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:
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
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. Rev. 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.
Weeks 1 & 2. June 7-11, 14-18. Introduction to Lutheran Liturgy & Homiletics I. Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin.
These classes are offered as 2-week, half-day classes. You can take them simultaneously, or opt for just one class.
Introduction to Lutheran Liturgy (Lutheran Focus, 2-weeks, half-day)
The worship of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is at the center of our life together as his people. Through Word and Sacrament, God comes to us that we might render glory unto him. This course will prepare students for pastoral liturgical leadership in Lutheran congregational settings. The Lutheran Book of Worship will serve as a template for practicums in basic liturgical skills.
Homiletics I (2-weeks, half-day)
This course combines both the theoretical and the practical to broaden understanding of the theology and practice of preaching. Topics include the role and spiritual life of the preacher, the style and content of presentations, and the mechanics of public speaking. Students will prepare and deliver a variety of presentations, including homilies in class, and will receive feedback from the instructor, guests, and fellow students.