Category Archives: Continuing Education

Union Presbyterian Seminary: Fall Events

  • Pathways to Learning and Leadership – online classes taught by UPSem professors and other experts in their fields.  A variety of five-week classes will be offered throughout the year.  If you are working on becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder in your presbytery, check with the presbytery to see if the classes qualify toward that goal.  If you just want to participate in the classes for your own edification, register soon – class sizes are limited!  Each five-week class costs $100.  In September, classes on Biblical Interpretation (foundational course on Tuesdays, beginning September 12 from 7-9 p.m. Eastern time) led by Dr. Carson Brisson, and Worship and Sacraments (on Thursdays, beginning September 7 from 7-9 p.m. Eastern time), led by Dr. Rebecca Davis, will be offered.  More information and registration can be found here.
  • Christian Education certification course in Polity, Program, and Mission – This is a HYBRID course, with about 18 hours of work online at home, beginning on September 5, and 12 hours on campus in Richmond (October 3-5, 2017). While this course qualifies for those working on Christian Education certification, it is also open to anyone who is interested in learning about the government and structure of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Led by Rev. H. Carson Rhyne, Jr., General Presbyter/Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the James.  Cost:  $295.  Click here for more information and registration.
  • Seminary for a Day – On September 23 in Richmond, enjoy a day of workshops led by UPSem professors on a wide variety of topics (one registrant complained we had too many good choices!), and two keynote addresses, one by Prof. Richard W. Voelz of UPSem on the topic “Conversation Forward:  Preacher, Congregation, and Public in Divided Times,” and one by Prof. Luke Powery of Duke Divinity School, entitled “The Gift of Tears,” using Jeremiah and Jesus to illustrate the role of weeping as a vital Christian practice.  The cost of the day, including a delicious lunch, is only $25.  Choose your workshops and register here.
  • Mission Possible:  Embracing the task of strategic visioning – October 9-12. This four-day workshop features Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. He and the participants will explore critically and statistically the state of today’s mainline churches, who we are in relation to the larger church, and help develop a mission strategy for your congregation.  For church administrators, this workshop will count for 1.8 CEUs toward your certification or retention requirements.  Pastors, administrators, educators, and church members will come away with practical strategies in leading your congregation. This event will take place on our Richmond campus.  Cost:  $250 ($195 for those who register by September 25), including lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Click here to register.
  • Interim/Transitional Ministry training – Week 1 takes place November 13-17 on our Richmond campus.  For pastors interested in interim ministry and/or congregations in transition. The intense 30-hour course provides the basics for understanding interim ministry and transitional ministry.  Led by Hart Edmonds, Laura Sherwood, and Ken McFayden, the curriculum for this course is unique and has been well-received since it was developed a few years ago.  The cost for the week, which begins at 1 p.m. on Monday and ends before noon on Friday, is $395, including lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Registration is limited to 30, and we usually are filled to capacity, so register soon.

Campus housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $40 per night for a private room.  If you desire to stay on campus for any of these events, do not delay in registering to ensure you get a room.

Columbia Seminary Accepting Applications for 2017 Thompson Scholars

Decatur, GA—Thompson Scholars 2017, Evangelism and Social Justice, will take place May 2-5, 2017 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus.

The United States and the global community have recently witnessed an amplified outcry for justice. This seminar will address the issues of social justice and evangelism as intersecting points for addressing this outcry. The call and role of the Church as a witness in this age, along with how we are to witness, become critical questions.

Adam L. Bond, Associate Professor of Historical Studies and American Baptist Liaison at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University; andMark Whitlock, pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church and Director of Community Initiatives at University of Southern California, Center for Religion and Civic Culture will be keynote speakers. Local pastors and community leaders will serve as panelists and workshop leaders. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, the Peachtree Associate professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary will serve as organizer, moderator and opening speaker.

