Singing the Faith at CTSFW Good Shepherd Institute Conference Begins November 5

Kantor Kevin Hildebrand leads an instructional course during the Good Shepherd Institute Conference.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)— Throughout history God’s people have sung His praises, making a joyful noise to the Lord. In celebration of 500 years as the “Singing Church,” from November 5–7, the Good Shepherd Institute of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, will hold a conference here on campus about “Singing the Faith—Past, Present and Future.” In the words of Martin Luther, who often referred to music as the greatest of treasures: “I would gladly see all the arts, especially music, in the service of Him who has given and created them.”

Plenary sessions will focus primarily on the musical heritage of the Lutheran church from the time of the Reformation. Alongside musical recitals and worship in Kramer Chapel, sectionals will then provide resources and study for the needs of the present. Attendees will have a choice between such subjects as perspective in preaching, practical advice sessions for choir directors, organists and keyboardists, more on the history of our musical forefathers, and the theological implications of Albrecht Dürer’s artwork. The conference will also offer a tour of the Institute’s second art exhibition, which will serve as the opening of the display created around the Reformation theme of Sola. On the last day of the conference, attendees will consider the role of pastoral care and the future of church music with addresses by Dr. Arthur Just and Kantor Emeritus Richard Resch.

For more information, or to register online, visit www.ctsfw.edu/GSI. Details on speakers, sectionals, schedule and accommodations can be found on the right-hand side. If you have any other questions or requests, please email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2224.