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GEO Missionary Sean Baker Commissioned as a Lay Minister

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.

Rev. James Krikava, Regional Director for Eurasia, blesses Sean during the Commissioning Rite on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Sean was commissioned at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Prague, Czech Republic by Rev. Krikava and Rev. Rex Rinne, Pastoral Care Facilitator for the region. (Photo by Benjamin Helge).

Rev. James Krikava, Regional Director for Eurasia, blesses Sean during the Commissioning Rite on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Sean was commissioned at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Prague, Czech Republic by Rev. Krikava and Rev. Rex Rinne, Pastoral Care Facilitator for the region. (Photo by Benjamin Helge).

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.

Sean with Regional Director Rev. James Krikava (to the left of Sean), LCMS Missionary Rev. Rex Rinne (to the right of Sean) and Rev.... (Photo by Benjamin Helge).

Sean holding his certificate following the service with Regional Director Rev. James Krikava (to the left of Sean), LCMS Missionary Rev. Rex Rinne (to the right of Sean) and Rev. Loel Wessel, visiting preacher from First English Lutheran Church (LCMS) n Spring Valley, MN. (Photo by Benjamin Helge).

  • 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.

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