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Systematics and Biblical Topics by Month

 


Year One
Month
Biblical
Systematics

September

Introduction to the Biblical story

Introductions & On Being a Theologian

October

Canonization of the Bible
"How did we get what we got?"

The Bible as God's Word
of Law and Promise

November

Creation Literature

God, Creation and Law

December

Following the Exodus Trail

Human Being, Being Human and Sin

January

Introduction to the Gospels

The Work of Christ

February

The Passion of Christ (Part 1)

The Person of Christ

March

The Passion of Christ (Part 2)

God as Triune

April

God's Spirit in the Bible

The Holy Spirit

May

The Catholic Letters

The Church


Year Two
Month
Biblical
Systematics

September

Psalms

Prayer and The Lord's Prayer

October

Exilic Literature

Baptism

November

1 Corinthians

Holy Communion

December

Galatians

American Lutheranism (Part 1 )

January

From Exodus to Exile (Part 1 )

American Lutheranism (Part 2 )

February

From Exodus to Exile (Part 2 )

World Religions (Part 1 )

March

Acts

World Religions (Part 2 )

April

Apocalyptic Literature

Vocation and Ethics (Part 1 )

May

Your Biblical Questions

Vocation and Ethics (Part 2 )


Monthly Reading Assignments

Year One
Month
Biblical
Systematics

September

Introduction to the Bible story

Introductions & On Being a Theologian

October

Canonization of the Bible
"How did we get what we got?"
Sumney: Chapters 1, 2, 3

The Bible as God's Word
of Law and Promise
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 9-22
Kolb and Wengert, pp. 345-351, 377-386

November

Creation Literature
Sumney: Chapter 4
Genesis 1-3
Psalms 3, 19,33, 100, 104

God, Creation and Law
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 23-52
Kolb and Wengert, pp. 351-355, 386-433

December

Following the Exodus Trail
Exodus 1-20
Sumney: Chapter 5

Human Being, Being Human and Sin

January

Introduction to the Gospels
Sumney: Chapters 10
Read your favorite Gospel

The Work of Christ
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 53-62
Kolb and Wengert, pp 355, 434-435

February

The Passion of Christ (Part 1)
Sumney: Chapter 11

The Person of Christ
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 63-78

March

The Passion of Christ (Part 2)
Sumney: Chapter 12

God as Triune
Luther On the Councils and the Church
(to be distributed)

April

God's Spirit in the Bible
(The readings are on the worksheets
which will be handed out in March)

The Holy Spirit
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 79-99
Kolb and Wengert, pp 355-356, 435-440

May

The Catholic Letters
James, 1 Peter, 1 John,
Sumney: Chapters 16

The Church


Year Two
Month
Biblical
Systematics

September

Psalms - Israel's LBW!
Sumney: Chapter 9
Read Psalms 1,2,22,23,51,137

Prayer and The Lord's Prayer
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 100-116

October

By the Waters of Babylon: Exilic Literature
Sumney: Chapter 6
Isaiah 40 to 55, Lamentatons, Psalms 74, 79, 137

Holy Spirit and the Church
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 88-99
Luther's Large Catechism-Apostle's Creed, the Third Article. Kolb and Wengert, pp. 355-356, 435-440

November

Paul and the Corinthians
Sumney: Chapter 14
I Corinthians

Baptism and Holy Communion
Truemper & Niedner, pp. 117-144
Luther's Large Catechism-Baptism, Communion and the Office of the Keys, Kolb and Wengert, pp. 359-363, 371-375, 456-480

December

Paul and Galatians
Sumney: Chapter 15
Galatians (on tape)

American Lutheranism (Part 1 )
Nichol, All These Lutherans

January

Life in the Promised Land
Sumney: Chapters 5 & 7
I & II Samuel

American Lutheranism (Part 2 )
Nichol, All These Lutherans

February

Life in the Promised Land II
Sumney: Chapter 8
I & II Kings

World Religions (Part 1 )
(Handouts)

March

Acts and the Early Church
Acts
Sumney: Chapter 13

World Religions (Part 2 )
(Handouts)

April

Apocalyptic Literature
Sumney: Chapter 8 & 17
Daniel and Revelation

Vocation and Ethics (Part 1 )
Kolden Living the Faith

May

No assigned readings

Vocation and Ethics (Part 2 )
Kolden Living the Faith

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Christian and Spiritual Formation
Year One and Two
Pastor Natalie Leske

