Lutheran Studies Program

Gordon-Conwell’s multi-denominational history reflects a longstanding commitment both to a theological orthodoxy and diversity. In recognition of this commitment, Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte, an LCMC-approved seminary, offers multiple options within the Lutheran Studies Program to equip Lutheran pastors and laypersons for Kingdom service.

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To learn more about the program, please contact Rev. Dr. Mary Havens, Director of Lutheran Studies at mhavens@gordonconwell.edu or call (704) 527-9909.

Program Overview

The Lutheran Studies program features graduate-level seminary training that is built upon the following foundations:

  • Theological
    The Lutheran Studies Program equips Lutheran pastors and laypersons to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically through academically rigorous and spiritually deepening training in Bible, theology and practical ministry.
  • Affordable
    All Charlotte campus students receive an automatic scholarship, making Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte one of the most cost-effective ATS-accredited seminaries in the nation.  
  • Confessional
    Classes within the program reinforce Lutheran historical and theological distinctiveness dating back to its Reformation origins.
  • Orthodox
    As codified in Gordon-Conwell’s Statement of Faith, the seminary and the Lutheran Studies Program affirms the centrality of Jesus Christ and his Word.

Degrees

Gordon-Conwell offers students three options to pursue graduate degrees, all with concentrations in Lutheran studies:

Master of Divinity (M.Div)

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Lutheran Studies is ideal for individuals desiring to become ordained as a Lutheran pastor. Features training in biblical studies, Christian thought, practical ministry and Lutheran distinctiveness, the M.Div. is our most comprehensive degree.

Master of Religion (MAR)

The Master of Religion with a concentration in Lutheran Studies is ideal for individuals desiring to become ordained as a Lutheran pastor. This program features training in church history, Christian thought, practical ministry and Lutheran distinctiveness.

Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM)

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries provides excellent preparation for ministry wherever God leads. As a low-residency program, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries program also provides students the opportunity to study wherever they are located. Students may combine the MACM degree with the CLS certificate.

Certificates

Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte offers two certificate options for Lutheran Studies: the 30-credit hour graduate certificate, and the 12-credit hour post-graduate certificate (for those who already hold a theological master's degree). The certificate programs provide Lutheran-specific courses that meet denominational requirements for those preparing for Word and Sacrament, Word and Service ministry and for those who seek to deepen their knowledge of Lutheran history and theology. 

Certificate in Lutheran Studies (CLS)

Intended for those who wish to delve more deeply into the Lutheran tradition, this certificate fulfills the requirements of the Lutheran Year. (Of itself, this certificate does not prepare students for ordination.)

Post-Graduate Certificate in Lutheran Studies

This certificate is intended for those who wish to delve more deeply into the Lutheran tradition, and who already hold a theological graduate degree. (Of itself, this certificate does not prepare students for ordination.)



Faculty

Like all students at Gordon-Conwell, those in the Lutheran Studies Program will learn from world-renowned professors who possess the rare combination of high academic achievement with significant ministry experience. Lutheran-specific courses are taught by qualified faculty who minister within the Lutheran tradition, including Rev. Dr. Mary Havens, and Dr. Nathan Yoder.


Apply Today

If you are ready to begin your Lutheran Studies Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, we invite you to begin your application today!

Questions? Contact Charlotte Admissions at charlotteadmissions@gordonconwell.edu.