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| Return to Spring Convocation 2017 | NEW! Be a part of the Alumni Choir at Spring Convocation 2017! You are invited to sing in an Alumni Choir for the Eucharist at our Spring Convocation. The choir will rehearse on...

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PS Portions – February 2017

In the February 2017 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose considers "The Next Generation of Leaders," "Salt and Light," Icon Gifts, Preaching Day 2017 – A Successful Revival, Preaching with Power – Celebrating 35 Years!, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The Next Generation of Leaders

Who will form the next generation of leaders? This is a pressing question, as a recent ELCA research study concluded that there are currently more than 600 congregations who want and can afford a pastor but cannot find one because of a growing clergy shortage. By 2020, the number of empty pulpits will grow to 1000. LTSP President David Lose provides some answers in this month's reflection.

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“Here Am I” – Women Responding to God’s Call: March 24-26

RevGalBlogPals and LTSP are proud to present a retreat specifically for women considering a call to professional ministry in the church. Unfortunately, a woman’s call to ministry is not always readily affirmed, and so this event aims to provide women of all ages and experience with a space to explore what God might be doing in their life. Friday–Sunday, March 24–26 | Register today – space is limited!

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Students invited to March 8 breakfast conversation with Eboo Patel

A special breakfast conversation for students from Greater Philadelphia's schools of theological education with Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) will be held at LTSP on Wednesday, March 8 | 8:00 - 10:00 am. Registration for students is free - be sure to register today.

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REBOOT Sunday School and BIRTH Cross+Gen Ministry – March 11

Take your congregation’s ministry to the next level with this special, one-of-a-kind event this March 11 with the Rev. Dr. David Lose, president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and the Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim, pioneer of the Faith Inkubators Confirmation program and the Cross+Gen Ministry movement. Register today!

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Preaching with Power returns March 12 – 16

Preaching with Power celebrates its 35th year in 2017! Preachers and lecturers include the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight, the Rev. Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, the Rev. Lucille “CeCee” Mills, and Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, plus a Black Sacred Music Concert – and PWP Sunday! with local UTI partner churches. Sunday, March 12 – Thursday, March 16. Join us!

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Alumni Board Nominations – last chance!

LTSP alumni! There's still time to submit your nominations for Alumni Board members. Make your submissions online now!
Nominations close March 10!

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Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… Registration Now Open!

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents Spring Convocation 2017: REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… | Join us Monday, March 27-Tuesday, March 28 for a Cookout (families invited) – Worship – Learning Sessions with the Rev. Heidi Neumark and the Rev. Dr. James Forbes – Eucharist with the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop – Distinguished Alumni Awards – Class Reunions – Faculty Reception – Banquet.
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Position Opening: Library Director for United Lutheran Seminary

In mid-2017, United Lutheran Seminary will succeed the historic Gettysburg and Philadelphia Lutheran seminaries, retaining campuses in both locations while being served by a unified faculty and administration. As part of this transition, United Lutheran Seminary seeks an innovative, adaptive, and collaborative director of one library system located on two campuses. Read more about this position opening...

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The LTSP Experience


For persons preparing for servant-leadership in the church, most denominations have a candidacy process that requires contact with the denomination prior to the beginning of seminary.

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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Religion

The MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church.

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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2016 – Watch the Preachers

Preaching with Power returned this March! Highlights for the 34th year include a Celebration of Music in the African American Church, a discussion of Terrorism in America — Sacred Places, plus powerful preaching by the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley,...

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Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE…

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents Spring Convocation 2017: REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… | Join us Monday, March 27-Tuesday, March 28 for a Cookout (families invited) – Worship – Learning Sessions with the Rev. Heidi Neumark and...

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Degree Programs

Master of Divinity

The MASTER of DIVINITY PROGRAM (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church.

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Are you feeling called to a seminary education? Begin here to learn more about the LTSP experience and how to apply.

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute...

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Take a Course

Adults of all educational and religious backgrounds are welcome to take courses at the seminary for personal and professional enrichment or to find out if seminary is right for you through LTSP’s Adult Learning offerings.

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Academic Calendar

This is the academic calendar that contains all dates of note for the current academic year.

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Contextual Education

Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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Giving Opportunities

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The Community

Theological Education with Youth

TEY is Totally Excellent Youth. TEY is Transforming Events with Youth. TEY is Thoughtful Explorations with Youth.

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To realize the seminary’s vital mission requires significant funding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and supporting synods provide a portion of the funds needed for annual operations. Tuition dollars, which are intentionally modest, also help. However, the...

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