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Introducing a New Course!



How Oswald Bayer’s Theology Influences Us Today

In-Person at the ILT Campus in Brookings, SD or Online
Starts on June 21st, 2022  •  Monday–Friday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sign up now by contacting Joel Williams at

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About the Course:

Oswald Bayer is one of the most important German Lutheran theologians within the last half-century. In contrast to mediating or secularizing theologies, which reduces theology either to a comprehensive morality (Kant) or a philosophical “system” (Hegel) or religious motivation (Schleiermacher or Feuerbach) Bayer affirms theology as both experiential and sapiential, both informing and returning to worship life, as the “grammar of the language of the Holy Spirit.” He understands the gospel as being able to relieve modern humans of the overwhelming responsibilities that they place upon themselves in order to create an ideal world. His legacy results in a vibrant Lutheran response to various ecumenical engagements, worship life and preaching, and articulating Christian doctrine. Through a close reading of Bayer’s most important theological texts, we will seek to access where and how his theology should influence contemporary theology and ecclesial policies.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate key concepts in Bayer’s theology and how it bears upon his approach to ecumenical relations, worship and pastoral ministry.
  • Explore opportunities for applying insights gleaned from Bayer for one’s personal and professional circumstances.
  • Specify the historical, cultural and theological contexts of Bayer’s work.
  • Assess the arguments Bayer provides for his various stances.
  • Scrutinize Bayer’s key emphases, themes and doctrines.

About the Professor: 

Mark Mattes is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology, Imaging the Journey and Law and Gospel in Action.

Did You Know ILT Offers Undergraduate Programs?

The classical Christian tradition is under attack and has been for some time. More and more Christian schools are starting to move away from their center and become secular as this attack continues year after year. ILT’s mission is to preserve, promote and propagate this tradition from a Lutheran perspective. ILT’s undergraduate programs are designed to help students be planted and grow in this tradition, which is centered on the saving work of Jesus Christ.

College students who study at ILT will be equipped to live in whatever calling God leads them and to serve God’s people in whatever vocation God places them. ILT students know the Bible and the Christian tradition. They are critical thinkers and see the world from a historical perspective. They are grounded in the scriptures and in the past so that they will not be “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14 ESV).

ILT does not only train pastors and theologians. ILT’s undergraduate programs prepare students for a life of faith and Christian vocation. These programs are true liberal arts education which gives students the broadest perspective, so they are prepared for wherever God leads them. ILT undergraduate programs are also a solid preparation for seminary or graduate school. Our undergraduate students can begin to prepare for graduate school and even start taking a graduate course for dual credit. These students will be the ones to carry on the classical Christian tradition into the future.

There are tough times ahead for the Western Church, but this is nothing new. The enemies of the church have not changed, and God will be our guide and protector as always. Come to ILT and get prepared to face these challenges head-on. Classes start in two weeks. There is still time to register. Please contact Joel Williams ( if you are interested in what ILT can do for you.

Alumni and Graduate Association (AGA)

Alumni and Graduate Association (AGA)

Greetings ILT Alumni, Graduate Students, and Friends:

This year, the Institute of Lutheran Theology launched its Alumni & Graduate Association (AGA) which is open to ILT Alumni, Honorary Alumni, and current PhD and DMin students. The mission of the Alumni and Graduate Association is as follows:

1. To be a source of support for ILT, its graduates, its honorary alumni, its students and ultimately all the people that they serve;

2. To provide connection points for pastoral prayer groups, Bible study groups, support groups; ‘

3. To provide opportunities for continuing education and professional development;

4. To provide student scholarships;

5. To support ILT at meetings, conventions, and anywhere ILT is represented.

Presently, there is no membership fee required to join the AGA. That said, we do need financial support in order to be successful in our mission to be a support to pastors and theologians across the Lutheran landscape. As such, we ask you to prayerfully consider making a gift to the AGA as part of “Giving Tuesday” on November 30, 2021. No gift is too small and as the AGA is volunteer-based, 100% of your gift will be used to help the AGA support pastors and theologians so that they may be successful in their ministry to equip the saints of God.

You may give your gift by visiting our website:

If you have any questions about how to support or how to join ILT’s Alumni and Graduate Association, please contact me. In the meantime, I thank you for partnering with us in our mission to strengthen today’s church leaders as they help raise up the church leaders of tomorrow.

