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The Lutheran Church of Nigeria held a deaconess conference with the LCMS on the theme, “Deaconesses in Mission.” Approximately 200 women attended.
The women were very eager to join the conference.
Deaconess Grace Rao spoke about the role of women in the church.
Dr. Collver reflected on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s Theme, “Christ Lives in Me,” and used the Gospel of Mark to describe the Christ that lives in you, while tying it to mercy works.
Dr. David Erber assisted with the conference.
Nigeria in the rainy season.
The Lutheran Church Of Nigeria (LCN) was the LCMS’ first African mission start. The church began in 1936 in Uyo, Obot Idim. Archbishop Christian Ekong in the video above outlines some basic information about the Lutheran Church of Nigeria and speaks about the challenges of needing to train 100 pastors immediately at the Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary (JEMS) while only having a handful of professors to teach. The church has about 133,000 members in 355 congregations with 250 pastors and 50 evangelists.
Archbishop Ekong in Seminary Library
Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary Sign
Student at JEMS holding his CPH Book Lutheranism 101
Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church Canada (LCC), explains how the LCC until 1988 was a district of the Missouri Synod. In 1854, the Missouri Synod had its first congregation in Canada. The mission work in Canada expanded so rapidly that the Missouri Synod created the Ontario District in 1879. In 1988, the LCC became an autonomous, self-governing church body. Since that time, the LCC and the LCMS work together closely. In recent years, the LCC and LCMS have engaged in cooperative mission work in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Cambodia. The LCC also does mission work in the Ukraine.
President Bugbee, Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. Ted Krey met to hear an update about the LCC and their mission work, and to discuss joint LCC and LCMS work in Latin America. Since 1997, the LCC has been engaged in mission work in Nicaragua. In 2008, the Iglesia Luterana Synod de Nicaragua (ILSN) was founded. In May 2014, The LCMS and Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC) signed a protocol agreement May 13 in Chinandega, Nicaragua, with the Lutheran Church—Synod of Nicaragua (Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua, or ILSN) that allows for an expansion of mission work in the Central American country. The agreement outlines how the LCMS, LCC and ILSN will communicate, coordinate and work together in this mission endeavor. The agreement is not altar and pulpit fellowship, but a working understanding on how the three parties will interact. The meeting in Winnipeg, Canada, was to discuss the cooperative work of the LCC and the LCMS.
Pictured: Rev. Theodore Krey, LCMS Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of the Lutheran Church of Canada; Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations; Deaconess Cherie Auger, missionary to Nicaragua / Honduras; Rev. Edward Auger, missionary to Nicaragua / Honduras; Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, LCC Director of Missions & Social Ministry Services.
Dr. Neitzel and Rev. Auger discuss the work in Nicaragua and Honduras. The Augers are LCMS missionaries who are seconded to the LCC for their work in Latin America. The three-way agreement between the LCC-LCMS-ILSN provided the framework for this joint work.
President Robert Bugbee gives his greetings to his brothers and sisters in Christ from the LCMS.
Both the LCC and the LCMS thank the Lord for our close relationship and we pray that the Lord of the harvest would bless our joint work together around the world.
—Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations
Opportunities in Africa (Ethiopia in this case) abound for theological education. Opportunities exist both for a person who wants to travel overseas to teach a class and for students who are taught at a local insinuation or who receive a scholarship to study at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, or Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis.
The video highlights how the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) is helping connect qualified volunteers with teaching opportunities overseas and students with opportunities to study locally or possibility at an LCMS seminary. Two students are interviewed: a future deaconess who has been accepted to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and a PhD student who has been accepted for study at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. Two instructors are interviewed about their experience at Mekane Yesus Seminary. Finally, Rev. Shauen Trump, Area Director for East Africa, speaks about how theological education is the single largest request he receives in Africa.
For more information about the Global Seminary Initiative please visit: http://www.lcms.org/makeagift/gsi
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)