In cooperation with Evangelical Seminary’s School of Lifelong Learning, Institute for Church Leadership offers a series of courses in Bible, theology, spiritual disciplines, evangelism, church history, missions, counseling and more. Anyone can benefit from these opportunities for spiritual enrichment and leadership development. Evangelical is pleased to offer these classes as a resource for building the Kingdom of God.

These non-credit courses are open to all, without any educational prerequisites. They are not seminary level courses and do not earn credit from Evangelical Seminary. The courses comprise the required training for those seeking the Local Elder’s License or Lay Preacher’s Certification in the Evangelical Congregational Church, and may be applicable to pastoral credentials for other denominations as well.

New students: If you wish to enroll, please apply online or contact Ken Nafziger at

Returning students: If you have already taken a course with us, please click here to register for classes through your Populi account.

For more information, please contact Ken Nafziger at

For the printable PDF version of our brochure, click here.

The cost per course, either on campus or online, is $230 for the 2019-20 school year.

Classes for Spring 2020

SLL 112 History of Evangelicalism
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

February 4 – March 17,   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Joel Kime, MDiv

This course is designed to teach students the historical and theological developments of the Evangelical movement from its origins in the Protestant Reformation through the development of Pietism, Puritanism, 18th and 19th century revivalism, Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, Neo-Evangelicalism, to the state of the movement in the 21st century.   The course will cover the different ideas in the movement pertaining to salvation, worship, church government, eschatology and social issues.

SLL 111 Spiritual Disciplines
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

March 31 – May 12, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Doreen Miller, MD, MAR in Spiritual Formation

From the moment we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit begins to transform us into the likeness of Christ. God renews and re-creates each of us both uniquely/personally and corporately/together. Though God does the work, we must actively cooperate, saying “Yes” to this transformation. Christian spiritual disciplines keep our hearts and minds willing and ready for continued transformation, much like fertile, tilled soil responding to the farmer. In this course, we will explore together Christian spiritual practices both familiar and unfamiliar, both new and ancient. We will learn from each other as we practice various spiritual disciplines and in the process come to know God more in surprising and powerful ways.


Joel Kime:   I graduated from Lancaster Bible College (Bachelor) and Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv), where I am currently a ThD student. After college my family and I served one year as church-planting missionaries in Kingston, Jamaica. I have served Faith Church since October 2002, first as youth/associate pastor, and then senior pastor since July 2008. My wife, Michelle, and I are the parents of three sons, one daughter, and one daughter-in-law. If you catch me in a free moment, I’ll probably be watching my kids play soccer, reading a book, listening to U2 or REM, running with my dog, enjoying a movie with Michelle or rooting for the Phillies or Redskins (neither of which has been exciting lately)! More likely you’ll find Michelle and I talking about God’s heart for the oppressed and how we Americans can live the Gospel. In the last 17 years we are so excited about how Faith Church is becoming a church that beats after God’s heart, removing the chains of injustice, freeing the captives, preaching the good news, feeding the poor, discipling the believers, praying for the world.

Doreen Miller is a retired medical doctor; returned missionary; wife of one, mother of four, grandmother of eight; and a trained spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors. After completing her MAR in Spiritual Formation at Evangelical Seminary, she was licensed as Congregational Spiritual Director at Gingrichs Mennonite Church in Lebanon County. Currently, Doreen is adjunct faculty, teaching spiritual direction and spiritual formation classes at Evangelical. Her passion is knowing and following Jesus Christ and helping others to receive the generous gifts God wants to give them.



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