Northwest Synod of Wisconsin • Lay School of Ministry •


Year One

September ~ Getting Started
         Introductions, Course Overview, Syllabus
        
October ~ Covenant Groups
         Reading: Soul Feast - Chapter 7
         Supplemental Reading: Frogs - Chapter 3 and 9

November ~ Faith Formation
         Reading: Article “Faith Practices, Faith Lives,” Dr. Martha E. Stortz,   
                      “Study Guide on Faith Practices,” Dorothy C. Bass
         Supplemental Reading: Frogs - Chapters 1 and 8

December ~ Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson
      Director for Evangelical Mission - Assistant to the Bishop NW Synod of WI 
          
January ~ Word
         Reading: Soul Feast - Chapter 2
                      Article “Story Matters: Naming, Claiming and Living Our Biblical                                Identity” by Dr. Diane Jacobson and Rev. Brenda Smith

February ~ Prayer
         Reading: Soul Feast - Chapter 3

March ~ Examination
         Reading: Soul Feast - Chapters 6
                      Healing - Chapter 8
         Supplemental Reading: Soul Feast - Chapter 5

 

April ~ Family and Congregation
         Reading: Handouts
         Supplemental Reading: Frogs - Chapters 2, 4-7

May ~ Vocation
       Reading: Handout - An Understanding Of Christian Vocation from Christian’s                   _Calling in the World by Marc Kolden.

YEAR TWO
 

September ~ Sabbath
         Reading: Practicing Our Faith - Chapter 6
                       Soul Feast- Chapter 4

October ~ Hospitality
         Readings: Soul Feast - Chapter 8
                        Practicing Our Faith - Chapter 3

November ~ Forgiveness
         Readings: Practicing our Faith - Chapter 10
                         Simple Ways to Pray for Healing - Chapter 4

December ~ Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson
      Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop NW Synod of WI

January  - Mystery/Contemplation
         Readings: Soul Feast - Chapter 3 review pp. 47-55
                        Simply Ways to Pray for Healing - Chapter 8

February - Healing
         Readings: Practicing Our Faith - Chapter 11
                         Simple Ways to Pray for Healing - Chapters 1-2, 6-7

March - Discernment
         Readings: Practicing our Faith – Chapter 5 and 8

April - Service/Justice
        
Readings: Practicing our Faith - Chapter 7
         Supplemental Reading: Frogs – Chapter 11

May - Wrap up and Sending
        
Contact Information:
nkleske@gmail.com
715.829.8324


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WORSHIP • Year One
Lay School of Ministry • Northwest Synod of Wisconsin

Instructor Rev. Dr. David K. Anderson, Retired ELCA Pastor
prdavea@gmail.com

Worship
Purpose: We will study the practice of worship in the assembly of the faithful, attending to the biblical, historical, theological and ritual roots of worship. Participants will examine prinicipal rites of the church and their contemporary usage in order to understand what constitutes sound and faithful worship practices and understand worship in the context of the congregation life and mission.

Required Texts:
Evangelical Lutheran Worship (pew edition)
Renewing Worship: Principles for Worship (ELCA) 2002,
Introduction to Christian Worship, James F. White (Paperback - Jan 2001)

Basic Texts

Introduction to Christian Worship, James F. White (Paperback - Jan 2001)

This is the main text for the course. It covers the material in more detail.

  • You may read the assignment before class to prepare for class.
  • Or, you may read it after the class to build on what you learned.
  • Or completely skip the assignment and just learn what you learn in class.
  • Do whichever works for you.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (pew edition), aka “the cranberry colored hymnal.”

Don’t buy one unless you really want you own copy. Borrow one from your congregation. Lots of people just borrow one for the evening from Our Saviour’s (the church where we meet).

Bible

An NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) is the best choice, whatever you use in Biblical Studies this year.

Lay School has good deals on The Lutheran Study Bible if you are in the market for a new Bible.

Other Readings as Assigned

From time to time I will hand out or email other brief readings.

Syllabus

Lay School of Ministry Year One

 

Topic

Assignment

September

What is Worship?

“What Do We Mean By ‘Christian Worship, ’” White, pp. 17-46

Assignment for February: “The Language of Space,” White, pp. 81-109.

October

The God Whom We Worship: The Triune God

No Assignment

November

The People that Worships: A Brief History of Christianity

The Place We Worship: Christian Architecture

No Assignment

December

The Principal Service (I): The Word

“The Service of the Word,” White, pp. 151-173 & Lutheran Book of Worship, pp. 1154-1158.

