Seminary Endowment

Seminary Endowment

Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Russia was established by Concordia Theological Seminary in 1997 as part of the Russian Project. The aim of the project was to train Russian speaking pastors in Fort Wayne and build a Lutheran Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia.

The Seminary is now a strong independent institution fully capable of self-governance and staffed by a first-class indigenous faculty. It is no longer necessary for CTS to send professors from America or to oversee the administration. A private charitable foundation has fully funded the Seminary since 1997. These grants will end in five years.

At the request of President Matthew Harrison and the LCMS Church Relations Office, the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society has been asked to build an endowment capable of rendering the Russian Seminary financially self-sufficient. The goal is to raise $7 Million over the next five years (2019-2023). Donations for this purpose will be strategically invested and the income from this investment will be used to support the mission of the Seminary in perpetuity.

The Seminary must abide by Russian laws. If the institution is closed, even temporarily, it is unlikely in today’s political environment that it could ever be reopened.

Please consider supporting this mission endeavor with a one-time gift, five-year pledge or in your estate planning. The private charitable foundation will continue to support the operational budget while the SLMS raises money for the permanent, on-going support.

To donate to the Seminary Endowment online, click the button below and choose the “Endowment Fund…” option.