Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Approaches Seminary through a ‘Public Church’ Lens
October 4, 2021
Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students to serve in the global community. True to its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, the seminary equips students for visionary ministry. The values that guide the institution include:
- LSTC is Christ-centered.
- LSTC is responsive to its context.
- LSTC is attentive to diversity.
- LSTC is committed to excellence.
LSTC’s values have long-guided their approach to meeting students exactly where they are. They offers six degree programs, as well as two joint partnerships with other institutions and one certificate program. Since the fall semester of 2020, classes have been offered online and in-person (when safe to do so).
In addition to curricular opportunities, LSTC also offers students opportunities to engage in worship with one another through chapel services several times a week, learn from various presenters/experts in virtual and in-person trainings, seminars and panels, and continue to discern their call and practice their leadership with prominent leaders of the Church.
LSTC’s Public Church curriculum and learning experiences enable students to learn best practices for challenging corrumption, naming sin, living out a theology of grace, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and moving beyond the public of church into multiple, intersecting publics. Their innovative Public Church Fellows Program combines student service at a community non-profit or social service organization with intentional small group reflection and faith formation. This combination of activities affords students numerous opportunities to gain meaningful experience for their ministry.