Houses of Study

The student body has long included men and women from a variety of traditions.  In an effort to smooth the path to ordination for these students, Sioux Falls Seminary has committed to a "house of study" approach.  This concept is a program of student services which offers enhanced support to students and provides a mechanism for communication with their denominational bodies concerning courses and requirements.  Clearly there is much that separates Baptists and other denominations in terms of their respective ecclesial and theological histories. Nevertheless, much theological education today involves skills and knowledge that are shared among the various theological traditions: pastoral care, preaching, educational ministries, knowledge of church history, biblical exegesis, church leadership, intercultural ministry, and more. Indeed, many classes in these areas are similar at most schools.

The Wesley House of Study

For many years Sioux Falls Seminary has served United Methodist students.  The Wesley House of Study at Sioux Falls Seminary was established to provide a context within the seminary community that serves the unique needs of United Methodist students, to foster a Wesleyan ethos compatible with UMC congregations, to maintain a network of communication between UMC students and pastors and the credentialing, adjudicatory, and placement services of the UMC, and to provide continuing education and spiritual renewal for alumni.

If you would like to learn more about the house of study program at Sioux Falls Seminary, please call 800.440.6227 or e-mail

Download: Wesley House of Study Program Sheet

The Luther House of Study

The Luther House of Study was established to better serve the needs of students seeking to serve the church in a Lutheran context.  Luther House, which is essentially a program of student services, has emerged through a partnership between the seminary and Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

The Luther House of Study functions to meet the special needs of a theological tradition that is strongly represented in the Upper Midwest.  Luther House provides a context within the seminary which serves the distinctive needs of Lutheran students, to foster a professional ethos compatible with Lutheran congregations, and to maintain a network of communication between Lutheran students, their synod offices, the Lutheran seminaries where they may ultimately affiliate, and Lutheran placement services. To this end, the House of Study will maintain close contact with the student's synod and Bishop and particularly with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

To learn more, please contact Dr. Chris Croghan, Assistant Professor at Sioux Falls Seminary & Augustana College by calling 605.274.5488, e-mailing, or visiting the Luther House of Study website at

Download: Luther House of Study Program Sheet