CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

An Integrated Curriculum

Unified Theological Study

God is not divided and the study of theology shouldn’t be either. During the 19th century, theological education was divided into four areas of study, exegetical (the study of Biblical text), systematic (the sum and structure of theological knowledge), practical (the real world practice of theology) and historical. While that structure can be helpful for things like structuring the expertise of a theological faculty, a parish pastor needs to be proficient with all of those disciplines. More than that, he needs to be able to use them together in a way that allows him to care effectively for God’s people who are entrusted to his care.

In order to help you become the most effective pastor you can possibly be, CTSFW has structured its M.Div. curriculum in a way that breaks down the barriers between those disciplines and provides you with an ongoing integration of theology and practice, forming you into a faithful servant who can lead and love the congregation you will serve. Throughout your formation at CTSFW, you will be immersed in theology through worship, spending time with our faculty and living as part of our campus community.

Prayer

“Kneel down in your private little room and with sincere humility and earnestness pray God through his dear Son, graciously to grant you his Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide you and give you understanding.” (Luther, LW 34, 283-288)

Meditation

… You should meditate. This means that not only in your heart but also externally you should constantly handle and compare, read and reread the Word as preached and the very words as written in Scripture, diligently noting and meditating on what the Holy Spirit means … (Luther, LW 34, 283-288)

“Therefore I again implore all Christians, especially pastors and preachers, not to be doctors too quickly and to imagine they know everything. There is much waste in imagination and unshrunk cloth. But let ministers daily pursue their studies with dilligence and constantly busy themselves with them.”

Luther, SL 10,29

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15, ESV

Suffering

This is the touchstone. It teaches you not only to know and understand but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God’s word is…For as soon as God’s Word becomes known through you, the devil will afflict you, will make a real [theologian] of you. (Luther, LW 34, 283-288)

“The seminary does not exist to produce religious technicians, ecclesial managers, or psychological therapists, but rather thinking and speaking pastors who are able to articulate the truth of the gospel with competence and accuracy in a world fragmented and often chaotic.”

Prof. John Pless (CTQ 70, 2006, 85-93)