Intensives @ VTS

Weeklong Intensives at Virginia Theological Seminary
Summer 2015                                  
Explore, reflect and study alongside graduate students at Virginia Theological Seminary. Choose a subject matter that stretches your knowledge while immersing yourself in an intensive theological learning environment. Download Applicaton Questions? Email

WEEK ONE: JUNE 22 - 26, 2015

Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance (DMIN)

Dr. Kathleen Brown, SPL 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am
, June 22-26, 2015
This course will explore the ministry of spiritual guidance, the art of guiding someone in the ways of spiritual practice and discernment, and the basic skills of spiritual direction.

Theological Anthropology (MA)
The Rev. Dr. Lyndon Shakespeare, RCL 301
Monday to Friday, 8:45 am -11:45 am, June 22-26, 2015
In this course, we will examine questions of human identity and purpose as considered within a theological framework. The goal is to provide a foundation for 'thinking the human' (R. Jenson) in a time and age where what constitutes human purpose and meaning are notions under regular refinement.

WEEK TWO: JUNE 29 - JULY 3, 2015

Public Witness and Community Partnership (DMIN)
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner, RCL 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, June 29-July 3, 2015
This course provides an intensive examination of different forms of Christian engagement in the public square, different pathways of the Church's influence in public and political life, and different partnerships forged creatively that cross "sacred/secular" divisions in order to address social problems, foster societal transformation, and strengthen the common good.

WEEK THREE: JULY 6 - JULY 10, 2015
Religious Diversity in Institutional Settings (DMIN)

The Rev. Dr. James Farwell, RCL 303
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, July 6-10, 2015

This course will provide an overview of the changing American religious scene with attention to significant developments in Christian and non-Christian traditions, and in Inter-Faith relationships.

Philosophy and Ministry: unpacking the hard questions about God (DMIN)
Dr. Jeffrey Willetts, STH 302
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 11:50 am, July 6-10, 2015
The purpose of this course is to survey and analyze some of the most vexing questions about God that inevitably arise in the course of ministry. What does it mean to say, God exists? Does God really answer prayers? Does God cause miracles to happen? Why does God allow evil in the world?

Visual Art and Interpretation of the Gospels (MA)

Dr. Andrew Guffey, NTS 301
This course we will explore the visual reception of various scenes from the four Gospels of the New Testament. We will analyze works of art that depict passages from the Gospels, to understand how such artistic works actively interpret even as they depict. This online course will utilize platforms for online collaboration, through which all members of the class will contribute their insights and learn from each other.
Workshops Friday – Saturday June 26 – 27
DMIN Workshops Opened to LTE Registrants
Register for one of the following workshops that meet Friday, June 26, 2:00 - 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 27 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. $75.00 includes lunch on Saturday. Limited enrollment. Register Now

TPM 902: Family Systems Theory
Rev. Jacques Hadler
This workshop will focus on concepts and applications of Bowen family systems theory primarily from the work of Rabbi Edwin Friedman for reading congregations, managing self as a leader, and developing 'structures of thought' for discussing cases with colleagues.

TPM 912: Discernment
Dr. Kathy Staudt
In this two-day workshop students will explore theologies of discernment and experience approaches to this practice drawn from Benedicitine, Ignatian and Quaker traditions. Discernment is the spiritual practice that enables us to ask faithful questions about vocation and ministry and daily life: "Should I choose this path rather than that one? What is the meaning of the experience I am having?" "How can I follow Christ more faithfully?" Christian traditions of discernment almost always involve conversations with others who are on the same journey, and they inform and encourage growth in the life of the Christian discipleship, both individual and corporate.

TPM 908: Emotional Intelligence
Dr. Edward Andrews
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. In this workshop, we will look at the implications of EI research for ministry and leadership, including the three models: The ability model, developed by Peter Salovery and John Mayer, focuses on the individual's ability to process emotional information and to use it to navigate the social environment. The trait model as developed by Konstantin Vasily Petrides, "encompasses behavioral dispositions and self perceived abilities and is measured through self report." And, the final mode, the mixed model is a combination of ability and trait EI.