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 Spring 2019

*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

January 29 – March 12   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Lucas Ndaro, MDiv, ThM, MAR

This course will focus on the theory and practice of the Great Commission. The course will analyze the Trinitarian nature of the Great Commission, the akin nature of the Great Commission and the Cultural Mandate, the incarnational significance of the Great Commission, the Church’s tasks and methods of evangelism, the pastoral tasks and methods of nurturing discipleship, and the cultural and social challenges encountered in the process of accomplishing the Great Commission.

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

March 26 – May 7   6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jeff Byerly, MDiv

In this course the student learns the many components that make up healthy congregational life. Because congregations are collectively unique from other organizations, it can be difficult to navigate the many-faceted system of congregational life in effective ways. From managing conflicts among volunteer workers to the decision-making processes of councils and boards, we are confronted with dynamics which are unique to the church. Healthy practices and solutions are essential for helping a congregation influence its internal and external environments. When a pastor can help his congregation to assess its own health or illness, changes can be made that will promote healthier interaction and life within the culture of the congregational setting.


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.

Jeff Byerly is the pastor of Bethesda EC Church in Southern Schuylkill County.  He received his MDiv from Evangelical Seminary in 2000 and is trained as a church health facilitator.  He currently oversees the credentialing process for ministerial personnel for the EC denomination and has served on their Church Health Commission in the past.  Jeff and his wife Tasha have two children.  They reside near the church in Schuylkill Haven, PA



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