Rural and Small Church Ministry (3 credits) – offers fresh looks into the cultures, habits and worldviews of congregations and communities in open country to towns of 10,000, including especially Appalachia (regularly at United Lutheran Seminary Gettysburg campus, online, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

Equipping the Saints, Rural Church (3 credits) — preparation for administration, community-building and outreach with small-membership congregations (<100 average worship attendance) located in open country to towns of 10,000 population. Online.

Environment, Faith & Praxis (3 credits) — This course challenges and equips participants to develop public witness to the resilient love and justice of God in the face of environmental damage and ecological injustice. Students choose projects in areas such as food & faith; energy stewardship; habitat care; outdoor spirituality; or eco-justice advocacy. The course provides connections from environmental history and ecological theology to inform projects developed by participants.

Environmental History of Christianity (3 credits) — Online — Includes Rural History — Global and local environmental troubles prompt critical reconsideration of habits and traditions, and in recent decades, scholarly “environmental history” and “ecological hermeneutics” emerged. Inspired by those methods, this course re-reads history of Christianity in eco-theological perspective, seeking precedents and critical insight for the church’s contemporary response to environmental crisis. The course is online and organized in weekly units featuring a-synchronous activities (presentations, media and discussion boards). A required research project happens with a choice of synchronous or a-synchronous options.

Appalachian Church in Society (3 credits) — Intensive with immersion — Get ready for challenges in ministry, through a close look at church, society and ecology in Appalachia. A region rich in cultural histories and stunning landscape, Appalachia has also been traumatized by environmental damage, economic and racial inequality, opioid epidemic and other problems. The intensive week includes traditional classes and immersion trips to Appalachian communities. Assigned readings and presentations introduce methods for community analysis and the roots of environmental and social problems. Conversations with mission leaders probe resilience of church and Spirit.

Immersion in Appalachia sponsored by Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center


Students who complete the Rural & Small Church and Equipping courses, an immersion, and an elective related to rural or small town ministry, may qualify for a Concentration in Town and Country Church Ministry (CTCCM). Inquire with TCCI Director Gil Waldkoenig

“Certificate in Ecology & Theology”  A study option through the Washington Theological Consortium, an ecumenical and inter-faith team of theological schools. How did ecology-related studies emerge in TCCI?  SEE ALSO eco & faith

More questions or possibly interested? Talk to Professor Gil Waldkoenig, phone 717-338-3029;