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Shepherds of God’s Flock Retreat for Prospective Seminary Students

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its seventh annual Shepherds of God’s Flock retreat Jan. 4-6, 2005, 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?” and “What does a pastor, missionary or chaplain do?”

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. Round-trip transportation to Concordia Seminary from the airport is provided.

Those interested in registering may contact the Admissions Office of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, at 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105; 1-800-822-9545;