Affordable, accessible nondegree classes

Our ecumenical nondegree classes are ideal for lay ministers, pastoral leaders, individuals in discernment, and laity serving Christian denominations and independent churches.

PAM Director, the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens, has planned a great new lineup of classes for 2024. Check out the classes listed below and register now to save your seat!

New for 2024

  • April 9 – May 14, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm ET on Zoom
  • Instructor: Rev. Dr. Ronnette Comfort-Butler
  • $325; Earn 2.5 CEUs

The pulpit is different every Sunday. Learn to tailor your sermons for special Sundays and holy occasions. This class equips ministers with many skills including the use of the lectionary, planning sermon series, selecting music and incorporating the arts, and creating special services and occasions, and more.

  • May 21–June 25, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 7–8:30pm ET on Zoom
  • Instructor: The Rev. Sara Hertzog
  • $325; Earn 2.5 CEUs

This nuts-and-bolts class covers the basics of leadership and administration, with practical application for everyone on the ministry leadership team.

Topics include: covenant and authority; conflict; family and congregational systems; vision and mission; handling administrative tasks; spiritual care and boundaries.

Clergy, lay leaders, and MIDs are encouraged to register.

  • July 9 to August 13, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 7–8:30pm ET on Zoom
  • Instructor: The Rev. Dale Davis
  • $325, Earn 2.5 CEUs

This challenging class engages an array of exciting leadership models and is supported by a podcast series produced especially for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry.


Admission Requirements for the Ministerial Institute

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Personal statement

Apply to the Ministerial Institute

To apply, complete this form and email it to or mail it to:

Lancaster Theological Seminary
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Ministerial Institute Class Offerings Include:

  • Christian Theology
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Church History
  • Pastoral Care
  • Preaching & Worship
  • Denominational Polity
  • Religious Education
  • Spiritual & Personal Development
  • Church Administration
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Innovation & New Models
    • Navigating Congregational Conflict & Crisis
    • Financial & Strategic Health


For more information about the classes, email Dr. Darryl Stephens, Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary,

To make arrangements to pay by check or to request alternate payment arrangements, email

For information about applying to the program, contact our Admissions Team at (717) 290-8741 or

Apply here and email the completed form to or send it by mail to Admissions Office, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.