students sitting in grass in front of  bockman hall We believe formation happens through community. As part of a cohort of up to 25 students, you will learn in the company of your peers throughout your time in the M.Div. DL program. By embracing community life with intention and authenticity, M.Div. DL students develop vibrant relationships with fellow cohort members, holding one another accountable spiritually, relationally, and academically. Supported by colleagues in your cohort and in your local community, you will develop your pastoral identity and imagination.

Though you will enjoy living on-campus for only short periods of time, you will find yourself engaged by the following community experiences:

  • Online classes: these courses provide a rich blend of faculty interaction and student collaboration. You will work individually and in small groups, communicating regularly through conference calls, webinars, and online discussion forums.
  • On-campus intensives: during the January and June intensives, you will take several hours of class together each day and experience community life as you study, prepare shared meals, worship, and pray together.
  • MyLutherNet: Through the online forum that functions much like the sidewalks of the campus, the tables in the dining room, or the lounges of campus dorms, you can share prayer requests and conversation with other cohort members.
  • Local congregations: you will learn in the context of a community of faith and meet twice a month to reflect on your experiences with a mentor pastor.

Cohort One graduates, May 20, 2012