Strategic Plan: A Bold and Faithful Witness

Part 2: Implementation

2.2 Strategies and Action Steps

Goal 4 Luther Seminary will foster a culture that supports our common mission.

The character of our life together influences the quality of leaders we send out.

In order to educate women and men who can lead in apostolic mission, the culture of Luther Seminary needs regular attention. This community includes faculty and staff, along with residential, commuter, and distributed learners. The seminary is committed to fostering an environment that is inviting, hospitable, and conducive to learning. The widespread search for authentic spirituality, community, and intimacy that was discovered in our listening is not only a phenomenon of the wider culture, but characterizes our own community as well. By tending to the culture of Luther Seminary, we model the forms of Christian leadership which foster healthy communities characterized by bold and faithful witness to the gospel and service in God's world.

"Culture" is never a static thing, but is always being shaped and formed. For this reason, we must constantly deliberate the question of what kind of community we desire to be. Among the many aspects of our culture that we want to affirm and promote is a recognition that we live and minister in a global context. Building on strong international partnerships and a history of hosting students and faculty from churches around the world, we seek, therefore, to foster a culture and community that is hospitable to Christians from all over the globe in order to enrich and deepen our understanding of and commitment to God's mission to proclaim the gospel to all the nations.

Long-term strategies toward Goal 4

  1. Initiate and sustain institution-wide conversation about our shared convictions and commitments in the service of our lives together in mission (2007-2008
  2. Support a diverse seminary community that shares a common identity as confessional Christians (2007-2008 and ongoing).
  3. Strengthen and deepen relationships with partner institutions throughout the world and promote the possibilities these partnerships afford among faculty, students, and staff.
  4. Learn from others how to create a culture and ethos that supports the shaping of apostolic leaders in apostolic mission in a changed and changing world (2007-2008 and ongoing).
  5. Ensure that all personnel searches and assessment processes attend to issues of culture and ethos (2007-2008 and ongoing).

2007-2008 action steps for Goal 4

Timeframe Action Step Leaders
October 2007 Authorize a year-long Task Force on Values and Convictions to design and implement a conversation process based upon the values report done this summer, resulting in recommendations to the cabinet about formation and support of desired culture and ethos. President
October 2007 Authorize an ongoing Committee on Diversity to follow up on the work of the task force on diversity and similar predecessor groups so as to focus the attention of the seminary community on issues of diversity/identity and to make recommendations to the cabinet, as appropriate, that support the creation of a diverse seminary community that is centered in our common confession and mission. President
June 2008 Assess the conversation process about values and convictions in terms of what was learned about how to function as a learning community and what changes would be made if the process were repeated. President
September 2007-June 2007 Promote existing opportunities for fellowship and conversation with international students and their families and nurture their full participation in the community. Director of GMI, Dean of Students
September 2007-June 2008 Produce materials describing all international partnerships and opportunities for international study that include protocols for participating in partner-sponsored activities, and distribute these to faculty, students, and staff. Academic Dean, Director of GMI, Director of Cross-Cultural Study

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