Growing in Faith allows students to choose 2 paths toward graduation.  Both tracks require the Foundation year.  After completing the courses in the Foundation year, students can either choose the Road to Service or Faith Formation track.


FOUNDATION YEAR - For all students
 Introduction to the Old Testament
Overview of worldview of Ancient Near East, introduction to God creating and choosing a people, covenants
Christianity in a Lutheran Key​ - Reformation history, immigration to US, formation of ELCA, Lutheran interpretation of scripture, addressing current challenges of being a Lutheran
Introduction to the New Testament - Historical context for Jesus and early church, introduction to gospels, letters, growth of church
Lutheran Creeds and Confessions -  Provide an analysis of the historical  and theological content of the Book of Concord (the Lutheran Confessions), establish the importance of its witness for Christian mission and ministry
Living as a Christian in the World​ - Roadmap for living life as a Christian, advocates in today’s world, Living our baptismal call

Worship Matters​ - Provide understanding of sacraments, elements of worship, discover biblical images and their meanings

ROAD TO SERVICE - For those considering congregational leadership or synodically rostered leadership where available. Students should consult with local leaders for assistance in selecting elective courses.
Healthy Congregational Dynamics - Family Systems, Boundaries, Gifts
Pastoral Care - Visitation, Eucharistic Ministry, Grief
Church History  - Overview of 1st – 21st Century
Cultural Diversity/Anti-Bias training​ 
2 Electives

FAITH FORMATION​ - For those who are looking to deepen their personal faith in a more general manner.

Church History - Overview of 1st – 21st Century
Cultural Diversity/Anti-Bias training
4 Electives


Christian Doctrine

Communicating the Gospel

Christian Ethics

Religions of the World