The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane (LTS) serves to train Christ’s followers as pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries, and deaconesses for faithful service in the Lutheran Church of Africa. The LTS is a registered Public Benefits Organization in South Africa.
The Pastoral Ministry Track
The aim and the role of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) is to prepare men for the office of the public ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Lutheran church. To that end, the seminary seeks to equip students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for the ministry, leading them
- to accept without reservation the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice, as well as the Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord as the true statement and exposition of the Word of God;
- to have a comprehensive understanding of the theology of the Bible and the skill to interpret Holy Scripture in accordance with sound hermeneutical principles that promote Christ;
- to gain greater understanding of the pastoral office as the ministry of proclaiming God’s word to human need within the discipline of worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and counselling for the edification of God’s people, enabling them to carry on the mission of the church; and
- to indicate a complete dedication to the office of the public ministry and readiness to accept their first call.
The Deaconess Programme
The LTS also trains aspiring deaconesses for service in the Lord’s kingdom. Deaconess service is one of the ministries of the church (acts of mercy – Eph. 4:11) and caters to the spiritual and social concerns of individuals and families within their life situations for the edification of the church. The service is Christ-centered and focuses on the application of Law and Gospel in diaconal service in support of the church’s pastorate.