Lutheran Year Course Model: Concurrent Master of Divinity

The Year of Residency: "The Lutheran Year"

Values (from the ELCA Candidacy Manual)

  • "To provide the candidate with a solid grounding in Lutheran Systematic theology and the Lutheran Confessions—not only in the study of theology, but in the study of church history, Bible, worship, preaching, education, pastoral care and ethics."
  • "To provide the candidate with a sound understanding of ministry in a Lutheran context..."
  • "To enable the candidate to establish relationships with future colleagues in ministry which are marked by mutual support and accountability."

How Luther Seminary helps fulfill the values for the Lutheran Year set forth by the ELCA:

  • During the semesters in residence, affiliated students are expected to participate in community worship and discipleship groups with other students and their faculty advisor.
  • Luther will provide classes and planning to meet Lutheran year course requirements.
  • The Contextual Learning will provide planning for and supervision of ELCA internship and assistance in securing a CPE site.
  • Affiliated students are expected to be in residence at Luther Seminary during at least one semester in fulfilling course requirements and building relationships with students as well as faculty who will represent them in the course of candidacy approval.
  • Normally, a Lutheran Year consists of 10 full courses (or the equivalent) taken at Luther. Deviations from this norm would need approval by your synod candidacy committee.

Residency Lutheran Year Course Model M.Div. Concurrent: 2 semesters

The following course model is intended to be the starting place from which your particular Lutheran year classes will be determined. A Lutheran understanding in each of the areas of competency listed below is expected.

Bible Classes

It is expected that students in the New Testament classes have proficiency in Greek, so it is highly recommend that students come to Luther with a background in Greek.

History and Theology Classes

  • ST 3420-ST 3494 Ethics II (core elective)
  • IC 2620 Lutheran Confessional Writings
  • HC 3310 The Modern Church in Europe and America (1789-present)
  • ST 2415 Jesus the Savior and the Triune God
  • ST 3415 The Holy Spirit, the Church and the Triune God

Leadership Classes

Residency Lutheran Year Course Model M.Div. Concurrent: Summers/J-term/1 semester

The following course model is intended to be the starting place from which your particular Lutheran year classes will be determined. A Lutheran understanding in each of the areas of competency listed below is expected.

Classes available during J-term and summer sessions

Bible

It is expected that students in the New Testament classes have proficiency in Greek, so it is highly recommend that students come to Luther with a background in Greek.

History and Theology

  • ST 3420-ST 3494 - Ethics II (core elective)
  • IC 2620 - Lutheran Confessional Writings
  • HC 3310 - The Modern Church in Europe and America (1789-present)
  • ST 2415 - Jesus the Savior and the Triune God

Leadership

Classes available during the semesters

Bible Classes

History and Theology classes

  • ST 3415 - The Holy Spirit, the Church and the Triune God

Leadership Classes