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LWA partners with ALC to prepare workers for the LCA

Take your mind to another time…a time before the COVID-19 pandemic. What did you expect to be doing in 2020? None of us imagined that we would be living as we now are. We’ve had to adapt, pivot, and change direction with breathtaking speed to live with restrictions. No more hugging and handshaking. Limitations on gatherings. No more travel. Importantly, we’ve shown that we can do it. Apart from a few wobbles, praise God that we have all pivoted well.

ALC began 2020 much the same as anyone else. We were certain that we knew what was ahead, and we were confident that we had everything organised to serve our students and the LCA in 2020. COVID-19 hadn’t entered our thoughts and planning.

Things changed. Four weeks into our first semester we could no longer offer face-to-face classes on campus. Our campus was shut down. All of us, students, teachers and support staff, had to work and study from home. How would we continue to serve and prepare pastors, teachers and lay workers for service in the Church? We had to pivot, and pivot quickly. We had to use the internet in ways that were new for many of us, to offer all our classes and chapel worship online. The change was dramatic for both students and teachers, and it needed to be supported with reliable resources. By God’s provision some of those resources were already in place. Our staff had adequate computers and we had some streaming (broadcasting) equipment.

Face-to-face classes have returned in semester 2, some in a limited capacity, but all continue to be provided in an online format so that students at health risk, and students who are self-isolating, are able to participate. We also need to remain ready to pivot at short notice. Things remain uncertain and we need to respond quickly. It is for this reason that ALC needs to continue to develop its online (broadcasting) equipment. We need to support our students’ learning in this erratic COVID-19 environment as they prepare to serve the Church in diverse ways.

Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) is pivoting as an agile partner with ALC. LWA recognises the College’s urgent need and is providing generous financial support so that ALC can purchase additional technical equipment to support student learning. This equipment benefits all ALC students wherever they are, including in Australia, New Zealand and parts of the Asia-Pacific. This year for the first time ALC has delivered two online short courses allowing 160 people from a huge range of locations to attend. Most recently students at Martin Luther Seminary (Lae, PNG) were among the participants in the short course on the Gospel of Mark

Pivoting might demand much from us, but the blessings that come are even greater. When we try and pivot on our own, we are prone to stumble. When we pivot together, we bear each other up. ALC thanks and praises God for LWA’s partnership and support.

Who could ever have imagined that 2020 would turn out so wonderfully?