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The full course offerings brochure is located here:

One-page course listings PDF (without summaries)

(Last year's course listings to give you an idea what might be offered in 2016-17. Or check out the back pages of the course offerings brochure.)

Please direct questions about these courses, the registration process, or anything else about LTS to Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen (Acting Registrar), (Director of Advancement Services, 306.966.7846), (Director of Development, 403.478.9684), Rev. Dr. Michael Nel (Acting President), or the instructor of the course you are interested in taking.

Online Classes 2015-16

These classes take place online, with little or no requirement that students be on the internet at the same time as the professor. Students can complete all or most of the work on their own schedule each week at their convenience.

A. MDiv/BTh/MTS Courses

These are Master's level classes primarily designed for credit or for clergy continuing education. Lay people who do not wish to tackle a Master's level course for credit are also welcome to "audit" the class for interest and observation.

PL 241: Pilgrimage

with Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson, 14 Sept - 4 Dec 2015

In this course, we will study the theology, history, politics, and culture of pilgrimage. In our postmodern world, where so many pilgrims consider themselves non-religious, and so many voyages are called ‘pilgrimages,’ we will attempt to define both pilgrimage itself, and to discover what makes a pilgrimage spiritual.

Through biblical, classic, scholarly, and popular texts, and a wide range of audio-visual material, we’ll examine spiritual mobility from prehistoric times, through Biblical times, the medieval church and reformation periods, to postmodernity.

Finally, arising from Dr. Anderson’s North West Mounted Police Trail walk in July 2015, we will also focus on contemporary aboriginal practices of journey, and especially on ‘settler’ pilgrimage, as meaningful, restorative and sacred journeys.

In addition to class work and exams, students will engage in a practical component to the course consisting of a self-designed pilgrimage of 10 km or more, and a written critical reflection on that pilgrimage, both to be undertaken after consultation with the professor.

Tuition: $780 for credit; $550 diaconal $500 for clergy continuing ed; $250 interest/observation

Additional fee: $125 distance education fee

Weekly workload:

  • Join video conference (60 minutes)
  • Read passages of scripture & other readings
  • Post and participate in discussion forum
  • Work on short assignments & final paper

Educational prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or equivalent

HL 111: Church History I

with Rev. Drs. Sandra Beardsall & Gordon Jensen, 14 Sept - 4 Dec 2015

The earliest centuries of Christianity were times of trial and courage, intrigue and insight, failure and promise for those who chose to join, or found themselves within, the religious movement that gathered around followers of the Palestinian Jewish teacher, Jesus.

As Christianity matured into the medieval period, new challenges, both within and without the church, continued to shape the faith story and the lives of believers.

This course will introduce students to the world of the early and medieval Christians: their changing social, political and economic climate, their developing theologies, their worship and faith practices, and the ways they shaped their ecclesial structures.

At the conclusion of the course, students will have gained an overview of events and persons, and an encounter with the voices of early and medieval Christians as they are found in the documents of the time.

Tuition: $780 for credit; $550 diaconal credit; $500 for clergy continuing ed; $250 interest/observation

Additional fee: $125 distance education fee

Weekly workload:

  • Complete assigned readings
  • Post and participate in discussion forum
  • Work on short assignments & final paper

Educational prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or equivalent

HL 112: Church History II

with Rev. Drs. Gordon Jensen & Sandra Beardsall, 11 Jan - 22 Apr 2016

The first part of the course will seek to address the questions that swirl around the sixteenth century. It will look at backgrounds and try to put the Reformation movements into the context of their time and place. These movements will be seen ultimately in religious terms, but religion itself will be understood as very much a part of the social, economic and political realities of the day.

By examining the major developments, personalities and writings of various kinds, we will attempt to shed some light on this period and to lay down some of the basic foundational stones for Christianity in the modern world, which is covered in the scond part of this course. We will look at how the church has developed, expanded and changed from the reformation era to the present.

