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, and recently at Payne Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Seminary)

Rural Immersions — immersion in Appalachia sponsored by Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center, or a other opportunities.


Students who complete the RSCM course, an immersion, and electives 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.

Why study Ecology and Theology?

  1. Environmental problems challenge global society. Religious traditions have extensive influence among individuals, local communities and across borders. Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew, the Lutheran World Federation and many other church leaders have called upon the church to care for God’s world and help prevent further damage.
  2. Theological Insight & Powerful Teaching emerge from critical re-consideration of past religious traditions and the search for effective ways to help the world overcome environmental problems. New depths of connection to God, one another and God’s community of earth beckon beyond and through the challenges at hand.

How do I earn a Certificate in Ecology & Theology?  Choose from a variety of options in the Washington Theological Consortium in the following areas: Religious Heritage in Ecological Perspective; Ecology and Religion in Socio-Cultural Context; Capacity for Ministerial and Public Leadership for Ecological Integrity; An Elective related to Ecological Studies  Check into the offerings for the coming year!

More questions or possibly interested? Talk to Professor Gil Waldkoenig, Professor at Gettysburg campus, Schmucker 205; phone 717-338-3029;


Why did ecology-related studies emerge at Gettysburg Seminary?     SEE ALSO eco & faith

To ponder: Faith and Work in Carbon Canaan