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 the 2023-24 academic year. Here’s a preview.

New Classes for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Community Training for Advancing Veterans's Whole Health

Three FREE workshops designed to build the capacity of spiritual leaders and faith communities to welcome those who have experienced war and military service. Spiritual care leaders from ALL religious traditions are welcome.

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, online 7:00-8:30pm ET
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, hybrid 10:30am – Noon and 1:00-5:00pm ET
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, online 7:00-8:30pm ET
  • Free
  • Instructors: VA Staff Chaplain Chris Antal, Moravian University Professor Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Rev. Scott Hutchinson (UCC)

Earn 1.0 CEU by attending all three sessions. To register for 1.0 CEU through the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry and pay a nominal $25 fee, CLICK HERE.

Introduction to Preaching

  • Jan. 2 – Feb. 6, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm ET
  • Instructor: Rev. Dr. Ronnette Comfort-Butler
  • $325; Earn 2.5 CEUs

So you think you can preach? Whether new to the pulpit or a regular, you will learning this class skills to become more effective. Connect with your congregation, make Biblical text come alive, and learn breathing techniques for a more compelling delivery. Your congregation will thank you!

Preaching & Worship Through the Year

  • April 9 – May 14, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm ET
  • 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.

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


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


  • 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 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.