Friday, July 17, 2015

CTS offers M.Div in Sweden

  CTSFW Opens International Extension Site in Sweden
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2015

Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce the opening of  the new international extension site for its Master of Sacred Theology Program (S.T.M.) at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTG) in Gothenburg, Sweden.  CTSFW received confirmation for the extension site from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) as a result of the required focused site visit by the ATS in March 2015. Three intensive courses are scheduled per year at LSTG, making it possible for students to complete the degree in four years. 

“I am very excited to hear this wonderful news! It’s been several years since the LSTG requested that we offer our S.T.M. courses on their campus in order to make historic, confessional Lutheran theological education available.  CTSFW embraced this inquiry as its mission opportunity and has since worked together with LSTG colleagues to find a way to make it a reality,” explained the Rev. Dr. Naomichi Masaki, director of the S.T.M. Program at CTSFW. “I am deeply thankful to the Lord for blessing our joint endeavor.  It is an honor, privilege and joy for the CTSFW community to serve our beloved colleagues in Scandinavia and other North European countries who are striving to confess boldly the Lord in the midst of so many challenges and persecutions.”

Dr. Rune Imberg, S.T.M. coordinator and dean of Research at LSTG, also commented that he was delighted at the news of the approval.  “The ATS representatives got a good understanding of our situation quite rapidly. The discussions and meetings took place in a collegial and friendly atmosphere, and the questions and comments were very constructive for us. We are convinced that this S.T.M. Program will be a great blessing to Christianity—not only Lutherans—in Northern and Eastern Europe.  Theologians in our part of the world will get a more profound knowledge of the Bible and sound Lutheran theology, which will make them even more able to serve God and their fellow Christians in different ways!”

The primary purpose of offering the CTSFW S.T.M. Program in Sweden is to strengthen pastors of this region of Europe in their confessional Lutheran identity. This program is being funded primarily through generous individual donors, although some tuition is received. Those wishing to support this mission project in Northern Europe may direct donations to the Bo Giertz Fund, Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825. For additional giving information, connect with us at or 877-287-4338.
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