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Phone: (800)-264-1839 (toll free)
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Visit Our Campus

NOTE: The Office of Admissions at Louisville Seminary has resumed scheduling in-person campus visits. Only fully vaccinated individuals will be permitted to schedule in-person visits, with proof of vaccination required. Additionally, we will be continuing our virtual Open House events during the fall and spring semesters and a more extensive Discern Your Call Open House in October and March. (See specific details below.) If you provide us with your contact information (complete form here or email admissions@lpts.edu), we will keep you informed of these events and other resources that will be helpful as you discern your call to Louisville Seminary.



Plan an in-person or virtual visit today
Visiting Louisville Seminary, whether in-person or virtually, is encouraged as a part of your discernment process. A Campus Visit Experience schedule is as follows:
  • January – no visit options available. There is a Virtual Open House on the last Monday (see next section regarding Open House details).
  • February through April – Campus Visit Experiences are scheduled every other Thursday beginning February 10 through April 7 with a final opportunity for this academic year on April 28. (Due to a schedule conflict, this final day is moved out an additional week).
Your immersive Campus Visit Experience will include meeting with faculty, students, and staff, attending classes, touring the campus, and worshipping in chapel. We can arrange a Virtual Campus Visit Experience if you are unable to visit us in person. To schedule a Campus Experience visit, complete this form.
  • May through August - visits can be scheduled Monday through Thursday which will include a campus tour and meeting with the Admissions staff only. To schedule a Campus Experience visit, complete this form

Open House
For a 20-minute introduction to Louisville Seminary with the opportunity to chat with some current students, register for a virtual Open House session. Our open house events will be held once per month through next spring, on the last Monday of each month (September 27, October 25, November 29, January 31, February 28, March 28, and April 25) at either 11:00 AM or 7:00 PM EST. All events will provide the same information, with an opportunity for Q&A with current students and Admissions Office staff.

To register for one of our virtual open houses, visit: https://www.lpts.edu/forms/virtual-open-house. The registration deadline is the Friday prior to the scheduled Open House. If you register late, then you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Open House as time allows prior to the time session for which you registered.

Discern Your Call Open House
A new more in-depth virtual event is being planned for you to hear about our programs and campus life, engage in a group discernment session, and get to know our faculty in a meet and greet panel discussion. This event is scheduled for both October 8 and March 4, from 12-2 PM (EST). To register for one of our Discern Your Call Open Houses, visit https://www.lpts.edu/forms/discern-your-call-virtual-open-house.

For questions, contact the Office of Admissions at (502)-992-9373 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 373 or admissions@lpts.edu.

Exploring Your Vocation & Call

Is God Calling You?
In Psalm 139 the poet asks God, "Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” God pursues us persistently, and this ultimately is comforting, for it is our Creator who knows us best, who “formed our inmost parts.” The God who has “written all our days” also has dreamed for each of us a plan perfectly fitted for our own talents and gifts. God calls us—and is calling someone even now—to use those gifts in service to Christ’s church.

Traditionally, Presbyterians have insisted that gifts for church leadership be developed through theological education. Our denominational seminaries provide unequalled instruction and training. Our gifted students arrive on the Louisville campus and then begin the process of becoming good pastors, counselors, and teachers—servant leaders equipped to help the people of God make theological and biblical sense out of our troubled but exciting world.

We train pastors who are lifelong learners and who assume personal responsibility for integrating classical theological knowledge with the skills and practices of congregational ministry. We challenge our students to live compassionate lives that are congruent with the gospel, taking seriously the commission of Jesus to spread the good news of salvation, justice, love, and mercy. In the skilled hands of our outstanding faculty, students are stretched, nurtured, and cherished as persons who are, in Paul’s words, “stewards of the mysteries of God.” We invite you to join us.

As you are discerning God's call, we pray with you...

Almighty God, in Christ you pursue us with grace, lovingly capture us in your mercy, and set us free for humble service. Life-giving Spirit, you give each of us gifts for ministry; your purposes stir our souls and give our lives meaning. O Christ, give us courage to respond willingly to your call, relying always on your guidance, strength, and protection.

Resources for Discernment
Christian Vocation - PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency
Equipping Vocational Discovery - Forum for Theological Exploration

Perspectives on Discernment

Marcus A. Hong

Discernment
by Marcus A. Hong
Director of Field Education
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Chapel Worship Coordinator

Debra Mumford

The Call of God Is Not all about You
by Debra Mumford
Dean of the Seminary
Frank H. Caldwell Associate Professor of Homiletics
Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program

Dianne Reistroffer

Why you SHOULD come and NOT come to Seminary
by Dianne Reistroffer
Professor Emerita of Ministry and Methodist Studies

Dr. Susan R. Garrett

Discerning a Call to Ministry - Part I
Vocation or Call as a "form of desire"
by Susan R. Garrett
Professor of New Testament

Discerning a Call to Ministry - Part II
A Calling to the Learned Ministry
by Susan R. Garrett
Professor of New Testament

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