This week, the synod’s Assignment Committee met to assign graduates to congregations, schools, and mission settings. At the Assignment service on Thursday, May 20, 2020, Professor Geiger’s sermon reminded them that—as they start their ministries—young Timothy was serving in the same kind of world that these men are about to enter. He encouraged them to bring healing to this hurting world, to watch out for Satan’s attacks, to keep their eyes on the prize. Then he encouraged them to look ahead to the end of their ministries, to be able to say at the finish, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” (2 Timothy 4:7).
After hearing encouragement from God’s Word, the candidates, their families, parents, grandparents, and friends learned where they were headed to serve. In all, 33 men were assigned. Of those, 28 were seniors receiving their first call, one from the class of 2020, and four were from the class of 2019. In addition, one was reassigned to a one-year call. Seven of the calls were to serve WELS home and world mission fields.
The service was streamed and over 1100 computers joined via our Livestream page and almost another 200 on Facebook Live. Friends and family checked in from places such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Alaska, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
At the separate service on Wednesday, April 19, 40 middlers were assigned to congregations throughout the U.S., Canada, and the world to serve for their vicar—or internship—year. Twenty-three of those were to serve as vicars through the Vicars in a Mission Setting program, and one was assigned to serve a WELS world missions partner in Colombia.