LTSS Alumni Day 2019

By Deborah M. Slice

Administrative Associate for Academic Programs
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary – Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Reverend Dr. David J. Lose will be the Yost Lecturer at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary on Thursday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in Stavros Hall. Dr. Lose’s presentation is the highlight of the seminary’s annual Alumni Day. Clergy and congregational members are invited to attend, free of charge. Registration for the lecture is recommended, as space is limited. Please contact or 803-461-3250 to reserve your seat or for more information about the event.

Dr. Lose will talk about engaging and equipping people to encourage active discipleship and participation in the life of the congregation:

“When our people stop going to church, it’s rarely because they’ve found another one they like more, because they’re mad at the pastor (what we all fear!), or because they no longer believe in God. Instead, when people stop going to church, it’s usually because so little of what happens on Sunday mornings relates to what they do the rest of their week.
“The key to addressing this challenge is, I think, to equip our people not simply to know their faith, but to actively use it in navigating an increasingly complex world. In particular, I’ve found putting a priority on four things to have the most impact: inviting people to enter the Biblical story, connecting their faith and daily life, praying with confidence, and experiencing genuine relationships. Join us for a conversation about why this is important and what this might look like in your congregational setting.” – David Lose

Dr. Lose, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, was previously the President of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World – and Our Preaching – is Changing; Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World; and the Making Sense series. His popular blog, “In the Meantime . . .” shares his weekly reflections on preaching from the lectionary with readers from across the world. He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.

Other activities planned for alumni on this special day include a 10 a.m. Festival Eucharist service with Bishop Michael Rhyne of the Allegheny Synod preaching and Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, the seminary’s new Rector and Dean, presiding; an 11:30 a.m. conversation with Lenoir-Rhyne University President Fred Whitt and LTSS Rector and Dean Mary Hinkle Shore; and a 12:30 p.m. luncheon for LTSS alumni, senior seminarians, and faculty. (If you are an LTSS alumnus and would like to attend the Alumni Day luncheon, contact or register here:

The John L. Yost Jr. Lectureship was established in 1973 as a special part of the seminary OUTREACH appeal. A very large gift from a loyal member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC, initiated this endowed lectureship in honor of the Rev. John L Yost, Jr., D.D. Other Holy Trinity Church members responded most generously to the initial contribution and completed the lectureship endowment in appreciation for the dedicated and devoted ministry of Pastor Yost, who served that congregation as senior pastor for sixteen and one-half years.

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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