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LCMS - Committee Oks revisions to LCMS DELTO program
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The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Board for Communication Services
LCMSNews -- No. 72
November 12, 2002
Committee Oks revisions
to LCMS DELTO program
The oversight committee revising the Synod's Distance Education Leading to
Ordination (DELTO) program has approved a number of revisions to the program.
Synod President Gerald Kieschnick appointed the committee after the 2001
LCMS convention called for DELTO revisions.
Dr. L. Dean Hempelmann, the committee's chairman, said that its work is
"virtually complete" and that qualified DELTO candidates "may now apply to
the revised program."
Hempelmann is director of pastoral education with the staff of the Synod's
Board for Higher Education.
He describes DELTO as "a program of theological education leading to
ordination for men who provide pastoral services to congregations that
cannot support a full-time pastor or who serve in situations of
Revisions to the program now allow DELTO participants to take a third of
the required 30 courses at the district level, complete courses on a
pass/fail basis, and study the Bible in their own languages rather than via
"All of these changes -- especially study of the Bible in the vernacular --
take into account
that DELTO is dealing with extraordinary circumstances," said Hempelmann,
"and that the Biblical languages are still necessary for the life of the
He also emphasized that courses offered in districts "are acceptable as
long as they meet the requirements of the seminaries." When a qualified man
starts his DELTO studies at the district level, Hempelmann said, he should
apply to the DELTO program at one of the seminaries.
He indicated that some districts are already offering DELTO courses that
are "acceptable," and that a number of "possible delivery systems" are
being explored by the seminaries for those districts that don't yet offer
In the revised program, participants are paired with a mentor -- a local
pastor approved by his district and the seminary in which the participant
is enrolled. Mentors "advise, counsel and tutor" DELTO students, Hempelmann
He said that men serving in "extraordinary circumstances" may contact their
district presidents and one of the seminaries to apply to the revised DELTO
For more information about the DELTO program, contact either Dr. Walter A.
Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Road, Fort
Wayne, IN 46825; (219) 452-2132; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rev. David
Wollenburg, Concordia Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; (314)
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