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Equipping for Christian Ministry

 

ILT has experienced Christian pastors and teachers who deliver a quality and practical Biblical education to help you serve in congregational ministry. Whether you are looking to be a pastor, youth minister, other
church worker, or simply wish to participate in continuing education, ILT can help you achieve your goals.

Pastoral Ministry Certificate

This twelve-course program is designed to prepare leaders with no prior theological
training to successfully provide pastoral leadership for a congregation. Coursework
in the Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program provides a solid introduction to
Biblical interpretation, Lutheran theology, church history, and ministerial practice.

Youth & Family Certificate

This twelve-course program is designed to prepare lay leaders to successfully
provide leadership in youth and family ministry for a congregation. Coursework
in the Youth and Family Certificate Program provides a solid introduction to
Biblical theology, Lutheran theology, church history, youth and family ministry,
and Christian education.

Master of Ministry | M.M.

The Master of Ministry program prepares students for diaconal or other nonordained ministries within the church and can also be an alternative track to ordained ministry. This 44-credit program provides a condensed classical theological education, with opportunities for specialization in particular areas of ministry. The program includes an internship tailored to the student’s goals, which can be done while also taking classes. Graduates of the program have the option of completing a further 46 credits to earn a Master of Divinity degree.

Master of Military Chaplaincy | M.M.C.

The Master of Military Chaplaincy program is specifically designed to equip students
to become faithful and effective ministers of the gospel as chaplains in the
armed forces of the United States. The program fulfills all Department of Defense
requirements, as well as those of most church body endorsing agents. ILT provides
a mentor who guides and advises students through the chaplain candidacy
process. The 72-credit program ensures that students can complete the program
within the window of time provided by the chaplain candidacy process. Students
have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master
of Divinity degree. Students must be endorsed by a church endorsing agency and
approved as Chaplain Candidates by the appropriate military board before being
accepted into this program. Chaplain Candidates are commissioned and serve in
reserve or National Guard units part-time while attending classes. Students not
yet endorsed or approved as Chaplain Candidates have the option of enrolling
in ILT in the Master of Divinity program or as Open Studies students until they
become Chaplain Candidates. Meanwhile, the courses they take will count toward
the M.M.C. degree.

Master of Divinity | M.Div.

The Master of Divinity program prepares persons for the office of public ministry
of Word and Sacrament in the church of Jesus Christ. It requires 90 course credits,
equivalent to three years of full-time coursework. In addition, students in the
(M.Div.) must complete the equivalent of a one-year full-time internship.

Doctor of Ministry | D.Min.

The Doctor of Ministry program focuses on reaching the unreached in a secular
age from a specifically Lutheran perspective. Students are pastors with at least
three years continuous experience who want to deepen their perspectives and
hone their strategies for the church’s apologetic, evangelistic, and catechetical
tasks. The program requires 30 credit hours of work, including two independent
projects and a final project or thesis.

Internships

Practical education is just as important as academic education for the development of pastoral candidates. Through the Embedded Ministry Program, students at ILT gain practical experience and insight into the pastoral office.  Students are "embedded" into the congregational "seed bed", where they apply classroom lessons to relevant situations in a controlled environment. 

International Partners Programming

International Partners is a multifaceted division at the Institute of Lutheran Theology and falls under Educational Ministries for a variety of reasons. First, in cooperation with World Mission Prayer League we launched the Certificate of Mission Studies to provide instruction that prepares lay persons or pastors to serve and conduct outreach in cross-cultural settings. We also work with officers of denominations in other countries on establishing schools, and teaching at the certificate level, which is the best option for the majority of their students.

Certificate Open Studies

Those who want to take courses at ILT but do not wish to be part of a degree program may enroll as open studies students. Credits earned by open studies students may later be counted toward a degree, provided the student has completed the full application process and been admitted into the degree program.

Graduate Open Studies

Those who want to take courses at ILT but do not wish to be part of a degree program may enroll as open studies students. Credits earned by open studies students may later be counted toward a degree, provided the student has completed the full application process and been admitted into the degree program.

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