Brethren Academy Announces Upcoming Courses in 2014, 2015

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated list of courses for 2014 and 2015. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary, with offices on the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind.

Academy courses are open to students in the Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) programs, pastors (who may earn two continuing education units), and all interested persons. Students will be accepted beyond the registration deadlines, however those deadlines help determine whether enough students have registered to offer a course. Many courses have required pre-course readings, so students need to allow enough time to complete those readings. Those registering for courses should be sure to receive course confirmation before purchasing books or making travel plans.

To register for a course, contact or 765-983-1824. For courses indicated “SVMC” register through the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, at or or 717-361-1450.


“Luke-Acts and the Birth of the Church” is an online course from Sept. 29-Nov. 21 with instructor Matthew Boersma. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

SVMC Academic Symposium Directed Independent Study Unit (DISU): “Book of Job and the Brethren Tradition” will be held on Nov. 5 at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College with keynote speaker Bob Neff and panelists, and DISU instructor Erika Fitz. In addition to attending the symposium, DISU participants will prepare required readings and a follow-up paper, meet over lunch during the event, and participate in two online sessions with the DISU instructor, one before and one after the symposium. For more information on the Academic Symposium visit the course catalog at . The registration deadline is Oct. 8.


“Evangelism: Now and Not Yet” will be held on Jan. 5-9, 2015, at Bethany Seminary in Richmond, Ind., with instructor Tara Hornbacker. The registration deadline is Dec. 1.

“Now the Silence, Now the Songs: An Introduction to Worship” is an online course from Feb. 2-March 27, 2015, with instructor Lee-Lani Wright. The registration deadline is Jan. 5, 2015.

“Narrative Theology” will be held on April 16-19, 2015, at McPherson (Kan.) College, with instructor Scott Holland. The registration deadline is March 19, 2015.

“Administration as Pastoral Care” (SVMC) will be held April 17-19, 2015, at Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and Elizabethtown College, with instructor Julie Hostetter. The registration deadline is March 20, 2015.

A Travel Seminar to Germany will be held on May 15-31, 2015, led by instructor Kendall Rogers. The registration deadline is Nov. 1.

Annual Conference Directed Independent Study Unit (DISU) will be held onsite at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla., July 10-11, 2015, with presenter Joyce Rupp on the topic of “Delving Deeply into Compassion,” and DISU instructor Carrie Eikler. The registration deadline is June 12, 2015.

“Early Church History” is an online course with instructor Kendall Rogers, fall dates to be announced.

SVMC Academic Symposium Directed Independent Study Unit (DISU) on “New Testament Foundations of Ministry” with keynote speaker Dan Ulrich will be held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. DISU instructor and fall dates to be announced.

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