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Preparing transformational church leaders


Transformative Education

You develop as an effective leader, ready to equip Christian communities to do God's work.

  • We provide an academically rigorous education based on a strong faith foundation.
  • We anticipate the needs of the church and the world and prepare leaders who can respond accordingly.
  • You will encounter a holistic learning experience in which you grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

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Gospel-centered Identity

You are equipped to share the good news of God's healing love through Christ.

  • You will encounter theology grounded in the Lutheran tradition but ecumenically expansive that is based in the gospel of Jesus Christ and that welcomes lively discussions about what this means in today's world.
  • You will gain a solid understanding of the Bible, theology, history and leadership to equip you for service in multiple ways.
  • You will explore with faculty and peers what it means to live out Jesus' call to serve others.

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Meaningful Connections

You connect with people who have different perspectives on faith, life and ministry.

  • Students come from diverse backgrounds - various experiences, different parts of the world and a wide spectrum of Christian traditions. This leads to interactions that help enrich your faith, expand your mind and prepare you for the opportunities and challenges of the real world.
  • Groups of students, staff and faculty support and encourage you throughout this journey. You receive meaningful advice, in-context education and a multitude of resources including writing support, library services and more.
  • An expansive network of people is willing to support you. Given our history and size, we have alumni, emeriti, donors, pastors and congregations around the world who are eager to partner with you in your ministry.

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Exceptional Faculty

You learn from some of the best in their fields.

  • Diversity of thought and experience, and a variety of Christian traditions - leading to rich discussions and challenging questions.
  • Innovative and intentional about what they teach and how they teach. They will challenge you to discover new insights - about you, the church and the world.
  • Relevant - the theology taught is based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the way you learn and live it is responsive to current and future needs.

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Flexible Options

You decide the how, what, when and where of your learning experience.

  • How: in class, online, in small groups, in service in a variety of church and nonprofit settings.
  • What: multiple degree options at the masters and doctoral levels with a wide variety of electives to best meet your needs, maximize your strengths and feed your curiosity.
  • When: just out of college or in your second career, you choose.
  • Where: the Twin Cities in Minnesota or your current location. Our distributed learning option is proven and highly respected. 

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Faithful Future

You prepare to get a job, live out your call and transform the world.

  • Hundreds of students from a variety of Christian traditions are prepared for ministry each year. About one-third of all ELCA pastors in the United States graduate from Luther Seminary.
  • Luther Seminary alumni serve the needs of the church and the world in a variety of ways: in congregations, schools and nonprofit organizations.
  • Your student learning experiences help you clarify where and how you want to make a difference upon graduation.
  • And, your learning continues after you leave the seminary. You learn on the job, you learn from other professionals and you learn by taking more courses through programs like Luther Seminary's Lifelong Learning offerings.

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Meet some of our students

Student perspectives on community

Student perspectives on community

At Luther Seminary, you connect with people who have ...

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Hear about Luther faculty directly from students

Hear about Luther faculty directly from students

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Sterling Lynk, M.Div.

Sterling Lynk, M.Div.

Sterling Lynk combines being a residential student ...

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