Religions are intimately connected in our ever-shrinking world. We need to be both deeply formed by Christian sources and broadly informed by interreligious resources to engage this world with confidence and graciousness. This course invites you to cultivate a missional presence in the world that...

This course focuses on John Wesley’s life and the development of his theology in the context of the emerging Methodist movement during the eighteenth century; on developments and modifications of his theology by his 19th- and 20th-century heirs and successors, especially in North America; and...

Prepares students for the ethical challenges they will face as pastors and leaders in congregations, communities, and denominations. The course is designed to address leadership development and the complex reality of the minister as one who is looked to for public moral leadership and private...

The aim of this course is to provide students who may have no prior knowledge of Buddhism with an introduction to the teachings and meditative practices of Zen Buddhism, focusing especially on Japanese Zen as it has been appropriated in the United States. The course...

We hope emergencies never come, but they are inevitable. By planning in advance, you minimize disruption, minimize damage, and may even save a life. In this three-week course, we’ll review three major emergencies that your church might encounter, and how you can respond to each of...

The main focus of this course is spiritual formation—and the ways that the spiritual disciplines operate within that field of ministry. Students can expect to take some time in defining spiritual formation, affirm the importance of proper theology in spiritual formation, and explore the ways...

In this course, you’ll learn the advantages of church-based counseling, and the legal, ethical, and multicultural issues surrounding it. You will learn how to identify spiritual gifts in others, use the Bible in Christian counseling, and how to connect the Bible to everyday life. It...

The Bible is, in many ways, a rural text. It relates to people with industrial, agrarian, and small-town leanings. Even Jesus, often present in urban settings, teaches using small town and country metaphors. This course encourages participants to view scripture as a means of fostering new...

Do your pastors and volunteers work in pairs when they visit members of your congregation? Has an institutional resident ever tried to give you their offering? Who stands up for anyone being bullied? What are your plans for members with early signs of dementia? How...

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