Spring Courses at General Theological Seminary

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Learn, Reflect, Grow in Ministry

General Seminary offers courses to enrich your ministry and theological understanding, including day and evening courses designed for a full range of faith and knowledge seekers. This spring you can take a full-semester course or perhaps a three-day intensive class on 

Pretending Bible Stories

. Whatever level of enrichment you are seeking, read on to find out some the offerings from General Seminary this spring. The Spring Term begins January 30. Or visit our catalog for complete descriptions of our courses of study at 



New Professor Series

This term we are highlighting fascinating courses being taught by our three new faculty members. These distinguished scholars add to our respected Faculty and these courses highlight the contribution they are making to enrich General's already high standards of theological education.

The Corinthian Correspondence: Bullies, Bodies, and Barbarians

Paul’s multiple letters to early Christ-followers in Corinth indelibly shaped Christian notions of authority, sexuality, and ethnicity. This course explores these themes in the letters to the early church in Corinth, with particular focus on the ethical legacies these letters leave for contemporary notions of authority, sexuality, and race/ethnicity.

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:20 p.m., Prof. Katherine Shaner

Discernment and Desire

In an era of shifting theological planes and deep cultural anxiety, people of faith are increasingly seeking resources for spiritual discernment. This course considers ways and means of discerning spirits, sorting through motivations and impulses, weighing vocational possibilities, and finding peace and satisfaction in the contemplation of God. The accompanying practicum course invites students to experience and offer leadership for discernment practices.

Tuesdays, 3:30-5:20 p.m., Prof. Clair McPherson 

with optional practicum, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Equipping the Saints: Ministry & Leadership

Extraordinary times require extraordinary and effective leaders, persons equipped to manage change with grace and courage, skill and imagination. This seminar focuses on classic models of transformation and “cutting edge” leadership theories and explores issues of power and authority relating to the work and ministry of deep transformation.

Tuesdays, 3:30-5:20 p.m., Prof. Amy Lamborn

Evening and Short Courses

The Barnabas Principle: A Holistic Approach to Congregational Life

In many ways, parish leadership today remains a generalist vocation in the midst of an increasingly specialist culture. Leaders must be skilled in goal-setting, structural analysis, newcomer retention and recruitment, leadership development, community outreach, visionary budgeting, and financial stewardship. Taught by the Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, this course uses the character of Barnabas from Acts as a model for exploring for innovative, holistic Church leadership.

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Distinguished Visiting Prof. C. K. Robertson

Pretending Bible Stories

Designed for students who can commit only a few days to the classroom, this course teaches a method of Bible study using basic improv techniques. After "playing the text" together, participants find new understanding and engagement with the text. This technique of Bible study can be used with any age group and across generations. Students also learn to interpret the Scriptural insights through mythic, mnemonic, and contemporary midrashic points of view.

Three-Day Intensive

, March 8-10, Adjunct Prof. Suzanne Guthrie

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 or contact William Webster in our admissions office by email 


 or (212) 243-5250 ext. 280.

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