2020 Summer Institute of Theology (SIT)
August 3 - August 7
Theme: “The Care of Souls”
The Summer Institute of Theology (SIT) provides an opportunity for continuing education for pastors and lay people. A variety of abbreviated courses and workshops are offered, taught by the Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary faculty members and guest instructors.
Session I 8:30- 10 am Monday – Friday
- Soul Care (Pr. Jerry Nelson and Dr. Tim Lane)
- This course will give participants a biblical model for how to think about any issue that comes through their office door. The course will provide practical tools that can be immediately applied.Dr. Tim Lane will present principles from his book “Unstuck”: a nine step journey towards lasting change, empowering people to break free from unwanted habits and behaviors that don’t seem to go away. These steps are much more than strategies: they are truths that are rooted in Scripture. This practical and biblical guidance recognizes that the path to lasting change can only be found by growing in grace as we look to Christ and are empowered by the Holy Spirit.Pr. Jerry Nelson will discuss additional materials regarding biblical change. The “Three Trees Model” will be the focus. This model is the basis of the book “How People Change” by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp.
- Pastoral Epistles “The Heart of the Shepherd for Today’s Congregation” (Pr. Terry Olson)
- A shepherd prepared for ministry in the congregation is one who is overwhelmed by the grace and mercy of His Savior in his own life. It is the same Gospel which comforts and assures him that he longs to bring to the sheep and lambs of God’s fold.
Session II 10:30-12 noon Monday – Friday
- Church Leadership and Strategy for the Care of Souls (Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford)
- Pastors wear many hats these days, and two of them are church management and leadership. This short course is designed to provide pastors and key congregation laity with practical handles on how to responsibly address issues of church administration revolving around the faithful stewardship of the Means of Grace and the central task of soul care.
- Studies in the Psalms (Pr. James R. Johnson)
- The class will include a general introduction to the book of Psalms. After that each session will focus on studying a particular Psalm with a view to include examples of the wide spectrum of styles and types in the book (Psalms of praise and lament, imprecatory and penitential psalms, some familiar and some less so). The desire is for the class time to be interactive, together studying and applying God’s word in both personal life and pastoral ministry.
Session III 1:15-3:00 Monday – Thursday
- Soul Care II (Pr. Jerry Nelson and Dr. Tim Lane)
- In Soul Care II, students will find the materials learned from Soul Care I to be very applicable, but wouldn’t necessarily be a prerequisite to this session. The first two days will concentrate on structuring pastoral care in general and the second two days will specifically address marriage counseling.Dr. Tim Lane’s presentation on “Cultivating Pastoral Care in the Local Church” describes the need for wise discipleship and counseling in the local church. His sessions will include ideas for how to structure care, as well as, suggest practical guidelines for helping others.Pr. Jerry Nelson will present couple’s counseling using Dr. Norm Wright’s Marriage Assessment Inventory (MAI). The MAI is a comprehensive look at multi-factors which can impact the marital relationship. He has been using this inventory for over 25 years and will discuss how to ‘look behind the issue’ of client’s answers to get at the deeper issues most often present.
- Prepare/Enrich (Pr. Rich Carr) – In-person Only
- One of Pastor Rich’s passions is helping equip those who help couples. Upon successfully completing this course each participant will have the necessary training to use the tools provided by Prepare/Enrich to effectively help couples preparing for marriage, or couples who are looking to enrich their existing marriage. Whether a person has many years of experience in ministry, or is new to this noble endeavor, there will be something for everyone in this course.Fee for those wishing to certify as Prepare/Enrich instructors, the fee is $190. Those not certifying will pay the regular SIT fee.
- Principles of Congregational Life (Pr. Brett Boe)
- The Lord has called us to be part of a congregation together. It can be a thrilling, and yet at times frustrating, experience for believers in Jesus Christ. Each individual church has a plethora of opportunities set before it considering it’s unique place, time, and collection of people gathered. In this course we will ponder how to encourage healthy congregational life. What is the role of a pastor in this endeavor? How can challenges be met and a thriving vibrancy be cultivated?
Dr. Timothy S. Lane is the Founder and President of the Institute for Pastoral Care, a non-profit that equips local churches to care for their people, and Tim Lane & Associates, a counseling practice located in Peachtree City, GA. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), having been ordained in 1991 and a member of Metro-Atlanta Presbytery. He has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling. He continues to write, speak and travel both nationally and internationally. Tim is adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries where he teaches about pastoral care in the local church. Most recently, Tim has taught classes at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia as well as SEMBEQ in Montreal, Canada. Tim and his wife, Barbara, live in Atlanta, GA. They married in 1989 and have four children and two grandchildren.
