Academics – Seminary

In its academic program, AFLTS maintains a core curriculum which gives its graduates a foundational understanding of the Bible, theology, church history, Christian ethics, and the practical skills necessary for various facets of pastoral ministry. AFLTS also offers a number of elective courses.

It is the purpose of AFLTS to promote educational excellence while also cultivating the highest quality of personal devotional life.

The Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary stands in the tradition of orthodox Lutheran pietism. Its earnest endeavor is to emphasize the trained mind, the disciplined life, and the ceaseless outreach to others through pastoral care, evangelistic outreach, and the nurturing ministry of the Word of God.


Seminary Program

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is offered at the Free Lutheran Seminary, which requires a three-year course of study. The program is structured primarily to equip pastors and spiritual leaders for the local congregation. The seminary believes the congregation is the “right form of the Kingdom of God on earth” and therefore the congregation must be central in the application of Christian theology.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is granted to those who meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. (It is recommended that undergraduate work include one year of philosophy, and two years of a foreign language, though this is not a requirement.)
  2. Completion of three years of academic study at AFLTS having earned a minimum of 96 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5. A minimum of two years of Greek (or equivalent) and one year of Hebrew is required. A senior reflection paper is required and must be completed during the fall semester of the student’s senior year.
  3. Students planning to serve in the AFLC must also complete a one-year internship program in order to graduate and to be recommended and considered for call.

Curriculum

First Year

Fall Semester

  • Pentateuch
  • New Testament Greek I
  • Gospel of John
  • Basic Principles of Theology
  • Principles of Pastoral Theology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Expository Preaching
  • Seminary Chorus

Spring Semester

  • Historical Books
  • New Testament Greek I
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Doctrine of the Word
  • Expository Preaching
  • Protecting the Shepherd and the Flock
  • Ministerial Acts and Contextual Education

Second Year

(Second and third year classes alternate each year)

Fall Semester:

  • Book of Acts
  • Thessalonians and Pastoral Epistles
  • General Church History
  • Theology and Anthropology
  • Christian Education and Catechetics
  • Expository Preaching
  • New Testament Greek II (required for M.Div. students)
  • Seminary Chorus

Spring Semester

  • Major Prophets
  • Romans and Galatians
  • General Church History
  • Christology and Pneumatology
  • Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Expository Preaching
  • New Testament Greek II (required for M.Div. students)

Third Year

(Second and third year classes alternate each year)

Fall Semester

  • Poetical Books
  • Captivity Epistles
  • Lutheranism in America
  • Soteriology
  • Lutheran Symbolics
  • Expository Preaching
  • Biblical Worship
  • Hebrew I (required for M.Div. students)

Spring Semester

  • Minor Prophets
  • General Epistles and Hebrews
  • Ecclesiology and Eschatology
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Church Polity and Administration
  • Expository Preaching
  • Hebrew I (required for M.Div. students)

Required January Term Classes

  • Hymns and Music of the Church
  • Ministry to Youth
  • History and Aims of the AFLC
  • AFLC World Missions
  • Church Planting and Development
  • Intro to Missions

Electives

  • Revelation
  • World Religions and Cults
  • American Church History
  • History of Preaching
  • Hebrew II
  • Comparative Symbolics
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Corinthian Epistles
  • History of Lutheran Pietism
  • History of Christian Doctrine
  • Theology of Apostolic Fathers
  • The Word, the Church, and the Law
  • Research Paper

Catalog

The AFLTS Catalog provides full course descriptions, information on student life, school policies, and other general information.

Download the AFLTS 2015-2017 Catalog as a PDF.

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Seminary Program Outcomes

Graduates of AFLTS will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Scripture and its doctrines, subscribing to its inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy without reservation, confessing its authority and demonstrating, especially through exegetical and systematics studies, the ability to accurately interpret it.
  2. Explain the biblical, Lutheran perspective of the Means of Grace (Word, Baptism, and Lord’s Supper) as the instruments through which God saves and sanctifies by the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Demonstrate growth in spiritual maturity that is informed by the Law and motivated and empowered by the Gospel.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to properly distinguish between the Law and the Gospel in teaching, preaching, and practice.
  5. Understand and embrace the role of the servant pastor and the New Testament model of the congregation and its commitment to scriptural evangelism, discipleship, worship, education, and stewardship, as guided by the AFLC Fundamental Principles.
  6. Describe, evaluate, and communicate God’s work in the past through His Church, and exhibit a willingness to participate in making disciples today, especially through involvement in the local congregation.

Faculty

Administration

Wade Mobley

Wade Mobley

President of AFLC Schools

  • Graduate, AFLBS
  • B.A., University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN
  • M.Div. Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • D.Min. In progress, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN

James Molstre

James Molstre

Vice President
and Dean of AFLTS

  • B.A., North Dakota State University
  • M.Div., Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • D.Min, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA

Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Vice President of Academic Affairs
and Director of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Graduate, AFLBS and AFLTS
  • B.A., Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
  • M.A.R., M.Div. Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA
  • M.C.M. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonais, IL
  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • D.Min., Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Instructors and lecturers

Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson

Director of Music

  • B.M., St. Olaf College
  • Masters of Music in choral conducting at St. Cloud State University

Philip Haugen

Philip Haugen

New Testament

  • B.S., Mayville State University
  • M.Div., Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • S.T.M., D. Min., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Historical and Practical Theology

  • B.A., Augsburg College
  • M. Div., Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Bethel Theological Seminary

Jerry Moan

Jerry Moan

New Testament / Director of Learning Resources

  • Graduate, AFLBS
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • B.A., Crown College;
  • M.Div., Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • S.T.M., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • D. Min in progress, Central Seminary, Plymouth, MN

Steve Mundfrom

Steve Mundfrom

Systematic Theology

  • Graduate, AFLBS
  • B.A., Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • M.Div., Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • D.Min. in progress, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Brent Olson

Brent Olson

Old Testament

  • B.A., Wheaton College
  • M.A., University of St. Thomas
  • M.Div., Association Free Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. candidate, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Library

AFLBS shares library facilities with the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary located on campus, making available adequate resources for research and study. The Francis W. Monseth Library is located on the second floor of Heritage Hall and is equipped with several study tables, computers, and wireless internet access.

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