Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, presented a convocation on May 17th about the immediate and long-term future of the Seminary. The event was webcast live. Congregations Matter will have a link to the video here as soon as it is available on the Seminary website. The event was inspirational and informative. Sharing the podium with faculty leaders, the webcast made a strong case for supporting both of our seminaries. In response to questions from pastors who participated in an “I Love the Sem” event, faculty and staff leaders outlined the commitment to a congregational focus for the seminary. In particular, four “good news” themes emerged that should give our Synod hope.
Throughout the Bible, God has a heart for His people in groups. That’s why He put us together in congregations. It’s one reason congregations matter – congregations are the creation of God for His purposes. We’re always and only found in community with Him and others. We know that we are supposed to live this way as the Body of Christ together. That’s clear from the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible did God ever make an individual Christian. Just read Ephesians 4. In it St. Paul talks about the gifts of people God gives to the Church. He tells us some of them are “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.” He reminds all of us of the responsibility of the “some” (including the pastors and teachers): to equip His people to do His work and build up the Church, the Body of Christ (verses 11 and