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Church provides future pastors with hands-on experience

September 21, 2010 No Comment

Rev. Neitzel (fourth from right) and candidates currently identified as potential students for Nicaragua’s seminary program

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua – Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) has developed an interesting method to help seminary candidates prepare for their theological studies. A year or more before they start the program, the lectores (seminary candidates) are involved in congregational and mission outreach activities. They assist their pastors as readers, conduct lay-led worship services, visit homes, participate in missionary programs and other activities.

Currently, 17 lectores or candidates are considering the pastoral ministry in the ILSN. They come from several congregations and backgrounds and gather for special seminars at the mission centre. Recently they attended two special seminars: basic introduction to the study of Scriptures, liturgy and preaching, presented by Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan and basic introduction to the study of theology (propaedeutics), taught by Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, LCC’s mission executive.

The seminary program normally has four intensive courses per year over two years, plus practical activities and the continuing education which follows.

The previous source for funding the seminary program is not currently available due to economic conditions. We pray and trust that the Lord will provide the means to bring together a class in 2012 as He is growing His church in Nicaragua and other countries in Central America.

For more information contact Rev. Neitzel (missions@lutheranchurch.ca)

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