Friday, July 20, 2012

New Grant Available for Part-Time Students

Financial assistance is available for part time students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The new Leadership Grant for Part-Time Students is still available for students starting with fall semester 2012!

Newly admitted part time students in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, and Master of Arts in Public Leadership programs, enrolled in two or more courses a semester, are eligible for a Leadership Grant during their first year of study. Each recipient will receive $765.00 for each of his or her first two semesters of study.

Ten (10) Leadership Grants are available for the 2012-2013 academic year.

For more information contact LTSP Admissions by email,, or call 215.248.7302.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dr. Michael Krentz appointed Director of LTSP TEEM Program

Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM

Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM, has been appointed Director of the TEEM program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) by seminary president the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey. In making the announcement, Dr. Krey noted, "We thank [previous director] Dr. Richard Stewart for his faithful leadership and stewardship of the program, a role which has come to an end with his retirement. Dr. Krentz will work with the Faculty, Dean Sebastian, and Pastor Peggy Wuertele, coordinator of Region 7 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), to coordinate the TEEM curriculum with the competencies required by the ELCA for the program." The appointment was made in consultation with seminary dean the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian.

TEEM, or Theological Education for Emerging Ministries, is a special program of the ELCA for those who prepare for ordained ministry without receiving the traditional MDiv degree. The ELCA defines TEEM as "a process by which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approves for the roster of ordained ministers those persons 'who by reason of age and prior experience' (ELCA Constitution 7.31.14) are qualified to participate in an alternative program of preparation for ordination. It is for exceptional persons who are identified for ministry in a specific context and complete theological education (non-MDiv degree) and candidacy requirements."

The TEEM program is uniquely suited to a person identified to provide leadership in an emerging ministry in specific communities such as African American, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, Arab Middle Eastern, deaf, and remote rural and inner city communities. The normal ELCA candidacy process is followed regarding Entrance, Endorsement, and Approval decisions once a person is recommended by an Initial Assessment Panel.

In addition to Dr. Krentz's appointment as director, Dean Sebastian appointed Dr. Erik Heen as chair of the TEEM Competencies Assessment and Theological Review Panel. Dr. Krey explained that the panel, in consultation with the ELCA Regional Coordinator, will meet with candidates seeking entrance onto the ELCA clergy roster to assess their theological backgrounds and to recommend any additional theological preparation that may be required. The panel will work with all TEEM candidates and their synods to shape their academic programs. In addition to Dr. Krentz and Dr. Heen, the panel includes LTSP faculty members the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, the Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson, seminary chaplain the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, and, when required, the Rev. Dr. David Grafton, the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard, and Dean Sebastian.

For more information on the TEEM Program at LTSP, contact Dr. Michael Krentz at Learn more online at

Friday, July 13, 2012

LTSP Ministry Day for all church leaders - Sat., July 21

The Rev. Dr.
Wayne E. Croft, Sr.
Join other emerging preachers and church leaders for Ministry Day 2012 on Saturday, July 21, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Ministry Day is open to anyone — you, current students, prospective students, church members, family members, seekers, and anyone discerning their place in ministry and in the work of the church — looking to be inspired by a day filled with Word and Worship. Attend workshops on preaching, missions, church planting, and women in ministry by leading pastors and professors including the Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., the Rev. Dr. Mark K. Tyler, the Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart, the Rev. Keon A. Gerow, and Bishop Ernest McNear.

Ministry Day 2012 is scheduled from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Lunch is included in the $15 registration fee. For more information, and to register, go online to or call 215-248-7302.

Come and see, this day could change your life.