Pastoral Formation

New paper studies pastoral formation before seminary

Written by the Rev. Dr. James Baneck, executive director of the LCMS Office of Pastoral Education, the paper notes the lifelong character of pastoral formation: 

A White Paper on Pastoral Formation Prior to Seminary

This paper seeks to assist the church in thinking more intently about how the church begins forming pastors before they enter the seminary.

From the mission field – Pastoral formation in Dominican Republic

The challenges of COVID-19 have not slowed the steady stream of new pastoral candidates flowing from Concordia the Reformer Seminary in Palmar Arriba, Dominican Republic.

Pastoral Ed holds church worker recruitment meeting, publishes pastoral formation ‘white paper’

The measures grew out of Resolution 6-01, passed at the 2019 LCMS convention in Tampa, Fla.

A White Paper on the Current Context of Pastoral Formation

This white paper is intended to promote continued conversation, across the Synod, about pastoral formation.

Seminary boards meet, look forward to ‘close cooperation’

The boards agreed to establish a formal process for their leaders to meet regularly, in addition to the bylaw-established annual meeting of the joint board.

New PALS resource aids transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry

Created and led by the directors of LCMS Rural & Small Town and Urban & Inner-City Mission, the course uses a combination of videos, prayers, Bible readings and study questions to guide new pastors in their transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry.

‘Reporter’ Supplement: The transition is real: The pastor’s journey from seminary to first call

The September 2018 “Reporter” supplement from LCMS Pastoral Education highlights the pastor’s (and his wife’s) transition from seminary to first call.

‘Reporter’ Supplement: What kind of pastor do you want for your children and grandchildren?

From the font to the classroom and beyond, pastoral formation is a lifelong endeavor. It takes all hands on deck, both on and o the seminary campus, to form a pastor.

It Takes the Church

The Church is in the business of pastoral formation. She expends much in forming men over the course time to shepherd the faith and life of God’s people.