SESSION 2: June 24 – July 5
Foundational Seminar 2: Theology of Ministry
Instructor: Rev. Rebecca Prichard, Ph.D.
, Adjunct Professor of Theology, SFTS.
This foundational seminar explores the challenges of and opportunities for ministry in
the 21st century, and encourages students to develop the critical skill of theological
reflection. Students critique their ministerial role through their own theological
experience of content, context and motifs in Christian ministry. This course honors
diversity and the reality of our shared community with its plethora of experiences,
beliefs, and values.
Resource Seminar 2A: Groups, Group Therapy and Recovery Work
Instructor: Rev. Scott Sullender, Ph.D.
Professor of Pastoral Counseling, SFTS.
This course will be in two parts. In week one,
we introduce the subject of group dynamics,
and assist students to understand the dynamics
of group process, so that they can be more
effective group leaders/facilitators. The course
will focus on the full array of group work,
including group therapy, self help groups
and task oriented groups. In week two of this
seminar, we will focus on the growing problem
of addictions. Our focus will be on how to
provide effective pastoral care for persons
struggling with one or several of the various
kinds of addictions, including alcoholism, drug
dependency, rage, gambling, work and sex
addictions. This course is limited to D.Min.,
students in pastoral care and counseling; other
students by permission of the instructor.
Resource Seminar 2B: Culturally Attentive Conflict Ministry
Instructor: Rev. Virstan Choy, D.Min.
, Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies/Doctor of
Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Ministry, SFTS.
The purpose of this seminar is to encourage and enable the continued cultivation of
wisdom and agility in the conflict management practices of ministry. Participants will
explore approaches to:
The detection of conflict
The diagnosis of conflict situations
The discernment and development of ways to address conflict with the goal of
providing leadership that is innovative in attending to the ethnic and organizational
culture of their ministry contexts and alert to dangers of iatrogenesis in ministry practices
through an examination of the following postures:
“environmental” (conflict ministry as management of environment)
“ecological” (conflict ministry as maintenance of relationships in a cultural system)
“evocational” (conflict ministry as mobilizing for discernment of organizational call).
Resource Seminar 2C: Reforming Spirituality
Instructor: Rev. Sam Hamilton-Poore, D.Min.
, Director of the Program in Christian
Spirituality and Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, SFTS.
This course examines the particular patterns and practices upon which Reformed
Christians have relied—and continue to rely—for experiencing, expressing, and
cultivating their individual and communal life with God in the world. Through lectures,
readings, class discussions, and assignments, this class takes an inter-disciplinary
approach to the following subjects: (1) experience and revelation, (2) scripture and
biblical hermeneutics, (3) prayer, (4) aesthetics, (5) social/political engagement,
(6) ecclesiology and power, (7) worship and sacraments, and (8) confessional
theology. Since a primary goal of this course is to tilt attention toward the present and
future of Reformed spirituality/ies, assigned readings include a diversity of voices from
the contemporary and global Reformed church, along with readings from primary