LSTC News Release
Augsburg Fortress to operate Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Book Center
Posted May 15, 2007
Beginning July 1, 2007, Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will operate the Book Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). It will continue to carry all the textbooks for classes at LSTC, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Catholic Theological Union. Additionally, the Book Center will reach out to area congregations by providing a full line of church supplies, clergy apparel, and curriculum resources. These changes will give LSTC a stronger partnership not only with those congregations, but also with the publishing house of the ELCA.
"After operating the Book Center for 16 years, LSTC has decided that in the current bookselling economy it makes the most sense for the students and faculty we serve, and for the seminary, to turn to Augsburg Fortress to provide those services for us," said Bob Berridge, Vice President for Operations.
Augsburg Fortress will be able to provide larger discounts on books due to its network of eleven retail stores across the United States, five of them at other ELCA seminaries.
"We have been very careful negotiating this agreement with Augsburg Fortress. We wanted to be sure that all the people who rely on LSTC's Book Center will continue to be well-served by it. We're confident that Augsburg Fortress is the right partner to do that," added Berridge.
The move to contract services in the Book Center is in keeping with the goals of LSTC's five-year financial plan, aimed at eliminating operating deficits while maintaining a high level of service. Augsburg Fortress's operation of the Book Center will also add annual rental income to LSTC's budget.
"This new partnership between Augsburg Fortress and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is an outstanding fit for both organizations. A large part of Augsburg Fortress' mission is serving current and future leaders of the ELCA. Our work on seminary campuses allows us to do that very effectively," said Will Bergkamp, an LSTC alumnus and Augsburg Fortress' director for stores and events.
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The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.