I find the idea of the Institute fascinating though, from the perspective of the use of the internet, different delivery models, and making it easier, and presumably cheaper, to become a pastor and the internet site is very much worth a visit.
There are sample lectures on this site with lecture notes. Wow. One on Galatians. One one the Confessions.
There is also a blog which contains a variety of reading material, including sermons, however, with not much discussion happening.
What surprised me was that our Edmonton Seminary has agreed to provide coursework for the Institute. Below a quote from the Institute site.
We have exciting news! This fall we will be starting our first academic year! We have a significant number of people that are considering becoming students in pastoral preparation programs. We have seven students studying Greek this spring. We have an agreement with Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, to supply accredited coursework for our students in addition to the courses taught by our own faculty. This assures the steady supply and variety of classes necessary to support a robust curriculum. We have what we need to start training pastors. We are ready to do the work for which the ILT came into being: to prepare effective pastoral leaders who will serve congregations where God is honored according to His Word in Scripture and according to the tradition of the Lutheran Confessions.
All very interesting. The distance delivery of faithful material combined with personal supervision, seems a promising approach in some ways, especially for far-flung and under-severed areas. What do you think?