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Any events involving a room reservation must be confirmed on the calendar through the Business Office (Miguel Chavez at 404-687-4510 or ChavezM@CTSnet.edu).
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate
Date: 5/2/2016 - 6/3/2016
The focus of this course is on the role and function of pastoral and program associate staff in the congregational context. Understand staff relationships, staff functions, teamwork, personal professional skills, and relational intelligence in dealing with pastors, staff members, and congregational members. This is a MOOC (Mini Open Online) course.
Instructor: Israel Galindo
Hospitality as Spiritual Practice: The Welcoming Voice of the Book of Ruth
Date: 6/12/2016 - 6/15/2016
The practice of hospitality involves far more than tasty casseroles and readied guest rooms. In fact, the ability to live hospitably with the people around us – friends and strangers – is a result of developing a deeper sense of the meaning and practice of hospitality in our lives.
The Old Testament book of Ruth has certainly been misplaced in the Christian Bible and too often ignored in Christian thought. If read it in its historical and original literary context, however, it serves as a pivotal book for all people of faith. Our prayerful study of the Book of Ruth will introduce us to the deep discipline of hospitality – hospitality to far more than just a visitor in our home. The hospitality embedded in Ruth’s story encourages us to open our arms and hearts to: life on life’s terms, God on God’s terms, grace beyond imagination and the inevitable evolution of faith and faith practice.
Housing will be at local hotels. Holiday Inn Express in downtown Greenville is highly recommended and a short drive to the church. You will need to make your own room reservation.
Location: First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
Summer Term Begins
Summer term for Advanced Professional Degrees and Greek School begins July 11, 2016.
Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes
Date: 8/1/2016 - 8/3/2016
This is the popular author’s course designed to prepare leaders of the Horizons Bible Study for the coming year. Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes invites leaders and participants of Presbyterian Women Circles and church school study groups to look through nine different lenses referring to Jesus. Course participants will share with ne another how they see and experience the various lenses and how these different perspectives impact who they understand Jesus to be, the implications for being his disciple, and how to facilitate learning in their study groups.. Join Judy Yates Siker, author of this year’s study, for this event. Early registration and discounts for 2+ from same group available.
Please note that there will not be a weekend version of the Horizon's Bible Study leader training this year.
Instructor: Judy Yates Siker
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Date: 8/4/2016 - 8/7/2016
Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of a deeper spiritual life! During this Thursdayevening - Sunday afternoon course, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Christian spirituality from the Reformation onward. The schedule includes time for personal reflection through guided journaling — an exercise for exploring your own unique journey with the living God. You will also get to know fellow participants in small group and one-on-one settings, which will support your practical application of the knowledge acquired throughout the course
Instructors: CTS Faculty
Money and Your Ministry
Date: 8/8/2016 - 8/31/2016
Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret and reframe their understanding about money in the congregation and approach the issue of money in the church from a less anxious frame of reference.
Instructor: Margaret Marcuson
Readings in Christian Spiritual Classics: St. Augustine’s Confessions, an online course
Date: 8/8/2016 - 9/30/2016
This course is part of a series (“Readings in Christian Spiritual Classics”) for persons interested in learning more about the classic literature and writings that have shaped Christian spirituality over the centuries. Through selected readings in the literature, studies, and writings of celebrated writers and Christian spirituality, participants will review current topics and trends that impact and inform personal spirituality and ministry practice. This course’s focus is on St. Augustine’s Confessions.
Instructor: Deedra Rich
COLLOQUY FOR MID-CAREER CLERGY (CMCC)
Date: 8/15/2016 - 1/25/2017
Dates: Session I - August 15 -17, 2016
Session II – January 23 - 25, 2017
The Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning. It is designed for mid-career clergy (fifteen to twenty-five years into full time ministry) who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation or to reflect on their vocational experience, and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of mid-career clergy: facing either a normative or unanticipated career transition, standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort, engaging in reflective self-assessment, and finding support among peers.
Participation in this event is by application only. For an application form, click HERE. The application deadline has been extended JUNE 15, 2016; applicants accepted to the colloquy will be notified by the end of June 2016. Participants must commit to attending both sessions, August 15-17, 2016 and January 23-25, 2017. For additional information about the CMCC, click HERE.
Leading a Congregation toward a Life of Generosity
Date: 9/13/2016 - 9/15/2016
This program is for pastors and other church leaders who are willing to engage in personal reflection regarding generosity and to look at their own congregation’s relationship to generosity for the purpose of living “the life that really is life” (I Timothy 6:20). Participants will learn approaches to strengthen their own capacity, and that of their congregation or ministry, for generous living.
Instructors: Chuck and Laura Mendenhall
Details and Registration
Guthrie Scholars 2016
Date: 9/19/2016 - 9/23/2016
The Guthrie Scholars Program is a learning opportunity offered in the fall on an application basis. Selected applicants are invited to campus to pursue their topic of choice focusing on a pressing theological issue of the church from a Reformed perspective. The program covers the cost of a single room and meals in the dining hall during the week. Applications reviewed as they are received, and enrollment is limited. Additional information including the program brochure and application may be found on the seminary website, http://www.ctsnet.edu/guthrie-scholars.