Free Online Course

Course registration is NOW OPEN!

Our Open Online Course is tailor-made for ministers looking to understand contemporary culture and develop critical thinking skills for their ministry.

  • 100% Free
  • Eligible to receive a digital competency badge backed by Concordia University upon completion
  • Study in real time with Dr. Gregory Schulz, Director of the Martin Galstad Institute for Lutheran Philosophy
  • Connect with like-minded peers from all over the world
  • Weekly lessons that allow you to work at your own pace, on your own time


This Philosophy MOOC, “Philosophy KATA CHRISTON: A Pastor's Guided Introduction to Philosophy for the Gospel Ministry,” is a personal invitation for pastors, professors and motivated lay leaders in Christ’s church on earth to implement the apostle Paul’s admonition in Colossians 2 to be on guard against philosophy based on the ABC’s of this world by practicing philosophy KATA CHRISTON, that is, philosophy based on Christ Himself, God incarnate, and His written Word.

The second edition of this course, with all new video roundtable sessions, three original Socratic Vignettes on Knowledge and more, develops week-by-week over six weeks and can be completed at your own pace. It is delivered via Concordia University Wisconsin's world-class distance education platform.

The course begins 3 November 2017. Register today!

Join Rev Gregory Schulz, DMin, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Concordia – along with a number of his fellow Lutheran pastors from DOXOLOGY and Southeastern Wisconsin – for this unique and personal guided introduction to philosophy and the ministerial use of reason for pastoral care and Christian caregiving in the 21st century. Professor Schulz is the author, among other books and published journal articles, of The Problem of Suffering and editor of The Problem of Suffering: A Companion and Guide, has taught and lectured in major universities in the U.S. and throughout the world, and is a popular presenter for DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel. He hosts and teaches in the PhD Missiology program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


  • Philosophical texts and ideas presented in the light of God’s Written Word by a Professor of Philosophy who has been recognized as one of his university’s Top Tier professors in integrating faith and learning.
  • Six sessions of philosophy -- but philosophy KATA CHRISTON, that is, philosophy founded on Christ Himself -- with a professor who teaches ethics, bioethics, philosophy of language, medieval philosophy and more to undergraduates, and to pastors and world missionaries in graduate programs.
  • Video lectures, including self-quizzes, with meaningful posted assignments that will be followed up with summaries and comments from Dr. Schulz. Or you can simply view the lectures, conversations and original Socratic dialogues, and just listen in on the assignments and commentaries, if you prefer.

Enroll today!