"I wanted to live a faith-filled life, a Spirit-filled life.
We need pastors, but I’m not called to be a pastor. I’m called to diaconal ministry. I’m excited to see where the church is going and how it will use my gifts."
- Christine Doidge, M.A.M. student
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It seeks to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation.
At LSTC you will find the degree programs and the people to help you explore and fulfill your call to be a pastor, theological educator, lay professional leader, diaconal minister, or other leader in the church. To find out more, explore the degree program options to choose the one that is right for you.
What is LSTC all about?
LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that is
- responsive to its urban, academic, and ecclesial context
- attentive to the cultural, ecumenical, and interfaith diversity of the world
- committed to excellence in teaching, in how it prepares leaders, and in service
LSTC preserves, explores, and interprets the Lutheran heritage as a confessing movement calling the whole church to renewal. LSTC's centers bring the voice of its Lutheran heritage to a number of concerns and issues in society including interfaith dialogue, care of creation, multicultural concerns, youth, and religion and science dialogs.