In this issue, you are provided information about the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the positive impact this program has on its students and the world.
In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into how society is changing the definition of traditional grandparent-grandchildren relationships. As these changes evolve over time, a few suggestions are listed as to how churches can help its elderly members build and strengthen healthy grandparent and grandchildren Christian relationships.
In this issue you will find items written by parish nurses and others that share ideas and resources for promoting health of body and soul in congregations and communities. You will also find stories of how parish nurses are serving in congregations, in the community and in the world, during times of calm and times of disaster. Lastly, you will find updates and overviews of various conferences and activities of interest to parish nurses.
In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into how stewardship fits into this season of Christmas and the incarnation of Jesus Christ that first Christmas night.
In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), you are provided highlights from the 2013 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.
In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into how older people, just like all people, struggle with depression and, in turn, cry out to Jesus Christ as they walk through difficult times. Some suggestions are given as to how churches can help its elderly members cope with depression and the blues.
In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into the theology of stewardship. In the area of stewardship lie both practical and pragmatic answers and solutions that determine the success of a congregation’s stewardship process and that point to how faithful members are in this area of their faith lives.
This issue of Pastoral Education explores life in our seminary communities through the fresh eyes of new students and their families.
In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), you are provided insight into the how LCMS congregations can keep the “millennials” – young adults born after the year 1980) – connected to the Church and interacting with this community of believers.
In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into how older people are coping with and using the latest and greatest technology these days. Some suggestions are given as to how churches can include older adults when they use technology to reach their congregation members.
In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), you are provided insight into the purpose of RSTM and what it is charged with doing for LCMS congregations. In addition, you will read about mission perspectives for work, whether you are in a rural setting or in another country halfway across the world.
In this issue, you will read about the merger of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University, Ann Arbor (CUAA). In addition, you will learn about the benefits Concordia students receive from participating in the Concordia International Studies Consortium (CISC) program.
In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, you are provided insight what corporate stewardship is and why it is so important that we, as the Body of Christ, participate in it for the advancement of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into why individuals over the age of 45 and have been married for more than just a few years split. The insight provided includes how Scripture directs all married couples to uphold the bond of marriage.
In this issue from LCMS’ Witness & Outreach Ministry, you will read about the work that has been done and is currently being done through The 72 program. You are provided feedback from a few congregations who have worked with The 72 this past year. In addition, links to resources are given for those congregations interested in contacting The 72 and having its representatives work with them.
This issue of Pastoral Education highlights two types of individuals who play a critical role in the pastoral-formation process for many future pastors: Concordia University System (CUS) school pre-seminary program directors and LCMS campus pastors.