INSTITUTE OF LUTHERAN THEOLOGY

aka ILT   |   Brookings, SD   |  www.ilt.edu

Mission

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is a Christian faith community, seminary and graduate school the rigorously equips faithful pastors, teachers and lay people to effectively proclaim the gospel and serve Christ's church throughout the world.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Dr. Dennis D. Bielfeldt

Main address

PO Box 833

Brookings, SD 57006 USA

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EIN

26-1251815

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Graduate School

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)
Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Population(s) Served
Adults

Youth and Family Certificate
Pastoral Ministries Certificate
Master of Ministry Degree
Master of Military Chaplaincy Degree
Master of Divinity Degree
Doctor of Ministry

Population(s) Served
Adults

Equipping for the Christian Life


We have experienced Christian pastors and teachers who deliver quality and practical Biblical education to help you take the next step in your understanding and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. Whether you are looking to become more involved in the leadership of your congregation or simply want to learn more about the Bible and the Lutheran tradition, ILT can help you achieve your goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of overall donors

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Population(s) Served

Christians

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of students enrolled

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes students both in the graduate programs and the certificate programs. Overall headcount for Fall Semester.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching program outcomes we hope to achieve are:

1) ILT students will love, know and apply the Scriptures as the Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of all their teaching.

2) ILT students will interpret the Scriptures as Law and Gospel in light of (as understood in) the Lutheran Confessional writings.

3) ILT students will recognize both the full revelation of Jesus Christ and the full reality of the world as essential for the theological task.

4) ILT students will exhibit a spirit of openness in theological discussion and interaction.

5) ILT students will confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for the world.

ILT operates two distinct educational programs, a graduate school and a diverse program of educational offerings towards certification in pastoral ministry, youth and family ministry and world missions. Both programs use an online video conferencing platform to deliver education to people wherever they are, making ILT's education accessible and affordable while enabling students to put their learning to work immediately in their local setting. ILT maintains an ever-increasing partnership with individuals and congregations who support its work financially and provides devotional and educational resources to individuals and congregation that publicize its work and help to recruit students.

ILT has a qualified and fully credentialed faculty with many years of teaching experience and extensive scholarly resumes. ILT now has over 10 years experience delivering high-quality education online. ILT is financially stable, with a record of impressive growth in yearly income. It has a qualified and growing staff to support its educational mission. ILT has attained accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

To date, ILT has achieved:
1) A budget approaching $1,000,000
2) A student body of over 100 students
3) Over 30 graduates from its various programs
4) Relationships with growing number of congregations and individuals within North American Lutheranism
5) Candidate status with a Department of Education and CHEA-recognized accreditation agency
6) Built a library with over 30,000 volumes
7) Purchased the 27,000 sf. ft. property that it rented until recently.

ILT still needs to achieve a a higher percentage of tuition as part of its overall revenue. This means that it needs significant enrollment growth in order to have a sustainable business model. ILT also needs a somewhat enlarged staff in order to tend to all the necessary task of administering the school. ILT looks forward to being able to develop a full-time core faculty. ILT needs to develop a larger network of supporters, congregations and individuals who will provide financial support and become the source of new students. ILT needs to make progress toward developing strategies for educating pastors and ministers for the church in ways that take a shorter time and are less expensive.

Financials

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INSTITUTE OF LUTHERAN THEOLOGY

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kip Tyler

Lutheran Church of the Master

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Dr. Phil Wold

Retired Physician

Term: 2018 - 2021

John Bent

Christ Lutheran Church

Fred Schickedanz

Schickedanz West

John Stieglemeier

South Dakota State University

Ed Skutchek

Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations

Becky Hand

John Miller

Dorothy McNaught

Douglas Bahr

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2020

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