“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
The apostle Paul identifies the variety of God-given gifts, ministries, and activities that God uses to build up the body of Christ. The same Spirit, the same Lord, and the same God works within this great diversity of gifts and callings to build up the body of Christ for its life in the world, thus empowering the church’s witness and mission.
Paul’s words also express the vision of the two-year Master’s and certificate programs at Luther Seminary – to educate and to equip God’s people who are called to a variety of ministries in the world and in the church.
Because the mission of God’s people calls for many forms of specialized ministries, Luther Seminary offers these certificate programs. They concentrate on equipping leaders for specialized ministry in such areas as youth and family, congregational care, Islamic studies, and outreach and discipleship. Each program offers a flexible balance between a grounding in the classical theological disciplines, concentration in one’s chosen area, and elective courses taken from any area of the curriculum. All are undergirded by an emphasis on Christian discipleship, trusting that through our students and graduates God’s Spirit might continue to be made manifest for the common good.
Admissions Requirements and Application Procedure
Overview of the process, including links to forms.