- Online courses are offered throughout the year. They are taught in the evenings or Saturday mornings. Online courses are done voice-to-voice, live, synchronously. Click here for a schedule of the online courses.
- One-on-one courses are taught locally and as schedules permit for the participant and pastor-mentor. Participants who take courses one-on-one in a pastor-mentor/apprentice model pay $100/course plus books. Participants receive Certificates of Satisfactory Completion for successfully finishing the course.
- Local Field MTC courses are taught on site and planned by the field site. Participants living near Field MTCs may take courses at the Field MTC. Participants receive Certificates of Satisfactory Completion for successfully finishing the course. Individuals not desiring a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from MTC may take the course for free plus any costs the local center might assess. Check with the MTC Administrator to determine if a Field MTC is near your area.
How Much Do the Courses Cost? Participants enrolling in an online course pay $300 per course plus books. Participants receive Certificates of Satisfactory Completion for successfully finishing the course.
How Are Courses Taught?
MTC offers classes in three different formats:
- Online taught in cohort fashion.
- One-on-one pastor-mentor/apprentice models.
- Field MTCs – Local congregations serving as geographic sites for training.
What Courses Are Available?
MTC offers 11 courses through which participants journey as they develop their missional skills and gifts for ministry.
1) Old Testament
2) New Testament
3) The Christian Faith (Doctrine)
4) Proclaiming the Faith (Preaching)
5) Interpreting Scripture
6) Missional Church and Outreach
7) Teaching the Faith
8) Lutheran Worship
9) God’s Mission in the Early Church – the Time of Christ-1500AD
10) Fundamental Pastoral Care
11) *Being Smart About Congregational Change
All courses are taught through the lenses of God’s mission. For more course detail, click this link to see course descriptions. Future courses and other methods for fulfilling competencies associated with role expectations are being planned.
In addition to our baseline certification of competency, these ten courses can also serve as:
- Preparation for Certification as Word & Sacrament Deacon (a process each district of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod administers)
- Prerequisites for Specific Ministry Pastor Training
- Prerequisites for Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology