An Episcopal Center for Learning & Discipleship

Courses

Course Catalog

MN3185 - Pastoral Offices

This course provides and introduction to the history, purpose and liturgical forms of the pastoral offices in use in the Episcopal Church, including baptism and the catechumenate, confirmation, marriage, reconciliation,  ministration to the sick and dying, and the burial rites. Readings are drawn from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, the 2003 Book of Occasional Services, and other supplemental texts that participants will find useful as their develop their skills in pastoral and liturgical practice.  We will pay close attention to issues of inculturation and social context as we assess the effectiveness of the Prayer Book offices and related rites in a post-modern culture.

MN4116, MN5116 - Non-Profit Management 1

Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises, classroom dialog and theological reflection, participants will explore values-based leadership for organizational change as well as tools for effective team building, marketing, and constituent-focus. In conjunction with Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management.

MN4117, MN5117 - Congregational Systems

This course will provide an introduction to systems and organizational theory in relation to congregations and other church groups. It will explore issues in organizational and ministry development as well as strategies for systemic change.

 

MN4161, MN5161 - Making Mission Possible in Tough Times

This course will explore how mission-focused fundraising and greater neighborhood involvement can breathe new life into congregational mission and outreach at a time when many are struggling with shoe-string budgets and exploding social needs in their communities.

 

MN4162, MN5162 - Congregations in the 21st Century

This course focuses on the design and mangement of congregational organization in shaping and delivering ministry. Issues such as organization development and guiding change are addressed within the framework of developing biblical and theological foundations for a missional ecclesiology.

MN4166, MN5166 - Community Organizing for Missional Living

This course assists participants to develop leadership skills in relationship building and community change through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. Attention is paid to biblical goundings and practical approaches to congregational renewal.

MN4184, MN5184 - Strategies for Teaching the Bible

Seminarians learn a great deal about the history and content of the Bible but can find it difficult, post-seminary, to translate their learning into knowledge that parishioners can use and share easily with others. This course will present six strategies for teaching the canonical story efficiently and impactfully in ways that lead to personal and communal transformation. Participants will both learn the content of the Bible afresh and how to teach it to others using the same methods. 

MN4681, MN5681 - Learning from London: Mission and Evangelism in the 21st Century

This is a travel course. 

Since 1990, the Diocese of London in the Church of England has grown by 70%, in terms of average weekly attendance. Since 2000, giving has increased by 50%. This has come about through a combination of dynamic local parish programs, strategic planning for planting and renewing churches, and an inspiring vision set forth by the diocese. All of this has taken place in the midst of one of the most diverse, vibrant, cosmopolitan, multi-faith and secularized urban centers in the world. How has this come about? And what may be learned from London’s methods for our own context? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the many facets of the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London through learning best practices from seasoned practitioners.

THD5001 - Research & Writing Seminar

This short, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in developing the research and writing skills you will use in your ministry project and thesis writing.  Doctoral level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods, including: how to develop your research questions; appropriate research methodologies; ethical criteria for working with human subjects; and what constitutes a doctoral level project design and written project.

 

THD5011 - Thesis Proposal Workshop

This short, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in creating your DMin thesis proposal, and to start the research and writing process.  Doctoral level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods, including: how to develop your research questions; appropriate research methodologies; ethical criteria for working with human subjects; and what constitutes a doctoral level project design and written project.