Join us tomorrow for AMP student Brady Fox’s senior chapel!
We have a Senior Chapel tomorrow! Brady Fox is a 3rd year Accelerated Ministry Program student and is originally from Kingston, Oklahoma. In his time at Wartburg he was formerly Chaplain of Kantorei and has been involved in various SLCM groups and events. His future plans are attend Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque and go back south as soon as possible. All are welcome!
Check out Ellie's story to see how her pastor, congregation and the Wartburg Accelerated Ministry Program have all supported her calling!
You can learn more about the program ➡️ www.wartburg.edu/ministry
Know of high school students who should be looking into our program? Let us know at the link above, and we'll reach out to them with more info!
When Ellie Nabholz expressed an interest in ministry as a high school student, her pastor at Zion Lutheran Jubilee in rural La Porte City encouraged her to be more involved by giving a message, helping with communion and doing the readings.
Now in her second year at Wartburg in the Accelerated Ministry Program, Ellie says that affirmation of her ministry gifts through her congregation has been important in recognizing her calling. “I never thought of leading worship,” she said. “It was my pastor who helped push me into that role of helping lead worship and helping with Confirmation and Sunday School.”
Even through the pandemic, Nabholz still experienced the camaraderie, mentoring and preparation that marks the accelerated program. “I like the close-knittedness that we have in the program," she says.
“It was the people that drew me in,” she says. “I found my people in this program.”
Read more about Ellie's experience at www.wartburg.edu/ellie-accelerated-ministry-program/, and learn more about the Accelerated Ministry Program at www.wartburg.edu/ministry. Students in the program earn their BA and MDiv degrees in six years instead of eight in this partnership with Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque!
A few AMP students attended the installation service of Bishop Kevin Jones of the Northeastern Iowa Synod. The Wartburg crew poses here with presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton!
We had a great time welcoming our new AMP students during our New Student Retreat before they began Wartburg Orientation with the rest of the Class of 2025. 🍊
Classes officially begin tomorrow and this crew is ready to AMP IT UP this school year!!!
Congratulations to double-burger (Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary) alum Tyler Hoey. He will be ordained on Saturday, July 24th!
Shout-out to Ellie, who just finished her first year in the Wartburg Accelerated Ministry Program, for working in camping ministry this summer at Camp Ewalu as part of her calling! Bible camps have played a big role for many in ministry by helping them realize their gifts and by developing their faith ⛺️
Introducing our 2021 Summer Staff...
Matthias Letsche is an incoming AMP student. Like many in the program he is working at camp this summer.
God’s blessings to you Matthias. We’re excited to have you in the Accelerated Ministry Program!
Introducing our 2021 Summer Staff...
Congrats to AMP student Kellie Escovy who is receiving the college’s peacemaker award. If you know Kellie this won’t surprise you. She has a passion for peace and justice that will be a blessing to the church!
In Wartburg's Accelerated Ministry Program, even first-year students have opportunities to practice ministry! Bailey Erickson of Mason City was the assisting minister in our Ash Wednesday service recently. Read about her Wartburg experience and how she is learning more about her calling to ministry at the link.
Bailey also emphasizes the role of pastors, youth ministers, parents and other adults in the congregation to help affirm the gifts of high school students: "When young people hear from someone else that they have something, that they can be something in the church, that external call is really important."
You can refer a young person to Wartburg's program at www.wartburg.edu/ministry ✝️
Bailey: AMP helped confirm her calling - Wartburg College
Time together as an AMP cohort is time well spent!
We're spending time focusing on words to strengthen our community. Love. Grace. Trust. Openness. Understanding. What are you focusing on?
(We also had lots of fun metal stamping keychains to help remind ourselves of those words!)
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Even during the pandemic, Wartburg College is able to bring interesting guests "to" campus! All are invited to meet author Chris Stedman, whose book "IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives" was the January selection for the Wartburg Book Club, at the end-of-month virtual book meeting at 5 p.m. CST Jan. 28. Even if you didn't read the book, please join in for this Zoom conversation with Chris. He came in person to campus two years ago to speak about his book "Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious."
Being part of the Accelerated Ministry Program at Wartburg means getting to meet people with diverse experiences and viewpoints... and we're glad to be able to share this virtual experience widely!
Here's a fun story about one of our Accelerated Ministry Program students, Jared McLey! His tattoo really speaks to his heart for youth ministry and the experiences that have helped nurture his faith and calling.