January

 The Principal Service (II): The Meal

 “The Eucharist,” White, pp. 229-262

“God’s Love Made Visible,” White, pp.175-201

February

Entry into the People of God: Baptism (I)

“Christian Initiation,” White, pp. 203-228 

March

Entry into the People of God (II): Rites Related to Baptism

No Assignment

April

To Be Announced

 

May

To Be Announced

 


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WORSHIP
Year Two
Textbooks

Required Textbooks:

Evangelical Lutheran Worship

Lay School of Ministry Year Two

 

Topic

Assignment

September

Time of Worship: Daily Prayer

“Daily Public Prayer,” White, pp. 131-149

October

Time of Worship: The Church Year (Lent – Christ the King)

“The Language of Time,” White, pp. 47-80

November

Time of Worship: The Church Year (Advent – Transfiguration)

 

December

Life Passages: Healing

“Occasional Services,” White, pp. 263-276, 286-294

January

Life Passages: Burial

“Occasional Services,” White, pp. 295-303

February

Life Passages: Marriage

“Occasional Services,” White, pp. 276-286

March

Proclamation: The Word (I)

 

April

Proclamation: The Word (II)

Assignment for April: Prepare a Sermon, Sermon Outline, or Devotion based on the text discussed during the April class (if you want to).

May

The Music of Worship

“The Sounds of Church Music,” White, pp. 111-150


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The Northwest Synod of Wisconsin’s
Lay School of Ministry
2016-17 LSM Cont Ed Faculty/Topics
The Book of Acts

Faculty - Months and Topics

 

2016
Sept 9/10 Sarah Henrich/Luther Seminary

Session One
                  "Restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6): What were they thinking?
We began where Jesus and his followers began, in a world understood through a Jewish imagination about God, God's word, God's promises, and human hopes.  Every aspect of Jesus' life and ministry was deeply rooted in Jewish thought and life.  What did Jews believe at the turn of the millennium?  How did Jesus challenge those beliefs, if he did?  What did that mean for community?

Oct 7/8 Sarah Henrich/Luther Seminary

Session Two
                  "The Gentiles who turn to God" (15:19):Who were these folks and what did they bring to their new communities?
                  Gentiles were everyone who was not Jewish.  The ancient Mediterranean world was predominantly Gentile--filled with varieties of beliefs, languages, customs, ethnic groups....you name it.  Most of the Mediterranean world was part of the Roman Empire which tolerated variety pretty well as long as taxes were paid and the peace kept.  What did it mean in the midst of all this variety to proclaim another king, a savior other than the emperor, and the worship of one God?   Perhaps we will find some clues for faithful living in our own pluralistic world.


Nov 11/12 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary

The Two Pauls: The Book of Acts Versus the Letters of Paul

Over my years of reading the Book of Acts I have been fascinated with the way it tells the story of Paul in ways that he himself would neither have recognized nor approved. Paul is the major (human) player in Acts. He is there at the stoning of Stephen in chapter 7, and the last words of Acts 28 describe his stay in Rome. But this beginning and this ending and all that happens between fails to show up in the genuine letters of Paul.  So what are we to make of the two Pauls, and which one can enliven the church of the 21st century?

Session one deals with the two ways Paul’s conversion was depicted (2 Corinthians 12; Acts 9; 22; 26).

Dec 9/10 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session two deals with the meaning of religion (1 Corinthians 1-2 and Acts 17)

2017
Jan 13/14 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session three examines attitudes toward the religion of others (1 Corinthians 8; Acts 14:8-18).

Feb 10/11 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session four looks at gender (Philippians 3-4 and Acts 16:11-15).

Mar 10/11 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session five treats Judaism (Romans 9-11; Acts 13-15).



April 7/8 Ray Picket/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8): How is the Spirit at Work in the World Today?


Acts tells the story of the continuation of Jesus’ ministry through his followers who have been filled and empowered by the Spirit. Acts has sometimes been called the gospel of the Spirit because it features transformational experiences prompted by the Spirit. In this session we will explore various interpretations of the work of the Spirit in Acts from a variety of cultural and theological perspectives.

May 12/13 Ray Picket/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

“These people who have been turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6): How do we Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus?

The story Acts begins with a small band of Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem who are impelled by the Spirit to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire. As the movement spreads, Jesus’ Jewish followers find themselves encountering people of different ethnicities and engaging cultural differences in ways that transform both the movement and those it embraced. In this session we will explore what Acts has to say about bearing witness to the resurrection of Jesus in creative ways that allow us to be transformed by others even as we share the good news.

