''For Such a Time As This!''

Brothers and sisters in Christ:

Our church is in crisis. Our nation is in crisis. We are in desperate need of strong, well-trained leaders who are able to think theologically and fearlessly interpret the times in which we live. We need pastors who can proclaim the Word of God effectively and relevantly.

This crisis of leadership is growing. Congregations are finding it increasingly difficult to find faithful well-trained pastors. Seminaries are finding it difficult to find faithful academically capable teacher/scholars who can prepare these pastors for ministry.

This is not new. God’s church has been here before. The Holy Spirit has repeatedly responded to ‘such a time as this’ by creating special schools. It was true in ancient Israel when Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha established schools of the prophets ‘for such a time as this’.

The Reformation established schools to train and equip pastors and scholars to rightly handle the Word of God during the cultural and religious crisis of the 1500’s. Seventy years ago, Dietrich Bonhoeffer established a seminary in exile to train pastors and church leaders ‘for such a time as this’ in Nazi Germany. Today, the Lord has called the Institute of Lutheran Theology into being for ‘such a time as this’.

The community of ILT is personally and vigorously invested in preparing faithful pastors, teachers and lay people ‘for such a time as this”! Our goal is to equip a new generation of Lutheran Christians to effectively proclaim the gospel and serve Christ's church throughout the world. Will you partner with us in achieving our goal? We have three requests.

1. Include ILT in your Sunday morning Prayer of the Church! 2. Include ILT in your congregational budget! 3. Sign up to receive the Epaphras prayer letter on the ILT website.

As Mordechai said to Esther, “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

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