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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 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. 

Winter 2019 Courses

Congregational Life

Register by December 20

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

Saturdays: Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, and March 9: 9am - 1pm

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.

(This course is designed for Members in Discernment and Authorized Ministers)


From Resurrection to Reformation: The History of the Christian Church

Register by January 7

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., Instructor

Wednesday evenings: Jan 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10: 7 – 9pm

This course will present an introduction to Church History from the time of first responses to the resurrection of Jesus through the impact of the great reforms of Luther and Calvin.  It will focus on important institutions and ideas and the people who shaped them.  It will explore the continuing relevance of the history of the church for the way people think about the church and conduct themselves as the Body of Christ.

Old Testament II

Old Testament I is a pre-requisite for this course

Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Ph.D., Instructor

Sundays: Jan 6, 13, 27, Feb 3: 1:30-5:00pm, Feb 10 & 24: 2:00-5:00pm

During this course we will:

1) study critically many of the documents of the Old Testament (e.g., Psalms, Wisdom literature, the prophets Jeremiah through Malachi) paying particular attention to their historical context;

2) examine the relevance of the Old Testament for the Christian church;

3) discuss the role/use of the Old Testament in (our) faith development.

Previous Offerings:                                                
Fall 2018

Advanced Topics in Pastoral Care and Counseling       

      Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min., Instructor 

Old Testament  I                                                   

       Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Ph.D., Instructor    


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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