The Certificate of Lutheran Studies (CLS) is a non-credit, non-degree program of instruction designed to provide students the academic foundation they need for lay ministry in an NALC house church or 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, in conjunction with local pastors for mentorship and support.
The CLS program consists of six courses. It can be completed entirely online. There is no residential requirement for the CLS.
Online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer. Most online students graduate after 1.5-2 years of part-time study.
Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1
Summer Start: May 1
|Biblical Studies||Church History|
|OTNC10||Survey of Old Testament||CHNC10||Survey of Church History|
|NTNC10||Survey of New Testament||CHNC17||The Lutheran Tradition|
|MENC17||Evangelism, Discipleship, & the Ministries of Caring||STNC10||Survey of Systematic Theology|