Seminary Academics

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In its academic program, FLS 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. FLS also offers a number of elective courses.

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

The Free Lutheran 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.

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

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including one year of Greek. (It is recommended that undergraduate work include one year of philosophy, and two years of a foreign language, though this is not a requirement.)

Completion of three years of academic study at FLS having earned a minimum of 90 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.

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.

A Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies (Cert.M.Div.) may be offered as an option for some students who do not fully meet the general admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity program. See FLS Catalog for more information.

Curriculum

First Year Core Courses

Fall Semester

Basic Principles of Theology/Doctrine of the Word – 3 credits

Hermeneutics/Expository Preaching – 2 credits

Gospel of John – 2 credits

Lutheran Symbolics – 2 credits

Pentateuch – 3 credits

Curriculum

First Year Core Courses

Second and third year classes alternate each year.

Second Year Core Courses

Fall Semester

General Church History – 3 credits

Theology/Anthropology – 2 credits

Pastoral Epistles – 2 credits

Expository Preaching – 1 credit

Evangelism and Apologetics – 2 credits

Christian Ethics – 2 credits

Third Year Core Courses

Fall Semester

Soteriology – 3 credits

Poetical Books – 2 credits

Captivity Epistles – 2 credits

Pastoral Counseling – 2 credits

Expository Preaching – 1 credits

Second Year Core Courses

Third Year Core Courses

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Download the full catalog for more information on classes, student life, policies, and procedures.

2021-2024 Catalog
2020-2023 Catalog

Seminary Program Outcomes

Graduates of FLS will be able to
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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.

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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.

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Demonstrate growth in spiritual maturity that is informed by the Law and motivated and empowered by the Gospel.
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Demonstrate the ability to properly distinguish between the Law and the Gospel in teaching, preaching, and practice.
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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.
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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.

Administration

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Dr. Wade Mobley

President, FLBCS
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James Molstre

Dean, FLS

Instructors and Lecturers

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Andrew Hanson

Director of Music
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Jerry Moan

New Testament / Director of Learning Resources
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Steve Mundfrom

Systematic Theology
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Brent Olson

Old Testament
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Nathan Olson

New Testament/ Systematic Theology

Student Resources

Students who are enrolled receive free access to Microsoft Office 365 applications like Word, Excel,  Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, OneNote and more. This amounts to potentially hundreds of dollars in savings for each student. In addition, the Bible College and Seminary utilize a web-based college management software that allows students to view grades, communicate with their professor, and submit assignments from any device. For more information about academic resources contact admissions@flbc.edu.

Library

FLBC shares library facilities with the Free Lutheran 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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