Luther Seminary continues to respond to the church's call to prepare bold and faithful leaders for Christian communities. In support of this mission, more than 6,500 faithful donors supported Luther Seminary during the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Thanks to ongoing donor support, Luther is able to make a greater investment in the preparation of future church leaders. The number of annual donors is up over last year, showing strong support of Luther's mission. Donors' generous gifts make a large impact, covering approximately 55 percent of the annual budget when combining current gifts and endowment income.
Gifts help Luther prepare future church leaders who have missional hearts, are dedicated to ministering to today's youth and families and are equipped to share the gospel message through strong biblical preaching. Ongoing investments allow students to respond to their calls in innovative ways, carefully preparing for how congregations function in today's world.
"It's really clear in recent years that students are not content to do what's always been done," said David Lose, the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching. "They are taking seriously the culture we live in and are hungry to find ways to communicate the gospel message. They are willing to take risks and experiment in order to engage multiple generations, particularly the emerging generation that isn't coming to church."
Donors consistently give to support dynamic biblical preaching. Lose has seen students embrace this call to share the gospel through their sermons. "They are really passionate about connecting with today's hearers in new forms that connect with the current culture," Lose said.
During the last academic year, 806 students brought that passion to their studies at Luther Seminary. Among them were:
Gifts to Luther Seminary also supported:
This year donors again showed strong support to the Sustaining Fund. These gifts allow the seminary to use the money where it is needed most. The seminary also received vital planned giving contributions, which will support our mission long into the future.
"This work of preparing leaders for tomorrow's church would not happen without the faithful partnership of the thousands of individuals who have joined together to help prepare strong, faithful leaders. We are so grateful for the donor support that made seminary possible for more than 800 students this past year," said President Richard Bliese. "To each of our donors, we say thank you."
Every gift to Luther Seminary supports our mission. Learn how you can give to this important work at www.luthersem.edu/gifts.
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Select.. January 2015