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ILT celebrates Jim McGarigle receiving his Master of Sacred Theology degree.

On January 20th, 2019, President Dennis Bielfeldt awarded the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree to James McGarigle. The ceremony was held at 2:00pm at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, WI. Rev. Matthew Bless (Pastor Bless!) officiated. Jim has been working on this degree part-time and was able to finish and defend his thesis in December 2018. The STM is just one the academic degrees offered at ILT. These include the Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Jim is only the second student to graduate with the STM. ILT has the M.A.R, STM, and PhD programs to prepare men and women who will be able to prepare future pastors. I

ILT J-Term Bioethics Course

ILT Bioethics Course January 14-18 This week, ILT is offering a J-Term intensive course on Bioethics taught by Pastor Tim Rynearson. The twenty regular course participants include some of ILT's MDiv and DMin students from the United States and Canada, pastors from across the country who have come to audit the course for continuing education, and several local community members. In addition to the time spent in daily class sessions, Pastor Rynearson has been leading evening sessions for the congregation and local community, which the students also participate in. Students are learning how to think critically rather than emotionally about bioethical issues. They are learning how to study, anal

Bethel Bible Series Teacher Training

The 2019 Spring Semester starts January 24 - There's still time to enroll. ILT offers many degrees for various levels of education. Whether you want to take a beginner's class on the Bible, prepare for congregational ministry, or earn a graduate degree, ILT offers programs for every level of education. There is still time to apply. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Threasa Hopkins at or call 605-651-9337. The Lutheran Institute of Theology is pleased to offer an online Bethel Series Intensive teacher training class beginning on January 24, 2019 to June 13 on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Central Time Zone. This course is an overview of the Bible from Genesis t

VA Benefits to Graduate Students

ILT Approved to Offer VA Benefits to Graduate Students! The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) is excited to announce that our application to Veteran’s Affairs has been approved! Veterans can use their educational benefits to do graduate studies at ILT. This is good news for those who want to become pastors, chaplains, or just study at ILT to earn a masters or doctorate degree. Through this program, graduate students at ILT can have their tuition paid directly by Veteran’s Affairs. If you are a veteran and are looking for graduate level education, please contact us to learn more about this. This is another of the changes that ILT has been able to make because of our being awarded accredita


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Support ILT Tax Free

Here is some helpful information concerning another way people can make tax-free contributions to ILT if you're over 70 1/2 years old. President Trump's Tax Reduction Act of 2018 was mostly a good thing, but by almost doubling the standard deduction to $24,000.00 for married filing jointly, the Act makes it unfeasible for most people to itemize deductions even if they tithe to their church. But here's a way you can still give tax-free -- if you're over 70 1/2 years old. If you make Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contributions, those contributions have been excluded from your income. But after age 70 1/2, you have to start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA each

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