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LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry – Educational Event – May 2018

May 15, 2018 - May 17, 2018

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Specialized Pastoral Ministry will host a free educational event May 15-17, 2018, in Techny, Ill., for LCMS pastoral/spiritual counselors, institutional and emergency services chaplains, and clinical pastoral educators.

The event theme is “SPM in the Midst of Crisis,” and presenters include:

  • Rev. Dr. Richard Armstrong, LMFT — Pastoral counselor and executive director, Lutheran Counseling Services, Winter Park, Fla.
  • Ms. Stacey Tasler Crosson, DCE, LMFT — Clinical director and therapist, Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, Northern Virginia; Minister of Care and Outreach, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
  • Bible Study Leader: Rev. Mark Whitsett, Ph.D. (Missiology) — Director of Pastoral Care, Cedar Lake Lodge, supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Louisville, Kentucky, and online Adjunct Faculty (Theology) with Concordia University Wisconsin

Registration is free for LCMS specialized pastoral ministers as well as seminarians and others exploring a vocation in SPM. Meals and housing are also included at the Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center in suburban Chicago. Paid registration is available for spouses.

Contact LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry with questions at spm@lcms.org.

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About 2018 SPM Educational Events

LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry educational events are for ordained and commissioned specialized pastoral ministers within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The events are also open to LCMS ministers and seminarians interested in SPM vocations.

There are many crises in ministry. Specialized pastoral ministers encounter personal and relationship crises on a regular basis. There also are community crises arising from natural and man-made disasters.

Some of the most complicated crises are those in the life of the minister. But when a crisis hits the personal or family life of a minister, he or she usually does not have the luxury of taking time off.

This year’s SPM Educational Events will address the nature of different crises, explore opportunities for ministry within crises, and look at how we can address personal challenges when ministry demands are relentless.


May 15, 2018
May 17, 2018
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LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry
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Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center: Techny, Ill.
2001 Waukegan Road
Techny, Ill., IL 60082 United States
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