“The seminar will empower church leaders to explore ways their churches can have conversations around evangelism and social justice, and equip them with the theological resources to guide this work,” states Watkins. “We’ll look at practical models that support congregations and faith communities as they seek to make a real difference in their communities in ways that are directly linked to their presence within those communities.”

To complete an application, click here. The application deadline is February 15, 2017 and applicants will be notified before the end of the month. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in previous Thompson Scholar seminars. For additional information, including a link to the application, click here.

A program fee of $150 covers all course-related fees, eight meals on campus during the event, refreshments, and access to the online course site. Pre-course preparation will include required reading and participation in online discussions. Participants are responsible for their housing and transportation; on campus housing is available.

The Thompson Scholars program is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at Columbia, making it possible to offer the seminar at a lower cost to participants than comparable programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.CTSnet.edu.

The Art of Transitional Ministry – Registration Now Open

The Synods of Lincoln Trails and Mid-America (MALT) have joined together to provide interim training every spring and fall to pastors nationwide. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful.

MALT Weeks 1 and 2 (“The Art of Transitional Ministry”) will be held
October 31st – November 4th, 2016

  • Registration is now electronic and through eventbrite.
  • The Synod now accepts credit cards (as well as checks) for payments.
  • A signature is no longer required by COM moderators or EPs
  • The event brochure is available here on the Synod Website.

For more information, see the Interim Pastor Training page, here.

Fall offerings from Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary has something for everyone. Check out our early fall offerings and consider registering for some “back to school” for yourself or members of your congregation!

For church members and those interested in becoming Commissioned Ruling Elders: Try our new Pathways to Learning and Leadership, an online program of non-degree courses designed to enhance discipleship for church members. Many presbyteries are also using these courses as part of their CRE training. The first course offered is Biblical Interpretation, and it begins meeting online on September 6; there is reading before that class. These classes are filling up fast, so register now! Cost: $100 for each 5-week course. Go to: www.upsem.edu/pathways for more information and to register.

For church administrators, pastors, treasurers, and volunteers in churches large or small of any denomination: If you want to learn more about managing the business, finance, human resources, legal and tax, strategic planning, and facilities parts of the church, or if you are interested in certification through The Church Network, consider taking seminars in Church Business Administration through our Charlotte campus. Seminars meet on four Thursdays in the fall, and five Thursdays in the spring, and you may take any or all of them. Completing all seminars fulfills the core educational requirement, and part of the continuing education requirement for certification. The first seminar, Managing Financial Issues – Accounting, meets on Thursday, September 8. Cost: $670 for all eight core seminars; $100 per day for individual seminars and for the continuing education seminar (includes lunch each day). Note: housing is on your own. Go to: www.upsem.edu/leadership_institute/upcoming_continuing_education_events/cba_clt_16_17/ for more information and to register.

For church educators, Sunday school superintendents, Christian Education committees, and pastors: Want to learn more about why and how we teach in the church? The Leadership Institute is offering a hybrid course in Christian Education Theory and Practice which is open to anyone and is approved to meet the requirements in this area for Christian Education certification through the Presbyterian Church (USA). The hybrid model involves 18 hours of work at home, and 12 hours of work on our Richmond campus. The at-home portion begins on September 6, and the in-class time is October 4-6. Cost: $295 (includes lunch on October 5). Go to: www.upsem.edu/leadership_institute/upcoming_continuing_education_events/christian_education_theory_and_practice/ for more information and to register.

For anyone involved in the church: As the church tries to live into a time of transition, it’s easy to get caught up in looking for fixes or programs that will attract people. We often forget our core message and the reasons we want to attract people. Start with Good News: Rediscovering the Why of Evangelism is a three-day conference, September 27-29 in Richmond, designed to bring us back to that core message. Speakers from across the country will lead us in energizing plenaries, then we will engage in small groups to discuss and apply what we have heard. While individual attendees will benefit from this experience, you are encouraged to attend with a team of clergy and church members. This conference is offered at a very low cost so that the maximum number of people may attend. Cost: $25 per person, maximum of $100 per church (includes lunch on September 27 and 28). Go to: www.upsem.edu/startwithgoodnews for more information and to register.

