Seminary Without Walls: Three Concurrent Tracks
Preparing for mission in communities and congregations can't get completed by learning great ideas alone. Ideas and theories give a foundation to practices. Practices though, need to align to what the Spirit of God is up to. Bringing together academic understanding, practical skills, and a discerning spirituality are the three tracks that help to build missional capacity for those in ministry, as well as those whom they serve.
Classes in the Academic track are offered four class sessions each year. Classes take place in the fall, winter, spring, with a summer reading group. Classes may be offered as onground classes, hybrid online, and/or weekend retreat or seminar formats.
- Hebrew Bible
- New Testament
- Topical studies (Christology, Ecclesiology, Missiology, Pneumatology, etc.)
- Christian history
- Topical studies
- Survey of church history from 1st century to present
- Historic individuals and biographies
- Missional theological studies
- The reign and realm of God in culture
- Missional practices and leadership
Practical skills development classes are offered as short courses of 2-4 weeks and/or as weekend seminars. Some skill development classes require a congregation in which to practice the skills being developed. We can help you work in cooperation with your congregation.
- Lead in ordinances and sacraments
- Pastoral care
- Worship leading and design
- Polity and congregational administration
- Conflict transformation
- Community awareness and missional leadership
- Christian discipleship and education
Spirituality is practice leading toward transformation into Christ-likeness. Several Christian traditions provide time honored practices and disciplines to experience and incorporate. A variety of short retreats and spiritual direction is available for students.
- Individual devotional practices
- Liturgical season mini-retreats
- Developing discernment practices for groups and congregations
- Receiving spiritual direction and mentoring through duration of program