Who we are

Australian Lutheran College (ALC) is the tertiary education provider of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). Its task is to serve the LCA through the preparation and ongoing education of people for service in the church and the world. ALC has enjoyed the unequivocal support of the LCA throughout its existence.

The origins of ALC were as the Immanuel Seminary, founded in 1923, Concordia Seminary, founded in 1892, and Lutheran Teachers College, founded in 1968. The two seminaries came together in 1968 following the formation of the LCA in 1966, and the Teachers College joined them on the North Adelaide campus in 1989. The combined institution was incorporated as ALC in 2004. (Read more about the history of ALC.)

ALC’s legal identity is a Company formed by the General Church Council of the LCA (on behalf of the General Synod), under the Corporations Act 2001, to operate an educational facility. The Company is in effect an incorporated Board of the Church and its capacities and powers are be exercised consistently with the constitution and by-laws of the Church.

The theological position of ALC is that of the LCA as contained in the confessional paragraph of its constitution. All our theology has its beginning and centre in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God accepts sinners unconditionally and forgives them because of Christ. This central teaching of Scripture is spelled out most clearly in the doctrine of justification by faith, which has always been foundational for the Lutheran Church. This states that people, alienated from God because of sin, are put right with God (or justified) through faith in Christ. The Lutheran Church holds that the doctrine of justification is the proper key to unlocking the message of the Scriptures.

ALC accepts the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as God's revealed and authoritative word in all matters of doctrine and life. It also acknowledges and accepts as true expositions of Scripture the symbolical writings of the evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580.

The objects of ALC (sections 4.2.1 – 4.2.6 of the Constitution) are:

4.2.1    Prepare candidates to be pastors of the Church;
4.2.2    Prepare candidates to be teachers in the schools of the Church;
4.2.3    Prepare candidates for diaconal work in the Church;
4.2.4    Provide continuing and postgraduate studies in theology and education;
4.2.5    Provide theological education to all eligible persons leading to such degrees and diplomas as ALC may from time to time confer; and
4.2.6    Undertake such other activities reasonably incidental thereto which promote the mission of the Church.

The main benefits that ALC delivers to the Church are:

  1. Pastor and lay worker training,
  2. Teacher training, and
  3. Continuing and postgraduate studies in theology and education

Under the Strategic Plan (2009-2015) ALC has been extending and widening its range of activities, moving beyond the more familiar Higher Education activities to include a range of Vocational Education and Training offerings. We have also intentionally developed opportunities for Christians to engage in theology, discipleship, and ministry learning, whether or not they are aiming for a particular degree or qualification, whatever their church or denominational background.