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.