Today in Grand Rapids – Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Today the Standing Committee of district delegates to the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference held its annual consultation with leadership of the Mission and Ministry Board and the three Conference agencies—Bethany Theological Seminary, Eder Financial, and On Earth Peace.

New certificate for ministry offered by Bethany Seminary

Designed particularly for ministers new to the Church of the Brethren denomination, Bethany Theological Seminary’s certificate of achievement in ministry studies (CAMS) includes six courses that focus on Brethren history and theology, practical experience with the ordinances and preaching of the church, biblical interpretation, and peace studies.

Courses to be offered by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is offering a robust schedule of continuing education for clergy and interested laity in 2024. Ranging from “Christian ID in the Age of AI,” “Worship Models,” “Grief Literacy,” “Suicide and Your Congregation,” “Luke and Acts,” “Autism and the Church,” to “Why Leadership Matters,” everyone will find a topic of interest.

Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter visits Nigeria

President Jeff Carter, academic dean Steve Schweitzer, and coordinator of Seminary Computing Services Paul Shaver returned in mid-January from a visit to Jos, Nigeria. They met with Bethany employees Sharon Flaten and Joshua Sati, as well as students, and local religious and educational leaders.

Travel grants available for course ‘Polarization as an Opportunity for Ministry’

As part of Bethany Theological Seminary’s initiative to “Build Bridges Across Ideological Divides,” the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering a series of TRIM-level courses to help clergy recognize and meaningfully address division in their congregations and communities. First up is “Polarization as an Opportunity for Ministry,” a course with Russell Haitch, professor of Theology and Human Science at Bethany.

New academy course focuses on ‘Cultivating an Everyday Faith’

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will offer this online course, “Cultivating an Everyday Faith,” from April 17 to June 11, 2024. Joan Daggett, ordained minister and executive director of the Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center, will be the instructor. The deadline to register is March 13, 2024.

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