Another way to nurture the faith of young people is to affirm the gifts that you see in them. And if you know a high school student who has gifts for ministry, tell them so and refer them to our AMP program at Wartburg! Not only will they graduate with two degrees in six years, they'll have less debt and lots of mentoring and support to help them discern God's calling. Learn more and submit a referral at www.wartburg.edu/ministry ✝️
We have a special resource for those of you planning worship services for the Christmas season... you are invited to make use of special music performed by Wartburg's student ensembles from our annual Christmas with Wartburg production. 🎄
You can view each individual piece and are welcome to use any to enhance your worship services or for your own personal enjoyment. Go to the Wartburg College YouTube channel and search our Music Playlist for a wide variety of Christmas-themed works: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0DTDKMw1z8jW0Fnn5nUeG7SYW3QVxfkj
(Simply give credit to Wartburg College when using the YouTube links.)
And to view the complete Christmas with Wartburg performance, go to www.wartburg.edu/christmas. Enjoy as a special gift to uplift you during the end of a unique year!
O. Jay and Pat Tomson of Mason City have provided a $200,000 challenge gift commitment to support students enrolled in the growing Accelerated Ministry Program, a partnership of Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary.
The Accelerated Ministry Program (AMP) streamlines the preparation for pastoral ministry for first-career ministerial students. AMP includes three years of undergraduate education at Wartburg College, where they earn a bachelor's degree. Students spend the final three years serving in a congregation while completing their master’s studies through Wartburg Seminary. Students can choose among a variety of undergraduate majors in addition to religion and can become a Lutheran minister in six years instead of eight.
Since the program was initiated in 2018, the Tomsons have made lead challenge gifts each year. This challenge grant is available to students who plan to enroll in the Accelerated Ministry Program at Wartburg College in 2021. Students who receive this scholarship also will receive a scholarship from the Kern Foundation, along with other financial aid from the college with the goal of minimizing debt throughout the entire program.
The program includes one-on-one mentoring, diverse experiential learning opportunities, a well-rounded curriculum and overall discernment support. Fifteen students are currently enrolled, including three juniors who will soon transition to their seminary courses and serving a congregation. Learn more about the Tomsons and their generous gift (and respond to the challenge) at the link below.
To learn more about the Accelerated Ministry Program and refer a student for our staff to reach out to, go to www.wartburg.edu/ministry. Be sure to share with high school students who have the gifts for ministry! 🧡
Tomsons’ challenge gift provides scholarships for growing ministry program - Wartburg College
O. Jay and Pat TomsonJay and Pat Tomson of Mason City have provided a $200,000 challenge gift commitment to support students enrolled in the growing Accele,
The latest issue of Intersections magazine features a photo of the Lebenskreuz sculpture outside the Chapel taken by Julie Drewes. Dr. Caryn Riswold also has an excellent essay in the issue! https://digitalcommons.augustana.edu/intersections/
Today we celebrate 50 years of the ordination of women, 40 years of the ordination of women of color, and 10 years of the ordination of LGBTQ+ individuals!
It was great to have three AMP students help with worship along with a few other friendly female faces. 😄
P.s. Check out the GRL PREACHER PWR tees in pic #2!
Burgs Unite! Wartburg AMP is partnering with Augsburg University to chat with high school students discerning a call to ministry! Join us for a virtual coffee hour on either Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. or 24 at 4 p.m.
Register at the link below 👍
Accelerated Ministry Program in action! Yesterday, third-year AMP student Robert Casey gave his senior chapel and brought the house down!! AMP and the Wartburg community as a whole has been blessed with Robert’s genuity, friendship, and leadership in his time here.
If you missed his chapel message, you can catch the archived recording here: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/chapel20-21/videos/213003312
Shoutout to the Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA for featuring the Wartburg Accelerated Ministry Program in their monthly newsletter! If you'd like to include the story in your synod's or congregation's newsletter, we'd be glad to send it to you, and we can size it to fit whatever "hole" you have to fill! (Just contact us through FB.) Thank you for helping spread the word about this program that seeks to create the next generation of ministers.
An update on how our partners at Wartburg Seminary are building community during the pandemic. Keep up the great work!
