Concordia Lutheran Seminary

Take Wing Program

Take Wing program is designed to strengthen connections between congregations and pastors who are outside our local Edmonton area with students here at CLS. When a student spends a weekend with a new mentor pastor at an unfamiliar site, the student sees more of the breadth of ministry in LCC. It is important that students see as many ministries and mentor pastors as possible for well-rounded pastoral formation. Congregations and pastoral partners gain a strong sense of CLS as a seminary of the whole church ... and gain an appreciation for these seminarians and their gifts and graces.

The program provides a great opportunity for the student to see a unique side of pastoral ministry somewhere new and different from previous mission and ministry experiences. We encourage that the hosting congregation and pastor engage the student as preacher, possibly teacher for Bible class, and provide an opportunity when the student can give an overview of life at the seminary (for recruitment and soliciting prayers and financial support). 

Five second-year seminarians received their assignments at the January 29, 2018 chapel service to various Take Wing locations across LCC. Each one will spend two or three days of their Spring Break (March 10-18) at this location, meeting and serving with the pastor and congregation. Through the generous support of our Seminary Guild, up to $500 of the cost for transportation is covered; host congregations provide ground transportation, meals, and housing.


If you are interested in a Take Wing student in your congregation for 2019, please fill out the Take Wing Congregational Information Form and send it back by February 1 or contact Dr. Gimbel.

Take Wing Congregational Information Form


Dr. James Gimbel
phone: (780) 474-1468 ext. 224
fax: (780) 479-3067