SFTS Announces New Certificate in Worship Leadership
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New Certificate in Worship Leadership

For all those who seek the resources to build skills in worship leadership

Courses offered June 7, September 27, and November 8, 2014

San Francisco Theological Seminary is excited to announce a new Certificate in Worship Leadership. This program for lay leaders, pastors, and others who help shape worship services will focus on strengthening skills in four key areas: Music in Worship, Spoken Word in Worship, Prayer, and Visual Arts.

The series of four classes will be offered over a period of nine months, with a 25 total contact hours. A nominal fee of $100 will be charged at the time of the second workshop, and lunch will be available at each workshop for an additional fee.

The different areas of worship will be explored by four different, dynamic speakers and will include the following topics:

1) Music in Worship includes two workshops by John Bell. “The Effect of Sung Text on Popular Belief” and “Embracing Musical Diversity as a Gift of God”. 

Offered March, 2014. Will be offered again in February 2015, more details TBA. 

2) Spoken Word in Worship is offered in a day long workshop by Jana Childers. The dynamics of perceiving and evoking the written word, oral interpretation skills, and the actor’s values and habits are applied to the act of worship leadership. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Montgomery Chapel
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/SFTSJune7

3) Prayer Experiences for Worship is offered by Chaplain Scott Clark. This day long workshop focuses on the flow of the worship service: writing words for liturgy and developing themes in semi-extemporaneous prayer. 

Saturday, September 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Montgomery Chapel
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/SFTSSept27

4) Praying a Liturgical Environment is offered by Jeff Gaines. Through imagination, discussion, lecture and hands-on experience this workshop will explore creating a liturgical environment for the Season of Lent. The lectionary texts will be prayed in order to discover a theme, visual focus and overall environment for the liturgical setting.

Saturday, November 8, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Scott 101
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/SFTSNov8

Teacher Bios:

John Bell is a world-renowned liturgical composer and member of the Iona Community. He is a preacher, teacher, musician and hymn writer on the cutting edge of music education. Bell has co-produced over 15 collections of songs and octavos and a wide range of liturgical materials. His primary concern is the renewal of congregational worship at the grass roots level.

Jeff Gaines has been Pastor of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church (SAPC) since 1991. From 1991-1994, concurrent with his responsibilities at Seventh Avenue Church, Jeff was also spiritual director at the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service Center on campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA. He became the first Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International [SDI], serving from 1995 to 2002 even as he continued his ministry to the community of Seventh Avenue Church. Jeff has a private spiritual direction practice as well as being a retreat leader and conference speaker at gatherings throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Scott Clark is Associate Dean for Student Life and Chaplain of the Seminary at SFTS. As Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life, Scott Clark leads the seminary’s worship life and coordinates the community’s pastoral care. Additionally, Clark has administrative responsibility for leading the seminary’s student-services team. Clark previously has worked with both the SFTS Program in Christian Spirituality and the seminary’s CPE Program. In addition to his work at the seminary, Clark preaches regularly in Bay Area churches, and has worked at local and national levels advocating for the full inclusion of all people in the life of the church. Scott Clark is a 2009 Master of Divinity graduate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He also holds Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Alabama. Before attending seminary, Clark practiced law in Birmingham, Ala., working primarily on cases involving constitutional law and employment discrimination. He also served as adjunct instructor and co-director of the Judicial Internship Program at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Jana Childers is Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Homiletics at SFTS. She is a long-time professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at SFTS, and this will be her second term serving as Dean of the Seminary, a position she held from 2002-2009. Childers holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and also enjoys an international reputation as a preacher and popular conference speaker. She has been featured by the Chicago PBS show "Thirty Good Minutes" and on the "Great Preachers" television series and has written, edited and contributed to many books and articles on the art of preaching, including the award-winning Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process.

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