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 Winter 2020 Session

  • The TEEM PLTS Winter session is from, January 27 - 31, 2020 and the Indianapolis TEEM cohort is from, February 3 -7, 2020. Click here for the PLTS Cohort schedule or here for the INDY Cohort schedule for reference.


  • Applications for Graduation are being accepted. Deadline was October 31st, 2019. Students can still apply, but there is an additional $25.00 fee. Here are instructions on how to apply:
    The date of the PLTS of Cal Lutheran Commencement Exercises is Saturday, May 23, 2020. 

    - If you are going out on internship in 2020-2021, you can walk this May 2020.
    You will want to state that your graduation is August 31, 2021.

    - If you are finished with your program at the end of Spring 2020 semester, you
    will want to state that your graduation is May 22, 2020.
    - If you are finished with your studies or program at the end of Summer 2020 semester, you
    will want to state that your graduation is August 31, 2020.

    To apply for graduation,
    1)      Log in to MyCLU
    2)      Go to WebAdvisor
    3)      Go to Students
    4)      Go to Student Planning
    5)      Go to Graduation Overview
  • Please email the TEEM office with any questions on applying for graduation.

See this wonderful photo essay by TEEM alumni.