Previous Seminars for Lay People in leading positions

3rd International Seminar for Lay People in Leading Church Positions
from June 26 - July 06, 2019 in Wittenberg and Geneva
Theme: "Reformation Yesterday and Today"

22 people from member churches of the following 16 countries participated: Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Australia, Jordan, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Chile, Suriname, USA, Denmark, Great Britain, Romania and Germany. "Reformation Yesterday and Today" was the theme. There was great interest in the basics of Martin Luther's theology, which is expressed, for example, in his songs and in the Augsburg Confession as the foundation of Lutheran faith. Also, the interest in Melanchthon's biography. All participants without exception confirmed the great importance of this seminar for their work in the future and how much they could learn from each other.

Rebecca Ackwonu, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana, put it this way: "It has indeed been a privilege to be part of the 3rd International Seminar for Church Lay Leaders. I have listened to other countries' programs and experiences and realized that we are indeed one big family in spite of our different cultures. I am going back enriched and hope to be a better leader in my church to the glory of God.”

               
                 Rebecca Ackwonu              Elizabeth Brennan Burgess

Elizabeth Brennan Burgess of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the USA wrote: "Amazing, varied and personal - the third LWF Lay Leader Seminar is a melting pot of rich relationships. Every day there was an opportunity for intensive discussions with my colleagues from 16 countries on 5 continents. The seminar is a life-changing unique event that has broadened my view of the world. I am grateful forever".

Pastor and lecturer Dr. Anupama Hial from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jeypur in India as well as the Director of Studies Rev. Joachim Zirkler led the seminar and gave lectures. Dr. Rudolf Ficker (theme biography of Melanchthon and Luther's understanding of Scripture) and Pastor Dr. Bogislav Burandt (theme Augsburg Confession) from Hanover were invited as guests.
                                                                                                                                                                    
Rev. Dr. Philip Lok, Rev. Dr. Patricia Cuyatti, Rev. Dr. Ireneusz Lukas and Rebecca Daniel from the LWF Community Office accompanied the group during the first days in Geneva. The participants got to know the LWF's structure at the Communion Office and areas of work, had discussions with staff, visited the UN and the Lutheran Church in town. The exchange and theological training of lay people in leadership positions proved once again to be extremely invigorating and helpful.

 


2nd International Seminar for Lay People in Leading Church Positions
from August 09 - 18, 2018 in Wittenberg and Geneva
Theme: "Reformation in progress - the meaning of Reformation today"

Twenty people from member churches of the following 18 countries participated: Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, USA, Canada, Finland, Latvia (Latvian Foreign Church in Germany) and Slovakia. "Reformation in progress - the meaning of Reformation today" was the theme. The interest in the foundations of the theology of Martin Luther, the e. g. expressed in his songs and the Augsburg Confession as the foundation of Lutheran faith was great. Likewise, the interest in Luther's and Melanchthon's biography. All participants without exception confirmed the importance of this seminar for their work in the future and how much they could learn from each other. Rev. Anupama Hial from the Jeypore Church in India as well as Tutor of studies, pastor Joachim Zirkler led the seminar and gave lectures. As guests were Dr. Rudolf Ficker (topic Melanchthon) and pastor Dr. Bogislav Burandt (topic Augsburg Confession) from Hannover invited. 
                                                                                               
Rev. Dr. Philip Lok from the Communion Office in Geneva spent several days together with the participants. He accompanied the group to Geneva. There, the participants got to know the structure and work areas of the LWF and got in touch with employees at the Communion Office. The exchange and the theological training of lay leaders in leadership responsibility proved to be extremely invigorating and helpful.



1st International Seminar for Lay People in Leading Church Positions
from January 18 - 28, 2017 in Wittenberg and Geneva
Topic: "The priesthood of all believers"

There were 19 participants from member churches of the following countries: Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Taiwan, Tanzania, South Africa, DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, USA, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany. "The priesthood of all believers" was the theme. The interest in the foundations of the theology of Martin Luther, expressed, for example, in his songs, his spirituality and the Augsburg Confession, was great. And the interest in Luther's and Melanchthon's biography was great as well. All participants confirmed without exception how important this seminar was for their work in the future. Rev. Dr. Philip Lok from the Communion Office in Geneva attended the seminar all the time and accompanied the group on the trip to Geneva. There the participants got to know the structure as well as the work areas of the LWF and they met different fieldworkers. The exchange and the theological further training of lay people in leadership responsibility proved to be very powerful and helpful.

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