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2018 Summer Institute of Theology (SIT)
August 6 - August 10
2018 Summer Institute of Theology
August 6 – 10
The Summer Institute of Theology (SIT) provides an opportunity for continuing education for pastors and lay people. A variety of abbreviated courses and workshops are offered, taught by AFLC Schools faculty members and guest instructors.
Theme: “Teaching and Teachers”
This year’s SIT will focus on Christian Education in local congregation ministry.
8:00 a.m. – Devotions
8:15-10:00 a.m. – Plenary Session 1
Pastor as Teacher – Instructor: Dr. Ken Schurb
Although good Bible teaching stands out as important, it is perhaps more rare than good preaching. Pastors sometimes feel underprepared for this important aspect of their work. “Pastor as Teacher” will provide some basic tools so you can teach the faith via better preparation, with greater confidence, and to more focused effect.
Dr. Ken Schurb spent 19 years as a parish pastor in two congregations: Peace Lutheran Church, Berne, Indiana and Zion Lutheran Church, Moberly, Missouri. He also taught theology at Concordia College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has occasionally served as an adjunct instructor for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Schurb currently serves as Administrative Assistant to the President for Missions, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Human Care in the Central Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE (B.A., B.S.Ed.), Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN (M.Div., S.T.M.), and The Ohio State University (M.A., Ph.D.).
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Plenary Session 2
2 John – Instructor: Rev. Martin Horn
Second John, along with Philemon and 3 John, is one of the most neglected books of the New Testament. Yet, it deserves our attention because it offers to us a picture of the Christian congregation as beloved by God and grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. The main body of the course will include a study of the structure of the book and a verse. The course will also include studies of two biblical themes that John uses in 2 John, but does not stop to define: “the elect lady” and John’s concept of truth, which he uses in his gospel. Students will be strengthened in their understanding of the congregation and explore the central place of the gospel of Christ in the congregation.
Rev. Martin Horn has served several AFLC Congregations during his 33 years of pastoral ministry. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Historical Theology and New Testament Studies. Rev. Horn serves as board chairman for the Georg Sverdrup Society.
Noon – Lunch
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. – History and Aims of the AFLC – Instructor: Rev. Robert Lee
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Elective Session 1 (choose from list below)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Elective Session 2 (choose from list below)
Electives – (chose two, each elective will be held Monday – Thursday)
- Making the Most of Adult Christian Education in the Congregation – Instructor: Dr. James Molstre
- Simple Excellence in Children’s Christian Education – Instructor: Marian Christopherson
- Effective Confirmation Instruction – Instructor: Rev. Brett Boe – This elective will equip teachers with the tools needed to grow their skills as a Confirmation instructor. The history, purpose, and potential of Confirmation as a means of biblical catechesis will be examined as we learn about choosing curriculum, coming alongside parents of students, and methods of teaching the Bible and the Catechism.
- Teaching Scripture Orally – Instructor: Dr. Kevin Olson – Participants will learn why the oral training method is uniquely powerful and will learn how to present two stories over the course of the four days. This class will involve student participation for presenting.