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

  • 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, featuring Gil Rendle, Karen Georgia Thompson, Doug Powe Jr., Lovett Weems Jr., John Schol, and Sarah Drummond.


  • Aug 27–Oct 1, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 6:30–8pm ET via Zoom
  • Instructor: Dr. Eric Seibert
  • $325, Earn 2.5 CEUs

This class examines the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, exploring what it means to think about God. As church and community leaders, we will examine the ways in which we articulate our own theological perspectives (and understand those of others) about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in relation to congregational leadership.

  • Oct 15–Nov 19, 2024
  • Tuesdays, 6:30–8pm ET via Zoom
  • Instructor: Dr. Eric Seibert
  • $325, Earn 2.5 CEUs

This class examines church, missions, and ministry, exploring how theology impacts the community. Focuses on the human condition, Christian hope, the church, ministry, and mission. Students may take this class without having taken Theology I.

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, Questions? email

For information about applying to the program, contact our Admissions Team at

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.