Lancaster Theological Seminary
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry (PAM)

Lancaster Theological Seminary, a graduate school affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a learning community promoting academic excellence, celebration of differences across Christian traditions, and creative engagement on issues of importance to our world.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry (PAM) at Lancaster Theological Seminary is designed to expand the work of the seminary by offering educational opportunities for growth in discipleship, lay minister training, and continuing education for ministerial leaders.  The nondegree programs offered through PAM are intended to make a significant contribution to the renewal of the church, thereby contributing to the seminary’s mission to educate and nurture leaders to join in God’s redemptive and liberating work so that all creation may flourish.

PAM is launching the Ministerial Institute July 2020, and will expand in coming years to include educational programs for congregations (discipleship) and continuing education for clergy.

The Ministerial Institute of PAM is an ecumenical, three-year program of study designed for lay ministers, bi-vocational ministers, individuals in discernment, and others seeking an alternative to or preparation for graduate theological education. An associate’s degree or higher is required for admission.

Students of the Ministerial Institute attend a one-week intensive in July, take courses online throughout the year, and participate in a covenanted peer group and ministry placement.

To learn more about the Ministerial Institute, application requirements and classes, visit

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