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 Spring 2022

Theology 2
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

Tuesdays, February 1 – March 15, 6:30-9:15 p.m. Instructor: Rev. Kirk R. Marks, MDiv

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to equip students to understand God’s working through His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the church. Students will have the opportunity to use and develop the basic tools for thinking theologically and contextually. Discussion topics will include the person and work of Christ, the nature of the gospel, sin and salvation, apostasy, heaven and hell, missionality and the church, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.

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

Tuesdays, March 29 – May 10, 6:30-9:15 p.m. Instructor: Rev. Jeff Byerly, MDiv, ThD

Course Description: 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.


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 with his wife, Deborah, has two daughters.

Jeff Byerly has been a pastor and denominational leader in the Evangelical Congregational Church for thirty years. He currently serves the EC Church as the Ministerial Development Associate, overseeing the credentialing process for each pastor from beginning to end. He has been pastor of Bethesda EC Church of Schuylkill Valley, PA, since 2000. He is married to Tasha and has two daughters and a son-in-law.

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