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 apply online.

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 Joel Kime at

The cost per course, either on campus or online, is $230 for the 2021-22 school year.

ICL Classes for Fall 2021

Theology 1
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

September 7 October 19   6:30-9:15 p.m.

Instructor: Rev. Kirk R. Marks, MDiv 

The purpose of this course is to equip students to understand God’s nature, character and working as he has revealed himself.  Students will be introduced to the world of theological study, its history, and its applicability to ministry work in today’s world.  Students will also be introduced to the basic tools for thinking theologically and contextually.  Discussion topics will include the various ways God has revealed himself to humanity and how to understand them: the trinity, creation, and God’s rule over the world. 

Evangelism & Discipleship
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

November 2 – December 14   6:30-9:15 p.m.

Instructor: Lucas Ndaro, MDiv, MAR, ThM

This course focuses on the theology and practices of evangelism and discipleship. The first three weeks analyze the problems of sin and naturalness, the solution of God to both, the expected human response to God’s solution, and the glorification of the new creation. The next two weeks focus on the methods and practices of the Great Commission, the Cultural Mandate, and social challenges to evangelism; and the last two weeks focus on the meaning, methods and practices of discipleship.


Kirk Marks has been a pastor and denominational leader in the Evangelical Congregational Church for thirty years.  He is currently the chair of the Faith and Doctrine Committee for the EC Church, and he works in and teaches denominational theology for the EC Church’s Ministerial Development Community. He is the pastor of Bethany EC Church in Leesport, PA and lives in Schoeneck, PA with his wife, Deborah, and two daughters.   

Lucas Ndaro currently works as a Behavior Heath Technician for the Chester County Regional Education Services (CCRES). Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Adult Ministries at Cornwall United Methodist Church. Before immigrating to America, he served at Nassa Theological College and at the Family Life Counseling Centers in Tanzania. He received his M.Div and MAR from Evangelical Seminary, and his ThM from Westminster Seminary. He is currently a PhD student at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His research focuses on Human Dignity: A Socialist Conception of God’s Image in Ujamaa Philosophy. Lucas and his wife, Limi, live in Cornwall, PA, and they have four children.

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