We train pastors to establish and equip the church to reach and disciple the next generation. (Ephesians 4)
The Need in The AALC
The American Association of Lutheran Churches has a great need. Did you know that within the next 5–15 years many, if not most, of our current pastors will retire? Just think of all the congregations that will need pastors.
Meet One of Our Graduates
The Rev. Dave Spotts
While in seminary, Pastor Spotts served in Word and Sacrament as an interim pastor in Kentucky, then as a parish pastor in Watseka, Illionois under the AALC's RLLP program, which has since been eliminated. He then received a call to found a ministry to students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the collegiate communities in Columbia, Missouri, Wittenberg Door Campus Ministry. He graduated and was ordained in 2016. In addition to being a missionary campus pastor, Pastor Spotts serves on the faculty of ALTS, teaching Greek. When asked about his reasons for becoming a Lutheran pastor, Dave told us this:
"I've been interested in ministry since shortly after I became a Christian in high school. I was appointed for various types of ministry work by several different denominations, starting in 1984, when I first worked in campus ministry as an undergraduate student and campus chaplain. Through a decade as a teacher I became more interested in the teaching and counseling aspects of my work. The best parts of my job in a Christian school involved walking a Greek class through a passage of Scripture and helping the students see what it had to do with all their life. I also became more and more dissatisfied with the doctrines and practices of the church bodies from the more radical parts of the Reformation. Calvinism and Arminianism failed to explain the difficult passages of Scripture. It was when I found the Lutheran Reformation that I finally met a theological foundation which required no apologies. I'd wanted to attend seminary for some time. ALTS made that possible. Now I get to spend the bulk of my time bringing Jesus and His Word to people from all walks of life, from over 100 different nations, with no apologies. Thanks be to God for his work in me and through me."
Do you have a desire to be a pastor?
Has anyone ever told you, "You would make a great pastor" or that "you should consider this as your career path?" Have you ever wondered what your vocation might be after college? Or, do you already have a career that is not fullling and you're wondering about pastoral ministry? St. Paul wrote, "If anyone sets his heart on being an overseerer, he desires a noble thing" (1 Tim. 3:1). If you have answered "Yes" to any of these questions then give us a call or send us an e-mail. We would be happy to speak with you. As we look down the road the need for pastors in our Church body is great. Perhaps you are one whom God is calling to serve Him in His harvest field.
The Future is Now
The American Lutheran Theological Seminary exists to train pastors to serve in our congregations. The good news is that we have young (and older) men who are studying to be pastors. Is this part of your future?
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