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Mission Statement of Association Free Lutheran Bible School
“Our mission is to establish students in the eternal and inerrant Word of God, for a life of faith in Jesus Christ, and faithful service in His Kingdom.”
Mission Statement of Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
“Preparing servant-pastors for faithful, Christ-centered ministry of Word and Sacrament in the local congregation.”
Means of Support
Gifts from the congregations of the AFLC and friends of the school provide about one fourth of the finances necessary to maintain the school. We are thankful to God that as the school grows, so too the circle of friends supporting the school grows.
AFLC Schools’ Philosophy of Education
The Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary and Bible School, in fellowship with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, is committed to lifting up the standard of God’s infallible and inerrant Word, the Scriptures. The Seminary and Bible School are without reservation conservative, confessional, and congregational. The Schools are conservative. In teaching the Word of God, the schools employ the historical-grammatical method of interpretation with the presupposition of faith in the internal testimony of Scripture regarding its complete veracity. The Schools believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. The Schools are confessional. They subscribe without reservation to the ancient ecumenical creeds (Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian) and the sixteenth-century documents of the Lutheran Reformation (Luther’s Small Catechism and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession). The schools regard these creeds and confessions as faithful expositions of the truths of Scripture and seek to foster in students a fuller understanding and appreciation of the distinctives of orthodox Lutheranism. The Schools are congregational. In consonance with the Word of God, they affirm the local church as “the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth” and seek to equip students for effective service in and through local congregations in classroom instruction and practical training. It is in dependence on the Holy Spirit’s work through the Means of Grace – Word and Sacraments – that the teaching and equipping of students at AFLC Schools is carried forward. It is in the joyful reality that God saves and sanctifies by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel of Christ that concentration is given to the exposition and application of this blessed Gospel in the classrooms of the Seminary and Bible School.
The Seminary and the Bible School seek to achieve academic excellence in their students. This is an important purpose in the Seminary and Bible School program outcomes. The Schools’ goals in training are not complete with mere intellectual understanding of the doctrines and practices of God’s Word, the Lutheran Confessions and AFLC distinctives however. The Schools are intent on seeing that the personal life of each graduate is conformed more and more to the image of Christ; informed, motivated and empowered by the Holy Spirit through faithful application of the Law and the Gospel. Homes, congregations and the world need godly spiritual leaders. This passion drives the Schools’ Word-centered emphasis. Both formal and informal instruction encourages students to deepen their personal devotional life and express their faith through active participation in local congregations which provide opportunities for spiritual nourishment, worship and service.
The Association Free Lutheran Bible School is currently seeking accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The Association Free Lutheran Bible School has been approved as Applicant Status with TRACS and is currently working through the self-study process and hopes to achieve Candidacy Status by October, 2014.