- Teacher: Roger Ferlo
We live in a rapidly changing world in which the concept of what we think of as “traditional” church is being challenged. As membership numbers decline and fewer young people engage in mainline denominations, we must develop leadership capabilities that both support our traditions AND welcome new ideas and practices into our worship and mission.
This course will focus on helping lay and clergy leaders to develop the skills they need to faithfully lead congregations in the midst of rapid change and uncertainty—and even help them thrive. Students will be introduced to concepts and tools that will help them identify the capacities of congregations, neighbors, and partner organizations as they move out into their communities.
Through lecture, case studies, contextual analysis, and classroom interactions students will explore Asset Based Community Development, Resilience Theory, Appreciative Inquiry, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Social/Micro-Enterprise as tools for congregational vitality. Each student’s present ministry context will form the basis of exploration and application of theoretical material.
This course will provide an experience of relating integrated forms of general and systems thinking and organizational theory to leadership development that relates to organizational life, with particular attention to faith communities and non-profits.
The two significant lenses used during this course will be adaptive leadership and Bowen family systems theory. Students in the class will be challenged to look anew at Bowen family systems theory (or Bowen theory) and develop an increased capacity to analyze the various applications to organizational life offered by Edwin Friedman, Ron Richardson, Israel Galindo, Larry Matthews and Peter Steinke (often referred to as the Bowen-Friedman axis.) Adaptive leadership principles will be included as a means to look at how leaders and organizations manage the emotional processes of change and loss and maintain the intentions of the organization and its mission.
- Teacher: Emlyn Ott
Anglican Formation provides students with the opportunity to cultivate three fundamental spiritual tools common to the Anglican Tradition; first, intentional participation in community; second, theological self-reflection; and third, fluent conversation between scripture and daily life experience. The course is designed to support and stretch students throughout their seminary experience to develop effective strategies for forming personal, spiritual and relational support in ministry. Note: This is a one-credit course for which MDiv students must register every Fall and Spring semester to total the six-hour credits required for the degree.
Required In-Person Gatherings:
Retreat: February 2 - 3 (Noon to Noon) - In Person
Our Retreat at The Cenacle, Chicago, is the beginning of the Spring Anglican Formation course. It begins promptly at Noon on February 2 and will conclude promptly at Noon on February 3. We will be staying overnight at the Cenacle Retreat Center. Your reservation will be made by the seminary when you register for the course.
The Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center
513 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL
Student cost (accommodations and meals): $125
Please send payment to: Bexley Seabury Seminary (Attn.: Lynn Bowers)
Synchronous Classes: 7pm to 8:30pm (CDT) on the following Mondays:
Please adjust your employment and personal calendars accordingly.
The link for the class will be posted on the Anglican Formation-Spring 2019 Moodle site under the date of the class..
The Field Education curriculum consists of five academic terms, generally as follows:
ML 320 Field Education Preparation, Spring Term - 0 cr
ML 321/2 Field Education, Fall Term & Spring Term - 2 cr ea.
ML 323/324 Field Education Internship, Fall Term & Spring Term - 1 cr ea.
Assignment for students enrolled in ML320 Field Education Preparation:
During the Spring term, make Sunday worship visits to congregations near your location.
Speak to your bishop, other clergy members.
Do you think you might be called to non-parochial ministry?
Are you called to be a church leader who is not ordained?
'Field sites' may also be social service agencies and not-for-profit organizations ministering with God's people.
Contact KJ or Eileen with any questions.
This assignment requires signed Learning Agreements, Learning Objectives and Goals to be submitted before May 17, 2019
The third vow of the Baptismal Covenant invites Christians to “Proclaim God’s Good News Through Word
And Example.” This invitation asks Christians – individually and collectively - to connect the story of God’s
action in human history with our own stories through a three-fold practice of Story-Keeping (collecting and
maintaining the wisdom of a community), Story-Sharing (listening to another’s experience and offering our
own) and Story-Making (adding to the communal story by putting faith/beliefs into action). The challenge
for today’s Christian leaders and ministers is that a significant portion of the U. S. population – baptized as
well as unbaptized - does not know the Christian Story. Course members will learn to read context/s
(generational, cultural, ecclesial), to assess individual and communal needs, and to develop skills in the use
of appropriate story-sharing methods and media for evangelization and faith formation.
“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in one in whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?”
NRSV Romans 10:14
- Teacher: Julie Lytle
This course is a wholistic introduction to caring ministries focusing on the ultimate meanings and concerns of human beings. “Pastoral Theology” focuses on the spiritual/theological needs of persons as well as on psychodynamic concerns. The appropriate balance of listening and speaking when providing care are central to the course. Students will be introduced to a variety of contexts for care, e.g.: within specialized ministry settings; around various addictions; family, individual or community crisis; mental and emotional illness; death and dying, mental emotional illness, and referral.
- Teacher: Emlyn Ott
ML 561/661: Reimagining Congregations and Mission
June 4-8, 2018
Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, Instructor
Contact information firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 773-315-9028
Office Hours on Request
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 congregational identity and practice. Students engage insights from organizational, leadership and innovation theory as well as bring insights from their own contextual experiences.
Christianity, at its roots is dynamic, relational, and incarnational. Once upon a time, people walked to the ends of the earth preaching, teaching and embodying the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because their lives had been completely changed by their encounters with Jesus and Jesus’ followers. Early Christianity, as it told of and incarnated the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth was a movement, a tsunami, upending and rearranging religious, social, economic and governmental structures.
How do our faith communities embody these attributes today? How have we strayed from our origins? How do we as lay and ordained Christian practitioners, lead communities of faith that embody the promise of God’s Kingdom as it was made known to us in Jesus? How might we re-imagine our congregations and our ministerial structures so that we might return to the missional origins of the Gospel?
I am not interested in saving the church as it is, rather I long to change our church so that it may embody the love of God as it was made known to us in Christ Jesus. This will be the focus of this course and these will be the goals with which we will wrestle. I look forward to our conversations and our ability to learn from one another.
This course uses a hybrid format: teaching and learning take place both online and in the classroom. The course uses the Moodle online learning platform for communication, conversation, readings, assignments, and reflections.
The course will meet at Bexley Seabury Seminary at 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on June 4-8, 2018. Prior to the classroom week, students are asked to complete reading assigments and prepare a 15- minute presentation, lavishly illustrated with visuals, to be given the first days of class that introduces his or her own congregational context. Through lecture, interactive exercises, video, and classroom dialogue, participants will actively engage the course topics.
Issues of global contexts and diversity will be incorporated into the theological and practical reflection sessions and in the student final paper. Classroom presentations will prompt discussion and reflection around such concerns as community inequality, difference and ethnic/racial diversity.
Differing learning styles will be honored through use of both individual and interactive learning activities, written and oral contributions, and varied presentation strategies.
- Teacher: Bonnie Perry
A community forum
A travel course on contemporary mission and ministry through the lens of growing, vibrant churches in London, UK. A travel course. 3 Credit Hours.
- Teacher: Jason Fout
A travel course on contemporary mission and ministry through the lens of growing, vibrant churches in London, UK. A travel course. Class meets in London 20-26 May 2017. 3 Credit Hours.
CC 461/661: The Structures of Community: Cities,
Neighborhoods, and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders
What’s a good place? A good neighborhood? A well-designed city? What does the church have to do with it all? How can we live well in whatever place we find ourselves? How do order, community, sustainability, and livability in the built environments we inhabit affect us as we lead communities of faith? These are some of the questions we’ll look at in this class. You’ll 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 and field work.
- Teacher: Jason Fout
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