For clergy, church leaders, and church administrators: Strategic Planning in an Uncertain World, which meets on the Richmond campus October 17-20, is a workshop focusing on the role of strategic planning in an adaptive context. Not only theoretical, this workshop will also offer practical ideas and resources, and participants will begin a planning process designed for their own congregation. For those in the process toward certification as a church business administrator, this workshop offers 1.8 CEUs. Cost: $250; $195 for those who register by September 5 (includes lunch on October 18 and 19). Go to: www.upsem.edu/leadership_institute/upcoming_continuing_education_events/strategic_planning/ for more information and to register.

Some on-campus housing is available in Richmond. All of these workshops and events are open to anyone in any denomination.

Transitional Ministry Education for 2016

The Synods of Lincoln Trails and Mid-America (MALT) have joined together to provide interim training every spring and fall to pastors nationwide. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful.

Scheduled transitional ministry education:
October 31 – November 4, 2016 in Saint Louis, MO

Registration to go “live” in mid July for October/November event.

ABOUT TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY EDUCATION

We live in a time of great transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in or inquiring about the nature of transitional ministry. This includes Temporary Transitional Ministry positions; which may include interim ministry, designated ministry, other temporary ministry or Installed Transitional Ministry which includes all other parish ministry positions. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in this time of transition will also find the education helpful.

Basic Transitional Ministry Education consists of 60 contact hours plus a practicum. The contact hours are divided equally between two residency weeks: Week I (30 hours) and Week II (30 hours), separated by a practicum which combines reflection on, and experience in, some aspect of interim/transitional ministry.

MALT offers education for both Weeks I & II. Participants must complete both Residency Week I and all practicum assignments before taking part in Residency Week II. Those who complete the first week of basic education at another site must complete all MALT practicum assignments prior to attending Residency Week II.

We offer a full thirty (30) hours of education for each week. If you desire to receive a Statement of Completion for this event, you must actively participate in all sessions in their entirety (30 contact hours).

Early registration will ensure participants ample time to complete reading assignments prior to the start of each residency week.

Click here to go to the Synod of Lincoln Trails website for more information.

Columbia Seminary to Host India Travel Seminar

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary announces a unique experiential learning opportunity combining international travel and the study of multiple forms of Christianity in South India. The India Travel Seminar will take place December 28, 2016 through January 11, 2017. Trip leaders are Martha Moore-Keish, Professor of Theology and Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament.

The two-week trip will include visits to Bangalore, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Vellore. For a complete description of the India Travel Seminar, including a link to the registration forms, please read the event brochure here. Application and deposit must be received by June 15, 2016.

For a current listing of upcoming programs offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, visit http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-courses-and-events.

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning courses and events. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.

Presbyterian Polity, Program and Mission Educator Certification Course

Christian educators, teaching and ruling elders, and church members are sometimes not aware of the rich resources in the Book of Order, and the ability of polity to empower congregational ministry, faith formation, spiritual practices, and vocation as a mark of the God who sends the church into the world.

Exploring polity in the context of the General Assembly will provide participants a broad understanding of the structure, governance, and mission of the PC(USA) and a vibrant picture of the church at work on the important issues that shape life and faith. In addition, access to the exhibit hall will provide lively interaction with resource materials produced by the denomination and the people who actively engage the denomination in ministry and mission. Through participation in worship, observation of committee discernment, plenary debate, decision-making, and interaction with denominational leadership course participants will be immersed in the work of this council that brings the diverse church together as one representation of the body of Christ.

The course begins at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 18, and concludes at noon on Wednesday, June 22. The instructor is Joyce MacKichan Walker. Advance registration is required—select the Educator Certification Course component as you register; the $320 fee includes the course fee and the GA registration fee.

For more information, contact Debbie Hough, chocdce@nullderrypres.org