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

Fall 2017: September 5th – December 19th MENC15 – Discipleship and the Ministries of Caring
STNC10 – Introduction to Systematic Theology
Spring 2018: January 22nd – May 11th CHNC10 – Survey of Church History
OTNC10 – Survey of the Old Testament
 Summer 2018: May 29th – August 24th STNC10 – Introduction to Systematic Theology
NTNC10 – Survey of the New Testament

To Register:
Certificate of Lutheran Studies Program Admission Form

If you have any further questions, please contact Russ Warren, Director of Online Education, at trinityonline@tsm.edu

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