Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises, classroom dialogue, and theological reflection, participants will explore values-based leadership for organizational change as well as tools for effective team-building, marketing, and focusing on constituents. Offered in conjunction with Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management. This course is offered for academic credit only.
The Structures of Community: Cities, Neighborhoods and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders CC461/661
How do order, community, sustainability, and livability in the built environments we inhabit affect us as we lead communities of faith? We will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places, and assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission. The course involves several local field trips.
This course helps participants to develop leadership skills in relationship building and community change through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. Attention is paid to biblical groundings and practical approaches to congregational renewal.
The 21st century cultural context brings major challenges to the primary form of religious association in American life, the congregation. This course explores inherited assumptions, structures, and patterns of Christian congregational life in light of today’s new apostolic environment. Biblical and theological perspectives on missional ecclesiology offer a framework for renewing congregational identity and practice. Students critically engage insights from organizational, leadership, and innovation theory with an eye toward leading local churches deeper into participation in the triune God’s mission.
This class offers an orientation to a variety of spiritual practices, with attention to principles that guide their use for personal formation and cultivation of communities. Participation involves experiential learning.
Seminarians learn a great deal about the history and content of the Bible but post-seminary can find it difficult to translate their learning into knowledge parishioners can use and share easily with others. This course will present six strategies for teaching the canonical story efficiently and impactfully in ways that lead to personal and communal transformation. Participants will both learn the content of the Bible afresh and how to teach it to others using the same methods.
This course is a further exploration of the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church. The course will cover contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology and practice. It includes a practicum through which students learn how to conduct worship in the Episcopal Church.
In this course students learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse, contemporary practice. The focus will be on engaging primary texts in their historical context, as well as making sense of such texts for today’s church. We will also examine Anglican thinking about the good life, especially in its connection with worship, the sacraments, and its outworking in everyday life.
This course provides an opportunity for those in field placements to reflect on lessons learned. Topics include everything from the basics of running a vestry meeting, planning a funeral, and reading a spreadsheet to the broader issues of leading and managing adaptive change, and how the Church might function in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.
This is a travel course.
Since 1990, the Diocese of London in the Church of England has grown by 50% in terms of average weekly attendance. Since 2000, giving has increased by 50%. This has come about through a combination of dynamic local parish programs, strategic planning for planting and renewing churches, and an inspiring vision set forth by the diocese. All of this has taken place in the midst of one of the most diverse, vibrant, cosmopolitan, multi-faith, and secularized urban centers in the world. How has this come about? And what may be learned from London’s methods for our own context? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the many facets of the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London through learning best practices from seasoned practitioners.