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God and Mammon consists of three modules that can be taken sequentially or independently. In the first module we will examine the various ways that Christians understand their relationship to money and other resources as well as how we care for and manage those resources. In the second module we will explore how money and resources function in our own lives. Portions of this module deal with concerns specific to ordained persons. In the third module we will examine the nuts and bolts of parish financial administration from how to read a balance sheet to differentiating long term investments from endowments. 

There is a pre-course reading assignment that must be completed before the Retreat scheduled on September 7th & 8th

Blodgett, Barbara J., Matther Floding, ed.s, Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Case Studies in Ministry, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015.

There is a pre-course reading assignment that must be completed before the synchronous class scheduled on September 12th. Please refer to the course syllabus for more information.

Field Education 2 is the seminar portion of the field education program for students who have earned approximately 25-27 academic credit hours and have been assigned field site placements. The semester course integrates the practical, personal experience of ministry in the mission field with theoretical methodology introduced in the classroom. Field sites will provide students an opportunity to explore ministry under the supervision of experienced, ordained leaders.  


Course Title: ML 691 - Research Methods (1 credit)

Course Modality:  Intensive

Term Offered: January 2020

Meeting Dates/Times/Place: Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference Room, 1407 E. 60th Street, Second Floor, Chicago, IL

Instructor: Emlyn Ott

Contact Information:

Office Hours:  Available by phone, video conference or e-mail prior to the course; appointments can be made during the intensive portion of the course at mutually convenient times.

Course Description

This brief, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in developing the research and writing skills they will use in their ministry projects and thesis writing. Doctoral-level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods that include: how to develop research questions; appropriate research methodologies; ethical criteria for working with human subjects; and what constitutes and is unique about a Doctor of Ministry project design and written project.

Bexley Seabury Seminary

ML 561/661

Course title:  Organizational Systems (3 credits)

 Meeting Times:  January 6-10, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 Location:  1407 E. 60th Street, Second Floor, Chicago, IL

Instructor:                 Emlyn A.  Ott

Contact Information:  614-314-7017 (

Office hours: Available by phone, video conference or e-mail prior to the course; appointments can be made during the intensive at mutually convenient times.

 Course description:

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, Jenny Brown, R. Robert Creech, Victoria Harrison, Israel Galindo, and Peter Steinke (often referred to as the Bowen-Friedman axis) as well as newer partner in the thinking, Tod Bolsinger.  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.


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

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 cell: 773-315-9028

 Office Hours on Request

 Course description

 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.

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.

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.

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The Bexley Seabury Hospitality Center is designed to give those who are taking courses with us, but are not enrolled in any Bexley Seabury programs, an overview of information that will be relevant and helpful to them as they complete their courses. We encourage all enrolled students to review this information as it seems relevant to their situation. Those who are taking courses that meet on campus are especially encouraged to access the Center.

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