Educational Institutions

Luther Seminary

  • St. Paul, MN
  • http://www.luthersem.edu/

Mission Statement

Luther Seminary's mission is to educate leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve I God's world.

Luther Seminary is a higher education community where theological learning is engaged with heart, mind and spirit. The seminary is the largest of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It educates nearly one-third of the pastors in the ELCA and nearly half of its lay rostered professionals. More than 25 percent of the Luther seminary students represent faith traditions other than Lutheran. In addition, over 50 international students study at Luther Seminary. The seminary provides multiple degree options at the master's and doctoral levels. Luther Seminary also offers the most extensive program of continuing education and lifelong learning in the Lutheran Church. Literally thousands of pastors, laypeople and church professionals from many denominations take part in conferences, continuing education workshops and lay classes. They also tap educational resources developed by the seminary.

Main Programs

  1. Luther Seminary
Service Areas

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International

Luther Seminary recruits and sends out students, faculty and staff from around the world.

ruling year

1987

President

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Robin Steinke

Keywords

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Seminary, Lutheran, Christian, Education

EIN

41-1425961

 Number

7949438516

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Protestant (X21)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Within the ELCA, more than one-third of clergy and a significant number of lay professionals were educated at Luther Seminary. The Seminary is continuously expanding outreach and services for ecumenical students, as the landscape of theological education continues to evolve and the Seminary strives to provide support to those who will serve as non-Lutheran lay and ordained leaders. The Seminary also has a vibrant international community, with more than 50 students from around the world traveling to pursue their theological educations at Luther Seminary in 2015.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Luther Seminary

Enrollment at Luther Seminary is strong at over 600 students. The seminary offers five degrees, including the Master of Divinity degree, in which approximately half the students are enrolled. Other degrees offered include the Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Luther Seminary's mission is to educate leaders for Christian communities. The world into which our graduates enter is increasingly religiously and culturally diverse, and Luther Seminary offers multiple programs reflecting the wide range of possibilities for faithful leadership in this world. Luther Seminary enrolls over 600 students in traditional degree and certificate programs. These programs prepare graduates for service in parish ministry, as well as leadership roles in congregations, classrooms, nonprofits and social justice agencies, counseling and health care organizations, and a multitude of other settings.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Approximately half of Luther Seminary's student body is enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program, which prepares students for ordained ministry. The Seminary boasts a Master of Arts degree with seven possible concentrations, and two dual degrees: the Master of Social Work/M.A. in Theology, and M.A. in Family Therapy/M.A. in Theology. The Seminary also offers Master of Theology (M.Th.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs.

    Outside of traditional degree programs, Luther Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning offers a wealth of learning opportunities for pastors, lay leaders, and the greater church community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Luther Seminary's internationally-renowned faculty is dedicated to developing new ways for learning the Word of God, and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. The members of the faculty vary in their theological and cultural perspectives, but are unified by their strong faith and commitment to the Seminary's mission. All have ministry experience, are well-respected research scholars, and hold advanced degrees from major North American and European doctoral programs. As such they embrace the roles of teacher, scholar, and church leader. By preaching and speaking regularly at churches, theological conferences, and symposia around the world, faculty members maintain strong ties between the Seminary and the community.

    The faculty is strengthened by cooperative arrangements with other schools: with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley (emerging ministry education), with St. Olaf College (music program), and in dual degree offerings with Augsburg College (social work) and St. Mary's University of Minnesota (family therapy). In addition, over 150 “contextual faculty," including adjunct instructors, pastoral supervisors, mentors and affiliated faculty, are invited each year to teach in the Seminary's programs. This broad range of input from such a diverse pool of teaching faculty is a wonderfully rich resource for the Seminary's students, as well as the larger church community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Luther Seminary recruits and sends out students, faculty and staff from around the world.

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Accreditations

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada - Accreditation (10 years)

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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President

Robin Steinke

BIO

The Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke came to Luther Seminary as president in June 2014. She was the first woman in the 145-year history of the seminary to be named to the position.

Prior to coming to Luther Seminary, Steinke was the dean of the seminary and professor of theological ethics and public life at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she served from 1999. She previously served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor; a training manager and financial planner at American Express Financial Advisors; and a middle school band director in Marietta, Ga. Steinke is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England.

Steinke is known for her strategic leadership and passion for sharing the gospel. She is involved in a number of important church and academic initiatives. She is currently co-chairing the national ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council that is evaluating and exploring the future of theological education. She serves as the ELCA Representative to the Lutheran World Federation Council and chairs their Endowment Fund. She is a member of the ELCA Ecclesiology Task Force and serves on a number of other church and academic committees. She previously served a six-year term as a commissioner for the Association of Theological Schools' Commission on Accrediting.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gus Blanchard

Retired CEO - Deluxe Corporation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?