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Institute of Lutheran Theology

Institute of Lutheran Theology

Institute of Lutheran Theology


Looking for an education in theology, but can't relocate?

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an accredited Lutheran seminary providing graduate, certificate, and lay level theological education through a fully integrated online campus. Faithful, fully-credentialed teachers lead students deeply into the Scriptures and the Christian tradition through a continual dialogue via live online video conferencing that replicates a traditional classroom. This grants students the opportunity to study at ILT without the inconvenience of relocating. Students immediately apply what they learn to their lives, communities, families, and congregations.

Mission Statement

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is a Christian faith community, seminary, and graduate school that rigorously equips faithful pastors, teachers, and laypeople to effectively proclaim the Gospel and serve Christ's church throughout the world.

Vision Statement

The Institute of Lutheran Theology will be a leading center for classical theological study in the Lutheran tradition that, consistent with the Great Commission, holds the scandal of the cross before the church and the world through (1) its students and graduates, (2) its participation in the ecumenical theological enterprise, and (3) its pioneering efforts in lay, undergraduate, seminary, and graduate education.

Our Goals

  1. ILT students will love, know, and apply the Scriptures as the Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of all their teaching.
  2. ILT students will interpret the Scriptures as Law and Gospel in light of the Lutheran Confessional writings.
  3. ILT students will recognize both the full revelation of Jesus Christ and the full reality of the world as essential for the theological task.
  4. ILT students will exhibit a spirit of openness in theological discussion and interaction.
  5. ILT students will confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for the world.

Our Values


We are bold in asserting the truth of the gospel.

ILT confesses with ultimate urgency the gospel of Jesus Christ once delivered to the saints, as it is proclaimed in the Holy Scripture and confessed in the Lutheran Symbolic Books, without compromise or abridgment.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith. . .” (Romans 1:16)


We are bound in our submission to the cross of Jesus.

ILT does not glory in possessing truths about Jesus Christ but is captured by the truth of Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)


We are open in listening to all who may contribute to the theological task.

ILT is committed to freedom of inquiry and expression in service to understanding and proclaiming the truth of the gospel.

“We take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)


We are critical in our examination of all truth claims.

ILT fosters the right use of reason and demands intellectual honesty from all members of its community.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)


We are independent in carrying out our mission.

ILT is not captive to any external restrictions but is free to serve the whole church and the world at large with integrity and faithfulness.

“I have become all things to all people, that I might, by all means, save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22b)


We are hospitable in serving our students.

ILT seeks to make an excellent theological education available to students regardless of their location or circumstances.

“We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.” (2 Corinthians 6:3)


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