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Lifelong Learning

The life of faith includes a lifetime of learning about various theological disciplines, the issues in the world, and the interaction among them. The Seminary offers multiple noncredit opportunities for church leaders and laity to gather for lifelong learning, from occasional lectures and events on the campuses to sustained engagement in study and discussion. 

Certificates of study may be awarded after completion of a curriculum in a particular area of interest. Programs offering noncredit study leading to certificates in 2018-19 include the following:

  • UTI Certificate Program in Church Leadership
  • UTI Certificate Program in Christian Ministry
  • Certificate in Theological Studies
  • Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation

Urban Theological Institute

The UTI offers two non-credit certificate programs:

  • UTI Certificate Program in Church Leadership
  • UTI Certificate Program in Christian Ministry

UTI Certificate Program in Christian Ministry

The UTI Certificate Program in Christian Ministry is designed to offer classes to clergy and church leaders that will equip them in the parish and enhance their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, homiletics, and worship. A program of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of United Lutheran Seminary, the program consists of eight classes over two academic years, meeting on the Philadelphia campus. No bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this program.

UTI Certificate Program in Church Leadership

The UTI Certificate Program in Church Leadership offers classes to clergy and church leaders that will equip them to administer church programs and enhance their skills in pastoral leadership. A program of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of United Lutheran Seminary, the program consists of eight classes over two academic years, offered at St. Paul Baptist Church in West Chester, PA. No bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this program.

For additional details and registration information regarding UTI certificate studies, see https://unitedlutheranseminary.edu/academics/certificate-studies/.

More UTI Programs

The UTI also offers two public programs:

  • Annual UTI Lecture (during the fall semester)
  • Preaching With Power (during the spring semester)

Certificate in Theological Studies

The Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for any person desiring in depth and intensive study of theology, bible, history and the practice of ministry and for those seeking academic components for ELCA Theological Education for Emerging Ministry (TEEM) process under the direction of their candidacy committee.

Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation

The Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation is designed to equip adults for building and leading faith formation programming in the congregation. It includes practical education emphasizing small groups, community development, and relational ministry and is designed for pastors, professional children-and-youth staff, volunteers, part-time leaders, and anyone passionate for faith formation with children and youth. Topics include Biblical and theological training, cultural analysis, long range planning, family ministry, Christian Education and lots of how-to strategies. The course meets for two-day sessions each month over eight months, meeting on the Gettysburg campus.

For additional details and registration information concerning noncredit certificate studies, see https://unitedlutheranseminary.edu/academics/certificate-studies/.

Current information regarding other lifelong learning opportunities is available on the Lifelong Learning page of the Seminary website.