WTS Begins a New Academic Year: "Together, Wherever We Are" - Wartburg Seminary
A New Kind of Beginning Hosting an all-digital Prolog Week was certainly an atypical start to a new academic year at Wartburg Seminary, but we began in the way that we always do: centering our community in worship. The worshipping community at Wartburg Seminary gathers to receive God’s Word and si...
We are excited to welcome Samantha Pfab to our AMP team! Sam graduated from Wartburg College in 2020 with a major in religion. She is so excited to serve as the Accelerated Ministry Program Associate and learn, discern, and grow with the students this year.
You can find Sam in 102C in Grossmann with the Religion Dept. Stop by and say hi—don’t forget your mask! 😷😊
Congratulations to our partners at Wartburg Theological Seminary on the hiring of their new President!
Announcing the Next Wartburg Seminary President - Wartburg Seminary
Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen ’97 The Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors, as recommended by the Presidential Search Committee, is pleased to announce the unanimous election of the Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen ‘97 as the next President of our beloved institution, beginning Fe...
Friday in Chapel Kellie Escovy will be giving the first AMP student Senior Chapel. She will be heading off to Wartburg Theological Seminary next year.
We're going to miss her at the College but the Seminary is getting a great young leader. Tune in on Knightvision live or watch the archived broadcast
Join us tomorrow to hear Kellie give her senior chapel! Kellie is a third-year Religion major in the Accelerated Ministry Program. She is from Katy, TX and has been involved in campus ministry and the Wartburg Dance Team. Next fall, she plans to start her three-year pastoral internship while pursuing a MDiv from Wartburg Theological Seminary.😊
We're excited to premiere our new video about the Accelerated Ministry Program! Share the video with students who show the gifts for ministry, and let us know if you have any questions about the program, which helps students earn a BA and an MDiv in 6 years, instead of 8.
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The Wartburg Accelerated Ministry Program for ordained ministry is designed to reduce the time and cost to become a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. Normally, this pr...
Ever wonder what a Pastor actually does all day? For those thinking about ministry that is often a big question. Well, our Pastoral Intern Rebecca Baird, has started a new VLOG to give you some insight. Rebecca is a 2018 graduate of Wartburg College now in her second year at Wartburg Seminary. Check it out and subscribe for lots more adventures in ministry!
Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.
Our new AMP students are so much fun to have in class...and the "old" ones who are enrolled :) Looking forward to digging into Spiritual Practices with them more deeply this semester.
📚Welcome to our Fall 2020 Shelfies! In this series of posts, you get to see what students are reading and doing in various Department classes. 📚
Today, it's RE 195, "Spiritual Practices for Christian Ministry" with Rev. Dr. "PB" Brian Beckstrom, in which students will be reading this book and experimenting with 12 spiritual practices including study, living as community, honoring the body, knowing and loving our neighbors of other faiths, peacemaking and non-violence, and discerning God’s call.
A few more videos from the past week...
The AMP students have finished their first week of school! Scroll through to catch some highlights!!
Yesterday, we got to welcome the newest members (and families) of the AMP program! After posing in front of the Lebenskreuz cross and moving into their new homes for the year, they joined us at the chapel for worship and kicked off the first annual AMP retreat!
Stay tuned to see more retreat shenanigans, and don’t forget to give our new freshmen a big Wartburg welcome in the comments!! 🎉🧡
If you know a high school student who may be interested in the Wartburg Accelerated Ministry Program, here is a great way to help them see what Wartburg College is like! All week, students can sign up for a "virtual visit" and start learning about the admissions process and financial aid, plus get a live virtual tour of campus! Details at www.wartburg.edu/week 👍
Wartburg’s accelerated ministry program now has 15 students from all over the country. Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are represented.
Wondering if you or someone you want to refer is eligible for Wartburg's Accelerated Ministry Program? Here are the details:
• Age 18 to 25 and considering a call to ordained ministry and admitted to Wartburg College and the program. (Apply to Wartburg College for FREE at www.wartburg.edu/apply)
• Approved for entrance through the ELCA candidacy process or its equivalent in other denominations by the time they complete their bachelor’s degree. (Don't worry: We will guide you through this process!)
• Those from non-Lutheran traditions are welcome as long as they are willing to attend Wartburg Theological Seminary and meet the entrance requirements for their denomination’s candidacy process.
Learn more at the program website, www.wartburg.edu/ministry, or contact Pastor Brian Beckstrom at [email protected] 👍