Certificate of Lutheran Studies (CLS)

The Certificate of Lutheran Studies (CLS) is a non-credit, non-degree program of Trinity School of Ministry and the North American Lutheran Seminary. It consists of six online courses in the theological disciplines delivered entirely online.

Typically, a student registered in the CLS program is a lay leader in a NALC house church or an established congregation. CLS courses are intended to enhance the faith and knowledge of the NALC laity in order to strengthen the mission of local congregations. CLS students are encouraged to seek out local pastors for mentorship and support.

The Curriculum

The CLS will be awarded upon the successful completion of 6 courses:

  • Survey of the Old Testament
  • Survey of the New Testament
  • Survey of Church History
  • Introduction of Systematic Theology
  • The Lutheran Tradition
  • Evangelism, Discipleship and the Ministries of Caring

These courses are non-credit and may not be transferred into any degree or diploma program at Trinity. The courses are taught consecutively on a trimester system [Jan-Apr; May-Aug; Sep-Dec].

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $400 per course

Upcoming Courses/Syllabi

Spring 2017: January 23rd – May 12th NTNC 10 – Survey of the New Testament
Summer 2017: June 5th – August 25th CHNC 17 – The Lutheran Tradition

To Register:
Certificate Admissions Application
Register for CHNC17
If you have any further questions, please contact Russ Warren, Director of Online Education, at trinityonline@tsm.edu

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