Training Pastors to Serve the Church in Russia

2021–2023 Mission Grant 7 — $100,000

Russian teacher in classroomThe interaction between student and teacher is a critical part of the pastoral training program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia. The seminary has a first-class faculty and as a confessional Lutheran seminary, standards are high. Some faculty members have received their theological education, in part, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, including the seminary rector himself, Rev. Dr. Alexey Streltsov. In describing the rigors of the education provided at the Novosibirsk seminary, Dr. Streltsov describes it as "neither lay discipleship training or short-term leadership preparation, but a serious effort that makes demands upon both teacher and student. After all, the Apostles themselves spent no fewer than three years in the 'seminary' of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Through the efforts of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the pastoral training provided by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia, the Word and Sacraments are again making their way to the long-repressed Russian people. With this grant, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will partner in training pastors and deaconesses and in helping the seminary continue its efforts to restore the Lutheran Church in Russia. The Novosibirsk seminary’s goal is to prepare workers to spread the true Word of God to the Russian people. This grant will fund some of the operational expenses of the seminary and allow it to continue providing a solid theological education to those seeking to serve as pastors and deaconesses within the Siberian Lutheran Church.

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