Affiliation as Part of the ELCA Candidacy Process
Lutheran candidates seeking rostered ministry within the ELCA who wish to study at a non-Lutheran seminary must affiliate with an ELCA seminary. The ELCA candidacy process requires that affiliated students complete the equivalent of a "Lutheran Year" at an ELCA seminary, engaging a specified course of study and appropriate contextual education requirements. Affiliation must be approved by the candidate's synodical candidacy committee.
Students who wish to affiliate with Trinity must apply for admission through the Admissions Office. Affiliated students pay a one-time administrative fee of $900. The seminary expects candidates seeking affiliation to do so at the start of their graduate studies.
Affiliated students may choose from one of the following two options:
- They may complete their M.Div. degree at Trinity Lutheran Seminary after beginning their study at a non-ELCA seminary, working with Trinity's Registrar to assure that courses taken elsewhere will transfer into Trinity's M.Div. degree program. Students will fulfill Trinity's contextual requirements and complete their coursework at Trinity, including those courses required for the Lutheran Year. (see "Affiliation Options" below)
- Complete the M.Div. degree at a non-ELCA seminary and work with Trinity to fulfill their Internship and Lutheran Year requirements (see "Affiliation Options" below)
AFFILIATED STUDENTS MAY COMPLETE THESE REQUIREMENTS IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:
- They may participate in Trinity's two-year Internship experience, during which they will take both on-campus intensive courses and online courses to complete their Lutheran Year requirements. (See the Trinity Academic Catalog for more information on the 2+2 M.Div cirriculum.)
- They may complete a one-year, full-time Intership, followed by a Lutheran Year, most of which can be completed through short-term, on-campus intensive courses or online courses.