AFLC Schools host training, equipping seminars
By Andrew Kneeland
The Free Lutheran Schools are committed to the training and equipping of believers for life and service in the Kingdom of God. A week of seminars and workshops were held in the middle of January in order to address cultural issues and provide practical training for pastors and lay people.
Board Governance Workshop and Church Council Ministry Workshop
Service on a church board or committee doesn’t need to be a loathsome task. Several presenters shared during this workshop on strategies and methods to making board governance possible, profitable, and joyful. Dean Jennissen shared on “Making Board Ministry Effective and Joyful,” sharing practical strategies from his 25 years of church leadership and ministry at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran in Cokato, Minnesota.
“Often times people reflect on church council or association-wide board ministry as drudgery,” Pr. Wade Mobley said, “or something to be relieved from. Boards and committees can be hard work — anything important usually is — but it should also be rewarding.”
Tony Onnen, also from Cokato, Minnesota, and a 20-year veteran of the Minnesota House of Representatives, shared a presentation entitled “Ordering an Effective Meeting,” which focused on the importance of diligent stewardship of time and how to run an effective meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order. Larry Myhrer, Vice President of Operations at the Free Lutheran Schools, trained those in attendance on the various types of financial statements. Finally, Steve Jankard, the chairman of the AFLC Schools Board of Trustees, presented on the “Benefits and Fundamentals of Long-Term Planning.”
Egypt, Joseph, and Bible History with Dr. Charles Aling
The confidence we have in Biblical inerrancy and authority is certainly under attack today, and it’s important to know that the inspired Words of the Old Testament is, in fact, in line with secular world history.
Dr. Charles Aling, recently retired after 31 years as history professor and department head at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Minnesota, shared a brief overview of Egyptian history, gave a detailed summary and historical proofs of Joseph’s career in Egypt, and also spent some time teaching about the date of the Exodus.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with Dr. Owen Strachan
Issues of sexuality and gender orientation are certainly at the forefront of our culture and ministry in today’s age. Dr. Owen Strachan taught about these issues in light of current political and cultural climate and the Biblical and theological considerations involved in this discussion. There is opportunity to sharpen our focus and our ministries on these issues.
“Pastors and future pastors (need to) walk their congregations through this wicked, cursed, evil world with eyes wide open,” Dr. Strachan said, “and at the very least shape how their people think about these matters.”
Midwinter Bible Conference
Families and congregations were given the opportunity in January to participate in our first-ever Midwinter Bible Conference and Webcast, either in person or by livestream.
Pastor Steve Mundfrom taught about the timeless truths about the nature of God’s Word. He shared about how we can know the Word of God is trustworthy and reliably the final authority for our lives as believers. Pastor Phil Haugen taught about the Lutheran doctrine of election, explaining how the question, “Why are some saved and others not?” must be handled as two separate questions.
Pastor Robert Lee taught explained the historical differences between Luther, Calvin, and Reformation Theology, and explained the distinctives and uniqueness of Lutheranism. Pastor Jerry Moan taught the basics of Biblical interpretation, and how believers can confidently read and explore the Word of God.
Continuing education and equipping believers are critical tasks, and the Free Lutheran Schools remain committed to addressing today’s cultural issues and preparing people for life and ministry in the local congregation.
Many classes and workshops were recorded and are available for personal and congregational use. Archived sessions can be found at www.aflbs.org/congregationalresources.
Kneeland serves as Student Life and Service Coordinator for AFLBS.
Founded in 1964 by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (www.aflc.org), the Free Lutheran Schools include a two year post-secondary program (Association Free Lutheran Bible School- www.aflbs.org) and a four year pastoral training program at the Masters of Divinity Level (Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary- www.aflts.org). The Free Lutheran Schools Corporation is a candidate member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS, www.tracs.org).