Listen, listen, God is calling!
Through the Word inviting,
Comfort and joy!
—Tanzanian hymn, ELW 513
During this past year, Luther Seminary has been actively engaged in the work of listening.
We’ve listened to the church, who have told us that theological education needs to be more accessible, affordable, and responsive to the needs of a culture in transition.
We’ve listened to our students, who have shared that they are better equipped to serve wherever and however God is calling when they aren’t saddled with student debt.
We’ve listened to our alumni, who have let us know that they need just-in-time training to meet the demands of ministry in a rapidly changing world.
We’ve listened to leaders working with underrepresented and unchurched populations, who have helped us expand our imagination of what faithful Christian leadership might look like now and in the future.
We’ve listened through Scripture, prayer, worship, conversation, contemplation, and group discernment. We’ve listened through surveys, course evaluations, focus groups, one-on-one meetings, classroom discussions, workshops, learning communities, and coaching relationships.
And now, with great joy and thanksgiving, I announce the public launch of our fundraising campaign, Listen! God is Calling.
Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $95 million. For the past four years we have received gifts from thousands of alumni and investors, and we have raised more than $87 million toward this goal. We invite you to participate in this campaign for the future of the church.
Our fundraising priorities are for scholarships, innovation, and the Luther Seminary Sustaining Fund. Our goal is to provide full-tuition scholarships to every qualified applicant to Luther Seminary, to reach more than 10 million people globally with high-quality digital resources that help shape Christian community and practice in a rapidly changing world, and to continue to find ways to make our degree programs more affordable, effective, and accessible to Christian leaders everywhere.
Please join us! Learn more about our priorities and the way we’re using your gifts for good. Thank you for all the ways you have supported us in the past—and are continuing to do so.
Robin J. Steinke, President