Lifetime Theological Education
January Term

Immersive Intensive Courses - January 2018

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Contact Anne Karoly,, with questions.

Contextual and Compelling Youth Ministry
Dr. Lisa Kimball
Monday, January 8 - Friday, January 12, 2-5 p.m. 
January 8-12, 2:00-5:00pm
$200 (2.0 CEU)
Explore the formation of adolescent identities and youth culture today, including the impact of consumerism and church ministries. How can the church respond authentically to their lives while honoring the importance of tradition? Learn models and resources for building and sustaining vibrant ministries with young people that are theologically and contextually appropriate for diverse congregational settings.
Pastoral Ministry to Immigrant Congregations
Dr. Robert Prichard
Monday, January 8 - Friday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 
$200 (2.0 CEU)
Prepare for the unique opportunities and challenges of ministry with immigrants in the United States. Learn about historical patterns of immigration, models for congregational ministry, political advocacy for immigrants, and appropriate liturgical resources. Develop your ability not only to interpret the host language and culture for immigrants in your congregation but also how to communicate and advocate for the experience of immigrants among us.
Leadership in Governance: Parish Administration as Ministry
Ms. Katie Glover
Tuesday, January 16 — Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m. 
$200 (2.0 CEU)
Examine the essential elements and models of parish governance and administration. What does the Bible say about how church should be organized, managed and governed? How is governance, leadership and management shaped by our Christian beliefs, our theology and our ministry context? How do we select and prepare vestry members, many with secular governance and management experience, to serve as decision makers within a ministry context?
Ministry with Older Adults
Ms. Dorothy Linthicum 
Monday, January 22 - Friday, January 26, 6:15 - 9:15 p.m. 
$200 (2.0 CEU)
Many churches have one formation category for “adults” that disregards the challenges that come with every new decade of life — from one’s 20’s to one’s 80’s. Learn to recognize the different developmental, generational, and spiritual stages of life for older adults, and explore practices and approaches that lead to richer, fuller ministry with older people in churches and communities.

Christian Social Ministry: Immersion in Urban Ministry
Dr. Elbert Ransom, Jr.
Weekdays, starting Monday, January 8 - Wednesday, January 24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
(does not meet Monday, January 15; DOES meet Saturday, January 20) 
$300 (3.0 CEU) 
Acquaint yourself with ways Jesus Christ cared for indigent humanity, and acquire the skills to be effective Christian caregivers. Seek God’s presence outside of the comfort of the sanctuary by attending to the disallowed and disavowed where they are. Along with Bible study and key subject readings, students will enter immersion assignments in real service to the homeless, hungry, incarcerated, elderly, through city social services resource programs.

Registration: Contact Anne Karoly,
Registration deadline when course full or by December 15.
Please note: Course materials are made available online through myVTS. To participate, all students must have internet access and be able to navigate the web.  
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