Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host the 2nd annual “Shepherds of God’s Flock” retreat Jan. 4, 5 and 6, 2000 for men college age and older who are contemplating serving as a pastor, missionary or chaplain.
The retreat will focus on the spiritual and personal aspects of the decision-making process. While on campus, participants will be led in studies of the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions concerning the Holy Ministry. Pastors, missionaries and chaplains will speak about the joys and challenges of their service. Participants can talk with other retreat guests from around the country who are contemplating such service, worship with the Seminary community in daily chapel services, talk with current students and attend Seminary classes.
“Shepherds of God’s Flock” will not emphasize the “nuts and bolts” of Seminary preparation (financial aid, housing, etc.), although guests may speak privately with admission counselors about these matters during the retreat.
The presenters at the retreat will address the questions that many prospective students ask: How can I know for sure whether or not I should be a pastor? What does the Bible say about being a pastor? What do the Lutheran Confessions say? What does a pastor, missionary or chaplain do? The students, faculty and staff of Concordia Seminary invite men who have asked these questions to explore them in the relaxed atmosphere of the Seminary campus.
Wives, fiancees and girlfriends of those considering Seminary preparation also are encouraged to attend. If enough women register, a special session for women will be offered. Dress is casual for all activities, and guests are encouraged to bring a Bible.
There is no charge for the Shepherds of God’s Flock retreat. All meals and on-campus lodging will be provided free of charge. Travel assistance is available for those who may have difficulty participating because of travel costs. A nominal fee of $10/person per night will be assessed for those who wish to arrive earlier or stay longer. Transportation to Concordia Seminary from the airport, bus or train station, and return transportation will be provided as needed.
Anyone interested in registering may contact the Admissions Office of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis at 801 DeMun Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105; 1.800.822.9545; CSLAdmis@aol.com.