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Prospective Seminary Students Invited to Shepherds of God's Flock Retreat

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its sixth annual “Shepherds of God’s Flock” retreat Jan. 6-8, 2004, for men college age and older who are contemplating preparation for the pastoral ministry and their guests. The retreat will focus on the spiritual and personal aspects of the decision-making process.

While on campus, participants will study the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions concerning the pastoral 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.

Suggestions from past participants have led to additional sessions to cover the “nuts and bolts topics” related to Seminary enrollment, such as financial aid, housing and the admission process. 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, fiancées and girlfriends of those considering Seminary preparation also are encouraged to attend, with some special sessions planned for them. Dress is casual for all activities, and there is no charge to attend. All meals and on-campus lodging are provided free of charge. Travel assistance is also available. Transportation to Concordia Seminary from the airport, bus or train station, and return transportation is provided as needed.

Those 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; admissions@csl.edu. A registration form also exists on the Seminary’s Web site (csl-edu-staging.mrhxrwi0-liquidwebsites.com/ShepherdsReg.htm) and it may be printed, completed and mailed or faxed (314-505-7229) to the Admissions Office.