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PS Portions – October 2016

In October's PS Portions, President David Lose reflects on "Do you see that as a growth industry?" and shares a personal note, plus we meet alumnus the Rev. William Fluck, share a full collection of videos from the Money, Mission and Media event with great conversation for all leaders of the church, and October's LTSP Notes and Class Notes!

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Do you see that as a growth industry?

A few years ago, on a flight back from presenting at a synod assembly, I was seated next to a venture capitalist. He told me about a variety of opportunities in which he was currently investing. Then he asked me what I did. I shared that I was someone who trains leaders for the church. “Church,” he said, pausing for a moment, then asking, “Do you see that as a growth industry?”

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Donor Profile: William Fluck

“The three best years of my life were my attendance at LTSP!” proclaimed the Rev. William A. Fluck, sharing a kind smile. “I found the intellectual rigor tremendously invigorating.” Pastor Fluck has been giving faithfully and generously to the seminary over many years for these reasons, and because, he says, “I feel the seminary is really the root of the church. I’ve had a positive experience along the way. I attribute that to my training.”

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Money, Mission, and Media: Insights and Strategies for 21st Century Ministry – video report

Ministry in the twenty-first century presents unique challenges and fresh opportunities for the church. At the forefront of these changes are questions about stewardship, mission, and the ever-evolving world of social media and technology. Presenters Adam Copeland, Mihee Kim-Kort, Keith Anderson, and fellow Philadelphia-area ministry practitioners explored what this means - watch the presentations for their insight and understanding.

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Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation October 31 – Join us on campus for livestream viewing

LTSP invites ecumenical partners to share a live community gathering to view the livestream of this historic Joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. Monday, October 31, 2016 | Livestream begins 9:30 am

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Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Festival November 4

LTSP and Trinity Lutheran Church are sponsoring the Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Hymn Festival on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. The festival is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19466. All are welcome.

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Advent Vespers – December 4

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) marks the Advent season with its annual Advent Vespers. Under the theme “Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace,” the Service of Evening Prayer will provide a time for prayer, reflection, and silence – things that are a gift from God in our fevered world. Learn more and register – free! – today!

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Announcing Preaching Days 2017: Anna Carter Florence and William Willimon

Preaching Days returns in 2017 with two dynamic and nationally known preachers – William Willimon and Anna Carter Florence – and a twist: we're making it a one-day event on Monday, February 13, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus | Free!

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Uniting Pennsylvania Seminaries Choose Name, Launch Presidential Search

“United Lutheran Seminary sums up our vision of the future into which we believe God is calling us,” declared Bishop James Dunlop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the conclusion of two days of meetings held mid-August in Philadelphia. The name of the consolidated school that will bring together the Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Gettysburg (LTSG) and Philadelphia (LTSP) was the unanimous choice of the governing bodies of two seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

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Prospective Student Day! Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? If these questions are your questions, why not come to Prospective Student Day and get input from faculty, staff, and current students to help in the discernment process.

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Student Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning at LTSP is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise and resources available, in order to inform decisions about how to improve student learning.

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Admissions Policies & Information

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers degrees in The Master of Divinity, The Master of Arts in Religion, The Master of Arts in Public Leadership, The Master of Sacred Theology, and The Doctor of Ministry.

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Announcing the 2016 LTSP Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: The Rev. Roy Almquist '66, the Rev. Paul F. Bosch '56, and the Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr. ‘87.

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Degree Programs

Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

THE MASTER OF DIVINITY—DISTRIBUTED LEARNING PATHWAY (DL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) allows students to pursue their calling from virtually anywhere in the world. Combining online learning, contextual experiences, and residential study, the DL program helps...

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How Your Gift Helps

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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Degree Programs

Doctor of Ministry

Designed as a flexible program, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry. It presupposes both the completion of a first professional degree in theology and experience in a field...

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Degree Programs

Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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Financial Aid

Financing a seminary education involves much more than paying bills. It requires prayerful planning and budgeting, good money and time management skills, and joyful receiving of gifts! This guide describes eligibility and application processes as well as the different...

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Giving Opportunities

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Christian Ministry

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHRISTIAN MINISTRY equips clergy and lay leaders for faithful and effective ministry in the parish by enhancing their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, preaching, and worship.

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LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

As part of its 150th Anniversary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has created an interactive timeline website to share the story of the seminary - WITNESS TO A CHANGING WORLD: BUILDING ON OUR DYNAMIC PAST. Learn more about...

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

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Student Services

Student Services staff provide assistance for LTSP students both during and beyond their seminary career. Student Services is located on the second floor of The Brossman Learning Center in part of the Kaufmann Enrollment Services suite which also includes...

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"Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world."