In Christ,

Rev. Wendy D. Poch, MDiv
Alumni & Graduate Association Chair

Entrepreneurial Studies Program

ILT is raising up the next generation of Christian Entrepreneurs and Businesspeople!

You may have thought that ILT was only about raising up new pastors and teachers for the church, but ILT is so much more. The mission of ILT is to preserve, promote, and propagate the classical Christian tradition from a Lutheran perspective. A critical element of that mission is preserving, promoting, and propagating the understanding that all of us are called (vocation) to serve God in every part of our lives. As Martin Luther wrote, “Likewise also prince or sovereign, judge, civil servant, chancellor, notary, laborers, maids, and all such servants—all obedient subjects—everything is sheer holy place and a holy life before God.” The world today is a very different place from what it was just a couple years ago. Lockdowns, skyrocketing inflation, and many of our cherished institutions under assault all lead us to wonder what’s next. How can we equip our young people for their future? How can we afford it? How can we give the next generation a firm foundation for their future in a world of constantly shifting sands? ILT’s Entrepreneurial Studies degree program offers students a foundation in business and creative thinking in business-related ventures. It is designed not only to help students to learn about business finance and strategy, but also to prepare students to undertake their vocation in work, family, and community as the sacred calling from God that it is.

– Rev. David Patterson, MR, MLIS

An Urgent Call for Aid

Friends of ILT in the Augustana District (AD) are raising money to support a congregation in need in Ethiopia.

There is a life and death crisis that our brothers and sisters in Christ are facing at the hands of a military force that is raping and killing Christians of the Amharic area of Ethiopia. Pastors and their members are fleeing their villages, coming to the central city of that region (Dessie), seeking safety.

The North Central Ethiopian Synod has been a mission partner of the AD since 2018, when we began funding a vitally important training program of their pastors and evangelists. This effort has been funded primarily through one AD congregation, Living Word Lutheran Church in Moses Lake, WA.

AD is collecting money to help them now. If you are interested in helping please contact Lou Hesse (509-760-0274,, Paul Knudson (, or Tom Christianson ( Thank you for any help that you can give.

Gifts can be sent to the “Augustana District”, 335 Main St. South, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Please mark your gift on the memo line for: “NCES Crisis Fund.” Individuals may want to send gifts through their local congregation for forwarding to AD.

ILT Chapel

ILT Chaplain, Timothy Swenson, hosts a live chapel for ILT students each week of the regular semester at 9:30 a.m. Central Time Zone on Tuesdays. These chapel services are made available through Microsoft Teams and can also be found on Facebook Live and Chaplain Swenson’s personal YouTube page (Timothy J. Swenson – YouTube).

If you are interested in ILT’s Chapel Services you are welcome to view them or respond to this email so that you can participate in the live Teams service. While ILT is an institution of higher education, we are also a faith community brought together by our faith in the saving love of God given to us at the cross of Jesus Christ. Please feel free to join us to hear the message of our salvation.

ILT 2021 Fall Board Meeting

The ILT board of directors met on September 15th and 16th for the fall board meeting. As ILT grows, there is more work for the board to do. We are very thankful for the servants God has called to be a part of ILT and its mission. This board is deeply committed to the work that God has laid before us. There are many uncertainties facing the church as we move into the future. Continuing decline in the church and social pressure against the very things Christians stand for are important issues as we look to the future. ILT is positioned to face this future with the confidence that only comes from faith. As we go forward, we go with the knowledge that God is in control.

The main topics of interest were the review of the yearly audit, the review of the yearly assessment report, and elections. The board also did a review of the facility and defined the purpose of the current investment funds. Board members spent a significant amount of time discussing questions concerning the future of the church in North America and ILT’s place in this future.

The ILT board members are:

Kip Tyler, Chair

Charles Stevenson, Vice Chair

Fred Schickedanz, Treasurer

Becky Hand, Secretary

Dorothy McNaught

Phil Wold

Ed Skutshek

Doug Bahr

John Bent

John Stiegelmeier

Curtis Lund

Both Ed Skutshek and Phil Wold had come to the end of their first term and were elected for a second term. The board also elected members to the Finance Committee, Academic Committee, Nominations Committee, Institutional Advancement Committee, and Facilities Committee.