CONTINUING EDUCATION & COHORTS
LIVING THE QUESTIONS: CALL TO COVENANT
Join Rev. David Felten, co-creator of Living the Questions, for Module 3 of Living the Questions 2.0: Call to Covenant. Pastor David will be joined by Minnesota-based author, activist, and Zoom-wrangler Elizabeth Bayer.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity for inspiring input, great conversation, and a liberating view of Christianity.
$59/7 sessions, downloads, and materials
Learn more, view a trailer, and register here.
Thursdays, March 23-May 4, 2023; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT
DISMANTLING THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY LEARNING CIRCLE
SURJ-Faith Twin Cities offers this learning circle on Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. Though hundreds of years old, the Doctrine of Discovery continues to shape our culture, laws, and religion today. It has been cited in court cases even in the 21st venture; it leads governments and corporations to extract resources from the earth with nor regard to the rights or wellbeing of Indigenous peoples; it is the foundation of white supremacy, ascribing moral goodness and rightness to those of Western European descent and culture. The Doctrine of Discovery, though rarely named, continues to rot the roots of our society.
We encourage participants who are interested in bringing the work of transformative repair back to their communities to apply.
Opening retreat: Saturday, April 15, 2023; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (special guest, Sarah Augustine)
Five weekly online sessions: Wednesdays, April 19-May 17; 6:30-8:00 PM
Closing retreat: Saturday, May 20, 2023; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Learn more and apply here.
Questions: Send an email to email@example.com
Applications due April 2, 2023.
GOING DEEPER: CLERGY SPIRITUAL LIFE & LEADERSHIP
Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life & Leadership Program addresses the challenges of a life that ideally is centered in God and committed to spiritual practice but is all too quickly overtaken by stress, isolation, burnout and time management issues.
Going Deeper provides an opportunity for clergy of all denominations to focus intentionally on the inner work that can foster a transformation of heart and embody a Spirit-led practice of ministry.
Sign up for a free info session to discern with the Program Director as to the rightness of this program for you, here.
Learn more here.
August 2023-September 2024
YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL SUMMER STUDY
This renowned program of study returns online. Classes meet daily, are small to allow for maximum engagement, and feature YDS faculty teaching topics in the Bible, theology, or religion. This year’s schedule includes courses on topics of Faith and Reason, Bible through Art and Artifact, Music History, Jonathan Edwards Sermons, the Ethics of Love, the Book of Exodus, Letters to the Romans, and the Red (and Blue) Letter Bible.
Summer Study includes a keynote lecture with YDS Professor Dr. Donyelle McCray on Pauli Murray’s spirituality and preaching.
Participants receive a YDS Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week.
Learn more and register here.
June 5-9, 2023; online
CENTER FOR YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING GRADUATE RESIDENCY IN YOUTH MINISTRY
The Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry is designed to wholly equip today’s professional youth minister. During the 3-year program, residents receive practical training and coaching from CYMT and a theological education at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where they earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) degree. Residents strengthen their education through work experience as a youth minister and expand their horizons on the practical implementation of ministry through community-based learning and one-on-one coaching.
Learn more and apply here.
2023-2024 courses begin in September.
FAITH+LEAD SCHOOL FOR LAY MINISTRY
The life of a lay leader is complicated, and much of what they/you do has been learned on the job.
Faith+Lead’s (Luther Seminary) 12-month course will break down the topics that matter most – from understanding sermon structure and older adult ministry to digital culture and church history. These will be powerful and immersive learning opportunities lay leaders will not want to miss.
13 lessons/42 contact hours
Learn more and register here.
Begins April 22, 2023
THE SOUL OF TRANSFORMATION: EXPLORING VOCATIONS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
This podcast and resource is for future leaders who not only see and name the realities of injustice in the world but can imagine new and better solutions. This is for change agents, people who want to work toward achieving authentic racial justice, mitigating the dire impacts of climate change, facing the challenges of immigrants and refugees, and ensuring equality for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
This project is open to anyone, but is designed for undergraduates engaged with social justice and change.
Listen to the podcast, download the reflection handbook and learn more here.
ECO-JUSTICE CONCENTRATION AT UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
How can faith leaders and theological academics address the pressing issues facing our planet? As looming ecological crises threaten the earth and the ability for future generations to thrive, United is answering the call to care for creation with a new concentration in Eco-Justice.
*AUDIT A COURSE
Members of the community are invited to audit courses at United Theological Seminary. Consider auditing:
- Preaching and Your Public Voice
- Social Analysis and Community Engagement
- Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
- Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
- History of Arts and Theology
- Religious and Theological Interpretation
View the Classroom Schedule and Course Syllabi for Spring 2022 here.
Learn more about auditing a course at United here.
We’re excited to share professional development through our partner, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and other excellent teachers and institutions.
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The Ministry Lab
Cultivating vibrant church leaders and congregations by pooling the wisdom and resources of the Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, The Synod of Lakes and Prairies (PCUSA), and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Rev. Emily Meyer
Executive Director, The Ministry Lab
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The Ministry Lab open hours are temporarily suspended. Contact Emily Meyer for consultations, to access resources, or to register for workshops.