Besides Accreditation, ILT Has Significant Growth in Many Areas

Dear ILT Family;

Greetings in the Name of Christ! Since its inception the Institute of Lutheran Theology has been supported by congregations. Over the years this support has increased, and our relationship with individual congregations has deepened. At the end of the day, ILT is accountable to you to prepare people who have the requisite learning to be pastors in this post-modern, increasingly post-Christian context. Where will you get your pastors 10 years, 20 years, or 50 years from now?

Since the beginning ILT has been committed to Biblical faithfulness, autonomy of operations, and institutional accreditation. Yes, ILT has achieved initial accreditation, the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) evaluation team has commended ILT for:

  • The development of a Mission Statement that is widely embraced by the directors, administration, staff and students, and [that] serves as the foundation for institutional operations, programs and activities.

  • The production of a comprehensive and useful academic assessment report.

  • Assembling a highly-competent, committed, qualified, and unified team with a passion for achieving institutional goals.

  • Our piloting of, and movement toward, more aggressive online advertising, with initial responses being impressive.

  • Our creative adaptation to adult education realities in its Christian faith community.

  • The faculty and its extensive publication record.

Know that while we have achieved initial accreditation, we are seeing significant growth in many areas of our institutional life. Student enrollments are up, ILT continues to develop new programming, and we are relating to increasing numbers of prayer partners and donors.

Thriving congregations there must have competent preachers. Where will you get your future preachers? Perhaps someday an ILT-trained pastor will fill your pulpit. We would love to help your congregation by sending you one of our graduates. ILT has so far graduated over 55 students, and all are serving congregations in some capacity, the vast majority as pastors. Please consider aiding us over these 40 days of Lent to reach our goal of raising $40,000 to help defer costs to students. We have had more than 200 congregations support ILT over the years. If you have helped us in the past, we thank you and ask for your help again. If you have not contributed as of yet, we ask you to consider it now during Lent. Every donation helps us keep tuition affordable to students.

In Christ,

President Dennis Bielfeldt, Ph. D.

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