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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses          Fall, 2017

Registrations now open! Our registration page has a new look. Click here to log in and choose a course in Events. Click on the course you want on the left, and the registration box is at the bottom of the page. If you have difficulties,  please contact NYSOM’s clerk, Rev. Leigh McCaffrey, at to register. 


Cost per 20-hour course: NY Conference Participants: $250;  Audit: $175; Repeat Course Audit: $100

Non-New York Conference Participants: $275; Audit: $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee). Distance Learning Support fee for Fall 2017:  $70 per 20-hour course.

Distance Learning requires technological support. For webconferenced courses, participants who are not part of the New York Conference are more than welcome. The NY Conference provides that support for its participants; we ask other UCC Conferences and participating denominations to provide that support for their participants (if such church support is unavailable, the distance learning support fee is the responsibility of the participant).

No face to face meetings required. Participants can participate in our webconferenced courses from their home computers. 

Core Courses

Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling

This course addresses the basics of counseling in a variety of situations where there is a pastoral element in the professional relationship: from the parish setting, where counseling may happen even in the chance encounter over refreshments after worship, to the professional counselor’s office, where it may be the structured and focused deep healing of pastoral psychotherapy. While some form of counseling can happen in any of these settings, this course does not prepare students for the practice of professional pastoral counseling and/or pastoral psychotherapy.

This course encourages participants to develop a clearly articulated picture of the strengths and limitations of one's pastoral and professional role, skills, and setting. With a contextual understanding of pastoral role and setting, they can determine the possibilities and limits of their pastoral counseling. In addition, they will learn when and how to make sensitive and appropriate referrals.


Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min.

September 23, October 14, October 28 — 9:30-4:45 (with ½ hour lunch break)

Link to Syllabus here.

Link to the UCC Marks of Ministry here

New Testament I

Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D. Instructor

November 4 -- 10:00-3:30 (with ½ hour lunch break)

November 11, Dec 9 & 16 – 9:00-2:30 (with ½ hour lunch break)




Special Short Course

Empowering Vital Ministry: Congregational Leadership 2.0

Rev. Marsha Williams, Ph.D Instructor

Sept 28, October 12 & 26 – 7-8:30 pm

         Session I: “Visionary Leadership – Purposeful Management”

         Session II: “Credibility and Personal Authenticity”

         Session III: “Leadership and Congregational Culture”

NY Conference Participants: $30

Non-NY Conference Participants: $40 


 Previous Offerings

UCC POLITY  (American Church History is a pre-requisite for this course)

This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, 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 syllabus 


This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, offers an overview of the development of Christian churches in the United States with an emphasis on ideas and events that have shaped the United Church of Christ.

 Click here for syllabus.



This course, which is a requirement for the Christian Leadership Program, introduces participants to the primary themes of Christian Theology.  Participants write papers or sermons that address the topics of Christology, the Doctrine of the Trinity, and the Purpose of the Church. 


This course focuses on how Family Systems Theory helps pastors be a healthy as they can be in ministry and how they can use their personal process of "differentiation" to maximize their leadership capacities in congregations. 


This course, which is a requirement for the Christian Leadership Program, surveys the history of Christian liturgy, examines the theology of worship and the sacraments, and offers practical instruction to enable participants to make informed choices when planning liturgies.  One quarter of the course is devoted to preaching.

Click here for syllabus  


This course addresses many of the clincial issues providers of pastoral care face.  It offers an integrated pastoral and behavioral sciences approach to some of the more challenging situations faced by helping professionals.   


This course explores the various dynamics at work in the life of a local church, toward the end of gaining insight into how to nurture a healthy and productive faith community. 


During this course we will: study critically many of the documents of the Old Testament (Psalms, Wisdom literature, prophets Jeremiah through Malachi) paying particular attention to their historical context; examine the relevance of the Old Testament for the Christian church; and dicuss the role/use of the Old Testament in (our) faith development. 





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