Intensive Courses

Every June, students can take advantage of one-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. Intensive 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.)

June Intensive — June 10–14, 2024

What does it mean for the church to engage in effective mission within the context of a world that is rapidly secularizing, and increasingly post-Christian? How can we reach out more intentionally to the communities God has called us to serve without compromising our Gospel commitment to the centrality of Word and Sacrament ministry? Join us this summer in Ambridge for an engaging classroom experience as we meditate upon what it means for the NALC to be Mission Driven at such a time as this.

Our professor for this course is the Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Alger, a seasoned pastor, an experienced church planter, and celebrated author of the recent book Word and Sacrament: Ancient Traditions for Modern Church Planting. The final day of course content and discussion groups throughout the week will be facilitated by pastors from the NALC with a passion for mission within our contemporary context.

Auditors and pastors seeking continuing education opportunities are most welcome!

Word & Sacrament Mission: In a Post-Christian World

Watch Bishop Selbo interview Dr. Luy and Dr. Alger

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About the Instructor

Dr. Dan Alger is Provincial Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and Dean, Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Christ Our Hope and Rector, Church of the Redeemer at New Garden Park in Greensboro, NC.

He has recenlty authored Word and Sacrament: Ancient Traditions for Modern Church Planting and leads Always Forward, a collaborative effort of the Province, Dioceses, local churches, and people of the Anglican Church in North America working together for the planting of new Gospel-centered, sacramental, missional churches throughout North America.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Alger

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 [email protected], Facilitator of InterTerms at Trinity School for Ministry.