Pastor Matt Ude

Educational Philosophy

Immanuel Lutheran Seminary has as its sole aim and purpose the training of men for the pastoral ministry in the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC) or in a CLC-affiliated church body, subject to no limitations except those that Scripture itself establishes. Since Scripture teaches that women are not to serve in the office of pastor, the seminary does not enroll women in its academic programs.

It is not the intent of this seminary to be a theological institution for persons seeking only to obtain a post-graduate degree in theology or who merely wish to take courses in theology.

The doctrinal position of our seminary is based on the canonical writings of the Old and New Testaments as the verbally inspired Word of God and also on an unqualified (quia) subscription to the Lutheran Confessions of the Book of Concord as presenting the true teachings of that Word.

Through its academic and internship programs and especially by the blessing of the Holy Spirit, Immanuel Lutheran Seminary seeks to prepare its students to be witnesses of Christ, preachers and teachers of His Word, and shepherds of His people. To that end the seminary program strives to foster in its students:

  • A high regard and devotion to their own spiritual growth in Christ;
  • Prayerful study of Scripture texts also in their original languages;
  • Faithful commitment to upholding and defending all the truths of Scripture;
  • Knowledge and skill in applying the whole counsel of God, especially law and gospel, to the needs of people;
  • Christian love, concern, and zeal for souls.