General Lutheran Institute of Pastoral Ministry​​​

The General Lutheran Institute of Pastoral Ministry provides a free program of study to all who wish ordination as a General Lutheran. The full course of study will be required for all who lack any bible college or seminary training. Those with bible college or seminary training will have their course of study tailored to make up for any deficiencies in order to meet the requirements for ordination. 


Applicants must apply for ordination and be approved before allowed to enter the Institute of Pastoral Ministry. Ordination will then be contingent upon meeting all academic qualifications.


The courses are taught by qualified faculty who all hold degrees from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education or hold accredited status in their respective countries. This is not a degree-granting institution. We only offer certificates of completion. 


Non-ministerial candidates may enroll in the Institute once a payment agreement has been arranged between the prospective student and the instructor. The Institute is not involved in the arrangement nor receives any monies from the prospective student.


*Courses with asterisks are required of all ministerial candidates.



Rev. Dr. Andres Ayala

Greek and Hebrew


Rev. Dr. James Walter Clifton

Pastoral Counseling (Narramore), Pastoral Theology, Lutheran History, Syriac/Aramaic


Rev. Nicole A. M. Collins

Systematic Theology I, The Lutheran Confessions


Rev. Dr. Enrique R. Ramos

Systematic Theology II


Rev. Dr. Thomas Schwartz

Pastoral Counseling (Christian Counseling)

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Systematic Theology I

    The Triune God, Robert Jensen
    The Works of God, Robert Jensen


Systematic Theology II

     *Universalism: The Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church for the First 500 Years, J. W. Hanson
     *Universalism and the Bible: The Really Good News, Keith DeRose


Pastoral Counseling

     Christian Counseling, Gary Collins
     Psychology of Counseling, Clyde Narramore

     The Star Book for Pastoral Counseling, Jason Richard Curry


Pastoral Theology

     The Lutheran Pastor, George Henry Gerberding

     *Elements of Popular Theology, Samuel Simon Schmucker


The Lutheran Confessions

     The Book of Concord
     Justification by Faith— A Matter of Death and Life, Gerhard O. Forde

     Where God Meets Man, Luther’s Down-To-Earth Approach to the Gospel, Gerhard O. Forde


Lutheran History

     Luther: Biography of a Reformer, Frederick Nohl
     A History of Lutheranism, Eric W. Gritsch
     *American Lutheranism Vindicated, Samuel Simon Schmucker

     *Life and Times of Rev. S. S Schmucker, D. D., Peter Arnstadt

Biblical Languages
     Learn to Read Biblical Hebrew, Jeff A. Benner
     New Testament Greek for Beginners, J. Gresham Machen 


Biblical Language Electives
     Classical Aramaic Elementary Book I, Rocco Errico and Michael Bazzi       

     The Message of Matthew: An Annotated Parallel Aramaic-English Gospel of Matthew, Rocco Errico

     The New Syriac Primer, George Anton Kiraz



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