Overview

Who we are

Centered in the Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ…
That's how our vision statement begins. And it goes on to articulate a whole host of other important commitments and characteristics that make this a place uniquely equipped to prepare women and men for service in the Church and in the world. But we begin not with what is unique, but with what is central, the Gospel. The Gospel is what we share with Christians of every time and place, of every race and nation, indeed what we share with all creation. It is what stirred our beginnings, shapes our days, and draws us toward the future. We are centered in the Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ.

firmly committed to scripture
We are a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, rooted in and formed by the Protestant Reformation. Which is to say that, by both tradition and commitment, we are rooted in the study of scripture and recognize it as the source and norm for our proclamation, life, and faith. We are also rooted in the Lutheran Confessions and recognize them as a true witness to the Gospel. You may know the names Jacobs, Tappert, and Wengert. They are all editors of the Book of Concord, and all came from LTSP. That may make you wonder if you have to be a Lutheran to come to school here. The answer is no. In fact, it is our strong commitment to the Lutheran Confessions that drives us to be ecumenical - to learn from and serve with our sisters and brothers in Christ of many denominations.

academically rigorous (and flexible)
Our faculty are outstanding scholars, leaders, and teachers. Many of them have served in parish ministry. All of them are committed to excellence in theological education for the sake of the church's mission in the world.

The seminary offers two first-level masters degrees, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR). In both degrees there are a variety of concentrations available. The seminary also offers three advanced-level degrees: the Master of Sacred Theology (STM), the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

We also offer a wide range of class schedules to fit the needs of a wide variety of students. In addition to the regular daytime schedule, we also offer night and weekend classes, block courses and short-term intensives.

that forms leaders for public ministry
LTSP is a great place to be - to learn, to grow in faith, to be both nurtured and challenged. But the seminary exists for the sake of something much greater. Centered in the Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ, LTSP forms leaders for public ministry. Your time here will prepare you to be a Christian public leader. Whether your call is to care for the dying, advocate for those who have no voice, lead a congregation struggling to meet the needs of a rapidly changing community, teach, preach, or be about the work of the Gospel in any way, LTSP will prepare you for the ministry to which you are called.