If a young man wants to become a pastor in our church body, he must first complete four years of college at our pastor-teacher training educational institution (Martin Luther College) in New Ulm, MN. After that he must go to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for four more years of training in Mequon, WI.
The third year of his time at the seminary is called the “vicar” year. During these time he is assigned to a congregation usually in this country where he is, in essence, a paid intern under the tutelage of the supervising pastor who is the full-time Called servant at that church.
Some of these congregations are mission congregations (which means that they receive subsidy from our church body to help them in the beginning phases of their existence). One of the “vicars in mission settings” in our area of the country this year is Jackson Hunter who is spending his vicar year at Prince of Peace in Salt Lake City, UT. He will be guest preaching and teaching this coming Sunday at Living Word. It will be nice to have him here with us before he begins his senior year at the seminary this fall. Keep Jackson and his classmates in your prayers as they continue to train to be full-time pastors in our church body in the near future.
For more on Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, click HERE.