Mission: Lancaster Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology whose mission is to educate Christian leaders for church and society.
Programs: Lancaster Theological Seminary's three degree programs —Master of Divinity, Masters of Arts (Religion), and Doctor of Ministry — are committed to integrating academic excellence and spiritual growth with vocational training. Graduates serve in a variety of vocations: as pastors and religious educators; as hospital, military, and college chaplains; as spiritual directors, denominational officers, college professors, and leaders in the nonprofit sector. Recent expansions of educational offerings include certificates in lay leadership and youth and young adult ministry, as well as specialized tracks within the MDiv focused on spiritual direction and chaplaincy. Although the seminary is officially affiliated with the United Church of Christ, a broad and progressive Protestant denomination, it serves an ecumenical constituency.
The Seminary also offers a wide range of educational opportunities beyond the degree programs, including a support program for recently ordained pastors, an active program for youth, a summer academy for lay persons, and a program of open lectures and workshops. Each year over 3000 participants—from youth through retirement age—are involved in one or more of its programs.
LTS was the place for me. Nice compact campus with a dedicated team of professors who love their jobs, subjects and the changing student body. Here you are a person and not a number. I highly recommend this seminary as a place to study for ministry or work within the religious field. Strong career paths for youth ministries, chaplain work and pastoral calls are available. Maybe the only drawback is that you cannot do them all in 3 years.
I chose LTS because I wanted a space to explore theologically. LTS not only provided that space, but also invested in my spiritual and vocational formation. I was born and raised in more evangelical circles and I still hold true to some of those evangelical beliefs, but LTS gave me the space to converse and explore. I couldn't believe the amount of diversity at LTS and even the ability to have conversations between such strong differing opinions. What I loved most of all though is the generous loving community that is forged. Wherever you are in life, whether explorer, wounded healer or on a clear vocational track, it has been my experience that you will be generously and unconditionally loved. Although I give this a 5 star rating, this community isn't perfect, but it was just what I needed.