Theme: Courageous Service

Who do we hope our students will become?

Called to faithful service through the church, they surely need the foundations of biblical grounding, historical perspective, theological clarity, and practical wisdom. Build on that base, though, they will also need insights and skills undreamt when theological curricula were designed long ago. Church leaders now must grasp and confront twin forces that endanger us all - harm to neighbor due to race, gender, or sexuality, and waste of creation due to climate change. These are not faddish topics but deeply theological questions of sin and evil to which the gospel replies with truth, remedy, and promise. Our church needs diverse leaders who bring skill and capacity to this calling, able to learn from and work with others toward a holy vision for mercy, justice and healing. For such a time as this, we will prepare graduates who serve our church with compassion and engage our world with courage.

Esther Menn, Academic Dean LSTC

"The courageous service theme initiatives focus on the student experience at LSTC. The strategic plan steering committee identified LSTC's commitment to equip church leaders with the capacity to faithfully address the greatest challenges of our time, including the pursuit of equity and a commitment to climate health."

Esther Menn, Academic Dean

2021 Priority Initiatives of Courageous Service Theme

Curriculum review: Conduct review of the school's Public Church curriculum to focus on course planning, new program creation, innovative delivery, faculty hiring, and paracurricular activities

Scholarship support: Review student financial challenges in all degree programs (debt, income, expense, food insecurity) and respond with new scholarships attuned to distinctive needs, pre-enrollment financial counseling, and finding a balance between employment and granting


Remote learning: Enhance shift of degree programs online and address remaining challenges; determine which programs/courses will remain remotely available, how hybrid options can combine remote and local learning, and whether collaborations can improve range and diversity of offerings


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