Urban Theological Institute Certificate Program in Church Leadership

UTI Certificate in Church LeadershipThe Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and up-building for the African American community.

The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is designed to offer seminars to clergy and church leaders that will equip them to administer church programs and enhance their skills in pastoral leadership.

The program consists of four seminars over two academic years.  Participants who complete the full two-year (four seminar) program will receive a certificate in church leadership.  Entrance into the program can start in fall or spring. (download a pdf version of the brochure)

Seminar Offerings



Church Ministries and Servant Leadership: Exploring all ministries of the local church and discovering one’s vocation.


Pastoral Care and Servant Formation: Exploring fundamentals of pastoral care and visitation with attention to self-care and professional ethics.



Teaching and Learning in the Church: Development of educational ministries, curriculum development, teacher training.


Resolving Conflict in the Church: Conflict management and resolution in the church.

Schedule and fees

The seminars are held on the LTSP campus. Each seminar meets 2-3 hours, once a week, on Saturday morning.

The fee per seminar is $300 plus the cost of textbooks. Seminars for the fall semester begin in September, and in February for the spring semester.

For more information or to register online, please complete our online form or call 215.248.7302. Registration materials will be available several weeks in advance of each seminar.

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