E-lert - January 2012

Donor support in 2011 made a major impact on Luther's mission to prepare leaders

Each year, gifts to Luther Seminary help prepare current and future church leaders with education and resources that are of vital use in their ministries. During 2011, Luther Seminary was able to use generous donor gifts in multiple ways.

Scholarships

The cost of seminary education is rising, as is the level of student debt. Scholarship support is vital to reducing student debt, allowing more students to say "Yes" to God's call.

In 2011, hundreds of donors generously supported scholarships, making a major impact. So far during the 2011-12 academic year, more than $2.8 million in scholarships has been awarded. This accounts for approximately 49 percent of the overall cost of tuition.

For more information about the impact of scholarship gifts, visit us online.

Olson Campus Center Renovation

Over the summer, the Olson Campus Center renovation was completed, providing students an attractive new space for study and community life.

In the few months since the renovated campus center has been open, it has significantly strengthened community life on campus. Students now have a place for small groups of learning and discipleship, encouraging relationships that will strengthen their ministries throughout their lives.

Learn more about the renovation at www.luthersem.edu/construction.

Online Resources

Gifts supported online resources such as Enter the Bible and WorkingPreacher, two sites that have global reach.

In 2011:

  • EntertheBible.org launched Bible Q&A, a monthly discussion with Luther Seminary faculty that covers "everything you wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask." With 450,000 page views in 2011, Enter the Bible saw a 40 percent boost in traffic over the previous year.
  • WorkingPreacher.org received 1.2 million visits from more than 200 countries and territories. A highly valued resource, more than 90 percent of users in a recent survey said they find the site very useful and nearly 95 percent said they have recommended it.

Learn more about how your gifts support Luther's multitude of resources and the rewarding and easy ways you can make a gift.

Thank you for your support

In these ways, and many more, gifts make it possible for Luther to prepare and support current and future church leaders. By investing in the mission of Luther Seminary, you support the church in myriad ways. For all those who made a gift to Luther Seminary during 2011, we give thanks. Your gifts continue to impact the church.

As you plan for 2012, please take a moment to consider how you can support Luther Seminary's mission through current and/or planned giving. Contact a member of our staff to learn more. Email semrel@luthersem.edu or call 888-358-8437.

Please consider supporting Luther Seminary's mission by making a gift today. Learn more at www.luthersem.edu/giving.