PALS: Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support

Post-Seminary Applied Learning & Support

Study topics and training videos


Study Topics

The PALS program has developed a series of video/workbook courses organized around three main categories of modules: Preaching/Teaching, Pastoral Care, and Administration/Leadership. Groups should choose at least one topic from each of these categories each year.

In addition, there are two course offerings intended to be done early in the first year of participation as they focus specifically on the transition from seminary to parish. These are “Transition from Seminary to Parish” and “Getting to Know Your New Congregation.”

PALS Course Descriptions

Video previews are available for select standard study topics.

Course description PDF     • Download all study guides

  • Preaching/Teaching
    • Biblical Foundations for Lutheran Catechesis — by Rev. John T. Pless.
    • Pastor: Apt to Teach — by Dr. Mark Blanke
        » Study Guide (PDF)
        » Video Introduction
    • Pastor as Preacher/Teacher: “Law and Gospel” — by Rev. George F. Wollenburg
    • Pastor as Preacher/Teacher: “Doing Law and Gospel Preaching” — by Dr. Carl Fickenscher
    • Preaching as Pilgrimage — by Dr. David R. Schmitt
        » Study Guide (PDF)
        » Video Introduction
    • Preaching: The Heart and the Art — by Dr. David R. Schmitt
        » Study Guide (PDF)
        » Video Introduction

Some study topics are available electronically through our PALS e-Learning collection. All other study topics must be ordered from the LCMS Pastoral Education department.

Order form for study topics

If a facilitator plans to use materials which are not produced by the PALS program or to invite an outside speaker to present on a topic and expects reimbursement, please contact the PALS office first to make sure these expenses fit within the projected budget.


Join us on the journey

Vision and Mission

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Making Disciples for Life

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Contact Us

  Email us

  Church Info Center: 888-843-5267
  Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
  Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438

 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7226


Sign-up for email updates




Employment   |   For the Media   |   Site Map   |   Privacy   |   Social Media Directory   |   Social Media Guidelines

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution differently. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent. Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 13.5 percent of a charitable contribution may be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors. Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number: 43-0658188

View Donor Transparency Resources



Guide Star Logo BBB Logo





© 2003 – 2010   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. All Rights Reserved.