About the Seminary
An ecumenical tradition: Lexington Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Seminary values its continuing involvement in the local, regional and general activities and interests of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). While maintaining a spirit that is deeply ecumenical, the Seminary enjoys a special relationship with and responsibility to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Indeed, the Disciples’ commitment to Christian unity is both the historical source and present guarantor of the Seminary’s continuing ecumenical tradition. A particular concern for Disciples’ heritage and future vitality is expressed through course offerings, continuing education opportunities and faculty publications.
We are proud that generations of Disciples leaders have received their theological education at LTS. We also thankfully embrace the wide diversity of denominations and theological perspectives brought to us by our students, faculty, staff and trustees, all of whom contribute to Lexington Theological Seminary’s rich environment for learning and formation. Our ecumenical identity is reflected through our participation in the Theological Education Association of Mid-America (TEAM-A), a consortium of five graduate theological schools affiliated with five different denominations. Students from each of these organizations may take a course or courses with a member institution without having to apply for admission at the institution and the transfer credit process is streamlined as well.
An attitude of flexibility: The Seminary offers a unique family of programs with flexibility to meet the diverse needs of people who wish to pursue a theological education. We are sensitive to the unique needs of students at various stages of life: recent college graduates, second-career seekers and persons in special situations.
A commitment to well-rounded ministry: The Seminary attempts to integrate theological study with ministerial practice and personal faith formation. It is intended that every course contribute directly to the formation for ministry and the practice of ministry while providing a critical foundation for theological reflection and for relating one’s own leadership to that of the church in other times and places.
Heritage of producing leaders for the church: Alumni/ae of Lexington Theological Seminary have served churches throughout the United States and in numerous other countries. Graduates have also held leadership positions such as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and have served as heads of many of that Church’s general units. Many of the Disciples’ regional ministers are former students of this institution. Members of the Seminary’s faculty and administration have served as leaders of national and world ecumenical organizations, as well.
Congregation-Based Seminary Education: The majority of coursework occurs through distance learning so students remain in their current location. Further, the coursework is explicitly linked to the congregation in which a student is participating. Students go beyond simply understanding the Scripture, theology or how to prepare a sermon; students learn to interpret the concepts being studied for the Church and to apply that knowledge in the actual setting of their congregation.
Pastoral Mentors and Covenant Groups
Every student is assigned a pastor as a mentor. Students also participate in a covenant group made up of fellow students, a professor and a pastor.
Flexible Online and Intensive On-Site Courses
This new model of education emphasizes both flexibility of location and time. Most classes will be available online. The remaining classes will be short, intensive courses at the Seminary.
New Opportunities for New Voices
The new model offers flexibility to a variety of students, from those seeking a degree to lay leaders who want to enhance their service to the church by furthering their education. It also reaches more students who represent the textured, diverse face of today’s church and the depth of voices needed to shape the church of tomorrow.
Faithful, Accredited Theological Education
Lexington Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), now embracing the newest form of shaping church leaders.
Lexington Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or national origin in matters of hiring admission, academic issues or student affairs.