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.

UPCOMING CLASSES

January 11–February 15, 2023

  • Wednesday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm ET via Zoom
  • A total of six weeks of convenient online instruction
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Rabbi Jack Paskoff
  • REGISTER HERE

NOTE: To pay by check or to make alternative payment arrangements, email: pam@lancasterseminary.edu

The American Jewish community played a meaningful role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, AND, Jews lived for too long resting on the laurels of Heschel, Schwerner, and Goodman, AND the responses of southern Jews was often muted in fear of reprisal, AND an Atlanta synagogue was firebombed for their position on civil rights.

In this class, we will open a window into this complex and multi-faceted era in Black-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Paskoff has been a favorite instructor at Lancaster Seminary for several decades. This class is appropriate for all who seek to deepen their understanding of religious engagement in the public sphere. 

January 10–February 14, 2023

  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm ET via Zoom
  • Jan. 10, 17, 26, 31 and Feb. 7 and 14.
  • A total of six weeks of convenient online instruction
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Rev. Matt Deal
  • REGISTER HERE

NOTE: To pay by check or to make alternative payment arrangements, email: pam@lancasterseminary.edu

Join Rev. Matthew Deal to identify historical roots and analogies for contemporary ecclesial issues. We’ll study the basic sweep of Christian history, including key figures, movements, denominations, and turning points in their cultural contexts. We’ll explore how the church sorted key paradoxes: growth and persecution, orthodoxy and heresy, citizenship in the kingdom of God and the empire, power struggles between east and west, faithfulness and abuses of power, status quo and reform.

February 23–March 28, 2023

  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom
  • Feb. 23 and 28, March 7, 14, 23, 28.
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Rev. Matt Deal
  • REGISTER HERE

NOTE: To pay by check or to make alternative payment arrangements, email: pam@lancasterseminary.edu

Rev. Matthew Deal covers the sea-change brought about by the Protestant Reformation, the reaction to the reforming impulses sweeping Europe, and the continuing ripples of those reforms to the present day. We’ll explore how the church reacted and participated in the great societal changes that swept the world. Areas of exploration will include: the Renaissance & Reformation, the dawn of denominationalism, political change & colonization, the Enlightenment & Great Awakening, American Christianity, the Civil Rights movement, and the retreat of Christendom.

NOTE: Church History 1 is NOT required to take this class.

April 11–May 16, 2023

  • Tuesday evenings via Zoom
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Kelsey Wallace
  • REGISTER HERE

NOTE: To pay by check or to make alternative payment arrangements, email: pam@lancasterseminary.edu

Would you like an introduction or a refresher on biblical interpretation? Clergy and laity are invited to join instructor Kelsey Wallace for an introduction to the art and practice of biblical interpretation. We will engage theories and methods drawn from the academic discipline of Biblical Studies, and practice basic interpretive skills. We will consider issues of historical context, translation, literary analysis, and social location. As we survey biblical content, critical methodologies, and genres, we will also reflect on the skills necessary to be a responsible public interpreter of scripture.

Kelsey is an ABD PhD candidate in Bible  and Cultures at Drew University and has served as an adjunct instructor at Lancaster Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity in 2017.

May 23–June 27, 2023

  • Tuesday evenings via Zoom.
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Kelsey Wallace
  • REGISTER HERE

NOTE: To pay by check or to make alternative payment arrangements, email: pam@lancasterseminary.edu

Would you like an introduction or a refresher on biblical interpretation? Clergy and laity are invited to join instructor Kelsey Wallace for an introduction to the art and practice of biblical interpretation. We will engage theories and methods drawn from the academic discipline of Biblical Studies, and practice basic interpretive skills. We will consider issues of historical context, translation, literary analysis, and social location. As we survey biblical content, critical methodologies, and genres, we will also reflect on the skills necessary to be a responsible public interpreter of scripture.

Kelsey is an ABD PhD candidate in Bible  and Cultures at Drew University and has served as an adjunct instructor at Lancaster Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity in 2017.


The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary

Affordable & Accessible

Nondegree classes are ideal for:

  • Lay Ministers already pastoring churches
  • Pastoral Leaders in part-time or bi-vocational ministries
  • Individuals in discernment
  • Laity serving Christian denominations and independent churches

Benefits

In addition to outstanding, relevant classes, you will receive 2.5 Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion for each completed class.

Details

  • Convenient online instruction
  • Each class provides six weeks of instruction
  • $325 per class as part of the Ministerial Institute

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 admissions@lancasterseminary.edu 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

Questions?

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

To make arrangements to pay by check or to request alternate payment arrangements, email pam@lancasterseminary.edu.

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

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