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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses          Fall, 2017

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 Marjorie Purnine, New York School of Ministry Dean, or 315-446-3073 x16.

Participants can participate in our webconferenced courses from their home computers. 

Core Courses 

Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 

Wayne Gustafson, Instructor 

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


New Testament I 

Mark Lawson, Instructor 

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

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


Special Short Course 

Empowering Vital Ministry: Congregational Leadership 2.0 

Marsha Williams, Instructor 

Three Evening Sessions in October 

“Visionary Leadership – Purposeful Management” 

“Credibility and Personal Authenticity” 

“Leadership and Congregational Culture” 


Fall Learning Event 

November 17-18, 2017    Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua 

This is the final event in our series on Marks of Ministry that are highly correlated with Congregational Vitality. The last mark is:  "the ability to lead and encourage ministries of evangelism, service, stewardship and social transformation.” We’re bringing: 

Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) of the UCC 

Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi is author of Congregational Vitality and Ministerial Excellence: Intersections and Possibilities for Ministry, the report upon which our series of learning events has been based. She’ll help congregational leaders, lay and authorized, engage the question: What kind of impact do we want to have as a congregation, and what would it take to get us there?” 


 Previous Offerings:    SPRING 2017    20-Hour Courses

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.

Syllabus here 


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.

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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.  The course will be grounded in useful theories of human growth, development, and healing and will use both psychological and theological language and images to describe and develop the context, problems and interventions appropriate to the work.  The course will consist of lectures, discussion, practice exercises, and consultation on actual pastoral and counseling situations brought by the instructor and participants.



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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