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Brief History

Brief History

Lutheran School of Theology in Aarhus (in Danish: Menighedsfakultetet) was established in 1967 by a group of pastors and laymen within the Danish National Lutheran Church. Their vision was to create an independent theological school in Aarhus as an evangelical alternative to the education given at the theological faculties at the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The pastors employed in the Danish Lutheran churches are usually educated at these faculties and they also graduate from there.

The first education at LSTA took place in 1972, the first full-time tutor in theology was appointed in 1973, and in 1982 the present building came into use. The LSTA campus lies very close to the former Faculty of Theology at Aarhus University (since 2011: Theological Education at School of Arts), where some of the current students of LSTA are enrolled.

In 2005 LSTA launched its own theological Bachelor’s Degree programme validated by University of Wales and delivered in Danish.

Today LSTA has an academic staff of 10 academic teachers, and another 9 persons are engaged in management, etc., of the school. In addition, several visiting teachers give instruction every year.

Supplementary and Alternative Teaching

Besides the teaching for LSTA´s own BA students, LSTA invites students from the Faculty of Theology of Aarhus University to receive supplementary and alternative teaching at LSTA and to join the fellowship here. It is possible for a student from Aarhus University to take a part of his or her education at LSTA both at BA and MA levels.

However, since LSTA has not yet got the right to examine our students at MA level, examinations take place at the University. At the moment, about 60 students get all or an important part of their theological education at LSTA.

Note, that the lectures given by LSTA’s teachers normally is in Danish. Visiting teachers may give lectures in other languages, e.g. in English, Norwegian or in Swedish.