In cooperation with Evangelical Seminary’s School of Lifelong Learning, the 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 subscribe to the $50/month plan on this page. If you don’t have a Pathwright account, you will be promoted to create one. Pathwright is the learning management system where your learning material and course interactions will be based. The cost of the program will be $50/month for as long as you are enrolled.

For more information, please contact Joel Kime at

ICL Classes for Fall 2022

Introduction to Ministry
September 6 October 18   Tuesdays, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

Instructor: Rev. Kirk Marks

Course Description: This course will set the stage for what students need to know/be/be able to do/see to be effective in pastoral ministry in 21st century America. During the course students will explore the history and theology of calling, pastoral care, and the pastoral office; learn about some tools and strategies to evaluate ministry gifting; learn how to design worship services throughout the Christian year; plan sermon series; learn basic principles for pastoral care and counseling; and more.

Pastoral Leadership
November 1 – December 13   Tuesdays, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

Instructor: Rev. James Price

Course Description: 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. 


James Price Rev. Dr. Jim Price is a Superannuated Itinerant Elder in the Evangelical Congregational Church, having served 42 years full-time pastoral ministry and 5 years as a District Field Director. Rev. Price received his Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jim, and his wife Kathy, currently live in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and are the parents of four adult children and the grandparents of thirteen grandchildren.

Kirk Marks Rev. Kirk Marks is an Itinerant Elder in the Evangelical Congregational Church, having served 30+ years in full-time pastoral ministry.  Rev. Marks served both as EC National Conference Secretary and Director of the EC Pastoral Assessment Center for 20+ years. He currently serves as the chairperson of the EC Faith & Doctrine Committee.  Rev. Marks received his Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Kirk and his wife, Debbie, live in Lancaster County, PA, and are the parents of two adult children.

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