Supporting Second Career Seminarians
Our work is the encouragement and support of Second Career Lutheran Seminarians. We seek to strengthen and grow the Lutheran church in the Southeastern USA (the region roughly south of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River) by supporting men and women preparing for full time service in Christ's Church. These are folks feeling the call to come out of successful secular careers in order to become experienced leaders in Lutheran church settings. They are preparing for Ordained ministry, or any one of several types of lay church vocations. Their families are an important part of their commitment to ministry and preparation for that specific ministry. In that sense, we are a family oriented ministry.
The Rod And Staff Foundation
seeks to be fully involved in a ministry of support for these folks while not
being affiliated with any particular Lutheran denomination entity. The church is
facing a growing clergy shortage in light of the retirement of the "boomer"
generation among other things. The needs won't be met by those in the
traditional pipleine progression of college and seminary. Much of the church is
agonizing over issues of opening rosters to folks in various alternative
situations. It seems the church is possibly overlooking a rich resource of
experienced and committed leaders ready to come out of secular careers in
response to God's Call to specific ministry. These are almost always candidates
for ministry with families and they present the need for a different level of
support for themselves, their families, and for necessary economic resources, as
well as issues of child care, relocation, housing, and other aspects of daily
life. That is the basic thrust of the work of the Rod And Staff Foundation. We
boldly state our concern for their educational, spiritual and family growth
along a path leading to full time Lutheran church ministry.
(We are grateful for a generous grant from the Cross of Life Endowment Fund of the Lutheran Community Foundation for the development, support and maintenance of this website.)