What Shall We Become?
Faculty, alums contribute to new volume on church structure
Learn more and order the book online. What Shall We Become? will be available for Kindle and for iBooks on October 1.
Save the Date: 2014 Kellogg Summer Institute
Mark your calendar now for the next session of our popular Kellogg Summer Institute, a three-day program with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders.
The 2014 Institute will include seminars titled Leadership Today, Branding Your Congregation, Understanding Changing Generations, Social Media Strategy, Major Gift Strategies and Donor Relations, Leading and Following, and Communicating Vision and Values. Watch for more details and application materials coming soon, and talk with Susan Harlow to learn more.
The Very Rev. Brian Baker
"The Kellogg program was transformational for me. It opened a window to a new world of resources to understand the daily work of ministry and to engage the dynamic world our church lives in. Understanding networks, learning new ways to think about negotiation in daily work, analyzing failure for growth, and the dynamics of "following" for leaders were just a few of the topics that renewed and energized my work with congregational leaders and church colleagues. I'll definitely be back!"
--The Rev. Emily Mellott,
Ferguson on Sergius of Radonezh
Bexley Day sermon
Apply Now to Begin DMin Study in June
Programs in congregational development, preaching
Bexley Seabury's doctor of ministry programs in congregational development and preaching prepare leaders for vital, dynamic, diverse communities of faith. Our flexible programs allow students to work independently and online with colleagues and enjoy intensive studies in Chicago for just a few weeks a year.
Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development
Our low-residence doctor of ministry students have an unparalleled opportunity to learn, stretch, challenge themselves and others, and emerge at the end of three years with exceptional skills in leadership and deeper theological grounding for innovative and effective congregational ministry. A new cohort of students begins the program each June; the priority admission deadline is January 15. Learn more and apply online.
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching
This ecumenical program, which includes intensive summer residencies and work in your home congregation during the year, is designed to help you become the preacher God is calling you to be. The Bexley Seabury Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program is offered in collaboration with six other Chicago-area seminaries as the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching Program. Apply by January 31 for admission in June. Learn more and apply online.
Register Now for January Courses
Weeklong intensive courses in Columbus and Chicago
In January, join us in Columbus or Chicago for intensive courses in congregational development and Anglican studies. All classes are open for academic credit or lifelong learning:
Diversity and Context: January 6-10
This course with the Rev. Eric H.F. Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute is designed to increase participants' intercultural competency in a diverse, changing world. Students will gain a deeper understanding of communication styles and perception of power and their consequences for congregational vitality and stewardship. Learn more and register online.
Congregational Systems: January 13-17
The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott, assistant professor of ministry and pastoral leadership at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, teaches an introduction to systems and organizational theory in relation to congregations and other church groups. Students will explore issues in organizational and ministry development as well as strategies for systemic change. Learn more and register online.
Making Mission Possible in Tough Times: January 20-24
This course, co-taught by Professor Susan Harlow and community policy expert John Kretzmann, will explore how mission-focused fundraising and greater neighborhood involvement can breathe new life into congregational mission and outreach at a time when many are struggling with shoe-string budgets and exploding social needs in their communities. Learn more and register online.
Current DMin students can also register for the January 2014 thesis proposal workshop and research and writing seminar.
Anglican Spirituality and Ethos: January 20-24
Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo and the Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm offer an orientation to spiritual practices, with attention to principles that guide their use for personal formation and cultivation of communities. Learn more and register online.
Celebrating with Seminary of the Southwest
President Ferlo attends installation of President Kittredge
photo credit: Kris Krieg for Seminary of the Southwest
President Ferlo visited Austin on September 13 for the installation of Cynthia Briggs Kittredge as the eighth dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest.
President Kittredge, who is also professor of New Testament, has been on that seminary's faculty since 1999 and has served as academic dean since 2010. She was named in March to succeed the Very Rev. Douglas Travis, who concluded his service in May.