To register, send $100 made payable to the “Northwest Synod of Wisconsin” and mailed to Howard and Bonnie Weber, 21401 78th Street, Bloomer, WI 54724.

 

It looks to be another great year of life long learning.


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LAY SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Pastor Greg Kaufmann's Class
THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE YEAR ONE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

All Readings come from "The Bible: An Introduction" by Jerry L. Sumney

September: Introduction to the Biblical Story

Beginning with the life of Jesus, we will work backwards through the Biblical story. Using numerous overheads, and a timeline your small group will create, we will familiarize ourselves with the "high points" of the Biblical timeline.Some representative questions include:

  1. What other options did first century Jews have? What led to the growth of apocalyptic literature? Why was Jesus unacceptable to most of his contemporaries?What led to the birth of Judaism after the exile? Why were parts of the Southern Kingdom of Judah in exile? What happened to the Northern Kingdom? Why were there two kingdoms in the first place? Why did they have a king? Why did the Exodus happen?What were the Israelites doing in Egypt?
  2. Why did God choose a people?

October: Canonization of the Bible:
How did we get what we have in our Bibles? Sumney: Chapters 1, 2, 3

  1. Journal Summary: Reflect on issues raised during our September discussion of The Story. Relate it to the story you learned as you grew up.

November: Creation Literature

Sumney: Chapter 4
Genesis 1-3
Psalms 3, 19, 33, 100, 104

  1. Journal Summary: What do I mean/believe when I weekly confess that "I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth."
  2. What would change if we adopted Harry Wendt's suggestion to add "and owner" after the word "creator?"

December: Following the Exodus Trail

Exodus 1-20
Psalms 78 & 105
Sumney: Chapter 5

  1. Journal Summary: We proudly point to the Reformation as the birth of the Lutheran Church. The Exodus is the defining event that created the people of Israel. Compare these two events.
  2. What does a comparison of Psalms 78 and 105 with Exodus suggest about the "10 plagues"?

January: The Passion of Jesus (Part 1)
Aland: Bring it to class!
Sumney: Chapter 10

  1. Journal Summary: React to the following statement "The four canonical gospels are less interested in telling their reader/auditor what happened and much more interested in explaining how the death of Jesus could possibly be good news."

February: The Passion of Jesus (Part 2)

Sumney: Chapters 11
Aland: Bring it to class!
Continue Reading your favorite Gospel. (If you haven't finished it yet.)

  1. Journal Summary: How has your study of Jesus' arrest and trial helped you understand the unique portraits of Jesus in each of the four canonical gospels? Outline your favorite gospel's account of Jesus' Passion. Why is it your favorite?
  2. Outline your favoriate Gospel's account of Jesus' passion. Why is it your favorite?
  3. Is Luke's portrayal of Jesus' passion and crucifixion more like John or Matthew/Mark?

March: The Four Gospel Accounts - Is that Good News?

Sumney: Chapter 12
Aland: Bring it to class!

  1. Journal Summary: Reflect on the church's practice of using a three-year lectionary. Each year highlights one of the synoptic gospels. How has this shaped your beliefs about who Jesus is and what he did?
  2. What are the benefits/drawbacks of having four distinct gospels in our NT?

April: God's Spirit in the Bible

The readings are on a series of handouts which will be passed out at the close of the March session.

  1. Journal Summary: Reflect on any surprises you discovered as you worked through the OT and NT passages on God's Spirit.Some scholars suggest that John portrays the Spirit as none other than Jesus' presence after his return to the Father. What do you think?
  2. How has the Spirit of God been active in your life?

May: The Catholic Letters

Read James, 1 Peter, and 1 John
Sumney: Chapter 16

  1. Journal Summary: No one operates with a portrait of Jesus identical to any one of the four canonical gospels. In our journal, reflect on how your congregation has adapted Jesus' message to fit your situation. Which of the Catholic letters comes closest to your congregations adaptation?

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LAY SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Pr. Greg Kaufmann's Class
THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE - YEAR TWO

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

September: Psalms - Israel's LBW! Read Psalms 1, 2, 22, 23, 51, 137
Sumney: Chapter 9

  1. Journal Summary: Compare your own prayer life to that exhibited in the Psalms. Do you find yourself more or less "reverent" in your prayer life? Why do you think that is?

