Welcome to the Lutheran School of Theology, Gothenburg (LSTG)!
Information about courses in the Master of Sacred Theology degree program is found here.
The Lutheran School of Theology in Gothenburg (Församlingsfakulteten i Göteborg) offers theological education and conducts research, based on the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions, with the purpose to promote the growth of the Kingdom of God.
Two full-time programs in theological education are accredited by the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (www.eeaa.eu). Students who complete the one-year program, which provides general theological knowledge, receive a Certificate of Theology. The three-year program, in which students can major in either systematics, exegetical theology, or missiology, grants a Bachelor of Theology. In collaboration with Concordia Theological Seminary in the US, LSTG offer a master degree program. Upon completing the program, students receive a Master of Sacred Theology from CTS. In addition, LSTG also offers a non-credit Bible school (Bibelskola Göteborg), a one-year course open to anyone interested in Lutheran theology and practice.
The Lutheran School of Theology, Gothenburg, was established in 1993. As early as 1904, a Swedish Lutheran pastor, Peter Isaac Béen, had the vision of founding a theological institution in Gothenburg, but he was unable to raise sufficient funding. However, some 20 years later his vision was revived, and he gained support from pastors and congregations all over Sweden. Still unable to establish an independent theological institute, he now chose to open a Christian High School (Prästgymnasiet) with the specific aim to prepare young men for the theological university education and pastoral ministry within the Church of Sweden. This high school still exists (now under the name L M Engströms Gymnasium, or Lutheran High School Gothenburg), but offers since 1993 a general high school program not specifically intended for future pastors.
In 1993, the board of L M Engströms Gymnasium decided to establish a Bible-centered, Lutheran institution, now known internationally as the Lutheran School of Theology, Gothenburg (LSTG), with the aim to train students of theology for the pastoral ministry and other Christian work. During its first years, LSTG offered supplementary courses, primarily for students studying religion at the (secular) University of Gothenburg. The board and staff of LSTG were, however, concerned about being dependant on the agnostic teaching in the secular university. For this reason, LSTG developed a theological program independent of the university, which finally after about 90 years fulfilled Peter Isaac Béen’s vision of a confessional Lutheran seminary. This education received official recognition in 2009 when it was accredited by the European Evangelical Accrediting Association.
Former students at LSTG have undertaken post-graduate studies in other countries (USA, Norway, China) and even doctoral studies (UK). Several of the students are now ordained for the holy ministry and serve in Lutheran churches, some of them within the Mission Province, whereas other students serve in various mission organizations.
Both LSTG and the Lutheran High School are governed by the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Education Foundation (SELEF).
SE-411 32 Gothenburg
Phone: +46 31-778 35 40
Telefax: +46 31-778 35 48
Donations from abroad can be sent to the following account (owned by The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Education Foundation): IBAN: SE68 9500 0099 6034 0045 5329 BIC: NDEASESS