"I also realized that I could do the social justice work I wanted to do within the church – which had been doing this kind of work all along... I want to try to explain my passion for the theological side of serving others. It’s like the ELCA’s motto: God’s work. Our hands. In worship class, I’m excited to talk about how worship reflects that God is God and wants us to get our hands dirty."
- Anna Ernst, M.Div. 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.