By James Heine
Acting as the Board of Assignments, the LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) April 30 assigned first calls to 149 candidates certified for ministry by Concordia Seminary St. Louis; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, Ste. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and through colloquy process of the LCMS. Also, the COP approved 132 vicarage placements and assigned 37 ministers of religion — commissioned to their initial calls.
Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, Ste. Catharines, Ontario, is an institution of the Lutheran Church–Canada, an LCMS partner church.
Awaiting placement are 10 ministry candidates.
“They are from both the St. Louis and Fort Wayne seminaries,” said Southern District President Rev. Kurtis Schultz, chairman of the COP’s Placement Committee. “As in past years, we have a good possibility of placing all of the remaining candidates by the end of this summer.”
Today, Schultz added, the first-call placement process for the COP is a year-round activity, both for ministers of religion–ordained and ministers of religion–commissioned.
The April 30 calls to ministers of religion–commissioned included four deaconess graduates from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
The deaconess placement service at Concordia Theological Seminary will be held at 10 a.m. EDT May 19. The seminary has 10 deaconess candidates eligible for placement.
The COP met April 29-May 3 at Concordia Theological Seminary. It participated in Call Day activities May 3 at Concordia Theological Seminary and May 4 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Posted May 10, 2011