The Lutheran School of Theology

Become a Pastor or Teacher Formed in the Lutheran Faith

And Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2)

The Need

  • There Is A Severe Shortage of Trained Pastors In Africa

    In Tanzania, for instance, there is on average 1 pastor for every 3,500 members. The Lutheran Church in Tanzania alone has over 10 million members, but the struggle is to provide each congregation with a trained and ordained pastor.

  • Most Pastors/Evangelists Have Little Or No Theological Training
    The average pastor serves 12 parishes but only visits one each Sunday. The other eleven are served by evangelists who have had little or no training. Even those who are trained have few books and limited opportunity for further formal study in the Living Word and doctrinal theology.
  • On Site Theological Training Seminars Spread Across 20 Different Countries Was Not Sustainable
    Each month, Rev. James May, the director of Lutherans In Africa (LIA), was traveling to other African countries to organize training seminars. Over time, several bishops repeated the same comment,

    "These seminars are great but they are not long enough to train pastors. You need to come back three of four times a year."

    Since Rev. May was already working in 20 countries across the continent, this just was not possible. So the bishops made the motion at the annual board meeting of Lutherans In Africa (LIA) to establish a faithful, sustainable, and accessible seminary in Nairobi, Kenya.

    This is how and why the Lutheran School of Theology was founded.
... preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2)
Faithful, Sustainable, and Accessible Theological Training

The Lutheran School of Theology

  • faithfully teaches God's Word
  • is centrally located to reduce travel expenses
  • is united by the Lutheran Confessions
  • is sustainable and self-sufficient in design
  • provides longer, in-depth theological training
  • shows a long term commitment to the community
  • gathers around historic liturgical practice of the Divine Service
  • equips students in their service through translation work
... contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. (Jude 2)

About Lutherans In Africa and the Lutheran School of Theology

LST’s mission is “to prepare candidates for various church vocations and leadership in the Lutheran Churches of Africa and to cultivate and advance Lutheran heritage and doctrine for the sake of the Lutheran Church, the wider church, and the African public.

A secondary objective is to equip students as “tentmakers” so that they can provide for their families if a congregational salary is insufficient.”

The Lutheran School of Theology has the support of churches from Africa, the United States, Finland, and Australia.

The governing body of the school, Lutherans In Africa, holds an annual meeting that includes bishops and church leaders from several countries in Africa and receives direction and input from these members to help steer the educational needs around the continent.

Lutherans in Africa Video Series
The LIA media library contains "video logs" with Rev. James May (the executive director of LIA), Dr. Gregory Schulz, and Rev. Paul Arndt. If you would like to know more about the mission of Lutherans In Africa and its Lutheran School of Theology, this is a great place to start.
LST Programs and Admissions
LST offers two academic programs:

Contact Executive Director
Rev. James May
Contact: +254 710660670
Contact School Registrar
School Registrar/ Assistant at Lutherans In Africa
Lucy Koisaba
WhatsApp/Call: +254 798454270
Lutheran School of Theology
P.O. BOX 1230- 00208
Ngong Hills, Kenya

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