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 people 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 had been training pastors for over 25 years and has approximately 200 graduates from the PLTS-Luther program.  The program is now offered in three locations: in collaboration with Southeastern Synod and the Lutheran Theological Center Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia; in Indianapolis in collaboration with Indiana Kentucky Synod; and in Portland in partnership with Oregon Synod leaders and local pastors and scholars.

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


  • Mark your calendar for Graduation Commencement: May, 22, 2021, at 11:00AM (PDT) via ZOOM. Please contact us for a register link.
  • Please note that the access to the campus building is limited and mails sent to the campus address could be returned to the sender. Please send all mails to below mailbox until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    PO Box 525
    Berkeley, CA 94701 

  • The summer sessions for PLTS cohort will be held on June 7~11 (online); for INDY cohort will be held on June 14~18 (plus June 19 for CPE). We will announce more details as soon as we could. Please stay safe. Feel free to email the TEEM office assistant with any questions.

  •   2021 Summer sessions for PLTS cohort: June 7~11, 2021. (Schedules in Pacific Daylight Time Zone)
    Please click to check the Circular, Grid, and Schedule

     2021 Summer sessions for INDY cohort: June 14~19, 2021. (Schedules in Eastern Daylight Time Zone)
     Please click to check the Circular, Grid, and Schedule.

  • PLTS TEEM is hosting the ELCA American Indians and Alaska Natives Conference on Fri. June 25 and Sat. June 26, 2021, more details to come. 

  • Recordings from the ELCA Wittenberg Webinar 2020 on The Freedom of a Christian are now available:
    ※ Session 1 - Dr. Santos presents: Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian from Neuroscience and Liberation Theology Perspectives
    ※ Session 2 - Dr. Penumaka presents: The Freedom of a Christian: Living in Christ and Loving our Neighbors
    ※ Session 3 - Pr. Peñaranda presents: The Freedom of a Christian: When Faith Gets Political
    ※ Click here to access The Freedom of a Christian
    ※ Click here for a Study Guide for The Freedom of a Christian – Short on time? Jump to pages 50-53 for a synopsis.

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Stay Connected

  • Connect with TEEM PLTS on Facebook to view more medias.
  • Interested in viewing the Virtual Commencement for Class of 2020? Click here!
  • TEEM graduates shared their experiences in the Just Lutheran Town Hall to Minimize Bias, to check the recording of TEEM session, please Click here.
  • See this wonderful photo essay by TEEM alumni.