A Call for Help
Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord!
I am writing to ask if you could help our motivated and worthy students to become pastors or teachers.
There is a shortage of pastors in North America, and it will get worse. Lutheran pastors are getting older. In ten years, many will retire and there will literally be thousands of Lutheran pulpits in North America who will not find pastors available for regular Call. Are you concerned? What can be done, and what can you do?
The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) has been preparing Lutheran pastors and teachers since the fall of 2009. We take no shortcuts in our programming. Students must study Scriptures, church history, theology, preaching and pastoral care. Students at ILT receive an education reminiscent of what pastors once received in North America 60 years ago.
We do not do fads at ILT. We are not “woke,” and we do not believe that the pulpit is the appropriate place to share one’s political opinions. What we are about is preaching the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ, a task we believe to be far more important than politics.
So, what can you do in the present situation to support like-minded new pastors complete their education and find their place in these congregations, hungry to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ?
You can help our students. While we try in every way to keep tuition costs down, many students find paying tuition very difficult and some simply cannot do it. Fortunately, we have some funds to help them thanks to the financial contributions of some wonderful people already sending their support. Unfortunately, the need is greater than the available funds.
Please know that when you help ILT students, you are contributing directly to them as they study with us. You are helping them become pastors or teachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The fall semester is upon us, and we have students who need your help. Will you help them?
Please know that your donations to our Student Scholarship Fund is IRS tax deductible, as are regular donations to ILT. As always, we love hearing from you! For more information about our programs, please check our website at www.ilt.edu. Bless you and thank you!
Rev. Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt, President