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.

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.

TEEM Application

Curriculum Details

Current Course Offerings

Tuition and Fees

TEEM Handbook

TEEM Internship Handbook

TEEM Internship Lay Committee Handbook


For More Information

please contact: Rev. Amy Current, Dean for Vocation at
or 563-589-0203