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Accreditation

LTS has been an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) since 1976. Our degrees accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the US are as follows:

 

Affiliations

LTS works closely and collaboratively with many other organizations and bodies.

The seminary is owned by the four Western Synods of the ELCIC: British Columbia, Alberta & the Territories, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario.

It is a member of the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU), along with the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican Church of Canada) and St. Andrew's College (United Church of Canada). Through the STU, LTS is one of the teaching schools through which the Centre for Rural Ministry and Leadership (CiRCLe M) offers classes and resources.

Our sister seminary in the ELCIC, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is owned by the Eastern Synod. We also have various connections with the ELCA seminaries.

Located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan, LTS is an affiliated college of that university. We have particularly close ties with the Department of Religion and Culture, with the Department of English, with the History Department, and with the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies program (CMRS).

 

Educational Effectiveness

 

MDiv/BTh Program – from 2007-2012

92% of students successfully completed the program. Further, 95% of these students completed the MDiv program within 5 years of starting the program. Finally, of those students who successfully completed the program, 98% have been certified for parish ministry after passing their denominational candidacy exams, and 98% are working full time in ministry within one year of graduating.

MTS Program – from 2007-2012

75% of students who have registered in this program since 2007 have successfully completed the program. Further, 67% of these students completed the MTS program within 2 years of starting the program, and 33% completed the program within 4 years of starting the program. Of those that did not finish, 8% switched to the MDiv program, and 16% dropped out of the program after exploring their interests in theological studies.

STM and DMin Program – from 2007-2012 (DMin program started in 2011)

Of the students registered in the STM program, 50% have successfully completed the program within 4 years of starting. 25% dropped out of the program or have switched to other schools to begin other programs. 25% of the students in the STM program have now switched from the STM program to the DMin program, which LTS just introduced in 2011.

Satisfaction with the Program of Studies

Students also feel well prepared by the MDiv training for parish ministry which they received at LTS. Over the last 5 years, and based on the Graduating Student Questionnaire, LTS students rated their training highly. For comparison, the average for ATS schools in Canada who participated in the Graduate Student Questionnaire are also listed.

 

Satisfaction of MDiv/BTh Students at LTS

Lutheran Theological Seminary have noted the following as the most important student outcomes for our Graduates in the MDiv/BTh program:

  • Scripturally and Confessionally grounded
  • Good interpreters of Texts and Contexts
  • Able Communicators in preaching and in the public arena
  • Able to show authentic, transparent Christian Spiritualilty
  • Able to equip, transmit, pass on their skills and faith, and stir up and coordinate the gifts of others for mission
  • Willing and able to act for change
  • Imaginative
  • Globally aware
  • Denominationally explicit yet ecumenically oriented
  • Compassionate, empathetic.

In the Graduating Student Questionnaires prepared by  ATS, and taken by our students the last 5 years, students feel that they have been well trained towards these outcomes. The survey (see below) has revealed that in relation to other ATS Seminaries in Canada also used the Graduating Student Questionnaire, LTS students feel well equipped to meet the LTS program outcomes: (Table 13, GSQ)

Chart 1:

Level of Satisfaction with Progress in Skills Related to Future Work for LTS Students in relationship to other Canadian seminaries accredited by ATS and using the GSQ survey:

 

 

Over 5 years

LTS

Canada

Ability to Preach Well

4.4

4.1

Ability to Use and Interpret Scripture

4.4

4.4

Knowledge of Church Policy/Canon Law

3.9

3.7

Ability to Give Spiritual Direction

3.6

3.8

Ability to Teach Well

4.0

4.0

Knowledge of Church Doctrine and History

4.3

4.1

Ability to Lead Others

4.2

4.0

Ability to Conduct Worship/Liturgy

4.4

4.1

Knowledge of Other Religious Tradition

3.5

3.6

Knowledge of My Own Religious Tradition

4.4

4.1

Ability to Relate Social Issues to Faith

4.2

4.0

Ability in Pastoral Counselling

3.7

3.9

Ability to Administer a Parish

3.5

3.5

Knowledge of Christian Philosophy and Ethics

3.6

3.9

Ability to Think Theologically

4.4

4.4

 

If you have any questions about our program and our vision for our graduates, please contact the academic dean at dean.lts@usask.ca