CTSFW Tuition Grant Increased Thanks to Donor Generosity
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). So spoke Christ Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago to a group of unremarkable fishermen. Leaving their nets behind, those fishermen would go on to devote their lives to the proclamation of the Gospel to a broken and dying world. It cost them everything, including their lives.
The road to becoming a pastor or a deaconess has never been an easy one. It requires future servants of Christ’s Church to leave behind what they know and sacrifice deeply of their own life. “Because so much is already being asked of our future pastors and deaconesses, it is always a blessing when we are able to reduce the financial burden on them,” commented the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast. Jr., president, Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne.
We are happy to announce that through the generosity of God’s people and the faithful stewardship of the resources entrusted to CTSFW, the Seminary’s Tuition Grant Program for the 2017–18 academic year will be up to 70% of tuition for church worker students of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). While the grant is need based, the majority of CTSFW students qualify for and receive the maximum available grant. Those who have less financial need can still apply for the minimum grant of 45% (40% for distance students). When combined with other Seminary awards, student adoption and the faithful support of districts and home congregations, students who receive the maximum grant could pay little to no tuition for the 2017–18 academic year.
“Through careful planning and the financial gifts of God’s people we have been able to ease the burden on our future servants of Jesus Christ, but there’s still more to do. Other expenses such as room and board, transportation and healthcare remain,” said Rast. “It will take an ongoing commitment on the part of all of God’s people to ensure that our pastors and deaconesses graduate with as little debt as possible and are able to focus their attention fully to the faithful care of God’s people who have been entrusted to them.”
For those considering serving our Lord in professional church work, there has never been a better time to begin your journey. For more information on becoming a pastor or deaconess connect with the CTSFW Admission team at www.ctsfw.edu/Admission, email Admisssion@ctsfw.edu or phone 800.481.2155.