The Structures of Community: Cities, Neighborhoods and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders

June 2017

How do order, community, sustainability, and livability in the built environments we inhabit affect us as we lead communities of faith? Participants will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places, and will assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission. The course involves several local field trips.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number: CC461/661

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Non-Profit Management and Leadership

June 2017

This course is available for academic credit only.

Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program. Topics include: leadership; leading and following; leveraging generational differences in your organization; stewarding resources; difficult conversations; branding. Participants will take away practical tools to implement in their ministry contexts. Offered in conjunction with the three-day Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School. Meets in downtown Chicago.

Dates: June 19-23, 2017
Instructors: Northwestern University Kellogg School Faculty, The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding
Course number: ML580/680

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Congregations in the 21st Century

June 2017

This course explores inherited assumptions and patterns of Christian congregational life in light of new apostolic environments. Perspectives on missional ecclesiology offer a framework for renewing congrergational identity and practice. Students engage insights from organizational, leadership and innovation theory.

Dates: June 5-9, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile
Course number: ML561/661

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Community Based Wellness Ministries: Reimagining Pastoral Care with Congregations and Their Surrounding Communities

June 2017

This course provides a psycho/social/theological framework for understanding healing, health, wellness and wholeness and will offer ways a local congregation can offer a community based wellness ministry that serves both the congregation and the surrounding community. Ministries of support and healing are essential to the life of a local congregation. How does the church support individuals, couples, and families who are not ill, but desire to cultivate wholeness and wellness? Community based wellness ministries are a way for congregations to nurture wholeness and wellness, providing a strength-based, proactive approach to enhancing spiritual, relational, emotional, vocational, and physical wellness within and through connecting with the surrounding neighborhood of a local congregation.

MDiv students who wish to take this course (ML 571) must first obtain the instructor’s permission. Total enrollment is capped at 15 students but if the cap is reached, the instructor will entertain requests for a limited number of additional students.

Dates: June 5-9, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner
Course number: ML 571/671
Location: The Nicholas Center, St. James Commons, 63 E. Huron, Chicago, IL

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