The Mission of the Seminary
Lutheran Brethren Seminary serves the church and world by preparing servants of Christ for a life of ministry in God's mission and for equipping His people to serve in His mission.
The Bible tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). The teaching of Lutheran Brethren Seminary (LBS) is firmly rooted in the Word of God. As curriculum has been evaluated through the accreditation process, the Seminary has placed a greater emphasis on the importance of biblical language study. Students learn Hebrew and Greek, so that they can read the Scriptures in their original languages, and engage our world with a deeper understanding of the text.
On November 6, 2012, LBS received the announcement from Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) that it had been granted full accreditation. This marked a great accomplishment for our seminary and our denomination.
Accreditation means that students have their degrees recognized by the military chaplaincy, outside organizations, and graduate programs. It means professional growth for faculty and staff who also have access to the educational expertise of the accrediting association staff, our peer schools, and fellow educators. Accreditation has brought academic recognition to our Seminary, helped refine our operations through outside evaluation of our effectiveness, and opened doors to attracting new students.
Upon receiving full accreditation, LBS immediately moved toward instituting a fully accredited distance education program. On April 19, 2013, the TRACS accreditation commission approved LBS to offer a distance education option for its students. This has made it possible for students who are unable to relocate to Fergus Falls, Minnesota to prepare for ministry, and for resident students who accept a call to finish their seminary degree.
The 2013-14 seminary year saw 21 new students enroll in courses at LBS, over half of them through distance education. That number marked a significant increase from the 2011-12 enrollment. And in the fall of 2014, thirteen lay leaders participated in an online pilot program that is being developed for lay-leader training within the CLB.
Accreditation, distance education, and lay-leader training all serve the LBS mission to prepare servants of Christ for a life of ministry in God’s mission.
Graduates of Lutheran Brethren Seminary will:
- Embrace a Christ-centered understanding of Scripture
- Demonstrate skills that correspond to the doing of ministry
- Exhibit attitudes that characterize God's servants
- Model godly character in life and in ministry
The Seminary fulfills its mission in partnership with and by the support of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. This church's mission is: "In response to God's person and grace, we worship Him with everything we are in Christ, serve one another in Christian love and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people."
This church lives out its passions in the following core values:
- The Bible is central in our congregations and in our households.
- The Gospel is our treasure and our joy.
- We revere God's Law.
- The Word and the Sacraments are God's precious means of grace.
- We cherish the love and fellowship of God's people.
- We long for people to trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, to come to know Him in a personal way.
- We seek to be people of prayer.