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

October 11 – November 15, 2022

In this class, you will learn practical skills for creating and presenting budgets grounded in the church’s mission, expanding means of giving and sources of income, presenting accurate tracking and reporting of giving, proper financial administration of funds, and exploring new options for funding ministry, examining all from both a theological perspective and from best practices of financial transparency and accountability.

  • Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm ET on Zoom
  • A total of six weeks of convenient online instruction
  • $125
  • Earn 2.5 CEU credits
  • Instructor: Dr. Lovett Weems, Jr.

REGISTER and PAY ONLINE here.

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

Watch this one-minute video from Instructor Lovett Weems Jr. who provides highlights of this class. 1

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

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 evenings from 7:00–8:30pm ET via Zoom
  • A total of six weeks of convenient online instruction
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Rev. Matt Deal

Join us to study the basic sweep of Christian history, including key figures, movements, denominations, and turning points in their cultural contexts. This class equips church leaders to identify historical roots and analogies for contemporary ecclesial issues.

February 21–March 28, 2023

  • Tuesday evenings via Zoom
  • $325
  • Earn 2.5 CEUs
  • Instructor Rev. Matt Deal

Join us as we study the basic sweep of Christian history, including key figures, movements, denominations, and turning points in their cultural contexts. This class equips church leaders to identify historical roots and analogies for contemporary ecclesial issues.

April 11–May 16, 2023

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

Class learning objectives correlate to the UCC Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministry.

May 23–June 27, 2023

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

Class learning objectives correlate to the UCC Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministry.


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.