To Train Pastoral Candidates Thoroughly


WHEREAS, Jesus commanded His apostles to make disciples of all the nations by baptizing and teaching “all (emphasis added) that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20); and

WHEREAS, God, through the Apostle Paul, listed as one of the qualifications for pastors that they be “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:3); and

WHEREAS, believers and unbelievers alike benefit from a clergy that is well-trained and well-versed in all areas of Christian doctrine; and

WHEREAS, even society at large stresses the great benefits of receiving more college education and not less; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the ((DISTRICT)) in convention memorialize the 2013 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Convention to do two things: 1) encourage our district and synodical officials and the officials of our seminaries in Saint Louis and Fort Wayne to strongly impress upon prospective seminary students the great benefits of receiving as much seminary education as possible, and 2) to put an upper limit of 10% of the previous year’s enrollment for first-year seminary students that can enter the Specific Ministry Program (SMP) the following academic school year (for example, if Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne had 50 first-year students enrolled at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic school year, they could accept up to five SMP students for the 2012-2013 academic school year).

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


To Train Pastoral Candidates Thoroughly — 1 Comment

  1. Seriously?? You can’t say on one hand that SMP pastors don’t receive a good enough quality education to be pastors and then on the other say “well 10% under-educated pastors is cool.” Garbage, just garbage.

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