Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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The Lutheran Year

LSTC welcomes candidacy students who are earning their theological degrees from other divinity schools or seminaries and who are required to affiliate with an ELCA seminary during the first full term of their theological studies.

The ELCA Candidacy Manual sets forth the following purpose and objectives for the residency year:

  • to provide the candidate with a solid grounding in Lutheran systematic theology and the Lutheran Confessions, and to enable the candidate to articulate a Lutheran theological  perspective. This happens not only in the study of theology, but in the study of church history, Bible, worship, preaching, education, pastoral care, and ethics.
  • to provide the candidate with a sound understanding of ministry in a Lutheran context:  a clear sense of the centrality of Word and Sacrament; an appreciation of the relationship between lay and ordained ministries; a familiarity with policy and practice associated with approval, call, and mobility; and the expectations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of its ordained ministers.
  • to enable the candidate to establish relationships with future colleagues in ministry which are marked by mutual support and accountability.

Students who will have completed their M.Div at another seminary or divinity school before the Lutheran Year may consider earning a Th.M. in Lutheran Ministry Studies during their Lutheran Year at LSTC.  Requirements include six courses taken at the advanced graduate level, demonstration of competence in a scholarly language (biblical or modern), and a comprehensive examination or master’s thesis (50 pages).  For well-prepared students, completion of the Th.M. in Lutheran Ministry Studies is possible during one year of intensive study during the Lutheran Year at LSTC.

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