Tuition: $780 for credit; $550 diaconal credit; $500 for clergy continuing ed; $250 interest/observation

Additional fee: $125 distance education fee

Weekly workload:

  • Complete assigned readings
  • Post and participate in discussion forum
  • Work on short assignments & final paper

Educational prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or equivalent

B. Discovery Courses

Discovery courses are non-credit, just-for-interest courses offered for lay people (though clergy are welcome to join if they wish!) who are interested in learning more about theology, spirituality, ecumenism, ethics, the Bible, and other aspects of their faith. These courses are fewer hours than credit courses (usually about 15 hours) and have no formal assignments.

DBL 159: Women in the Bible

with Drs. Jan Peterson & Pamela Giles, 4 Oct - 29 Nov

Ever wished you knew more about the women in the Bible? In this course we'll examine the stories of some of the most important female figures in Scripture.

We will delve into biblical texts from different perspectives, setting the women in context and questioning what we know about Eve, Mary Magdalene, and the women of the early church. We will look at Mothers (Sarah, Rachel, Rebekah, Mary), Leaders (heroines like Deborah, Esther, and Jael), and the Bad Girls (Jezebel and Delilah).

Besides reading the texts, we will look at paintings, film clips and literature featuring these biblical women to see how later Western culture has understood and reshaped them. After this course, you won't see biblical women in the same way again!.

Tuition: $125

Additional fees: none

Weekly workload:

  • Join video conference (60 minutes)
  • Read passages of scripture & one article
  • Post and participate in discussion forum

Educational prerequisite: None. Basic biblical literacy is helpful.

DSL 151: "Who is My Neighbour?"

with Rev. Paul Sartison, Winter Semester (Dates TBA)

When the lawyer asked Jesus this question (Luke 10:29), a story was told about travellers, thieves, strangers, and friends. As the story unfolded the question turned around, and the asker of the question was himself identified as the neighbour.

In this course we will ask the question, “Who is my neighbour: in the house next door, in the stranger on the street, in another church, and in another faith?”

The biblical story, stories of saints (known and unknown) and our own stories will guide us through this question, and will eventually take us to the place where the question is asked of us: “How are we neighbours to these, our neighbours?”

Tuition: $125

Additional fees: none

Weekly workload:

  • Join video conference (60 minutes)
  • Read passages of scripture & one article
  • Post and participate in discussion forum

Educational prerequisite: None. Basic biblical literacy is helpful.

C. Blended Intensives

Many of our additional MDiv/BTh/MTS courses are offered in a "blended" format. Blended intensives offer two options: students may take them in the classroom with the professor (normally, at the Seminary in Saskatoon) or they may join the group via live streaming from another location (e.g., their home) using a webcam and telephone.

Blended Intensives for 2015-16 include

  • SL211: Systematic Theology II (Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslein), 28 Sept - 9 Oct
  • SL 334: Contemporary Theologians (Rev. Dr. Cam Harder), 23 Nov - 4 Dec
  • HL 248: Confessional Lutheranism in a Canadian Context (Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen, 14 - 24 March 2016

Full descriptions for these and all courses can be found in our Course Offerings Brochure.

How to Register

You can take up to six classes for credit and unlimited classes not-for-credit at LTS as an "occasional student" (i.e., without registering for a formal degree or certificate program). Here is the registration procedure:

  • If you already have an acount on the LTS Populi (student information system), log in and register yourself for the course there.
  • If you do not have an account on the LTS Populi, visit our Apply to Study at LTS page and choose the form for the program you wish to apply for. If you do not wish to sign up for a degree or certificate but just want to take or audit a class, choose Occasional Student.
  • Complete the application form.
  • The LTS Registrar will validate your account as soon as he has a chance. Populi will then send you an email with your username and password.
  • Register yourself in the class you wish to take.

Please contact one of the people listed at the top of this page if you get stuck and need help with registration. We're here to help!