From February 8-10, students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary participated in Mission & Ministry, an annual three-day event organized by the students. Under the theme “A World Overcome,” this event highlighted the worldwide work of WELS.
Each day featured a worship service, an overview of ministry highlights by WELS leaders, an encouraging keynote address by a worker in the field, and the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions of interest. Presenters were encouraging to students that above all, God equips his called workers, and the harvest is plentiful.
In order to give these future pastors a cross-section of experiences they may face in ministry, 24 breakout sessions were offered in specific topics. These sessions included discussions on world missions using technology post-COVID, continued mission opportunities to the Hmong in Vietnam, urban ministry, restarting a mission, shifting church culture in support of the home, and graphic design for worship and outreach. Many workshops had the underlying, connecting themes that pastors need to be intentional in their work and have a curious mind toward potential new ideas.
WELS organizations set up displays to share information about their work in God’s kingdom. The seminary family was blessed to have visitors each day: the pastor-track juniors from Martin Luther College participated on the first day and the students of Bethany Theological Lutheran Seminary participated on days two and three. A special event during the opening worship service was the commissioning of missionary Michael Hartman to England.
For photos of the event, visit the seminary’s Facebook page.