“… be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” —Romans 12:2
We have been working hard as a learning community these past months to craft our strategic vision and priorities for the coming years. We are eager to share the fruit of this wide consultation and visioning in the coming months to which many of you have contributed. One of the key questions in our conversations has been asking what kind of impact Luther Seminary had in the past and what that might mean for the future flourishing of our mission to educate leaders for Christian communities. This edition of Story endeavors to share with you some of what we have learned about the impact Luther Seminary has by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and through the ministry of our graduates.
You will read stories of impact through innovative ministries, impact in service to our active-duty military, impact in leadership with our ecumenical partners and much more. These stories recount the impact of a robust theological education that meets students where they are and equips them for lively engagement in a changing church.
As we continue to hone and focus our strategic priorities, what is emerging is our impact on transforming leaders, transforming community and transforming collaboration.
Paul writes in Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Being transformed by the renewing of our minds seems a fitting frame of reference for our strategic priorities and for the stories we share with you in the following pages. We’re eager to hear your own stories of how God’s Holy Spirit is working through you to make an impact in your community.
Peace and joy,
Robin Steinke, President