Here, Missionary Sean Baker shares with us about his new role in the Czech Republic and his commissioning as a Lay Minister recently. Sean was commissioned at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Prague, at the English-language congregation there, by Rev. James Krikava, the Regional Director of the Eurasia Region.
By Sean Baker, LCMS Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) Missionary
On Sunday, May 29th, I was blessed to be commissioned as a rostered Lay Minister for the Eurasia region. The term Lay Minister is very vague and, as a result, many people are not aware of the title or position and its functions. A lay minister is a position for non-clergyman who help and support pastors, allowing them to focus on other necessary tasks. A lay minister is someone who has studied theology, allowing them to lead Bible studies, confirmation classes, or serve in any other role necessary for the ministry of that organization or parish.
For me, becoming a lay minister has been a fairly smooth process. In order to get the necessary qualifications, I attended Concordia University Wisconsin and double majored in Lay Ministry and Theology. This program at Concordia provides in-depth knowledge of theology to students, but also gives students the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice. In order to graduate, the future Lay Minister needs to successfully complete a semester-long practicum and a semester-long internship. For my internship, I had the opportunity to work at Walcamp, a Lutheran summer camp in Kingston, IL.
Being commissioned is not the only new adventure for me. I will be moving from Tisovec, Slovakia to Karviná, Czech Republic. My new position will be a little different from my current position of full-time English teacher in Slovakia, teaching twenty-one class periods a week. In Karviná I will be volunteering at local high schools and leading English conversation classes. By volunteering with those high schools I will not only be teaching English, but will be having the chance to form relationships with the students for further ministry. After getting to know them, I plan to establish community groups involving English, sports, or possibly a Bible study. Through all of these community groups that I aim to start, I hope to point students to Christ and His free gift of grace.
- To learn more about and/or support Sean, visit his Prayer Card and Online Giving Page.
- Pray for Sean’s new placement, that the tools he will use to reach out to youth will give him many opportunities to proclaim the Gospel.