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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses          2018

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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. 

Spring 2018 Core Courses are concluding;

watch this page for our Fall offerings! 

New Testament II 

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

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.

Click here for the syllabus. 

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D, Instructor

 This course focuses on the Christian tradition of reflecting upon moral behavior.

Click here for the syllabus. 



Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling

This course addresses the basics of counseling in a variety of situations where there is a pastoral element in the professional relationship: from the parish setting, where counseling may happen even in the chance encounter over refreshments after worship, to the professional counselor’s office, where it may be the structured and focused deep healing of pastoral psychotherapy. While some form of counseling can happen in any of these settings, this course does not prepare students for the practice of professional pastoral counseling and/or pastoral psychotherapy.

Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min., Instructor

Link to Syllabus here.                                Link to the UCC Marks of Ministry here

New Testament I

We will seek to gain an understanding of the narrative material of the New Testament by answering the following questions:

1) What do “scripture” and “canon” mean?

2) What factors led to the selection of the four gospels as authoritative for the church?

3) What was the historical context in which each gospel was written?

4) What do we know about the historical context of Jesus’ ministry?

5) How do the four gospels inform our Christian understanding of Jesus?

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

Empowering Vital Ministry: Congregational Leadership 2.0

Want to take your leadership to the next level?  Learn to use your natural strengths to become a more effective leader?  Explore the ways your personality and leadership style intersects with your congregation’s cultural norms and behaviors?  

Rev. Marsha Williams, Ph.D Instructor

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.

Click here for syllabus 

American Church History

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.

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Introduction to Christian Theology

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. 

Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership

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. 

Liturgy and Worship

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.

Click here for syllabus  

Advanced Topics in Pastoral Care and Counseling

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.   

Congregational Life

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. 

Old Testament II

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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