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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses 2013-2014

When registration information is available for a class, it will be available on this page. If you have questions about registration for a course, please contact Patti Rodrigues, New York School of Ministry Registrar, or 315-446-3073 x15.

Our face to face courses meet at The Amistad Center, 5575 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214. Students can participate in our webconferenced courses from their home computers. 

Fall 2014

20-Hour Courses



Webconferenced Courses:

No face to face meetings required

Students are expected to have webcams

(which can be purchased for less than $30 at stores like Target)


Introduction to Christian Ethics

Most people think their faith should have some impact on how they behave. Ethics is the study of the way people think about moral behavior: What rules should we follow? What kind of people should we be? Join us for a consideration of the way Christians think about these things.


Instructor: Rev. Steve Johnson, Ph.D.

Saturdays: Sept 6, 20, 27, Nov 1, Dec 6 (9am-1 pm)

To view syllabus, click here

Registration Deadline: August 21

To Register, click here


New Testament I

We will seek to gain an understanding of the narrative material of the New Testament by answering the following questions:  What do “scripture” and “canon” mean? What was the historical context in which each gospel was written? What do we know about the historical context of Jesus’ ministry? How do the four gospels inform our Christian understanding of Jesus?


Instructor: Rev. Mark Lawson, Ph.D.

Saturdays: Oct 25, Nov 15 & 22, Dec 13, Jan 10 (9:30am-2pm - with 1/2 hour break for lunch)

To view syllabus, click here

Registration Deadline: October 9

To Register, click here



Face to Face Course:


At the NY Conference Office: 5575 Thompson Rd., DeWitt NY 13214


Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership


  This course uses Bowenian Family Systems theory to view the functional emotional process of congregational systems and to lay the foundation for non-anxious leadership and pastoral care.


Instructor: Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min.

Saturdays: Sept 13, Oct 4, and Oct 18 (9am-5pm)

To view syllabus, click here

Registration Deadline: August 28




Cost per 20-hour course:

NY Conference Students: $250;  Audit: $175; Repeat Course Audit: $100


For Webconferenced Courses, Students outside the New York Conference are welcome:

Students outside the New York Conference: $275; Audit: $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee)

Distance Learning Support fee:  $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester (2 courses)

Distance Learning requires technological support. The NY Conference provides that support for its students;

we ask other UCC Conferences and participating denominations to provide that support for their students.


Questions: Contact Marjorie Purnine at or 315-446-3073x16

5575 Thompson Rd. • DeWitt, NY 13214 • 315-446-3073 • Fax: 315-446-3076 •