Monthly Update—August 2020

175th  Anniversary

Concordia Theological Seminary is celebrating 175 years of forming servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all. This theme will be woven throughout the conferences and events of this academic year.
Join us in praising God for so many blessed years as we pray for many more to come. 


175th Music/Lecture Series

Lecture with President Rast 
Sunday, October 18, 2:30 p.m.Taking Place Symposia Week 
Sunday, January 17, 2021 Taking Place Call Week 
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Special Services

Services are open to the public in Kramer Chapel and livestreamed online at or 

Tuesday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.
Opening Service of the 175th Year

Sunday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.
Organ Recital
Sunday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Choral Vespers 

Monday, November 9, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evening Prayer

Monday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Hymn Festival

Saturday, December 12, 4:00 p.m.
Advent Candlelight Evening Prayer

Fall Conferences

Christ Academy: College
October 30–November 1
Each confirmation retreat focuses on one of the six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, with catechetical session plus fun evening events and two nights in the dorms. Pastors are encouraged to attend with their confirmation class.
Cost: $110 per individual (catechumen or chaperone), which includes room and 
Register: Email with the number of male and female students, their t-shirt sizes, and number of chaperones. Payment can be made by calling the Seminary’s cashier or by bringing a check to the retreat.

Prayerfully Consider Visit
October 15–17

Prospective student campus visit event for men and women in college or older, interested in learning more about becoming a pastor or deaconess. Registration is free and includes both room and board. Spouses and fiancés/fiancées welcome. Register:

Christ Academy: College
October 30–November 1
Free event for prospective students still in college, who are interested in learning more about the vocation of pastor or deaconess. Room and board provided on campus, and spouses as well as fiancés/fiancées are welcome.

Luther Hostel
November 4–6
Luther Hostel is an opportunity for laity as well as pastors and other church workers to retreat to the Seminary, gathering for worship, study, and fellowship on the campus of CTSFW. Lectures focus on various aspects of Lutheran theology, taking an in-depth, confessional look at a specific topic. In addition to attending classes taught by CTSFW professors, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the daily worship opportunities at Kramer Chapel and take time to visit with current seminary students and faculty. 
Cost: $200

Good Shepherd Institute
November 8–10
Open to all, Good Shepherd Institute is an annual conference that focuses on pastoral theology and sacred music. Main talks alongside sectionals allow attendees the opportunity to customize their learning and experience. The first two evenings conclude with a special service of music, with regular daily chapel services and other recitals throughout the conference.
Cost: $130 for first registration; $90 for additional tickets; $75 for Monday-only registration; $30 banquet ticket
Luther Hostel attendees eligible for a 50% discount


Symposia 2021
January 19–22

The four-day Symposia Series is an annual event that explores exegetical theology and the Lutheran Confessions. Faculty and guest speakers from CTSFW and other theological institutions will lecture on topics related to the theme for each annual 
Early bird registration will be available through November 28, after which the price will increase to our regular registration fee of $180 through January 15. Late registrations (including walk-ins) will cost $195.symposium.


COVID-19 Preparedness
Conference & Event Attendees
Please know that CTSFW is truly blessed to have you as our guest, and we take your safety very seriously. We will keep you updated as we follow CDC Guidelines, clean all surfaces thoroughly and regularly, and design classes and events to allow for social distancing. We are thankful for the opportunity to safely open our doors to you. We pray your experience is as enjoyable and enlightening as it is peaceful and protected.