In cooperation with Evangelical Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning, Institute for Church Leadership offers a series of courses in Bible, theology, prayer, 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.
For more information, please contact Ken Nafziger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes for Fall of 2016
Pastoral Leadership & Pastoral Care and Counseling
September 6 – October 18, 2016 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jason Dickinson, M.Div
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.
After receiving his MDiv from Evangelical Seminary in 2011, Jason Dickinson served as Pastor for Discipleship Ministries at Fleetwood Bible Church, Fleetwood PA. Most recently, Jason answered God’s call to live as a “vocational missionary” in the automotive field while preparing for his next leadership role. Jason and his wife Christine reside in Oley, PA, and are the parents of six children.
Online course registration deadline is August 30, 2016. On Campus course registration deadline September 1, 2016.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
November 1– December 13, 2016 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: John Wallace, M.Div, MAMFT
This course provides an overview of the general counseling aspects of pastoral ministry. Special attention will be given to the integration of theological and psychological dimensions of care, the role of self-understanding of the caregiver, the unique setting of the congregational context and the dynamics of family systems upon a counseling ministry.
John Wallace is pastor of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville PA. He earned his MDiv and MAMFT from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. John’s special concern is premarital and marital counseling and therapy. He and his wife Karen live in Pottsville and have three adult daughters.
Online course registration deadline is October 25 2016. On Campus course registration deadline October 27, 2016.