LTSS works hand-in-hand with local leaders to strengthen the community through ministry.
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) continues to teach, form, and nurture students in Missional Leadership by connecting with agencies and institutions in the surrounding community. Through formation in community engagement at LTSS, students are prepared to enrich their ministry by extending beyond the walls of a congregation. Regardless of where students are called to share the Gospel, their ministry will be enriched by these experiences. In February, the Academy of Faith and Leadership hosted a community forum regarding the refugee crisis and resettlement efforts in South Carolina. Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) Refugee Services Coordinator, Badrija Jazic, spoke about the resettlement of refugees in the Midlands, the unique challenges faced by refugees entering America, as well as how the Body of Christ can be welcoming to individuals from other countries. Through student initiatives with faculty and administration, LTSS has begun partnering with LSC to assist with resettlement needs in the summer. Though there are some cultural and language barriers, meals have been shared, games have been played, and the Gospel has been proclaimed simply by students and faculty being present with those seeking to call a safe place home