“I have no words enough to say thank you so much because I know myself now I step from the place where I was at according to the preparation of sermons now I have new things to offer because of what you have given us. God bless you.”
“I mean, what I have been taught here I have already started implementing, doesn't get any better than that. The way the information was transmitted I'm sure will keep the information in my head for a very long time as well.”
“Hearing from my brothers in Christ was also a big joy and very humbling. I feel that not only has my skill in writing sermons improved, but my love for the Church has been amplified so much more by witnessing my brothers preach Christ. And this is all the teacher's doing. We covered any and all types of sermons that a pastor would have to preach in ministry. I have already implemented the different sermon structures in my preaching!”
The above are quotes from students of Luther Academy’s English language program. The work of this new endeavor done in partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is having wide ranging impact. It is changing the lives of students as they grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and are prepared and shaped to proclaim the Gospel to many people throughout the world.
Our student body is similar to the student body of an American seminary in that we have students of various ages and from various walks of life. One thing that is different is that some of our students are clergy from other confessions who have become Lutheran or were trained as Lutheran pastors previously but are seeking further training and education. We are able to provide this training and it has immediate and tangible results in the ministry of our students and in the lives of their parishioners. This makes Luther Academy a resource for new and existing pastors both, which multiplies the impact that can be made in congregations all throughout Europe.
But it is not just Europe. The students of Luther Academy represent over a dozen countries spread over almost a quarter of the earth. The impact of Luther Academy is already being seen and felt, and this will only continue to grow with further support from the LCMS and the growing partnerships with other confessional Lutheran bodies. This global impact will be strengthened as Luther Academy gains more of an academic foothold and partners and grows in contact and cooperation with other confessional Lutheran institutions as well.
As a theological educator from the LCMS, my life has changed as I have come into contact with a much broader understanding of the Church than I had before. It is one thing to know that there are Lutherans out there in these other parts of the world and it is another thing entirely to get to interact with them and grow in those bonds of fellowship. And as these new and existing pastors get to know their teachers from the LCMS, it creates bonds that can be leveraged for increased fellowship in years to come. The potential return for the Church of the future by investment now in the work of Luther Academy is incalculable.