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Mission Statement

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon equips, nurtures and challenges women and men for Christ-centered ministries that call people to lively commitment, bold witness, and sacrificial service.

The Seminary

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon is owned by the British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). It was established to prepare candidates for the Lutheran pastoral ministry. Since the Lutheran church in Canada has roots in several European countries as well as the United States, the Seminary reflects this diversity and seeks to transmit the varied traditions creatively in the shaping of a distinctive Canadian Lutheranism.

The Seminary also serves qualified students who wish to pursue the study of theology for its own sake, or solely out of academic interest. In addition, the school seeks to be of assistance to pastors in the area of continuing education and as an institution of advanced study and research on the level of the STM degree. In recent years, too, the closer relationships with its sister theological institutions on the campus and the presence of a broad spectrum of students from a variety of denominations have given the Seminary a broader, more ecumenical character.

History

The Seminary is the result of the dreams of Lutheran pioneers in Western Canada. In 1913 the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Manitoba and Other Provinces founded the Lutheran College and Seminary in Edmonton and a year later moved it to Saskatoon. In 1939 the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America established Luther Theological Seminary, first on the campus of the Lutheran College and Seminary and then in 1946 on a separate campus in Saskatoon.

For almost twenty years Lutherans in Western Canada maintained two theological schools with varying degrees of cooperation between them. The goal of a single theological seminary was realized in 1965 when the two schools were merged into the present Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. In 1968 the school moved to its present location on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

From 1973 to 1984 the Lutheran Church-Canada (Missouri Synod) was involved in formal cooperation at the Seminary. During the years between 1965 and 1985 the Seminary was jointly owned and supported by The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada and the Lutheran Church in America's Central Canada and Western Canada Synods. The current status of the Seminary dates back to January 1, 1986, when the two supporting churches merged into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

Affiliations

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon is an affiliated college of the University of Saskatchewan. Faculty may serve as adjunct Faculty or lecturers at the University. The Seminary is a member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and has been accorded full membership in that accrediting association since 1978.

Our accreditation is granted by:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Government and Support

The Seminary is directed and controlled through a governance process by the Board of Governors.  The Board of Governors is responsible for governance policies, creating and maintaining a strategic plan, delegates management authority to the President, monitors performance and measures results and relates to the owner synods.  Representatives on the Board of Governors, both clergy and lay, are elected by the supporting synods. The bishops of the supporting synods ELCIC are ex officio members of the Board. Financial support for the Seminary is determined by a process of consultation between the Seminary’s Board of Governors, the national church representative and the Synod Councils of the four supporting western synods of the ELCIC.

 

Inclusive Language and Ministry

LTS affirms the ELCIC commitment to the inclusiveness of the Gospel and recognizes that God calls men and women to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. LTS, therefore, prepares women and men for the ministry of Word and Sacrament as well as for other positions of leadership and service in the Church.

Part of the preparation for ministry is recognizing that God comes to us in our humanity and uses human language to communicate. LTS is committed to the use of inclusive language in classroom, worship, committees and in the general life of the institution.

Overseas Equivalences

Since methods of recording grades and conferring degrees differ from country to country, overseas students wishing to enter the degree and certificate programs must write to the Registrar, submitting details of their academic careers including, wherever possible, transcripts of academic work and copies of any degrees or diplomas held, together with some information about the institutions granting the degrees. For those whose first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper-based), 80 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based) is a prerequisite, or a TOEFL IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20.Test scores must be forwarded directly to the Registrar.

Degree Programs

As the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) will recognize degrees from Bible Colleges accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the faculty of LTS recognizes such degrees as well, even though the University of Saskatchewan may not.  LTS reserves the right to ask for more general education courses (such as English, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology) if such are not part of a Bible College bachelor’s degree.

Application for admission into the degree programs of BTh, MDiv, and MTS are to be received by May 15 if planning to being the program of studies in September.

Applications for admission into the degree program of the STM program are to be received by March 13 if planning to begin the program of studies in September.

One year of university or the equivalent of one year of university (30 semester hours) is required as prerequisite for taking any course for credit and/or for attending Lutheran Theological Seminary with the goal of obtaining academic credit.

Certificate Programs

The Seminary currently offers two certificate programs: the Lutheran Formation Certificate Program and the Diaconal Certificate Program.

Application for admission into the Lutheran Formation Certificate Program and the Diaconal Certificate are to be received by May 15 if planning to begin the program of studies in September.

Certificate descriptions and requirements are outlined here.

