Answer the call, change the world

Christian Ministry, MACM


You want to change the world through the power of the Gospel. Get the theological grounding and personal formation you need to serve in youth and family ministry, justice ministry, chaplaincy, faith-based nonprofit work and more.

The 55-credit hour degree in Christian Ministry shapes you for faithful service to the church and the world. Our faculty teach, form, and nurture students so that graduates:

  • Understand scripture, theology and church history
  • Interpret and communicate the Gospel to honor both the Christian faith and the contemporary multicultural world
  • Serve as an effective minister and disciple in a variety of settings
  • Understand and develop comprehensive skills in an area of specialized ministry

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Our Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) is located in Columbia, South Carolina. At LTSS, we believe that being Lutheran means being in a relationship with other denominations.

That’s why some of our students are Methodists, some are Baptists, and there are students from other denominations as well. Your questions and insights have a place here regardless of your denomination.

Some students enter seminary with extensive academic background in religious studies and theology. Others have experience in ministry, which may be relevant to certain courses. If you believe you are one of these students, please contact the registrar at registrar@lr.edu, who will consider your circumstances in consultation with the dean or other appropriate faculty and staff.

Program Highlights


  • Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada
  • Full-tuition scholarships available
  • No GRE required
  • Quick admission decision
  • Beautiful campus located in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Only ELCA seminary located in the southeastern United States
Joshua Wullenweber

LTSS is beautifully diverse and made up of students of every age, race, gender and orientation. I was so thankful to find a great community of faith and learning so close to where I grew up.

Joshua Wullenweber MDiv’20

News & Events

The seminary was recognized by the Association of Theological Schools for its commitment to be an inclusive community, for its faculty and staff who demonstrated genuine passion about their faith and care for students, as well as its relationship with Lenoir-Rhyne.

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The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University has launched Freed to Serve, a program aimed at eliminating tuition costs for seminarians within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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