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New York School of Ministry Courses

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 The New York School of Ministry offers a variety of webconferenced courses, where participants interact with their instructors in real time and are in conversation with peers “face to face” from their home computers. We offer our 12 core courses (the ones required for the Christian Leadership Program) on a three year rotation.


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 2019:  $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. 


Fall 2019 Courses:

Congregational Life, with Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D.

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.

Saturday mornings, 9:00-1:00: September 14, 21, 28; October 19, 26

Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019


Introduction to Christian Theology, with Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D.

This course 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.

Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm: September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13 (these 11 sessions will be cut to 10 when the course begins)

Registration Deadline: August 21, 2019


Liturgy & Worship, with Rev. Marjorie Purnine, Ph.D.

This course 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.


Saturdays, 9:00-2:30 (with ½ hour lunch break): December 14; January 4 & 25; Feb 8 

Registration Deadline: November 29


Registration will open in late June 


Previous Offerings:                                                

Advanced Topics in Pastoral Care and Counseling with Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min.
Old Testament  I with Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Ph.D.
From Resurrection to Reformation: The History of the Christian Church 
Old Testament II 
New Testament I & II
Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Introduction to Christian Ethics
Short Course: Empowering Vital Ministry: Congregational Leadership 2.0
Introduction to Christian Theology
Liturgy & Worship
Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership
American Church History
UCC (Post 1957) History and Polity

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