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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.

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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. 

 

 

SPRING 2021 COURSES

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., Instructor

Wednesday Evenings: 7-9 PM

January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24; and April 7

Registration Deadline: January 3, 2021

Using a case study approach, this course will provide an introduction to the study of Christian Ethics, including various approaches to ethical decision making and an overview of important topics.

 

Textbook: Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Fifth Edition, by Laura A. Stivers, Christine E. Gudorf and James B. Martin-Schramm, Orbis Books, copyright 2020

Introduction to Christian Ethics addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers:

EXHIBITING A SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION AND ONGOING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE 

o Loving God, following Jesus Christ, and being guided by the Holy Spirit; living a life of discipleship. 

 

CARING FOR ALL CREATION 

o Nurturing care and compassion for God’s creation.


PARTICIPATING IN THEOLOGICAL PRAXIS 

o Practicing theological reflection and engagement as part of one’s sense of ministerial identity. 
o Integrating theological reflection in teaching, preaching, and ecclesial and community leadership

o Experiencing and appreciating a variety of theological perspectives. 

 

WORKING TOGETHER FOR JUSTICE AND MERCY 

o Drawing on the ministry of Jesus Christ to confront injustice and oppression.

 

STRENGTHENING INTER- AND INTRA- PERSONAL ASSETS 

o Demonstrating excellent communication skills. 

 

The Rev. Steven D. Johnson, Ph. D. is has served churches in New York and Ohio, as well as serving as the Minister for Higher and Theological Education of the United Church of Christ from 1998 to 2004.  Rev. Johnson graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in 1989 and received his Ph. D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University in 1995.  Dr. Johnson has been teaching Theology, Ethics, Church History and UCC Polity for the New York Conference and the New York School of Ministry since 1995.

 

New Testament II

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

Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

January 23 & 30, February 6, 20, and 27
Registration Deadline: January 9

 

This introductory course focuses on the epistolary material of the New Testament and the book of Revelation.  Participants engage in the critical study of the text and are taught exegetical method.​ New Testament I is a pre-requisite for this course.

Texts: 

The New Testament in any of the following translations: Revised Standard, New Revised  

            Standard, New International, or Jerusalem Bible. 

Other texts to be announced soon


New Testament II addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers:

ENGAGING SACRED STORIES AND TRADITIONS 
o Exhibiting knowledge, understanding, and continuing study of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. 
o Understanding the history of the Christian Church, from biblical times forward.
o Bringing life to sacred stories and traditions in worship, proclamation, and witness. 


PARTICIPATING IN THEOLOGICAL PRAXIS 
o Integrating theological reflection in teaching, preaching, and ecclesial and community leadership

 

Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D.  has served as pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry for over 20 years. He created the New York School of Ministry in 2004 and served as its first Dean. He is a member of the Religious Studies faculty at Le Moyne College in Syracuse and teaches New Testament and Congregational Life for the New York School of Ministry.

 

For a list of NYSOM’s 20 hour course offerings, click here

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