Check Out the D Min Program at Fort Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

I completed the D Min program at Concordia Theological Seminary a few years back and it was one of the highlights of my pastoral career. They have recently revamped the program and it looks great. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I never felt burnt out or that I was just treading water in the Lord’s ministry but when I started taking classes in the D Min program I was greatly energized and motivated for my last twenty years or so of service to the Lord. I probably was a little worn out and didn’t realize it. (You can click here for details on the program.)

Check out the list of classes offered in the program and I hope you will be energized as well: DMTP 812 – A Lutheran Catechumenate for a Post Modern World; DMPL 826 – Current Trends in Lutheran Worship; DMPL 823 – Issues in the Lord’s Supper; and the list goes on. You can see the entire list here.

Maybe the best thing about the program is that the classes are taught by the regular profs at CTS. There are also some of the best pastors in our synod who are brought in to teach some of the classes.

Being a St. Louis grad I checked out their program first but what I saw is that they focused way to heavily on sociology and psychology. The Fort Wayne program is far more oriented to churchly doctrine and practice. The only criticism I have of the new program is that they lump leadership in with pastoral care. They are clearly two distinct disciplines. I am glad to see “The Fort” offering something on leadership however. It gets abused by the church-growthers but if handled properly it is an area in which most of our parish pastors could use some training.

I encourage you pastors to check out this program and make every effort to enroll. It will be a great shot in the arm for you and your congregation.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Check Out the D Min Program at Fort Wayne, by Pr. Rossow — 9 Comments

  1. Dear BJS Bloggers,

    The D.Min. program is tailor-made for the parish pastor. The newly-minted pastor with his M.Div. gets out into the parish and learns a lot at work–about himself, about his office, about congregations, about his family–and how to manage all that. That process of learning on the job takes about five years for most guys. Then he looks around, after doing the three-year series twice, and meeting the typical challenges with some modicum of success–and says, “What’s next?”

    The D.Min. is what’s next–and the Fort Wayne program is the best in the business, with a close second going to the Saint Louis seminary (which also has the Ph.D. for those more academically inclined).

    Thanks for posting this, Pastor Rossow!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. I have been in the program for two years now–also having done my M.Div. at St. Louis, like Pr. Rossow. “The Fort” is great. The folks are most welcoming and the classes are solidly Confessional. Being familiar with both seminaries provides for a very rounded LCMS experience.

  3. Quasi,

    It is essentially residential because many of the classes are done on site. The intensive format is to allow pastors to be home on weekends and to be able to be gone only two weeks or so every semester.

  4. I have always considered administration a form of pastoral care. I wonder if the link between leadership and pastoral care follows along similar lines? Just a thought…

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