Concordia Theological Seminary Offers Fall Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

The mission of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all. The CTS community lives out that mission by providing a wide variety of conferences, retreats and workshops for clergy and laypeople, both young and old.


A Time for Everything
October 4–6, 2013

From baptism to confirmation, from birth to death, from childhood to adulthood, we mark the passage of time by events which help us to remember. God marks time, too. He outlines it for us in Scripture, through various events, in order for us to know and remember His salvation promise. Through the exploration of Scripture, Catechism and hymnal, this retreat will explore how Christians mark the passage of time.
Retreat Leader: Rev. Randall Wurschmidt, admission counselor, Concordia Theological Seminary. Rev. Wurschmidt served Faith Lutheran Church, Overgaard, Ariz., from 2008 until his return to the seminary in 2012.
Retreat Fee: $110/person (includes on-campus housing and meals). For additional information or to register, please email or phone 260-452-2204.


Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit
October 10–12, 2013

Men considering the pastoral ministry and women contemplating service as a deaconess have many questions. In order to provide clarity, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, offers the Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit, October 10–12. There is no charge for this event which allows participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the seminary community. There will be time to sit in on classes, meet with faculty and students, learn about financial aid options and just get to know the Fort Wayne area. On-campus housing and meals are provided free of charge. To learn more go to or phone 800-481-2155 to talk with a member of the Admission staff.

Christ Academy College/Phoebe Academy College
October 17–20, 2013

College students who are pondering how they might serve the Church have a great option with Christ Academy College/Phoebe Academy College, taking place October 17–20. This event affords attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life at CTS. Your days will be filled with classes led by extraordinary CTS faculty, worship with the seminary community in Kramer Chapel, plenty of time to ask questions of our Admission staff and social time with your fellow attendees. This event is free of charge with housing and meals provided. Additional information and online registration can be found at or phone 800-481-2155 to talk with a member of the Admission staff.


In the World for Good
October 21–23, 2013

Urban areas are expanding rapidly but the Church’s footprint in the cities is declining. As God’s people, we must work to reverse this trend by being both compassionate and wise as we work in the areas of justice, human dignity and capacity building. Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Ind., responds to this great need by offering an urban ministry conference, In the World for Good, October 21–23, 2013, with the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Jochum Professor and Chair, Valparaiso University, as the keynote speaker. Additional information on speakers, schedule and online registration can be found at, or by phoning 260-452-2204.


Luther Hostel: Living Grace-Fully
October 31–November 2, 2013

Living Grace-Fully is to live in the assurance and confidence that our life is in Jesus Christ. We face many challenges at work, times of joy and sorrow with family, and new anxieties with the modern, technological world. Whether we are struggling or succeeding in our daily endeavors, living Grace-Fully is living with the knowledge, hope and security that Christ does not leave us or forsake us. Scheduled to present are President Lawrence Rast, Dr. David Scaer, Prof. Jeffrey Pulse and Prof. John Pless. The conference also includes sitting in on classes, visiting with students, small group activities and dinner with the President.
Retreat Fee: $150/person (includes all meals)
Lodging: There is limited on-campus housing available at a cost of $25.00/night. Please call 260-452-2105 to check on availability.
Additional information and online registration is available soon at or you may email or phone 260-452-2204.


Conversations on Church Music Practice: The Elephant in the Room
November 3–5, 2013

Over the years our conferences have explored many aspects of the church's worship life, and together we have rejoiced over the wonderful gifts that have been handed down to us in liturgy and song. But there is one topic, the proverbial "elephant in the room" that has been begging for attention; that topic concerns the choice of music for use in the church. This year we intend to address it head on. For additional information and online registration go to, email or phone 260-452-2224.


Making the Tree Good
November 5, 2013

This workshop will offer an in-depth study of Matthew’s Gospel with special attention to the image of the tree. First, the tree is given a genealogical character in Matthew 3. In his baptismal ministry, John, the Forerunner of Jesus, likens the Pharisees to a dead tree that is about to be cut down at the roots. Second, the image of the tree has a place in Jesus’ own preaching as He describes His mission in terms of “making the tree good” (Matt. 12:33). Finally, the image of the tree comes to its fulfillment in Jesus’ cross where the good tree bears its good fruit.
The workshop will meet from 1:30-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5.
Presenter: Dr. James Bushur
Registration Fee: $40 (includes evening meal)
For additional information on this seminar, contact the office of the Good Shepherd Institute at 260-452-2224 or