June InterTerm 2023

Learn intensively, Grow Exponentially 

Every June, students can take advantage of one or two week-long intensive courses offered by the North American Lutheran Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry. Learn more about the upcoming June InterTerm below!

The Patristic and Medieval Horizons of the Lutheran Reformation — June 12–16

What do Irenaeus of Lyons and the Gnostics, Augustine of Hippo and the Pelagians, and the writings of medieval mystics and scholastics have to do with the Lutheran Reformation? In this year’s NALS June InterTerm, Dr. David Luy and Dr. Alex Pierce will consider these and other related questions in order to reflect more deeply upon what it means for churches, pastors, and theologians to be Traditionally Grounded. Seminarians, pastors and lay leaders are invited to join us as we think about this Core Value of the NALC.

The course focuses attention upon patristic and medieval roots of Lutheran theology, and presents the reformation as an attempt to renew rather than to repudiate the church’s catholic inheritance. Students who take this course will gain familiarity with the richness of early and medieval Christian thought and spirituality. The class will also reflect intentionally upon how these theological resources can inform and enrich church ministry in the 21st century.

For all candidates seeking ordination in the NALC, you are required to take two, one-week June residential intensive sessions as outlined in the Standards of Theological Education. This course is the InterTerm class that meets the candidacy requirements.

Course Instructors
Dr. David Luy

Dr. David Luy
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Dr. Alex Pierce

Dr. Alex Pierce
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology


Audit our courses

Registration to audit is open to all NALC seminarians, pastors and lay leaders and closes May 29th. Register below!

Courses taught by NALS Faculty through TSM InterTerm

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin, NALS President Emeritus

Course Description: Christians inherited the practice of singing their faith from Judaism, where the singing of psalms were central. The practice of singing in the Christian church has created a rich repository of hymns and other forms of sacred music by which the faithful Christians continue to give glory to God. This course will take us on a journey through this music and will allow us to reflect upon how the music in the Western church, has shaped our theologies and have been shaped by them.

The Pastoral Epistles

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Orrey McFarland, NALS Adjunct Professor

Course Description: This course is a study of the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus) that focuses on their literary and canonical arguments and engages their theological and pastoral implications. As we study the texts we will work through their exegetical issues and theological themes and consider how to shape our interpretation of them towards proclamation, use in church teaching, and pastoral care. All in all, we will focus on how to read these letters as an apostolic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.