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Jan 17, 2024

by Sarah Maney Peer into the Concordia Seminary class where Dr. Pete Jurchen is teaching and you will see groups of seminarians gathered in small groups with their desks pushed together, brainstorming how they can intentionally weave ongoing teaching of the Small Catechism into the daily life of their congregations. The class is “Teaching the Faith,” and Jurchen’s approach is a practical one. Real-world scenarios provide opportunities for students to try things out and share their experiences together — equipping the future pastors for vicarage and beyond. “I found in my experience, our default as pastors is to teach primarily to inform,” Jurchen said. “And there’s nothing wrong with teaching to inform, but I would say that pastors should also [...]

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