Pr. Jerry Nelson has been a pastoral counselor since 1998 (MA, Biblical Counseling) and Marriage and Family Therapist (MS, MFT) since 2003. He has worked in a variety of counseling settings including medical centers, churches, private practice and military installations. He currently maintains a private practice along with his wife, Kristi, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, PC). Rev. Nelson is also associate pastor as the Marriage and Family pastor at Christ is Lord Free Lutheran Church, Onalaska, WI. Pastor Jerry and Kristi have been married for 44 years and enjoy their 6 children and 13 grandchildren.
Pr. Terry Olson is a graduate of FLBC and FLS. Pr. Olson is married to Jean and has four children and nine grandchildren. Churches served: Radcliffe & Garden City, Iowa, Minot ND, Fargo, ND, Lake Stevens, WA, Valley City, ND, Dickinson, ND, Thief River Falls, MN, Grand Forks, ND, and presently Grafton, ND (part time in retirement). All of their children are leaders in their respective AFLC congregations. Their son David is serving under the Norwegian Lutheran Mission out of Oslo, Norway and serves in Mongolia.
Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, after 15 years of parish ministry, was elected as the President of the MN South District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 2018. His task is to oversee and care for the souls of over 1,000 church workers spread across 245 congregations and 50 Lutheran schools, cultivating and encouraging all those leaders engaged in the mission of God. He is an author, guest seminary professor, and regular conference speaker. He is married to his bride Becca (1998), who are parents to their six children: Isabella (2003), Thaddeus (2007), Aletheia (2009), Ekklacia (“Klaci”, 2011), Soteria (2014), and Titus (2017). He enjoys reading, writing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Pr. James R. Johnson has been a pastor at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN for 19 years. Before that he served in Reva, SD and Anoka, MN. He grew up in Upper Michigan and graduated from FLBC, Olivet Nazarene University and FLS. He’s been married to Marsha for 40 years and they have two children, Josh (Katie) and Marli (Kyle), and three grandchildren.
Pr. Rich Carr, graduate of Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, currently serves Zion Free Lutheran Church in Tioga, North Dakota. Pastor Rich and wife Brenda have been married since 1999 and have 5 children. Since 2003 Pastor Rich has been serving churches as a pastor and using the Prepare/Enrich method of marriage and pre-marriage instruction to better help couples who are married, or are considering marriage. As a certified Prepare/Enrich trainer, he teaches men and women how to be more effective in using the powerful tools that Prepare/Enrich facilitators have at their disposal.
Pr. Brett Boe is a graduate of the Free Lutheran Bible College, University of Northwestern St. Paul, & the Free Lutheran Seminary. He has served AFLC churches in Dalton, MN and Shakopee, MN. Pr. Boe is married to Theresa and a father of 5.
$100 per session ($300 maximum).
$50 per session (Spouse) ($150 maximum).
$90 Prepare/Enrich price for those who desire certification.
$50 fee for late registration
Please, no partial week or refund requests.
**Registration for SIT has now closed**
Soul Care I: Pr. Jerry Nelson & Dr. Tim Lane
- How People Change – Lane and Tripp (ISBN 13:978-1-934885-53-6)
- Unstuck: A Nine Step Journey to Change that Lasts
Soul Care II: Pr. Jerry Nelson & Dr. Tim Lane
- A Lasting Promise by Scott Stanley
- Marriage Assessment Inventory by Norm Wright
Church Leadership & Strategy for the Care of Souls: Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford
- Church Leadership and Strategy for the Care of Souls by Senkbeil and Woodford
- The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart by Senkbeil
Prepare/Enrich: Pr. Rich Carr
- Preparing for Marriage (New Edition/Revised and Updated), general editor Dennis Rainey, by David Boehi, Brent Nelson, Jeff Schulte, and Lloyd Shadrach. 1998, 2010 by FamilyLife
- Preparing for Marriage Leader’s Guide by Dennis Rainey
Principles of Congregational Life: Pr. Brett Boe
Pastoral Epistles: The Heart of the Shepherd for Today’s Congregation: Pr. Terry Olson
- Sverdrup Journal Volume VI 2009
Studies in the Psalms: Pr. James R. Johnson
- The book of Psalms