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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 blended courses combine face-to-face meetings, at The Amistad Center, 5575 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214, with webconferencing for those at a distance from Syracuse. Fees: for each course, grade: $225; audit: $150 (if you choose to audit any of our courses for contunuing educaton after having taken that same NYSOM course for credit, the fee is $100)

Spring 2014

Registration is now open. Click here to register for spring NYSOM courses. 

American Church History, Rev. Steven Johnson, PhD., Instructor- This course will be offered entirely by webconferencing, with no face-to-face meetings.  This course offers an overview of the development of Christian churches in the United States with an emphasis on ideas and events that have shaped the denominations of the students.  Click here for the syllabus.

Saturdays: February 8, 22, March 1, 8, and 29; 9am-1pm. 

*Note change in dates- there is no class on March 22 and there will be class on February 22


UCC History and Polity, Rev. Marian Shearer, Associate Conferene Minister for Clergy and Authorized Ministry Concerns, InstructorBlended.  This course surveys the historical and current documents that illuminate the breadth of theology that informs the United Church of Christ. It provides an overview of the history of the UCC since 1957 and examines the covenantal structure of the church, the responsibilities and accountability of authorized ministers, worship, and vocation in the UCC.  Click here for the syllabus.


Webconferenced Sessions: March 15 and 22 (1:30pm-4:30pm), June 7(1:30pm-4:30pm)

Face-to-Face Sessions: May 10 and 17 (9:30am-3:30pm)


Introduction to Christian Theology, Rev. Steven Johnson, PhD., Instructor- Blended This course introduces students to the primary themes of Christian Theology. Students write papers or sermons that address the topics of Christology, the Doctrine of the Trinity, and the Purpose of the Church.  Click here for the syllabus.

Saturday, April 12 (10am-3:30): Face-to-Face

Wednesdays April 23 and 30 (6:30pm-8:45pm): Webconferenced

Saturday, May 3 (9am-1pm): Can be websonferenced or attended Face-to-Face

Wednesdays May 7, 14, 31 (6:30pm-8:45pm): Webconferenced

Syllabus will be posted soon.


Continuing Education Course:  Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership (RESCHEDULED for Fall 2014)

Rev. Wayne Gustafson, DMin, will be offering his 3 session course, "Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership", for licensed, commissioned, and ordained ministers currently serving congregations and others who wish to improve their functioning in congregational leadership positions. The course, which will meet from 9-5 on September 13, October 4 & 18 (note the dates have changed) at the Conference Office, makes use of family systems theory and personal biographical material to explore the interface between "family of origin stories" and congregational functioning, laying the foundation for non-anxious leadership.  This course fulfills 20 hours toward the continuing education requirement for authorized ministers.

Click here for a course description.  Registration will open in this summer.

Fall 2014

Old Testament I – Blended This introductory Bible course focuses on Genesis through Esther.

Foundations and Practice of Pastoral Counseling - This course addresses the basics of counseling in a variety of situations, encouraging students to develop a clearly articulated picture of the strengths and limitations of one’s pastoral and professional role, skills, and setting.

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