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 2018-19 school year.

Classes for Fall 2019

Pastoral Care and Counseling
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

September 3 – October 15   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: John Wallace, MDiv, MAMFT

This course provides an overview of the general counseling aspects of pastoral ministry. Special attention will be given to the integration of theological and psychological dimensions of care, the role of self-understanding of the caregiver, the unique setting of the congregational context and the dynamics of family systems upon a counseling ministry.

Pastoral Leadership
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

October 29 – December 10   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jim Price, MDiv, DMin

This course will equip pastors with the tools needed to face the unique leadership challenges found within ministry. Attention will be given to both the character and skills necessary to shepherd God’s people well, leading to a purposeful, effective, and fulfilling pastoral ministry.


John Wallace is pastor of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville PA. He earned his MDiv and MAMFT from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. John’s special concern is premarital and marital counseling and therapy. John and his wife Karen live in Pottsville and have three adult daughters.

Jim Price has 42 years of local church leadership experience in churches of various sizes and ministry in a variety of settings.  He earned his MDiv from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jim presently serves the Evangelical Congregational church as the District Field Director for the Schuylkill District, as a Stationing Elder, and as a member of the Church Health Community.



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