pastors

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.

‘Equipped to Serve’: Concordia Theological Seminary winds up spring fundraiser

The fundraiser, which runs through May 7, aims to assist new graduates in purchasing supplies for their ministry.

Letters to the Editor (May 2017)

A letter-writer addresses what he calls “the coming train wreck.”

Reversing the LCMS membership decline: not just by having more children

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison comments on two major demographic studies about the Synod.

Project aims to provide digital resources for Latin America pastors

The “crowdfunding” project is accepting donations of $1 or more through March 19.

COP tackles wide range of topics at November meeting

Topics discussed by the LCMS Council of Presidents include ecclesiastical supervision, calling pastors on candidate status, immigration and seminary concerns.

Uniform of the Day

It’s interesting that when we want our pastors to make themselves publically recognizable we ask them to “put on their collars.” Isn’t that what we need every day in our communities? Doesn’t the declining spiritual condition of America today call for pastors to stand up by, among other ways, standing out?

Helping our preachers up their game

Team discusses “Preach the Word” curriculum for LCMS pastors who seek to hone their preaching abilities.

Ministry excellence, domestic violence among COP topics

At their latest meeting, LCMS Council of Presidents members hear “recommended requirements” for pastors.

Letters to the Editor (July 2014)

A letter from a reader about computer use by pastors. Are computers a help or a hindrance to ministry?

Pressure Points (June 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses how congregations can be welcoming and supportive to new church workers.

Pressure Points (May 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses the issue of computer use by pastors: how much is too much?

Pressure Points (October 2013)

The conversation about pastors having friends in the congregation continues.

Pressure Points (September 2013)

Is at least one close friendship in the congregation “critical” for pastors? The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung shares responses to that question.

PALS can make pastors’ sem-to-parish transitions smoother

More than 40 facilitators for the Synod’s Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support program attend an annual training conference to discuss “best practices and good ideas.”

Pressure Points (July 2013)

This month’s column explores how a new pastor might best begin ministry with his first congregation.