Folk aspiring to serve the community as religious and spiritual servants attended Ministry Day at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in Mount Airy recently. The session was held at the Brossman Center on Germantown Avenue.
Leading the session were the Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., the Rev. Dr. Mark K. Tyler, the Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart, the Rev. Keon A. Gerow, and Bishop Ernest McNeart.
Eight members of the Chosen Generation Church of God in Christ from Southwest Philadelphia were among the participants.
“I really want to learn more about how women can grow in the ministry,” said Andrea Gillis, a member of the Church of the Redeemer Baptist in South Philadelphia.
LTSP Master of Arts in Religion student Philip Harris, a South Philadelphia native who has lived in Mount Airy for 15 years, said he grasped an appreciation for the African-American’s community’s communal approach to service through ministry.
“There was a time when people looked down on what the old folks said about religion,” he said. “They would say that grandmom’s worship was not [authentic] because she was uneducated. Now we understand that she had a grasp on ministry that was theological…it just was not from the European point of view.”
After registration, the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the Urban Theological Institute, and the Rev. Dr. Kiran Sebastian, the academic dean, led the praise and worship.
The morning workshop topics included women in ministry and missions in a global community —to name a few.
After lunch there was another series of workshops with the morning themes. Musical group Catalyst for Change Worship Team led the crowd through the closing praise.
It was announced at LTSP that a new grant is available for part time students. There are still grants available for this fall in the Leadership Grant for Part Time Students program.
Those interested must be newly admitted to one of the master’s degree programs and enrolled in two or more courses per semester to qualify.
Each recipient will receive $765 for the first two semesters of study. There are 10 leadership grants still available for the 2012-2013 academic year.
For more information contact the Rev. Louise N. Johnson at admissions @ltsp.edu or call (215) 248-7302.