Introducing the Concordia Publishing House Missionary Gift Registry, featuring Dr. Bruce Kintz – President and CEO of CPH, Rev. Theodore Krey – Regional Director of Latin America, Rev. Tony Booker – Regional Director of Eurasia, and Dr. Detlev Schultz – Dean of Graduate School and Director of Missiology Program at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne.
Regarding a recent decision of a panel not to proceed with charges regarding a public false teacher in the LCMS
When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, the errancy of the Bible, the historical-critical method, open communion, communion with the Reformed, evolution, and more, then the public confession of the Synod is meaningless. I am saying that if my Synod does not change its inability to call such a person to repentance and remove such a teacher where there is no repentance, then we are liars and our confession is meaningless. I do not want to belong to such a synod, much less lead it. I have no intention of walking away from my vocation. I shall rather use it and, by the grace of God, use all the energy I have to call this Synod to fidelity to correct this situation.
Rev. Dr. Klaus Detlev Schultz Teaching “Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission”
Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House
January 26-28, 2015
The Regional Directors, representing Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, gathered at Concordia Publishing House’s Gerber Room for continuing education on missiology with Rev. Dr. Klaus Detlev Schultz, Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Dr. Schultz serves as the Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Ph.D. in Missiology program at the Fort Wayne Seminary. The Office of International Mission (OIM) and Concordia Theological Seminary have formed a partnership to provide advanced missiology training to LCMS missionaries. The initial pilot program began with the Regional Directors, even allowing them to take the classes for credit toward the Ph.D. in missiology. After the completion of the pilot project, LCMS missionaries will be able to take seven classes toward a “certificate in missiology.” Dr. Lawrence Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, noted, “The partnership between the Office of International Mission (OIM) and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, has been a model of collaboration for missionary training. OIM has significant human resources and missionary experience. CTSFW’s expertise in missiology is undergirded by one of the premier Ph.D. programs in missiology in the world. Together, they are able to resource the church and its mission in ways beyond what either could do on its own.”
At CPH, the Regional Directors are taking Module 2: Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission. This particular course explores the historical genius and the theological discussion on the concept of missio Dei, the Lutheran contribution to that concept, the overall missiological direction of theology, and the relationship of church / congregation and mission.” A significant portion of the class focused on the relationship between church and congregations (modalities) and mission societies (sodalities). The class also examined and critiqued Alan Hirsch’s apostolicity model (that apostolic leadership needs to be revived today in the church) from Ephesians 4:3. A portion of the class also discussed the relatively recent use of the term “missional” and how Lutheran theologians can contribute to the discussion. Dr. Schultz said of the class, “Coming together around the table as theologians and as missionaries, and then interacting with one another on theology and field experiences is how we can best further our mission for the future. We cannot forego reflection on mission just as much as we cannot abstain from practicing it.”
Rev. Theodore Krey, Regional Director for Latin America, remarked, “Dr. Schultz’s engaging lectures are challenging OIM’s Regional directors to think through missiology and its centrality in the theology of the church. The goal of missions is through the Lord’s Word to incorporate people into the body of Christ, which is to bring people into a worshiping community where they can receive the Lord’s saving gifts.” President Matthew Harrison joined the class for a time to see how the missionaries were receiving continuing education. President Harrison said to the Regional Directors, “I am proud of the work you are doing. Now is a unique moment in time for mission.”
Dr. Bruce Kintz, President of Concordia Publishing House, also joined the sessions. He attended the first missiology class that Dr. Schultz taught in the Dominican Republic in October 2014. Dr. Kintz said, “I have heard many times how CPH resources remain long after LCMS missionaries move on to a new area. Getting to know the missionaries in the field has helped CPH create the resources missionaries need.” Over the past year, the collaboration between OIM and CPH has increased dramatically. Kintz said, “Having been to one Regional Directors’ meeting in the Dominican Republic, I felt compelled to invite the Regional Directors to CPH for their next meeting. They will be able to see first hand our materials, to see how our associates work together to create them and gain valuable input into the creation of additional resources.”
In addition to the missiological continuing education, the Regional Directors will work on OIM’s strategic plan and budgeting for the next year. The week concludes with the Regional Directors attending the ALMA meeting and the BIM meeting on Friday and Saturday.
(The Course Syllabus)
(Left to Right): Rev Gopinathan, former Secretary, IELC; The Rev. Raja Gambeeram, President, IELC; Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations; Rev. Sukumaran, Vice President, IELC; Mr. Darin Storkson, Senior Regional Director, Asia and Oceana; Mr. Ravi Jesupatham, Country Coordinator -India for the LCMS
Fenton, MO — Our Savior Lutheran Church
President Raja Gambeeram of the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) visited with Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations, at the end of his 10 day trip to the United States. Rev. Raja Gambeeram was elected as president of the IELC on 27 May 2014, succeeding President Samuel. LCMS representatives from the Office of International Mission (OIM) attended the IELC convention in May 2014 as observers. President Harrison officially recognized Rev. Raja Gambeeram as the president of the IELC on behalf o the LCMS on Epiphany, 6 January 2015.
President Raja and the elected officers of the IELC feel a great debt of gratitude to the LCMS as the “mother” who gave birth to the IELC through mission work begun in 1894. The IELC is working hard to remain faithful to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. There is great need to improve the education of pastors. President Raja also desires to promote unity inside the IELC so that the church can most effectively proclaim the Gospel to a primarily non Christian culture. Hinduism is the primary religion in India. Those who convert could be shunned by their family, lose their social standing, and perhaps even their employment. This is part of the challenge the church faces in proclaiming the Gospel in India.
The visit of a church body president from a partner church is a joyous occasion and an opportunity to discuss how the LCMS and her partners can work together in the best way possible. President Raja is looking forward to working more closely with the LCMS over the coming months and years. President Harrison’s letter to President Raja is provided below.
The Old Latin School, known officially as the Wittenberg Gymnasium of 1828, was build in the church yard of St. Mary’s in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther preached over 1,000 sermons. The first two floors of the school were built in 1564. The second two floors were built in 1828, hence the official name “Wittenberg Gymnasium of 1828.” When the school originally was built it served to train young men who would later attend the University of Wittenberg and other universities to become pastors, doctors, lawyers and so forth. In its 450 year history, the building has been used for a variety of purposes and visited by historically famous people. The building even served as a make shift hospital when Napoleon rolled through Wittenberg. A detailed history (in German) can be read below.
Pictured above: St. Mary’s City Church, where Dr. Martin Luther preached. Circled is the Old Latin School. The location right next to the church where Martin Luther preached the Reformation Gospel to the world is a powerful reminder for the purpose of the school. The Old Latin School existed to facilitated the Gospel to the world. Today, the opportunity for the Old Latin School exists again. The renovations to the building are nearly completed. It will be dedicated in May 2015. The building will serve as a preaching station, a conference center where theological education will take place. The Old Latin School provides an opportunity to be a witness to the world regarding Confessional Lutheranism, especially during the 2017 Reformation celebration.
Interested individuals and groups will be able to stay at the Old Latin School. You can learn more by visiting The Old Latin School Website (http://oldlatinschool.org).
To see some of the fascinating history of the Old Latin School, take a look at the book below.