Lenoir-Rhyne University's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary announced it will partner with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to launch a $2 million scholarship campaign beginning January 2018.
The announcement came during the N.C. Synod Assembly of the ELCA in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, June 3. The campaign, which will run through December of 2019, is being held as an effort to support seminarians in N.C. so they can attend LTSS located in Columbia, S.C. The funds raised will establish a scholarship endowment of $1.5 million, provide current N.C. students financial assistance through a restricted fund of $250,000, and provide cross cultural/study abroad opportunities through an additional restricted fund of $250,000.
"We are excited for this opportunity to build upon the strong historical relationship that has existed between the people of the ELCA N.C. Synod and the Seminary," said Pastor Paul Summer, Executive Director of Advancement at LTSS. "Support for the Seminary and students over the years from the synod has been a model for the church. We look forward to solidifying financial support for North Carolina Lutherans to attend LTSS without the burden of increased educational debt."
The theme, Opening Doors: Answering the Spirit's Call, will serve as the campaign's hallmark, and is based on 1 Corinthians 16:9a, "For a wide door for effective work has opened to me." During his third missionary journey, St. Paul wrote a letter to the church at Corinth. In his letter, he informed the believers at Corinth that a wide door for effective work had been opened to him in Ephesus. St. Paul was referencing the wonderful opportunity to tell a multitude of people about Christ.
It is LTSS's earnest desire to help meet the critical need within the ELCA to increase the number of graduates serving in the church. Factors influencing this campaign include the accrued debt load currently facing seminarians and related compensation packages received to help pay off student loans.
While the campaign has not officially started, LTSS is currently poised to receive funds. To learn more visit lr.edu/LTSS or contact Pastor Summer at 803.461.3237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1830 to help serve the needs of educating pastors for Lutheran churches in the South, LTSS is a part of the ELCA offering graduate level professional theological degrees. In 2012, it merged with LRU, which is also affiliated with the ELCA.