Theological Education for Emerging Ministries


The Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program provides alternative preparation for those who will provide pastoral ministry in emerging ministry contexts throughout the church. These contexts include ethnic specific, multicultural, rural, inner city, and ministry with deaf communities. 

Candidates for the TEEM program are nominated by their synods and approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Normally TEEM candidates are age 40 or older.  Each candidate works with a Capacities Assessment Panel (CAP) to design a program of study to complete all of the TEEM educational requirements. Click here for ELCA Candidacy Manual.

Wartburg Theological Seminary has implemented a specific curriculum for the preparation of candidates for ordained ministry through the TEEM program of the ELCA.

Abiding Commitments 
The following are abiding commitments of Wartburg Theological Seminary that inform the entire TEEM curriculum:

  • Action-reflection method of learning
  • Sensitivity to context 
  • Missional church
  • Justification and justice
  • Partnership of women and men, clergy and laity in ministry
  • Global connections
  • Collegiality
  • Ecumenical openness
  • Fostering the spirit of life-long learning

The Wartburg Seminary TEEM Curriculum is designed to meet all of the ELCA requirements for the following seven competencies: biblical knowledge and understanding, basic understanding of theology/ethics, knowledge of Christianity in the United States, ability to understand and communicate the teachings of the Lutheran church, evangelism/stewardship/worship, pastoral care skills, and knowledge of ELCA church polity and ecclesiology.

Curriculum details

Current course offerings



TEEM Brochure

Online TEEM Application for Wartburg 

Curriculum Details

TEEM Handbook

Current Course Offerings

ELCA Candidacy Application


Kris Stache
Director of Certificate Programs and  Distributed Learning, Associate Professor of Missional Leadership
Wartburg Theological Seminary




Before completing the TEEM application, please review the TEEM criteria and candidacy process found on the ELCA's website for TEEM.

ELCA Candidacy Application
Candidacy in the ELCA is a churchwide process. Entrance into candidacy occurs through a synod candidacy committee which provides guidance and makes decisions on behalf of the ELCA. Any person seeking to become a candidate for rostered ministry in the ELCA should first contact their synod office for application and information.

Course tuition for TEEM credit: $735 per course for the 2014-2015 academic year. Additional tuition will be charged for courses taken through the Masters program (for example, a three-credit class). An administrative fee equivalent to the per TEEM course tuition will be charged for internship. A technology surcharge of $100 per online course will be assessed (TEEM candidates ONLY) to offset the expense of providing online courses. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may require additional tuition to the host institution.



Please contact the Admissions Office

Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque IA 52003




Click here for the online TEEM application and click here for the printable version of this form.

Reference Forms
These are in printable PDF format.  We suggest that you provide a form to each of your references along with a stamped envelope addressed to:

Admissions Office
Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque IA 52003



In order to complete the on-line application as quickly and efficiently as possible, please have the following items available:

  • Name, address and phone number(s) of the person(s) to be contacted on your behalf in the event of an emergency 
  • Address and phone number of your home congregation
  • The region and synod to which you belong
  • All colleges you attended: location, dates attended, degree, graduation date and cumulative G.P.A.
  • Academic and non-academic honors you have received
  • Employment history
  • Amounts of educational and personal debt
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers for those persons you have asked to be  references.  (Both the pastor and a lay member of your congregation are required references).

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