The Lutheran (NALC) Diaconate Diploma is designed for students in the ordination process to the diaconate in the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). This course of study is both academic and professional, covering the fields of Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Theology, as well as focusing on the NALC Core Values.
The Lutheran Diaconate Diploma program is 27 credits and can be transferred into an MAR or MDiv upon completion. The Diploma can be completed entirely in residence at Trinity’s Ambridge campus or online with the Core Values courses being offered in the June intensives.
Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplemented with one NALC Core Values course in the June intensives. Most residential students graduate after 1 year of full-time study. Online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing as needed with January & June intensives. Most online students graduate after 2 years of part-time study.
Students interested in the Lutheran Diaconate Diploma must submit a letter from their ecclesiastical body confirming their intent to seek ordination to the diaconate.
Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1
|Biblical Studies (9 credits)||Pastoral Theology (3 credits)|
|BI500||Biblical Interpretation||PT700||Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship|
|OT500||Introduction to Old Testament||NALC Core Values Courses (6 credits)|
|NT500||Introduction to New Testament||Students take two of four values-themed courses offered in the June intensives|
|Systematic Theology (6 credits)||Christ Centered||Mission Driven|
|ST540||Creeds & Catechisms: An Introduction to Theological Thinking||Traditionally Grounded||Congregationally Focused|
|ST550||Lutheran Confessions||Capstone (3 credits)|
|Church History (3 credits)||PT748||Diaconate Capstone|
|CH600||Introduction to Church History||A guided study or coursework and paper/project related to diaconal calling: church music, Christian education, social ministry, homiletics, chaplaincy, etc.|
|Non-Academic Degree Requirements|
|Lutheran Liturgical Practica||Available online and/or in conjunction with June intensive courses.||Biblical Languages Practica||Available online – TBD|