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Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM)

TEEM Office
(510) 559-2703

Moses Penumaka
Director of TEEM
(510) 559-2728

The Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) certificate program is a non-residential and contextual-educational arm of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in collaboration with Luther Seminary, aimed at preparing women and men for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church USA.

Students study at home with local pastors/mentors, while doing the ministry in a congregation. Students meet together on campus three times a year with their professors (twice at PLTS, once at Luther). The curriculum of this program generally consists of 16 courses taught primarily by PLTS and Luther faculty, 4 workshops led by churchwide specialists, plus internship and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Depending on the student’s circumstances, internship and CPE could be completed while pursuing the academic components of the curriculum. Financial aid, scholarships and VA funding are available.

TEEM has been training pastors for 25 years and has approximately 200 graduates from the PLTS-Luther program. A new collaboration with Lutheran Theological Center Atlanta has begun, and future collaboration with Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis is planned.

A revised TEEM Information Guide with new Candidacy Manual will be posted soon. For Question on TEEM please e-mail the Director.

TEEM Internship Handbook

October 2015 Conference and Classes

Letter to Supervisors and Mentors

Letter to Students


See this wonderful photo essay by current TEEM students.