Prof Pfeiffer with seminary student

The course of instruction extends over three school years, or six semesters. The years are referred to traditionally as junior, middler, and senior.

Junior Orientation

Junior orientation extends over a period of four weeks and includes a weekly schedule as follows:

Introduction to Theological Study Two Hours
Dogmatics: Prolegomena Five Hours
Biblical Hermeneutics Five Hours
Introduction to O.T. Exegesis Five Hours
Homiletics I Two Hours


Pastoral Internships

The six-week internships (vicaring) are assigned and scheduled for the beginning of the middler and senior years. These begin prior to the seminary school year and conclude by the end of Junior Orientation. A report of the student's internship is submitted by the supervising CLC pastor and forms the basis for determining a pass/fail grade.

Cycle 1: Program for 2017–2018

The following courses will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year (AY18). Credit hours for each semester are indicated in parentheses. Courses marked with an asterisk are taken by juniors only.

Biblical Introduction (Isagogics)
Old Testament – Canon and Text (2, 0)
New Testament – Gospels, Acts, and Early Pauline Epistles (0, 2)

Exegetical Theology
Hermeneutics * (2, 0)
Old Testament – Genesis (3, 3)
New Testament – Ephesians (2, 2)
Harmony and Synopsis of the Gospels I (2, 2)

Doctrinal Theology
Dogmatics I – Scripture, Doctrine, God, Man (3, 3)
Symbolics I – Creeds, Augsburg Confession, Apology of Augsburg Confession (2, 2)

Historical Theology
Church History – Modern Period (3, 3)

Practical Theology
Homiletics I* (2, 2)
Homiletics II (middlers – 1, 1)
Preaching (all – 1,1)
Pastoral Theology I (2, 2)
Christian Education I (0, 2)

 

Cycle 2: Program for 2015–2016

The following courses will be offered during the 2015–2016 academic year (AY16). Credit hours for each semester are indicated in parentheses. Courses marked with an asterisk are taken by juniors only.

Biblical Introduction (Isagogics)
Old Testament – Pentateuch, Historical Books (2, 0)
New Testament – Later Pauline Epistles, General Epistles, Revelation (0, 2)

Exegetical Theology
Hermeneutics * (2, 0)
Old Testament – Isaiah (3, 3)
New Testament – Galatians (2, 2)
Harmony and Synopsis of the Gospels II (2, 2)

Doctrinal Theology
Dogmatics II – Christology, Justification (3, 3)
Symbolics II – Smalcald Articles, Formula of Concord (2, 2)

Historical Theology
Church History – Ancient Period (3, 3)

Practical Theology
Homiletics I* (2, 2)
Homiletics II (middlers – 1, 1)
Preaching (all – 1,1)
Pastoral Theology II (2, 2)
Christian Education II (0, 2)
Liturgics (1, 1)

 

Cycle 3: Program for 2016–2017

The following courses will be offered during the 2016–2017 academic year (AY17). Credit hours for each semester are indicated in parentheses. Courses marked with an asterisk are taken by juniors only.

Biblical Introduction (Isagogics)
Old Testament – Major and Minor Prophets (2, 0)
New Testament – Canon and Text (0, 2)

Exegetical Theology
Hermeneutics * (2, 0)
Old Testament – Isaiah (3, 3)
New Testament – Romans (2, 2)
Harmony and Synopsis of the Gospels III (2, 2)

Doctrinal Theology
Dogmatics III – Sanctification, Means of Grace, Eschatology (3, 3)
Comparative Symbolics (0, 2)

Historical Theology
Church History – Middles Ages and the Reformation (3, 3)

Practical Theology
Homiletics I* (2, 2)
Homiletics II (middlers – 1, 1)
Preaching (all – 1,1)
Evangelism (3, 0)
Pastoral Counseling (0, 2)
Christian Education III (0, 2)
Liturgics (1, 1)

 

Limited Ministry Program

The Limited Ministry Program is available for older, non-traditional students. It has been established by the CLC only for the purpose of preparing the applicants to be pastoral assistants, not to be theologically-trained candidates for a regular call into the pastoral ministry. A working knowledge of biblical Greek and Hebrew, therefore, is not required.

Successful completion of the Limited Ministry program may involve off-campus prerequisite instruction given by the student's pastor, after which 2-3 years of on-campus course work will be arranged within the departments of Immanuel Lutheran College and Seminary. Another option for the applicant is to take all the required course work on campus, which ordinarily can be accomplished in three years. After successful completion of the course work there will be a pastoral internship coordinated and supervised by the seminary.

Requests for more information about the Limited Ministry program should be directed to the seminary dean.

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