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Upcoming Classes

Online Offerings for Fall 2019 This coming fall semester, August 26 through December 10, the North American Lutheran Seminary is offering three classes online. These classes are open and available to all students, whether you’re pursuing ordination or just interested in boosting your knowledge of Lutheran theology and practice. ST540 and ST660 are offered asynchronously—you […]

Helping the Church by Saving Students Money

Student loan debt is in the trillions of dollars. For the average student coming out of the average undergraduate institution, they will accrue roughly $40,000 of debt by the time they receive their diploma in the mail. And for graduate students, the cost can be higher: debts after graduation, according to Forbes, range from $60,000 […]

Hearing, Believing, and the Call to Preach

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How […]

NALC Candidacy and the NALS

70 percent of our student body at the North American Lutheran Seminary is either discerning a call to ordained ministry in the North American Lutheran Church or already in the process of candidacy. Pastor Patti Morlock, chairperson of the NALC Candidacy Committee, answered questions about how the candidacy process works for our students and what […]

Schifrin to Finish Presidency at End of Academic Year

At this past summer’s annual Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin announced her resignation from the post of seminary president and her transition to full-time faculty at the North American Lutheran Seminary. She will finish out the academic year of 2018 to 2019 as president while the search for […]

NALS Students Visit Egypt on a “Pilgrimage of Listening”

“When we landed in Egypt and drove through the Sinai,” said Janessa Fisk, senior MAR student at the North American Lutheran Seminary, “my first thoughts were, ‘Wow, the Israelites walked here for 40 years, and there is nothing.’ It is gorgeous, rugged, desert hills and mountains and sand, and that’s it. That’s all there is.”  […]

The Power of Words – Spoken or Typed

By Matt KnuppelMDiv 2020 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. […]

Discerning a Call to Ordained Ministry

When do you hear it? How do you hear it? Why do you hear it? From whom do you hear it? What will you be doing if you do hear it? Seminarians and pastors often reflect on questions surrounding the meaning of a pastoral call. Call committees often ponder these questions from their varying perspectives […]