Magazine article Anglican Journal

Question: Who Wants to Be a Lutheran Minister?

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Question: Who Wants to Be a Lutheran Minister?

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Q: How long does it take to become a Lutheran pastor?

A: a) 6 years; b) 3 years; c) 4 years; d) schooling not required

Q: How much does it cost to become a pastor?

A: a) it's free! (the church pays for everything); b) $40,000--$50,000; c) $10,000--$20,000; d) $25.00 (the certificate).

THE ABOVE ARE only two of 25 questions posed in a game show entitled Who Wants to be a Minister? It is all part of a package of resources for It's Your Call, a program initiated last year by the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC, to attract candidates for the Lutheran ministry, given the crisis of leadership needs in our denomination. The program has now been applied nationwide--a 10-year plan within all five regional synods and with nominations for candidates being called for every other year.

Utilizing It's Your Call resources on a designated Sunday, congregation members are asked to provide names of persons they believe have the gifts for ministry. Over the weeks to come, follow-up interviews with nominees are conducted.

On the heels of the first It's Your Call Sunday in January 2004, more than 75 per cent of Eastern Synod congregations participated and more than 70 names of potential candidates for ordained or diaconal ministry were forwarded to Synod. Ten students subsequently enrolled in the first-year ordination track program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in September 2004.

In western Canada, It's Your Call Sunday took place in early 2005. …

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