Upcoming Events at Concordia Theological Seminary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Check out the upcoming events offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Ind. For additional information concerning all events, please go to www.ctsfw.edu, or phone 260-452-2100.


In the World for Good: A National Urban Ministry Conference
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. Pastors, lay people, young and old, will have an extraordinary opportunity to learn from experts who will share concepts that participants will be able to put to immediate use in their congregations and communities. Schedule and online registration can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/Urban-Ministry-Conference.
The registration fee of $85.00 includes lunch on Monday and Tuesday and the banquet on Tuesday evening. Please email LeeAnna.Rondot@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204 with any questions.

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 www.ctsfw.edu/Lutherhostel or you may email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204.


Organ Recital with Craig Cramer of the University of Notre Dame
November 3, 2013
Kramer Chapel
4:30 p.m.

All Saints Choral Vespers with the Seminary Schola Cantorum
November 3, 2013
Kramer Chapel
7:30 p.m.
Works from Bainton, Bach, Brahms and Bouman will be included.

Good Shepherd Institute Conference
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 go to www.ctsfw.edu/GSI, email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2224.

Choral Evening Prayer
November 4, 2013

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Jonathan Busarow, director
Kramer Chapel
4:30 p.m.

Hymn Festival
November 4, 2013

Kramer Chapel
7:30 p.m.
CTS Associate Kantor Kevin Hildebrand will serve as organist. Choirs participating include the Seminary Kantorei, CTS Kantor Richard Resch, director; and the Chamber Choir of Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, Travis Schlicker, director.

Advent Preaching Workshop
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 GSI@ctsfw.edu.

Continuing Education for Churchworkers and Laypeople:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
West Bend, Wis.
November 18–20, 2013
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Dr. David P. Scaer
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Ind.
A re-examination of the traditional pericopes employed in the church’s two sacraments is presented in this course. Special attention is given to comparing Synoptic and Johannine texts. Contemporary views are presented and reviewed in the light of the Lutheran Confessions. Click here to download a brochure.
The coordinator for this site is the Rev. Christopher Seifferlein. You may contact him at 920-994-9005 or pastor@emmanueladell.org. For general information on CTS Continuing Education go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2103.


Save the Date for Symposia Series 2014
29th Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology
“Where Does God Dwell?”—A Real Presence in Hermeneutics
January 21–22, 2014

37th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions
Lutheran Distinctives in an Age of Religious Change
January 22–24, 2014
More information and registration available soon at www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.

Lenten Preaching Workshop
Preaching the Catechism in Lent
January 20, 2014
The Lenten Season is an apt time for catechetical preaching. This seminar will explore ways in which preachers might utilize the chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism as the basis for sermons at midweek Lenten services so that the Christian congregation is deepened in the life of repentance, faith and vocation under the cross. The seminar will utilize the stellar series, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms by Albrecht Peters currently available from Concordia Publishing House (www.cph.org).
Presenter: Prof. John T. Pless
Registration available soon at www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.

Make plans to join CTS Tours for The Holy Land, March 3–13, 2014, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rast Jr. Dr. Rast serves as president of CTS. The tour includes the destinations of Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/CTSTours, email CTSTours@ctsfw.edu or phone 877-287-4338.