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 2018

Theology I – Knowing God
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

September 4 – October 16   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Lucas Ndaro, MDiv, ThM, MAR

This course introduces students to the study of knowing God. It covers such key concepts as God’s natural and special self-disclosure, person and character, and the nature and work of Jesus Christ. It also introduce students to theological method to think, write and express their faith effectively and theologically.

Theology II – Seeing God at Work
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

October 30 – December 11   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Melvin Sensenig, MDiv, PhD

Using the basic structure of the Apostles Creed, students will learn to think and minister from a theological framework founded on a Christ-centered view of the scriptures. Topics include, but are not limited to, the inspiration and authority of scripture, the Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the church, the sacraments/ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Table, creation and Providence, and other topics that arise.  Emphasis will be placed on why and how these things matter in evangelism, personal discipleship and the daily life and work of the 21st century Church.


Lucas Ndaro currently serves as the Director of Adult Discipleship at Cornwall United Methodist Church. Prior to this assignment he served at Nassa Theological College and the Family Life Counseling Center in

Mwanza, Tanzania. He received his MDiv and MAR from Evangelical Seminary, and his ThM from Westminster Seminary. Lucas and his wife, Limi, live in Cornwall, PA, and they have four children.

Melvin Sensenig has 18 years of urban church planting experience in Providence, RI, and Reading, PA. Mel uses this experience to train urban pastors and leaders in Reading. Through Theologian-in-Residence for Urban Ministry (TIR), Melvin serves within and beyond his denomination, race, and class by providing Spirit-filled training in Christ-centered Biblical preaching and the beauties of grace-infused theology. He works regularly with the Hispanic Pastors Association in Reading.  Melvin received his PhD from Temple and his MDiv from Yale Divinity School.  He is currently teaching as an adjunct professor in the religious studies departments at Albright College and St. Joseph’s University.  He is married to Cindy and they have 4 wonderful children.



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