“This has been a great experience,” commented Rev. Ronald Bergen, Ohio District President for The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS), who served as “District President in Residence” March 15-17 on the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis campus. Rev. Bergen spent the three-day visit to the Seminary campus in close contact with students. He preached at the Seminary’s March 16 morning chapel service, delivered lectures to many different classes, led dormitory devotions and spoke to the entire Seminary community in a March 17 convocation.
The “In Residence” program at Concordia Seminary involves three different components. In the fall quarter each year, a “Pastor In Residence” visits the campus to share insights from his ministry. In the winter quarter, a “Missionary In Residence” addresses the Seminary community regarding experiences and opportunities in mission work. In the spring quarter, one of the LCMS district presidents is chosen to share his observations and insights regarding ministry with students, faculty and staff.
“I think the program is beneficial for all involved,” commented Prof. Larry Rockemann, Vice President for Student Life at Concordia. “It is vital that our Seminary community receives input from those who are serving as pastors, missionaries and district presidents. This program is one of the many ways this occurs on our campus. I also think that the ‘In Residence’ visitors leave the Seminary encouraged by what they have experienced as they interacted with our students, faculty and staff.”
For more information on the “In Residence” program, contact Prof. Larry Rockemann, Concordia Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (314-505-7201; email@example.com).