The 2019 Fall Semester at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) started on August 19th. This is ILT’s tenth Fall Semester offering graduate programs. This year the total student body has a record 86 students in nine programs. The student body includes students from many parts of the country as well as from Canada and Madagascar. There are 16 students in the M.Div. program, 18 students in the Pastoral Ministry Certificate, 13 students in the Master of Sacred Theology program and 16 students in the Doctor of Ministry program. This year is very historic for ILT because this is the first semester ILT is offering both the Master of Military Chaplaincy (M.M.C.) and the Ph.D. programs. ILT recei
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
I am very excited today about the wonderful new students who will be studying at ILT this fall. Who are some of these people who will be among us?
In my classes this semester there is Morton from Norway matriculating in our Doctor of Ministry program and Jean from Madagascar working on his Ph.D. Jean is one of three ILT students from Madagascar, and he joins Dan, Charles, Jim, David, John, Cooper, and Lenae in ILT’s required course for all Ph.D. students: “Theological Methods.” I also am blessed to teach Kristie working on her Master of Arts and Sarah at work on her Master of Divinity degree.
I write today because our
During the week of August 5th to 9th, the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) attended Lutheran Week, the Annual Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Both Dr. Benne and Dr. Hinlicky, ILT faculty from our earliest days, presented at the beginning of the week for the Braaten-Benne Lectures. This year the lectures focused on discipleship. Throughout the week, Dr. Jonathan Sorum and Mr. Leon Miles were able to meet with the faculty and students who attended the event. It was wonderful to connect with all those who visited the table and to get to know those in the NALC. We would also like to congratulate The Rev. Dr. Dan Selbo for his election as Presiding Bishop.
We pray t
For the last twenty years, Pastor Philip Gagnon from St. Albert’s Lutheran Church of Alberta, Canada has been leading mission trips from congregations in the greater Edmonton area to Ensenada, Mexico. Ensenada is a city on the Baja California peninsula located about two hours south of San Diego. These folks who travel to Ensenada call their work “Mission 2 Mexico.” Leading this year’s team was Pastor Karl Johnsen of Calvary Lutheran Church of Edmonton. Both pastors are leaders of the North American Lutheran Church in Canada (NALC-Canadian Mission District). From their numerous times collaborating with local ministries, Mission 2 Mexico has made contact with Pastors Carlos and Mirella Flo
This week the faculty of the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) met in Brookings, SD to discuss topics related to the future of ILT as well as to better prepare for the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. The retreat started at noon on July 31st and ended at noon on August 2nd. The faculty discussed many topics of interest and concern for ILT, including discussion on the overall direction of seminary programs, the continuing development of contextual education, library development, informational literacy skills, undergraduate education, and the new Ph.D. program that begins this year. Joining the retreat were graduate faculty members: Dennis Bielfeldt, Jonathan Sorum, Bob Benne, Mark