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InterTerm Intensive Courses

Every January and June, folks come from all over the country to Ambridge, Pennsylvania to take advantage of one- or two-week-long intensive courses offered by the North American Lutheran Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry. During these weeks, online students have the opportunity to join residential students in completing required coursework. Pastors and lay people often use the classes offered during these weeks for continued personal and professional development, worshiping and learning alongside both their peers and future leaders of the church. Visitors also have many opportunities to hear from knowledgeable scholars through a variety of free workshops and symposia offerings. Interterm courses are ideal for several categories of people:

  1. Seminarians and NALC candidates for whom the following classes are graduation requirements. (Interested non-NALS students should contact us for more information on how to register for a course.)
  2. Lutheran pastors who are interested in continuing professional and pastoral education. (You may wish to audit the class at the reduced rate of $300 per class.)
  3. Lutheran lay leaders who may find these courses beneficial for your own continued growth in knowledge and faith as well as strengthening for your leadership. (You may also wish to audit.)

Upcoming InterTerm Offerings



Week 1. June 7-11. Confessing Christ Today. Dr. David Luy.

The North American Lutheran Church is a Christ-centered denomination. We confess Jesus Christ as the eternal Word of God incarnate. In his death and resurrection God has spoken a word of hope, forgiveness, life and salvation for the whole world. This is the Good News we seek to embody with our lives and lips. How do we confess Christ today in a secular age? How do we form congregations who confess his truth with conviction and clarity? We invite you to this June 2021 InterTerm class to explore these questions together.

Course Description:
This course considers the question of what it means to confess Christ and to be Christ-centered in the 21st century. In addition to examining key questions and challenges for the doctrine of Christ today, the class will address the biblical foundations and historical development of an orthodox doctrine of Christ with special reference to the maturation of conciliar Christology in figures such as John of Damascus and Maximus the Confessor, and the appropriation of conciliar Christology among the Lutheran reformers. The focus throughout will rest upon the importance of Christology for the mission, worship, and sanctified praxis of the church within her modern context.

Dr. Luy is Associate Professor and Chair of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a managing director of the Chicago Theological Initiative. His research focuses especially upon the historical development and modern appropriation of Reformation theology.

This ATS accredited class will fulfill elective or systematic theology requirements for seminarian candidates in the North American Lutheran Church.

Special note for Candidates for Ordination in the North American Lutheran Church:

This class will be followed by the NALC Seminarian Retreat on June 11-12. Candidate interviews will be taking place at some point during the week. Click the link below to read a letter of invitation from Eric Riesen, NALS President, and Tim Loehrke, Chair of Candidacy, with more details on this upcoming opportunity.


Week 2. June 14-18. Theology & Writings of Martin Luther. Dr. Mark Mattes.

“The Reformation is Luther and Luther is the Reformation,” so says, James Atkinson. If that is the case, or even somewhat near to the truth, then a study of Martin Luther and his work as biblical expositor, preacher, confessor of the faith, polemicist and author of children’s catechisms is well worth the effort. This course is designed to give the student opportunity to explore through lecture and readings in primary texts, the fundamental concerns of Luther, the pioneer of the Reformation.


Week 1, January 4-8
CH670 Modern Church

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Isaac
This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the major themes, issues and personalities of church history and to help them make use of the rich resources of church history in their own practice of ministry.

Week 2, January 11-15
ST550 Lutheran Confessions

The Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee
A close study of the confessional writings of the Lutheran church as gathered in the Book of Concord. The course will focus on the role of the confessions as public doctrine of the Lutheran church. The major theological topics in the confessions will be studied in relation to the wider Christian tradition with an eye to their ecumenical and pastoral implications. Classic and contemporary Lutheran theologians will be consulted for insight into what it means to be a “confessional Lutheran” in particular places and times.

January 2021 InterTerms Registration Open October 28

All classes will be offered online for the 2021 January InterTerm. Classes are available for academic credit as well as for audit at the reduced rate of $300/course.