Learning for Life

Northern Rockies Institute of Theology is a continuing theological education ministry of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

NRIT exists to provide and promote lifelong learning for the people of the Montana Synod (and their neighbors) , for the purpose of equipping them in their lives of ministry.


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Church Administration
with Pastor Roberta Pierce

For all church secretaries, whether brand new or well-experienced or pastors doing administrative work!
A well-run church office is important in the operation of the church and a good church administrator is invaluable.  The office is a central place where activity is managed and communication takes place. This workshop will discuss how to improve communication among members, committees and the pastor. The workshop will also discuss recordkeeping and filling out the needed forms synod and church-wide forms. Pastor Pierce shares experience from 11 years as a church secretary, 12 years as secretary to a bishop and now her experience from the other side of the desk in this training seminar. 

August 26th Our Savior's Lutheran, Great Falls, 9am to 3pm
August 28th Our Savior's Lutheran, Laurel, 9am to 3pm

Come and Worship: Music and Liturgy in Small Congregations
with Ms. Mary Stevens
brochure (pdf, 349k)

Music is an important part of worship, but worship is more than the music.
This workshop will focus on planning worship for parishes with limited musical resources, keeping the focus of worship on proclaiming the gospel with whatever resources are available. Options will be presented for parishes with no musicians or musicians with limited skills.

5 continuing ed hours
Sept. 18th Pella Lutheran, Sidney 9am to 3pm
Sept. 20th St. Luke’s Lutheran, Shelby 9am to 3pm     
Cost: FREE (but please pre-register)

Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer
with Dr. Leonard Hummel, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

brochure (pdf, 259K)

What exactly is cancer? And where is God and what is love amidst the reality of cancer? In this presentation, Dr. Hummel will address these questions. In order to do so, he will first clarify a number of scientific complexities about cancer. Next he will turn to a variety of theological perspectives for the practical insights they bring to the very phenomenon of cancer. In light of these perspectives, he will conclude with insights for  what cannot be done and for what can be done in the world of cancer.

5 continuing ed hours
October 9 Peace Lutheran, Billings 9am to 3pm
October 10 St. John's Lutheran, Helena 9am to 3pm     
Cost: $70 clergy, rostered/$60 new to ministry, retired/$35 LPA, lay

Compassionate Communication
with Pastor Joel Westby

Compassionate Communication is a process and a set of skills that enhances the possibility of genuine connection between people. It can help infuse a congregation with empathy and care. It can be used to improve the workings of a Council, Committee or Staff. It can also serve as a means of conflict resolution and mediation. It is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s development of “Nonviolent Communication” that establishes a way of creating satisfying relationships.

5 continuing ed hours
October 23rd First Lutheran in Havre, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
October 28th Atonement Lutheran in Missoula,
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $70 clergy, rostered/$60 new to ministry, retired/$35 LPA, lay

WEBCAST - Gospel Road Show: Mark
with Dr. David Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads, professor emeritus at LSTC comes highly recommended as a teacher. This webcast will allow clergy and lay leaders to do Bible work with Dr. Rhoads from home or work. Watching the webcast in groups is highly encouraged.

Thursday, November 13th 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $35 per person


Midwinter Theological Conference
with Dr. Diane Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson will speak on the book of Ruth, inviting participants to delve into the book in discussing immigration and family.
Paul Jacobson, Diane’s husband will help with worship planning, which will include the Canticle for Ruth, a cantata written by Paul.

February 9-11, 2015, at the Isaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT

Luther Lectures
with Dr. Timothy Wengert

Come join us as we begin our synod-wide celebration of the Quincentenary! This retreat is short enough to work with busy fall schedules and long enough to provide a time of renewal and respite in the midst of fall. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear one of the best known Luther scholars of our day.

September 24-25, 2015, at Chico Hot Springs

Cultural Immersion Event
sponsored by NRIT and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

June 7-12, 2015, at Rocky Boy's Reservation