October:"Exilic Literature"

Read Isaiah 40-55, Lamentations, Psalms 74, 79, 137
Sumney: Chapter 6

  1. Journal Summary: Exile and the return of the remnant to Palestine is the lens through which the Jewish community views its theology. Baptism is our lens. Compare the two.
  2. Change at any time is difficult. The experience of Exile elicited a variety of responses from the Israelites in Babylon and Palestine. Some confessed their past wrongdoings, making exile inevitable. Others longed to return to the good old days. Some just wondered whether or not God was even out there! How does your congregation's response to change (or yours) compare?

November: Paul and the Corinthians

Read 1 Corinthians
Sumney: Chapter 14

  1. Journal Summary: Paul is more important in shaping Lutheran theology than any of the gospel writers. Do you agree? Why or why not.

December: Paul and Galatians

Read Galatians
Sumney: Chapter 15

  1. Journal Summary: Parallel to Paul's task, missionary work today faces the challenge of crossing cultural borders and translating the gospel from one side to the other. Where in the world today is this challenge most evident? What kind of Paul do we need today to do the job? Which Paul does your congregation need? Your community?

January: Life in the Promised Land - Part 1

Read 1 & 2 Samuel
Sumney: Chapters 5 & 7

  1. Journal Summary: Between the time of the Exodus (@1200 BCE) and the Exile (597 BCE), Israel struggled with its relationship to God. Worship of Yahweh was only one of many religious options. Compare this period with our own in modern America.

February: Life in the Promised Land - Part 2

Read 1 & 2 Kings
Sumney: Chapter 8

  1. Journal Summary: One of the major dilemmas faced by the Israelites was determining who spoke for God. How did one know just what God expected out of the average Israelite "in the pew?" Was God more interested in an individual's belief in God and his/her worship in the temple, or in one's dealings with the stranger in our midst? How does this compare to the tension in our own church surrounding social justice issues?

March: Acts and the Early Church

Read Acts
Sumney: Chapter 13

  1. Journal Summary: Acts shows the struggle the early followers of Jesus had in determining how inclusive the church should/could be! Compare the choices made in Acts with those made by your congregation/the ELCA.
  2. The Greco-Roman world was in many ways a very pluralistic one, as is our own. How does the way Acts portrays Paul and others dealing with this pluralism shed light on our own struggle to deal with the pluralism in our age?

April: Apocalyptic Literature

Read Daniel and Revelation
Sumney: Chapters 8 & 17

  1. First the Assyrians, then the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and finally the Romans romped and stomped on Israel. One response to this experience was Apocalyptic literature such as Daniel (written about 168 BCE) and Revelation (written about 95 CE). How can the modern Christian Community use these books filled with vivid images and esoteric symbolism?

May: Your Biblical Questions

No additional readings

This will be our final meeting of the LSM. We will spend the two hours answering any questions you wish to pose. I look forward to this session!

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LAY SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Practical Congregational Leadership

Pastor Laurie Skow-Anderson

Dear Lay School Students,

I’m so excited about teaching the new leadership track in your program this year. The good news is, I won’t be adding any homework assignments for you!  However, it would be helpful if you read the scriptures listed as foundations for each of the sessions before the session.  I’m looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Pastor Laurie Skow-Anderson

Practical Congregational Leadership for Lay School of Ministry

Session 1 How to run a meeting and actually get something done.
1 Corinthians 12

We’ve all gone to meetings that never seem to accomplish anything. This session will examine your role as a leader in your congregation and how you can help get things done.

Session 2 Leading change and living to tell about it
1 Corinthians 15

Many congregations realize that they need to make changes in order to continue to be faithful to the work that God has called them to do.  In this session we explore ways that you can help reduce the anxiety about change.
                 
Session 3  Conflict is normal, really!
                  Matthew 18/Acts

Where two or three are gathered there is the possibility of conflict, even with Jesus in the midst of it all. Conflict is normal. What Christian leaders need to know about conflict itself, and ways to helpfully respond to it will be discussed in this session.
                 
Session 4  Leading Congregational Renewal
                  Luke 10

Some congregations are stuck in the past and are in need of renewal. What you as a lay leader
can do to help renew and revitalize your congregation will be covered in this session.

Session 5 What do effective leaders actually DO?

This session will look at the leadership styles of Ezra and Nehemiah and compare them to the the E6 characteristics described in Brendon Burchard’s-YouTube.  We’ll talk about how these six characteristics can help you be a better leader in your congregation. 

Session 6 Leaders Do the Math
                  2 Corinthians 8-9

How your leadership makes a difference in the financial stability in your congregation, and how to help create a culture of generosity at home and in your church will be discussed in this session.

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