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 “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done.”

- Psalm 105:4–5
Dear Pastors, Donors and Prayer Partners,
 
It is my joy and privilege each December to look back with you over the previous year and reflect on the good things the Lord has done in and through Indianapolis Theological Seminary.  In 2018 we had a lot of new developments that give us more confidence than ever that the Lord is pleased with our work, and—as we have always prayed—He is the one truly building this house.
First, I must start by commenting on our students.  This fall I was at the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting.  Every time someone asked me “How are things going at the seminary?” my mind immediately went to our students.  I thought about how committed, intelligent, and eager to learn our students are.  And many of them are already involved in very significant ministries.  I told everyone “Things are going great!” because of them.  They are why we do what we do: empowering and equipping them for current and future ministries.  Please lift our up our students to the Lord who is calling them to train and serve Him.  Click here for a number of student testimonies so that you can pray for some of our students by name. In addition to the quality of our student body, we have seen an increase in quantity as well.  We have more students than ever.  This graph shows a comparison of enrollment numbers by fall semesters.
In 2014, ITS was just a dream; this semester the Lord has brought us over 65 students!
This year was also full of crossing new organizational thresholds.  This summer we saw our first full-time hires.  I became the full-time President and Academic Dean, and Bruce Winter joined our team as the Director of Operations. 
Coming on full-time as the President and hiring Bruce is a big step forward because we are able to give our undivided attention to the vision and details of this crucial ministry.  Together with our part-time staff—Cheryl Piotrowski (Director of Student Services), Josh Wagner (Librarian) and Nate Huff (Advancement Specialist)—we are five strong and working well together.  Do pray for our efficiency and unity, and pray for me as I lead.
We also brought on more new board members than any previous year.  This too is a big step forward.  Running a ministry like this takes a lot of diverse kinds of expertise.  Adding more leaders from the business and law sectors, as well as more pastors, means we can give the necessary attention to long-term development.  As always, I praise God for this board, and am humbled by the caliber of people on it.
Very significantly as well, this year saw more churches make regular giving commitments to ITS.  I cannot overstate how important it is that local churches stand with us, and behind us economically.  Not only do such donations help us keep tuition affordable for students, but it is also a big vote of confidence that these churches believe in ITS and want to see ITS thrive.  Combined with individual donors, we are building a strong team of supporters which, again, not only fund the school but also encourage us that people stand behind us.
As we look ahead, however, 2019 will not be without its challenges.  I invite you, therefore, to lift ITS up in several ways.  Lord willing in 2019 we plan to:
  • Start a new cycle of M.Div. courses, incorporating day classes for the first time.
  • Implement new structures for community and student comradery.
  • Develop our library at a new level.
  • Offer more public symposia than ever.
  • Meet our largest budget to date.
Your prayers for these matters are much needed.  Please put ITS, and these particular plans, on your regular prayer list.  Then we look forward to what the Lord will do!
I invite you also to join our team of donors.  This work will only succeed if the Lord moves his people to support it.  We do not want to pass the bill of this ministry on to our students.  Because they are the ones who will lead the church and feed the sheep, we need donors who love the church and the glory of God to support these men and women during this time of training.  Each donation goes toward keeping our tuition down, and our education available to all who want to study.
If you already are a donor, on behalf of our students I say thank you very much!  It is your generosity that is making this education available in Indianapolis.
This month we even have a matching campaign.  We are praying that we can raise $11,000 from new donors.  To help us reach that goal some current donors have pledged to match that amount.  To God’s praise, we are 73% of the way to this goal.  Will you prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift to ITS?  If this is your first contribution, it will be matched, doubling your impact for the Kingdom!  Simply click here for the details.
To our supporting churches, donors and prayer supporters I give my sincere thanks.  One of the joys of this work is seeing the coalition of diverse Christians, and churches of various denominations come together for the glory of God and the good of the church.  This is a marvelous work He is doing!



soli Deo gloria,
Nicholas G. Piotrowski, Ph.D.
ITS President
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