LCMS Joint Seminary Fund
Excellent seminaries are important to everyone who needs the Gospel.
Well-formed pastors, deaconesses, ordained missionaries and theological leaders are vital to our life together as they faithfully and accurately teach the Gospel. For our entire history as a Synod, well-formed and compassionate pastors have been important to us because the Gospel, faithfully delivered in Word and sacraments, is essential to each of us.
The LCMS national office acknowledges that the level of financial subsidy it supplies to both seminaries (Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.), money which comes out of the Sunday-morning worship offerings set aside by congregations for district and national/international work, is woefully insufficient to fully operate either of them, let alone both.
In recognition of that reality, The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund was established to supplement Synod subsidy by directly soliciting the church for charitable donations. Gifts to the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund are restricted exclusively to supporting both of our world-class seminaries.
Our LCMS seminaries have only three sources of operating revenue: investment income from endowment, the tuition paid by students after financial aid is awarded (often in the form of student loans), and the financial gifts graciously supplied by God’s people. The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund helps raise the last type, functioning as a line of defense against passing rising educational costs on to seminary students via higher tuition. Currently, donors who give to the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund combine their resources and supply more than $2 million each year in additional unrestricted financial support to help educate our future pastors and other theologically-trained leaders. Those gifts cover expenses directly in a way that keeps them off of each seminarian’s tuition bill.
Unless otherwise specified by the donor, a gift to The LCMS Joint Seminary Fund is disbursed to both seminaries as unrestricted support. At the discretion of their boards of Regents, these vital funds can be used to cover necessary seminary expenditures, such as:
- Teaching and research (faculty)
- Curriculum and program development
- Facilities maintenance, upgrades and construction
- Student financial aid
- Recruitment of students, faculty and support staff
- Continuing education for our current pastors
- Distance education programs
... wherever the need is greatest as determined by the seminaries!
In turn, our two seminaries prepare pastors who will be called to proclaim the Word that works saving faith in the lives of people who will be changed now and eternally!
One simple gift. Two world-class seminaries. Dozens of professors. Hundreds of students. Thousands of pastors and theologically-trained servant leaders. Millions of lives touched by the Good News of Jesus.
As an LCMS Joint Seminary Fund donor, or member of its Messengers giving society, you help proclaim Jesus and change lives for eternity.
To learn more about the Joint Seminary Fund or its Messengers giving society please contact:
LCMS Joint Seminary Fund *
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
* LCMS Joint Seminary Fund staff are members of the Mission Advancement unit of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Fund itself is managed under the auspices of Pastoral Education, under the oversight of Synod’s Chief Mission Officer.