Newcomer Ministry Courses at General Seminary - Register Now

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There is still time to register for fall courses at The General Theological Seminary. This fall, GTS is offering several intensive classes that fit into working schedules. For more information, email registrar@gts.edu. To register and for a full list of course offerings, click here.

Intensive Courses

PT 15 – NEWCOMER MINISTRY: INVITE, WELCOME, CONNECT

The Invite-Welcome-Connect ministry is a theological and practical initiative which trains clergy and lay leaders to assess their church’s newcomer process. This course will offer a roadmap for implementing the tools necessary for evangelism to the spiritually hungry, hospitality for those who come into our places of worship, and a way to engage those who become a part of our community of faith.

Adj. Prof. Parmer. 1 Credit. Five-Day Intensive: September 29, 8:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.; September 30 & October 1, individual conferences; October 2 - 3: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

PT 11 – SPEAKING SBNR: MINISTRY TO THE "SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENT"

Spiritual seekers, who identify as “spiritual but not religious" (SBNR), “nones,” or “spiritual independents,” tend away from church affiliation but often participate in faith contexts seeking healing and spiritual growth. Who are they and what are they looking for? This growing group, characterized in different ways by religious commentators, can bring various gifts into community, such as intentionality, regard for personal integrity, hunger for serious discussion, thoughtful questioning, and vibrancy in exploration. SBNR explorations within church environments can be especially sensitive, however, calling upon ministry leaders to cultivate genuine openness, receptive listening, a non-authoritative interplay of ideas, and a spacious vocabulary for helping the seeker to articulate encounters with Divine Mystery and authentic transformation. This course examines current research on the changing religious landscape and implications for effective spiritual ministry in different contexts. It introduces students to various "languages," including conceptions of the Divine, dynamics of generational faith styles, counseling skills, inclusive program design, and various spiritual practices to equip them as effective companions to the spiritual independent. Also offered as AT 311.

Adj. Prof. Bozzuti-Jones.  2 credits. Four-Day Intensive: October 30 - 31, November 13 - 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.