Project ID: LM0012-65211
With Latin American Seminaries at their fullest residential capacity, and with a burgeoning deaconess program taking off in the region, an additional seminary and mercy training center in Latin America was identified by Regional LCMS leadership as a critical need.
The new seminary facility is the newly constructed top floor of the existing Lutheran elementary school and church. The campus supports a full residential seminary program for pastors, and a distance education program for deaconesses. It consists of several classrooms, offices for professors, dormitory space for about 20 students, a conference space for use in regional gatherings and a modern library ,which when completed will be on track to being the largest Spanish Lutheran Theological Library in the world.
Young men who attend the new seminary, located in the Dominican Republic, receive a formation which prepares them for a lifetime of pastoral ministry in Central America and the Caribbean. The presence of the Hogares Luteranos el Buen Pastor group home for children with developmental disabilities, on the campus of the seminary, is an opportunity for students to learn how to integrate the merciful role of the church in its community, with Word and Sacrament ministry. In addition, pastoral students work closely with missionary church planters throughout the country of the Dominican Republic, in order to gain vital hands on experience planting churches and sharing the Gospel with those who don’t know Christ.
For the young women who are studying to be deaconesses, the rich theological depth offered in classes, and the intensive practical experience which comes from the surrounding mercy institutions serves to form capable and effective deaconesses to support the work of Pastors throughout the region.
The large conference room is known as our Mercy Center and Lord willing will soon partner and teach on a whole range of mercy issues. Issues such as affirming life, reconciliation, working with people with disabilities, the deaf, and giving lay people and church workers alike a sturdy witness of Jesus while also being hands and feet of mercy to those in need.
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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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