The equipping of pastors, missionaries, and teachers for ministry in churches, Christian organizations, and educational institutions is an important task. The future health of the Church depends on doing this task well, and the Giessen School of Theologie has been dedicated to it for over 40 years. Over 1000 graduates are serving in 45 countries around the world. They are working as pastors, church planters, teachers, missionaries, and Bible translators. They are involved in children’s and youth ministry, in charitable work and in evangelistic outreach.
The GST has a passion for God and his word. We are committed to the authority of Scripture, academic excellence, and practical training for effective service. 180 students are currently preparing for ministry here and our faculty has 15 full-time professors – an excellent student/teacher ratio. We place a high priority not only on scholarship, but also on the spiritual formation and personal development of our students.
We do all this without any financial support from the state or a denomination. We rely on donations from friends and supporter for roughly 80% of our budget. This is unheard of in Germany, and yet it’s working because so many people believe in what we’re doing here.
Now we must renovate and expand
- because we are running out of room – for students in the classrooms, for books in the library, for office space for professors and administrators.
- because we want to grow. Our goal is that 250 students will be able to study here. The Church needs them.
- because our older buildings are in bad shape and must be restored or replaced.
Please help us lay the foundation for the next 40 years! The GST expansion project is the largest capital expansion we have ever undertaken. It will only succeed if our friends contribute generously. Make an investment in the future of the Church in Germany!
Dr. Stephan Holthaus
President, Giessen School of Theology