The Summer Institute of Theology provides training for pastors and lay people in practical congregational ministry. This year we have a couple of VERY
big speakers. Come for a couple classes or the full week. Register online ( today!

Course Descriptions:
Session I | Monday – Wednesday Morning

Christ Centered Preaching (Dr. Bryan Chapell, author of Christ Centered Preaching, Baker 1994)
The goal of every sermon is to deliver Christ to the congregation through the preaching of God’s Word. Dr. Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-centered Preaching, will teach us the art and science of proclaiming Christ as presented in God’s Word.

Session II | Wednesday Afternoon – Friday

Option 1: Christ Centered Worship (Dr. Zac Hicks, author of The Worship Pastor, Zondervan 2016)
Centering worship on Christ is so much more than singing songs about Jesus and the cross. It affects the language of our prayers, the structure of our services, the architecture of our spaces, and the habits of our planning and leading. In this course, we will explore the mindset and practices of a pastoral worship leader who wants to take Christ-centeredness seriously.

Option 2: First and Second Peter (Pr. Gary Jorgenson, Assistant to the President, Association of Free Lutheran Congregations)
This series on Peter’s epistles will consider the topic of hope. The saying goes, “Hope springs eternal.” But, depending upon what hope is based on or in, hope may be “iffy” at best, and downright hopeless at worst. Only hope based in God’s Word is sure and certain. 1 and 2 Peter were written to remind us of this truth and to center our hope in God’s Word. Then, no matter what trials we may face, hope will keep us encouraged.

Option 3: Ethics and the Follower of Christ (Dr. Nathan Olson, Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary Faculty)
Ethics is primarily concerned with answering the question: “How do we live?” As conservative and biblical Lutherans, we answer that question with an emphasis on the new life in Christ and its manifestation through our vocations. Therefore, this course will be a study of Christian conduct and its relevance to every area of life.

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