This last week, Tuesday and Wednesday specifically, both of the seminaries had their vicarage assignment and candidate placement services. Unfortunately, assignments and calls were not enough. At Concordia Theological Seminary, it was said that there were a few vicarage-eligible men that did not receive a vicarage assignment. This is not too terrible, as these men may petition for a delayed vicarage. The most grievous fact is that there are approximately 30 men who, having completed their studies, having met all their requirements, and having been certified by the faculty, did not receive a call into the Office of Holy Ministry. Of 60 eligible men from CTSFW, 21 did not receive a placement. Lord willing, that will change and change soon.
On Friday, April 30, Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care (and God willing, future president of The LC-MS), preached at CTSFW. The sermon is only 6:40 in length, but I think a very well-preached sermon. To listen to it, check out his blog here.