Deaconess Studies

The LTS trains suitable men for the office of the holy ministry in the Lutheran church, and women for the office of deaconess. Prospective students can find the application form here:

LTS Application Form

Applicants must be members in good standing of an established Lutheran church in fellowship with the LCSA, or of a Lutheran church body with which an agreement for the training of candidates exists. They must also meet the academic criteria for admission (South African certificate of higher learning or matric with university exemption, or local equivalent as certified by the South African Qualifications Authority). If the church body to which the applicant belongs has its own seminary, a credible explanation certified by the applicable bishop or dean must be submitted along with the application stating the reasons why the student seeks to study elsewhere. In addition, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Proof of residence;
  2. Baptismal certificate and confirmation certificate;
  3. A testimonial from your local pastor and also a recommendation from either the dean of your diocese or bishop of your church in support of your plans to study theology and become a pastor sent directly to the address of the LTS;
  4. A testimonial from your school principal or academic dean;
  5. Proof/Certificate of highest academic qualification attained;
  6. Police clearance from your local police station;
  7. A health certificate signed by your medical doctor not older than 3 months;
  8. Proof of Medical Aid;
  9. Photocopy of your ID/Passport with a recognizable photo;
  10. A handwritten Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume giving a brief motivation as to why you want to study Lutheran theology.