Last week, the synod’s Assignment Committee met to assign graduates to congregations, schools, and mission settings. At the Call Day service on Thursday, May 18, 2017, seminary president, Paul Wendland, prefaced the assignments by saying, “Why don’t we just get on with it? Why do we spend so much time surrounding the announcement of the calls with listening to the Word of God and with prayer and with hymns and with a sermon? … Because the thing is, brothers and sisters, we don’t have the eyes to see what is really happening. We need God’s Word to help us understand that what is happening here is not the mere announcement of some names and congregations, that what is happening here is that the Lord Christ in heaven above is giving gifts to his Church.”
In all, 36 men were assigned. Of those, 28 were seniors receiving their first call, two from the class of 2016 had their calls made permanent, five were assigned from the class of 2015, and one from 2013. Three additional men were reassigned to one-year calls.
While many were called to serve established congregations, four of these were assigned to mission settings, four to tutor positions at WELS ministerial education schools, and four as assistants to district presidents.
The service was streamed live, with 1315 views and computers logged on from 45 states. Entire classrooms were watching too: an 8th grade class from St. Mark’s, Watertown, Wis.; 5-6th graders from St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.; and 5-6th Graders from Mt. Olive, Delano, Minn.
On Tuesday, May 16, at an evening worship service, 27 middlers were assigned to congregations throughout North America to serve for their vicar year. Visit our assignment lists to see where they are serving.
Watch the archived footage from both services at http://livestream.com/WLSLive.
To see photos of the day, visit the seminary’s Facebook album.