2021 Summer Institute of Theology (SIT)
August 2 @ 8:00 am - August 6 @ 3:00 pm
Theme: “Christ Centered Preaching and Worship”
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 | Monday – Wednesday Morning
- Christ Centered Preaching (Dr. Bryan Chapell)
- The goal of every sermon is to deliver Christ to the congregation through the preaching of God’s Word. Dr. Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-centered Preaching, will teach us the art and science of proclaiming Christ as presented in God’s Word.
Session II | Wednesday Afternoon – Friday
- Option 1: Christ Centered Worship (Dr. Zac Hicks)
- Centering worship on Christ is so much more than singing songs about Jesus and the cross. It affects the language of our prayers, the structure of our services, the architecture of our spaces, and the habits of our planning and leading. In this course, we will explore the mindset and practices of a pastoral worship leader who wants to take Christ-centeredness seriously.
- Option 2: First and Second Peter (Pr. Gary Jorgenson)
- Option 3: Ethics and the Follower of Christ (Dr. Nathan Olson)
- Ethics is primarily concerned with answering the question: “How do we live?” As conservative and biblical Lutherans, we answer that question with an emphasis on the new life in Christ and its manifestation through our vocations. Therefore, this course will be a study of Christian conduct and its relevance to every area of life.
Dr. Zac Hicks (D.Min., Knox Theological Seminary; M.Div., Denver Seminary; B.A., Biola University) is Canon for Liturgy and Worship at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL) and author of The Worship Pastor (Zondervan, 2016). He grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, trained in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary, and recently completed doctoral work in the theology and worship of the English Reformation. His thesis traces reformer Thomas Cranmer’s application of the doctrine of justification by faith alone through his architecture of the Book of Common Prayer. Zac’s interests include the intersection of old and new in worship, the pastoral dimensions of worship leading, and the centrality of the gospel in worship. He is a songwriter and producer, most currently with Advent Birmingham Music. Zac has contributed articles and posts to Worship Leader Magazine, Reformed Worship, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and Doxology & Theology. Zac has been married for nearly twenty years to his wife, Abby, and they have four children—Joel, Jesse, Brody, and Bronwyn.
Dr. Bryan Chapell currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL, and President Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Chapell serves on the faculties of numerous seminaries and Bible colleges in different parts of the world, and enjoys the privilege of conducting pastors’ conferences in several nations each year. He has a heart for providing the resources to help others to continue to serve with Christ at the center of their efforts, and that those to whom they minister will be transformed by the same grace that has given them His effectiveness, His heart, and His power.
Dr. Nathan Olson has served as pastor at Living Word Lutheran in Eagan, MN since 2017. Previously, he served Gloria Dei Free Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO while completing his PhD in Doctrinal Theology at Concordia Seminary. He is married to Emily (Hoops, of Deshler, NE). Together they have four children, Josiah (age 7), Caleb (age 5), Anna (age 3), and Rhoda (age 1).