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 Hillmer, Dan Lioy, and Jack Kilcrease; certificate faculty members: Timothy Swenson, John Rasmussen, Douglas Morton, and Leon Miles; Director of Contextual Education, Eddie Kwok; and Director of Library Services, David Patterson. A number of adjunct professors also joined the retreat including Karen Scott, Lenae Rasmussen, David Nelson, Thomas Jacobson, and Timothy Rynearson.
This joint faculty retreat is the first time that both graduate and certificate schools have met together. It is clear from this meeting that God has truly blessed ILT with great professors, wonderful programs and outstanding students. We pray for God’s continued blessing and guidance as we move forward into this new school year, implementing new programs and refining current ones for the sake of our mission to raise up future generations of faithful pastors, teachers, church workers [and someday in the not-to-distant –future, undergraduate students].