

Now is a good time to begin the admissions process for Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. The most obvious, and most significant, thing you can do at this point is to complete the application- http://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/MDivApplication13-14.pdf. Once this application is filled out, you will be given information so that you can begin taking the entrance exams. These exams cover the subjects of Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Greek, and Hebrew. You will find classes and review information on http://itunes.csl.edu/. It is essential that you study the “Called By the Gospel” series for the OT, NT, and CD exams, http://elce.csl.edu/prep/. Continue reading

Northwest Recruitment visits

If you are near one of these churches and are interested in talking about seminary, please stop by. If you would like to set up an appointment, e-mail me at castensk@csl.edu.

Monday, September 10
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
7307 N Nevada Street
Spokane, WA 99208
509-483-4218 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1700 E Pennsylvania Avenue
Coeur d Alene, ID 83814
208-664-9231 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 11
First Lutheran Church
2808 South Avenue W
Missoula, MT 59804
406-549-3311 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 11
First Lutheran Church
225 S. Black Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-586-5374 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 12
Trinity Lutheran Church
537 Grand Avenue
Billings, MT 59101
406-245-3984 10:00 am -1:00 pm

First Lutheran Church
2231 E Broadway
Helena, MT 59601
406-442-5367 5:00-7:30 pm

Thursday, September 13
Peace Lutheran Church
3340 11th Avenue S
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-761-7343 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church
400 W California Street
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-257-5683 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Friday, September 14
Hope Lutheran Church
17909 E Broadway Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99016
509-924-1630 9:00 – 11:00 am

Welcome Back, Students!

What better way to say “Welcome” than with two newly renovated dorms.  This summer a lot of work has been done on Schaller and Brauer Halls to make sure that they serve the students to the highest degree.  So, welcome and welcome back, friends.  I know you will enjoy your revitalized residences.  They will be a great spot for hours of intense theological study.

The Greek Splash

It has been 10 long weeks, but here is how it comes to an end for summer Greek students. Check it out on the Admissions YouTube channel, csladmissions, or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K_VKJ2QAZQ&list=UUuHsVLbfK9QKdRo_0tJ-cTA&index=1&feature=plcp

Please pray for all of our seminarians, whether they are in summer Greek or leaving for vicarage/internship, taking their first class or looking forward to a final year.