The IRLT has no interest in simply duplicating the work already being done by other institution, nor is it the intention to compete with the religiously pluralistic divinity schools. On the contrary, the IRLT would focus on producing ‘working pastors’ who can go out and serve the congregations of the Lutheran church. It is hoped that IRLT will appeal to the broad center of Lutheranism in America, which includes many from the ELCA, LCMS, LCMC, and others. Global Lutherans are also looking to send students to a place where they can trust the biblical and confessional integrity of a seminary education that is intentionally and unapologetically Lutheran. The IRLT planning group is in discussion with a number of partner institutions for the sharing of resources and facilities.
A development plan is already being put together to make IRLT a reality. Look for more information to be coming soon. A kick-off event is being planned for June 2007, hosted by Mt. Carmel Ministries, in Alexandria, Minnesota. God is making some great things happen among us!