“...men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
-1 Chronicles 12:32
The Institute of Lutheran Theology began in the previous decade amid terrible conflict in church and society over the authority of Scripture. We believe we were then as well as now raised up to teach people to understand the times and to know what to do. By engaging rather than retreating from the culture’s intellectual horizon while remaining faithful the Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions our students are better prepared than other schools.
Our first decade was not easy. We began during fears of recession and launched in the worst financial times in many years. We had no choice but to pursue excellence in all we do. We achieved much, but we cannot relax. Therefore, we invited Dr. Larry McKinney to lead our staff through Strategic Planning. We identified the five most critical issues that must be addressed to determine the difference between success and failure.
The strategic planning document is being sent to the Board, and we will be able to share the results after their meeting in February. Please know that Dr. McKinney, recently retired President of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, thinks ILT is in an uniquely qualified position for success. Our status is in no small part due to some 250 supporting congregations and 500 individuals. It is our 100 students whose main desire is to proclaim the gospel. It is our august faculty who are teaching those students how to interpret the Bible and the times and to know what to do.
What Charles Dickens said of the French Revolution can be said of us as well: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
We thank God for his Word and Spirit and the community of faith he has given us. We shall endeavor to pursue excellence because the alternative is not acceptable.
Please look for our President’s letter on our End-of-the-Year Matching Grant Campaign. Thank you to all of you who have already responded. Cheers!