“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12, ESV).
Why offer a gift to The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund (JSF)? I experienced the answer to that question in a powerful way during the last week in April when I attended “Call Day” services at our LCMS seminaries. On April 29 at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, and on April 30 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, more than 100 seminary students received their first calls into the pastoral ministry. These were days of excitement and joy for the students, their families and the congregations these new pastors will serve.
As I watched these seminary students coming forward one-by-one to receive their calls, I began to think of how many people God will save for eternity through the Word proclaimed and the Sacraments administered by these pastors in the decades to come. Only He knows how many couples will be joined in marriage, how many children will be baptized, instructed and confirmed, how many people will be comforted during a serious illness or the loss of a loved one through the ministry provided by these pastors. That is why I offer gifts to JSF!
I trust your thoughts are similar to mine, and so I invite you to continue your support of our seminaries and our future pastors by offering a gift through JSF. A single gift supports both seminaries and their students. Or, if you desire, you may designate one of the two seminaries to receive your gift. Thank you in advance for your gift.
Of course, our main emphasis is not these new pastors, but our Savior, Jesus Christ. He has provided these pastors and is also the Good News they proclaim. We join the Psalmist in declaring, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1, ESV).
May our loving and faithful God continue to bless you in all things, and may He bless these new pastors, their families and the people whom they will serve. To Him be the glory!
In His Service,
Rev. Dr. Glen D. Thomas
Executive Director of Pastoral Education
P.S. For the latest information about The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund, please call toll-free 800-248-1930, ext. 1019, or visit www.lcms.org/jointseminaryfund. Use our secure online giving catalog to make your gift by credit card.