Monday, January 4, 2010
EDMONTON – A program offering second-year seminary students a weekend of practical experience in Western Canadian churches is seeking host congregations and families.
Since it began, Take Wing has landed in 48 Lutheran Church–Canada congregations, from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Vancouver Island and offers students practical experience, assistance for pastors and congregations, and a look at how ministers are made.
“Take Wing is a worthwhile pursuit for everyone involved,” said seminary director of development, Rev. Daniel Deyell.
“The student returns better prepared for the ministry. His experience boosts confidence for future ministry. Congregants experience firsthand the formation of their pastors. Pastors in the host congregations are helped in their duties for one Sunday and get to mentor ministers-in-the-making. The seminary gets flesh-and-blood exposure in churches.”
Take Wing is sponsored by the Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) Guild.
Congregations participating in the program are expected to make students feel welcome, greeting them at the airport Friday night and dropping them off Sunday.
They are also expected to help students with local transportation and room and board for two nights and the chance to serve.
Western Canadian parishioners make possible projects like Take Wing by subscribing to $5 Guild memberships. More than $7,000 was raised in the 2008-2009 campaign year.
For more information visit www.learngrowserve.ca, or call Daniel Deyell at the seminary at 780-474-1468 extension 230.