Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM)

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.

For questions regarding TEEM, please e-mail the Director.

TEEM Internship Handbook

TEEM Manual

2018 Winter Classes: January 22-27


  • PLTS TEEM Program is launching a collaboration with the Indiana-Kentucky Synod. Additional information to follow.

See this wonderful photo essay by TEEM alumni.