Why Choose Trinity?

columbus riverfrontStudents choose to pursue theological education and ministry formation at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for reasons as unique and varied as the students themselves. Consistently, graduating seniors list the experience of community, faculty excellence and the integration of contextual learning throughout the curriculum as three great gifts of this place.

Trinity does theological education and formation exceptionally well.

As much as we are proud of what we do, however, we believe our future students are at least as interested in who we are. For you, we offer this glimpse.

Trinity is ...


...Mission driven in its orientation

Trinity takes seriously its mission statement to “form leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world.” Coursework is intentionally integrative across fields of study. Contextual education elements anchor student learning and development as students are expected to put theological study to use for people’s lives. Dynamic, creative and timely areas of concentration are available in most of our degree programs.

...Academically focused with a rigorous curriculum

M.Div. students are required to take both Greek and Hebrew, and are expected to use these language skills in their biblical exegetical work. Students in all degree programs are expected to engage in a challenging course of study. Classes typically require a significant amount of reading, reflection, and written work.

...Spiritually grounded with worship and community life at its center

Students from all degree programs are encouraged to offer their gifts of musical leadership and to participate in the liturgical arts. Trinity offers an advanced degree in Christian Spirituality. Community is vital to our life together and service is a central component of how we express that community. Throughout the year, students partner with area congregations and ministries to live out our love for Christ and neighbor in visible, contextual ways.

...Urban—Rural—Global in its context

Trinity is blessed with a truly unique context. Located in the suburb of Bexley, four miles from the center of Columbus, the largest city in Ohio and the 15th largest city in the Unites States, the region is both religiously and culturally diverse.

Roughly 30 of Ohio’s 88 counties are a part of the 13-state Appalachian region. Trinity students have the opportunity to study and serve in this and other nearby rural areas of the state.

Students also have significant opportunities for international study. In recent years, Trinity students have spent from a few weeks to a year in such places as: China, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. In addition, international students bring awareness of global issues and concerns into our community is life-changing ways.

...Leadership oriented with important partnerships

Trinity’s campus is host to Healthy Congregations, Inc., an independent organization that provides training and consultation in family systems and congregational leadership. Issues of leadership, service, and mission emerge throughout the curriculum, both in the classroom and in contextual learning opportunities, as students seek to understand the many ways in which personal transformation leads to transformation of communities.

...Ecumenical in terms of both faculty and students

Trinity shares its campus with Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, and is an active member of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus (TCGC). Students are encouraged to register for classes at our partner seminaries during their course of study. Trinity has a close relationship with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) with whom we offer a Joint Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program.

...Engaged in current theological and cultural discourse

Through its faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Trinity is on the leading edge of some of the most engaging contemporary debates in the 21st century church. Faculty members participate in ecumenical and interfaith dialogues, contribute to emergent church conversations, and serve as leaders on environmental and social issues. Alumni serve as leaders in congregational life, community organizing, mission development, and justice and advocacy work.


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