Library

For information about the STU and LTS libraries, visit the Libraries page.

Finances

The current schedule of tuition and fees can be found on the Tuition & Fees page.

Information about payment of bills is available in the Student Handbook.

Medical Insurance

Every student is encouraged to hold membership in a medical or health insurance plan. LTS students may apply for health insurance through the University of Saskatchewan GSA Health & Dental Plan.

Student Aid

The Seminary has limited student aid funds. Requests should be made to the Student Aid Committee through the Registrar’s office. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Seminary Life

Worship Life

A theological seminary is more than just an educational institution. It is a community of Christians gathering in the name of Jesus to praise God and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for mission. Therefore, the community of the Lutheran Theological Seminary gathers regularly in chapel to listen to the Word of God in Scripture and preaching, to receive the Sacraments, and to respond with confession, prayer, praise, thanksgiving and offerings. In accordance with the traditions of the Lutheran Church, students are recruited, equipped and supported for leadership in worship, in the use of appropriate worship materials, and in facilitating the place of worship in other functions of the community.

Worship stands at the centre of the day’s activities with daily chapel services in the morning.

As well, students are expected to involve themselves in the life and worship of a congregation in Saskatoon. Without such daily and weekly opportunities for worship, the study of God’s truth becomes a hollow enterprise.

Campus Organizations

The Lutheran Theological Students’ Union is the student body organized for self government purposes and to direct extra curricular activities of interest to the students.

The Seminary Choir is a student vocal group whose primary purpose and function is to aid and enhance the worship life of the Seminary. The members also learn some basic music skills, develop competence in individual and choral singing, develop a familiarity with Lutheran worship resources and are provided with ideas and comments regarding the introduction and use of new hymnody and liturgy in the parish setting. Occasionally the Seminary Choir participates in worship services in and around Saskatoon.

Seminary Publications

Chapel Chatter is a sometimes publication of the Dean of Chapel, edited by an appointed member of the Worship Committee. Along with worship information and humour, it provides a schedule of chapel services and leaders and speaker for the week.

LTS's newsmagazine, Sheaves, is currently published twice a year. It highlights the life and needs of the Seminary and is published by the Development Office.

Consensus is a scholarly journal published by Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. It is published online twice a year and includes thematic scholarly articles by the professors of both ELCIC seminaries and invited contributors, a section on studies and observations, selected sermons, and book reviews.

Residence

Although many of our students prefer to arrange their own housing off-campus, single students sometimes choose to live in our residence, Luther Residence.

Bookstore

Information about the seminary Bookstore is found here.

Grading System

STU Professors grade on the following scale.**

90-100 Exceptional
A superior performance with consistent, strong evidence of

  • a comprehensive, incisive grasp of the subject matter
  • an ability to make insightful critical evaluation of the material given
  • an exceptional capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking
  • an excellent ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently

80-89 Excellent
An excellent performance with strong evidence of

  • a comprehensive grasp of the subject matter
  • an ability to make sound critical evaluation of the material given
  • a very good capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking
  • an excellent ability to organize, to analyse, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently

70-79 Good
A good performance with evidence of

  • a substantial knowledge of the subject matter
  • a good understanding of the relevant issues and a good familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques
  • some capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking
  • a good ability to organize, to analyse and to examine the subject material in a critical and constructive manner.

65-69 Satisfactory
A generally satisfactory and intellectually adequate performance with evidence of

  • an acceptable basic grasp of the subject material
  • a fair understanding of the relevant issues
  • a general familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques
  • an ability to develop solutions to moderately difficult problems related to the subject material
  • a moderate ability to examine the material in a critical and analytical manner.

60-64 Minimal
Remedial work may be required before proceeding to further course Pass work.

A barely acceptable performance with evidence of

  • a familiarity with the subject material
  • some evidence that analytical skills have been developed
  • some understanding of the relevant issues
  • some familiarity with the relevant literature and techniques
  • attempts to solve moderately difficult problems related to the subject material and to examine the material in a critical and analytical manner are only partially successful.

In addition, the following alternatives are used:
P* Pass W Withdrawal
F* Fail WF Withdrawal-Failure
ABF Absent-Failure DE Deferred Examination
INF Incomplete-Failure AUD Audit

* Where classes are graded on a Pass/Fail basis, a Pass represents 65% or more.
**Final percentage grades reflect a cumulative evaluation based on the literal descriptors and may differ from scores achieved on the components making up the final percentage grade.