LCMS Joint Seminary Fund
The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund, a ministry of the LCMS Foundation, serves our two Concordia seminaries by seeking and securing essential funding that permits flexibility in addressing areas of greatest needs that are indispensible to pastoral education:
- Teaching and researching
- Curriculum and materials development
- Facilities construction and maintenance
- Financial aid to students
- Recruitment of highly qualified faculty and staff
- Providing continuing education and distance opportunities
In turn, our LCMS seminaries prepare pastors who will be called to proclaim God’s Word, Law and Gospel, that works saving faith in lives that will be changed now and eternally!
Dear Partner in the Gospel
Have you ever been tempted to ask: “Does God really still love me?”; “Has He forsaken me or abandoned me?”; “Does He still stand by me?” Prolonged illness, the loss of a job, the sudden death of a loved one or any combination of bad things in life can make us vulnerable to the seeds of doubt and despair sown by Satan, the deceiver and father of lies.
If you want to know whether God really loves you, whether He would ever leave or abandon you or whether He really stands by you, look no further than the cross. Upon the cross you see how much God loves you. You see that He willingly abandoned His own Son, rather than abandon you. You see your Savior, who voluntarily laid down His life in order to redeem you.
Paul contrasts the self-sacrificing love that God has for you with the love that we as humans have for one another when he writes, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8, ESV). Christ echoes the depth of this unconditional, self-sacrificing love of God for you when He states, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Nearly 700 men are preparing at our seminaries in Fort Wayne and Saint Louis to proclaim this message of God’s great love for all people in Jesus Christ. I invite you to support these future pastors through an offering to The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund. Your gift today will benefit students at our seminaries in Fort Wayne and Saint Louis who desire to serve as pastors and proclaim this life-giving, life-changing message of forgiveness and redemption through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
When Satan attempts to sow the seeds of doubt and despair in your life, may our compassionate and gracious God reassure you through His Word of the great love that He demonstrated and still holds for you – that love which caused Him to sacrifice His only Son for you. As a result, your sins have been forgiven and you have the promise of eternity in His presence. It is all yours through His Son, crucified and risen victorious from the dead – for you!
In His love,
Rev. Dr. Glen D. Thomas
Executive Director of Pastoral Education
For more information about the Joint Seminary Fund, please contact:
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122