This notice appeared at the Ft. Wayne Seminary:
P R E S I D E N T ‘ S O F F I C E
Dear Seminary Family:
This coming week, November 4-6, it will be our privilege to host the President’s Seminary Summit to discuss and plan for the future of theological education in our church. Our guests will include President Kieschnick and his staff, the Board for Pastoral Education, the Board of Regents and President Meyer of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and our Board of Regents. Keynote speaker for the Summit will be Dr. Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director for the Association of Theological Schools. I invite you to greet and to visit with our guests. -President Wenthe
I am sure that there will be a lot of helpful things discussed at this meeting and I am sure that President Kieschnick will have some good input but our seminaries better beware who they host. Comments have been heard around the synod that our traditional residency seminary education is outdated. The expensive new age consultants that President Kieschnick keeps hiring are seeking to remake the synod in the eyes of the culture. Years of pastoral formation at the feet of our masters of theology is being replaced by a few internet courses and some experience in a “happy clappy church” or an emergent coffee house sanctuary (the Specific Ministry Program – SMP). Our grandfather’s seminary is in peril I fear.