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Continuing Education Courses

Fall 2016 Continuing Education Courses

Degree courses are made available to continuing education students as enrichment opportunties to apply to their ministry settings. Enrollment is a three step process: 1) apply 2) register and 3)pay. To begin, click here for the application. Once submitted further directions will be sent for registering and paying for each course.

These courses are cross-listed in the Enriched Evening School of Theology program.


Questions? Please contact Anne Karoly at lte@vts.edu



Introduction to Theological Research and Writing (LTE 326 01)
Ms. Sharon Heaney
September 7 - December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee $300.00

This course will strengthen the skills of academic research and writing in a theological context. Students will learn to use research libraries and resources effectively and with confidence in order to prepare their written assignments with clarity, depth and academic integrity. This class is an opportunity to be guided through the process of researching and writing a piece of work on a theological subject the student has chosen.

Money, Administration and Governance Ministry (LTE 326 02)
Ms. Kathryn Glover
Ms. Heather Zdancewicz
September 7 - December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee $300.00
This course will broadly examine the essential elements and models of governance and management in ministry with a particular emphasis on the parish context. In this course, we will examine those aspects of ministry that go beyond the preaching and teaching to administration and governance in a religious organization. Together we will learn about all aspects of money in a tax-exempt organization and what requirements there are to donors, the church, and the IRS. We will also consider the relationship between institutional and governance structures, processes, and cultures, how they mutually influence and affect mission, growth, and change, and the importance of vestry/trustee selection. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to read non-profit financial statements and create balanced budgets that follow mission. Students will know the necessary reporting requirements for a church entity and In brief, running a parish both in terms of governance and administration is similar to but isn’t exactly the same as being a CEO. This course will bring together resources to assist students in understanding the similarities and differences.

Introduction to Theological Research and Writing (LTE 326 01)
Ms. Sharon Heaney
September 7 - December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee $300.00

This course will strengthen the skills of academic research and writing in a theological context. Students will learn to use research libraries and resources effectively and with confidence in order to prepare their written assignments with clarity, depth and academic integrity. This class is an opportunity to be guided through the process of researching and writing a piece of work on a theological subject the student has chosen.

School Chaplaincy-University Setting (LTE 324 01)
Zayneb Sayilgan
September 12 - October 20, 2016
Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee $200.00

In an increasingly pluralistic world, it becomes also important to accommodate the religious needs of all individuals in an institution. The aim of this course is to explore the role and responsibility of a college or university chaplain in such a pluralistic environment. What kind of spiritual advice and care can a chaplain provide in a specific institutional context? What are the methods and strategies to do that? Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the role of the chaplain and methods appropriate to an institutional context of a university.

School Chaplaincy-Pre-K to High School (LTE 324 02)
Ms. Stacey Williams-Duncan
September 12 - October 20, 2016
Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee $200.00


Serving as a school chaplain is a creative, rewarding, and complex ministry. The aim of this course is to explore the roles and responsibilities of a chaplain in a pluralistic pre-school through high school setting. By introducing students to the complex reality of school chaplaincy, this course will help them determine if this is a ministry to which they might be called, and begin to prepare them to navigate the variety of work chaplains undertake.

January 2017
Next Week-long Intensives
for Continuing Education Students
Classes and Schedule available Fall 2016

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To enroll contact: lte@vts.edu

Emotional Intelligence
Edward Andrews
July 1 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
July 2 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by June 17
This workshop will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence from the lens of Daniel Goleman's books and other writings including his recent work with the Dali Lama's Vision for our World (2015). E.I.” 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 two-day workshop, we will work to apply "E.I." to ministry in order to become more aware, effective and dynamic in living out our vocation.

Practices in Ministry: Family Systems
The Rev. Jacques Hadler
July 1 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
July 2 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by June 17
In this two-day workshop, we will primarily study Rabbi Edwin Friedman concepts and applications of Bowen family systems. The focus will be on reading congregations/institutions, relationships, and persons, in order to better manage oneself as a leader, and as an initiator and responder in relationships. This will also develop some „structures of thought? for reflecting on situations with colleagues and by one's self.

Discernment Workshop (FULL) contact office for waitlist
Dr. Kathleen Staudt
June 24 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
June 25 8:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee $60.00
Register by May 25.
Discernment is the spiritual practice that enables us to ask faithful questions about vocation and ministry and daily life. In this two-day workshop students will explore theologies of discernment and experience approaches to this practice drawn from Benedictine, Ignatian, Quaker and other contemplative traditions.