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 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.

TEEM Summer 2020 Session

  • At this time the TEEM program is still planning on moving forward with our Summer 2020 Session at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN from June 1-5 and at the IKS Center in Indianapolis from June 15-19.
  • Click here for a letter from our TEEM Director Dr. Moses Penumaka. Please click here for a copy of our current schedule and grid. Please feel free to reach out to our office email if you have any questions or concerns regarding TEEM Summer 2020.


  • Unfortunately, given the unprecedented circumstances that we are all facing with COVID-19, PLTS will not be conducting the usual Commencement events in May. We will be discussing alternatives and letting you know more as soon as possible. For now, hold off from buying any regalia. More to come. Please feel free to email the TEEM office with any questions.

  • Please check out the PLTS COVID-19 News Updates and Announcements page for more information!

See this wonderful photo essay by TEEM alumni.