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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.

Upcoming Interterm Offerings

Due to the restrictions caused by coronavirus disease, all June 2020 Interterm classes will be offered online. While we are saddened that folks will not be able to experience the community and generosity that accompanies classes in our regular Interterm experience on campus, we are excited to broaden the opportunity to take these excellent classes from home. These June 2020 Interterms are ideal for three groups 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.)

June Term Weeks 1 & 2 – June 1-5/8-12
Lutheran Confessions ST550

2-Week Course
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.


June Term Week 1 – June 1-5
Theology and Writings of Martin Luther CH680

The Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes
A seminar on the life, theology, ministry, and spirituality of Martin Luther. Primary focus will be upon the thematic reading, discussion, and evaluation of selected writings of Luther.