Across the ELCA we support 8 ELCA seminaries, 28 ELCA universities, 1,530 early childhood centers, and 267 elementary schools.
Seminaries & Universities within our Cluster
Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest (LSPS) le da la bienvenida! (welcomes you). They are located in the heart of Texas where Austin politics, music bands, film festivals, and UT football mix to form a unique culture. In this diverse environment, they seek to prepare pastors for ministry in a rapidly changing and pluralistic world that is the mission field of the emerging church of the 21st century. LSPS is known for its unique cultural and linguistic accent that is her trademark in theological education. It does this through a Theological Education for Emerging Ministries Program (TEEM).
Lutheran School of Theology Chicago (LSTC) strives to offer a community and academic experience that is grounded in the good news of the gospel and shaped by our urban, multicultural, ecumenical, global, interfaith and university-related context and commitments. Their primary mission is to prepare women and men for a complex, pluralistic world in need of faithful and courageous ministers to serve in a variety of contexts. Although a large percentage of students come to prepare for ordained ministry or lay rostered ministries in the ELCA, LSTC is also enriched and transformed by ecumenical and interfaith students in their various master’s and doctoral programs, as well as ecumenical and interfaith colleagues.
Texas Lutheran University students experience a challenging academic environment that sets a path for lifelong learning. Their students engage in high impact educational experiences that include civic engagement, aesthetic expression, critical thinking, and a focus on intercultural and global knowledge in a community that welcomes the interplay of faith and reason. Founded in 1891, Texas Lutheran resides on 184 scenic acres in Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio and Austin. A diverse student body of approximately 1,400 with classes averaging fewer than 20 students provides a sense of community and an environment where individuality and personal growth are as integral to success as rigorous academics.
Wartburg Theological Seminary serves Christ’ church through the ELCA by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning. The community embodies God’s mission by stewarding resources for engaging, equipping, and sending collaborative leaders who interpret, proclaim and live the gospel of Jesus Christ for a world created for communion with God and in need of personal and social healing.