On Tuesday, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis held its Vicarage Assignment and Candidate Placement services. At those services, all vicar-elects were placed, while 20 pastor-elects were not placed. Of those 20, 3 were special cases. That left 17 men without calls to a congregation. St. Louis also had 5 deaconess-elects without calls.
On Tuesday evening, my alma mater, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, held its Vicarage Assignment service. All vicar-elects were placed. The following evening, the Candidate Placement service was held. 13 men were left without calls to a congregation. 8 men also chose to pursue graduate studies. It’s possible that those men also were left without calls and chose to pursue further studies in hopes that calls would be forth-coming. Dr. Fickenscher said that it was his hope that all men would be placed into the Office of Holy Ministry by the end of July. We continue to pray for all of these men as they enter the role of shepherd and for those who continue to wait for calls.