School for Lay Ministry

December 2, 2013 - December 5, 2013
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul MN


December 2-5, 2013


Many ELCA synods provide lay schools of ministry that offer certification after training to lay people who wish to participate more fully in their congregations and in their daily lives. In partnership with the synods of the ELCA of Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southeastern Minnesota; Eastern and Western North Dakota, and  South Dakota, Luther Seminary offers programs that fulfill some of the requirements for these synods.


Revelation has an unmatched ability to generate confusion and fear, as well as hope and excitement. We’ll explore some sensationalistic approaches to the book, then venture into Revelation itself. We’ll draw on great art and music to help us appreciate Revelation’s testimony to God and the Lamb.

Beyond the Walls: Practicing Christian Care in Public
In a world of multiple religious perspectives, how can Christian leaders respond to crises and cries for help in the public arena? We’ll address the theological basis for offering pastoral care in a way that is faithful to Christian identity and respectful of other religious traditions. We’ll use case studies, short readings and biblical examples.

The Gospel According to Matthew
In the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A is not far away. The Gospel according to Matthew will soon be returning to your church. Are you ready for the magi, the Sermon on the Mount, the debates about the law and a host of parables about judgment? We’ll focus on the structure, content, themes and theological emphases of Matthew’s Gospel, all aimed at preparing for preaching from Matthew’s perspective. We’ll explore what it means to “let Matthew be Matthew” and explore the distinctive outlook on the significance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

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Dates: December 2-5, 2013

Seminar Leaders:
Craig Koester, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Patricia Lull, Executive Director, St. Paul Council of Churches

Matthew Skinner, Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther

Tuition: $100

Contact Hours: 16

Class Times:
Monday, 1-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m.

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