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James Wind, Kurt Hendel to address "Perfect Potential: Seeking Excellence in Ministry" at 2008 LSTC Leadership Conference

Posted Nov 13, 2007

February 11 - 12, 2008, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present "Perfect Potential: Seeking Excellence in Ministry," its 2008 Leadership Conference. The conference explores questions such as "What is the Christian understanding of excellence?" "What does it mean to talk about excellence in ministry?" and "How do we simultaneously celebrate and survive ministry?" Conference fees are $80 per day or $155 for both days. Recent LSTC graduates (2005- 07) may register for $100 for two days.

The Rev. Dr. James P. Wind, president of the Alban Institute, will present the keynote address, "Stories That Take Us Somewhere: The Narrative Work of Congregations" on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Kurt K. Hendel will present "Faithfulness: Luther's View of Excellence" on Tuesday, February 12 at 9:15 a.m.

Pastor Heidi Neumark, author of Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx, is the preacher at 11:15 a.m. on February 11 and at 11:00 a.m. on February 12.

Kelly Fryer, author of Reclaiming the "L" Word: Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Heritage, writer for the No Experience Necessary Bible study series, and co-founder of A.R.E.: A Renewal Enterprise, is a featured workshop leader.

On February 11, the Rev. Dr. Mark P. Bangert, John H. Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Theology: Worship and Music, will present a pre-conference workshop on worship at 8:30 a.m.
Other participants include the Rev. Dr. Kathleen D. (Kadi) Billman, dean and vice president of academic affairs, LSTC; Connie Kleingartner, Logos Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Ministries and director of field education, LSTC; the Rev. Paul Landahl, acting director of candidacy, LSTC and former bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod; the Rev. Ray Legania, pastor of Bethel-Imani Lutheran Church and bishops' associate in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod; the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet, director of vocation and education, LSTC; the Rev. Dr. David Rhoads, professor of New Testament, LSTC; the Rev. Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo, director for rostered and authorized leadership support and assistant director for multicultural leadership in the ELCA's Vocation and Education unit; and Mark N. Wilhelm, associate executive director for educational partnerships and institutions and director for theology in daily life for the ELCA's Vocation and Education unit.

On Monday, February 11, an alumni reception and banquet will be held. LSTC faculty authors will be on hand during the reception to sign copies of their books. Banquet tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by February 1, 2008.


Anne and Mark Wiberg
Leadership Conference Coordinators

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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