Who Will You Encourage?

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)—When students at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, are asked who encouraged them to attend seminary, their home congregation pastor heads the list. Having their pastor engage them on the possibility of becoming a pastor or deaconess, then being available to answer questions and provide resources, can be the best support system when one is considering a vocation of service in the church. “I may have never considered going to seminary if my pastor and congregation hadn’t encouraged me,” says second-year seminarian, Jared DeBlieck.

If you know someone you’d like to encourage, suggest they attend one of the seminary’s campus visits. The next Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit is March 22–24, 2012. During the visit participants have the opportunity to become part of the daily life of the seminary through worship in Kramer Chapel, by attending classes taught by the CTS faculty and by taking advantage of the opportunity to visit with current students and learn why they chose CTS. There is no charge for the event and all on-campus housing and meals are provided. Online registration is available at www.ctsfw.edu/PCV or feel free to call the CTS Office of Admission at 800-481-2155.

In addition to the Prayerfully Consider Campus Visits in the spring and fall, CTS also offers Christ Academy—High School, Christ Academy—College and Phoebe Academy—College. More information about each of these events can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/VisitCTS or by calling the Office of Admission.

Is there someone you know who should consider the vocation of pastor or deaconess? If so, take a moment to reach out to them, discuss the possibilities and encourage them to visit Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.