LEARN Seminars Fall 2010


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The Local Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) provides access to the learning resources of the Andover Newton community through the LEARN On-line Seminars. LEARN Seminars offer education and renewal experiences for both laity and clergy, tailored to meet specific needs. They are conducted entirely on-line and do not require students to attend classes on the Andover Newton campus.

To register for each seminar, please click on the yellow sign-up square following its description below. You may register for as many as you wish and pay by check or credit card. For details, please see the registration page for each seminar.

All LEARN seminars are non-credit, open registration. You do not need to be a matriculated Andover Newton to attend. No application other than registration and payment is required.


LEARN Fall 2010 Seminars List


Seminar ID Title Dates Fee
LS205 Teaching Teachers to Teach
Instructor: Mayra Castañeda
Oct. 4 – 29
Register by Sept. 24
$125
Project Option: $75
LS514 Leading in the Congregation
Instructor: Jeffrey Jones
Oct. 11 – Nov. 5
Register by Oct. 1
$275
Project Option: $75
LS701 Where the Devil Did the Devil Come From?
Instructor: Tina Wray
Oct. 18 – Nov. 12
Register by Oct. 8
$275
LS520 Tending to the Holy: Practicing the Presence of God in Ministry
Instructor: Bruce G. Epperly
Oct. 25 – Nov. 19
Register by Oct. 15
$275
Project Option: $75

LEARN Fall 2010 Seminar Descriptions

LS205: Teaching Teachers to Teach

Instructor: Mayra Castañeda
Level: Intermediate
Core Seminar: LS205, $125
Project Option: LS205P, $75
Dates: October 4-29
Registration Deadline: September 24
Description: It is not enough (or acceptable) to give a teacher a Sunday school curriculum and leader's guide and hope for the best. Sunday school teachers and small group facilitators have to be taught how to teach Bible content and faith matters for life-long discipleship formation. This seminar is designed for those who are in charge of the Christian education program of the local church.
Reading: Teaching Today's Teachers to Teach by Donald L. Griggs; The Craft of Christian Teaching: Essentials to Becoming a Very Good Teacher by Israel Galindo.

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LS514: Leading in the Congregation

Instructor: Jeffrey Jones
Level: Empowerment
Core Seminar: LS514, $275
Project Option: LS514P, $75
Dates: October 11 – November 5
Registration Deadline: October 1
Description: Faithful and effective leadership is a product of both who we are and what we know. This seminar will explore key practices of leadership in the congregation – for both clergy and laity. It will look at some of the best insights from both the secular and religious realms and help participants consider ways in which they can enhance their leadership.
Reading: Heart, Mind and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership by Jeffrey D. Jones.

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LS701: Where the Devil Did the Devil Come From?

Instructor: Tina Wray
Core Seminar: LS701, $275
Dates: October 18 – November 12
Registration Deadline: October 8
Description: Known for centuries as the pitchfork-toting demon and concierge of hell, Satan evokes fear and fascination among the faithful and faithless alike. But how biblically accurate are the popular images of Satan? In this course, students will examine Satan's biblical roots, from his humble beginnings as a rather low-level heavenly functionary in the Hebrew Bible to the Titan of Evil in the New Testament. Other topics include: the influence of biblical monotheism, religious syncretism, and apocalyptic literature, all of which helped Satan assume his final form. This is a course designed for anyone interested in the evolution of the biblical Satan, but particularly helpful for those involved in teaching or preaching the Bible.
Reading: The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots by TJ Wray and Gregory Mobley.

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LS520: Tending to the Holy: Practicing the Presence of God in Ministry

Instructor: Bruce G. Epperly
Core Seminar: LS520, $275
Project Option: LS520P, $75
Dates: October 25 – November 19
Registration Deadline: October 15
Description: Integrating spiritual practices with the everyday tasks of ministry can transform a pastor’s professional and spiritual life. Practicing God's presence in the ordinary tasks of ministry inspires wholeness, spiritual transformation, vision, imagination, endurance, and healthy self-differentiation in ministry. This seminar will provide spiritual and professional resources to nurture vitality and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships supportive of faithful excellence in ministry. Participants will explore a variety of theologically-grounded spiritual practices that will deepen their experience God’s presence in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, spiritual formation, administration, and prophetic hospitality.
Reading: Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry and Feed the Fire: Avoiding Clergy Burnout by Bruce and Katherine Gould Epperly.

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