InterTerm Courses

Every January and 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.

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.

Note: 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.

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Unique opportunities to advance your learning and leadership

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.)

Next InterTerm — June 12-16, 2023

It’s been said that “tradition is the living faith of the dead, and traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” All NALS seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders are invited to join us as we think about the NALC core value of being Traditionally Grounded. How does this value shape ministry? What is the difference between traditionalism and tradition? This course will be taught by NALS professors Dr. David Luy and Dr. Alex Pierce.

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The Patristic and Medieval Horizons of the Lutheran Reformation

Schedule, Accommodations & Transportation

Regular Daily Schedule

Check-in will be held on Monday at 8:00 a.m. in the Academic Building Lobby. Schedules are subject to change.

  • 8:30 a.m. | Morning Prayer — Chapel
  • 9:00 a.m. | Coffee — Commons Hall
  • 9:15 a.m. | Classes — Library & Academic Building
  • Noon | Lunch — Commons Hall
  • 1:00 p.m. | Classes — Library & Academic Building
  • 4:30 p.m. | Evening Prayer — Chapel


A full list of accommodations is available here.

  • Cobblestone Inn and Suites — Located immediately adjacent to TSM campus.  Amenities include a microwave and refrigerators in every guest room, in-room coffee, complimentary hot breakfast, and complimentary hotel-wide wi-fi service. Call the Cobblestone at 724.266-7100 and ask for the Trinity InterTerm rate.  Be sure to make your reservation early. You can also visit their website.
  • Heslet House — Beautifully restored historic Bed and Breakfast in Old Economy Village, a five-minute walk from Trinity. Guests will enjoy a king or queen size bed, antique furnishings, ensuite bathroom, and free Wi-Fi.


The Pittsburgh International Airport is 12 miles from the Trinity Campus and a taxi to Ambridge is approx. $30. Occasionally, students and staff from the NALS are available to pick up/drop off at the Airport (a fee of $35 should be paid directly to the student or staff person). Please contact Rebecka Frontz, NALS Administrator, for more information.

Please check with your hotel to see if there is shuttle service to and from the Airport.


Lunch will be provided daily for InterTerm students and faculty.  Gluten-free and dairy-free options will be available.  Other dietary restrictions and needs should be communicated at least one month beforehand to Lee-Anna Upperman, Facilitator of InterTerms at Trinity School for Ministry.