In 5th Grade I was told for the first time ever in my life that I would make a good pastor. Now if anybody knew me in 5th grade, that is probably one of the most surprising statements ever. Sure I loved Jesus and did well in religion class, but I was an introvert that would hide behind a sign if I had a speaking line for our class’s chapel.
This fall I will be starting seminary through Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. The program I am entering is one designed for people who are already working in a context that they wish to continue to serve in as a pastor. In my case, I don’t want to go to seminary only to leave my family and the church that I love serving. The Specific Ministry Pastor program, which is the same program our Executive Pastor, Joe Casiglia went through, is a four year program. Starting in September, I will begin participating in a cohort with several other men who are also seeking to serve within their local congregations as a pastor. I will immediately become a vicar and after two years I will be ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and then I will continue in order to complete my final two years of the program.