Continuing Education Archives - Church Executive


How to choose the right MDiv program: 5 questions to ask

How can you tell which Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is the best fit for you? By Joel Short There might be practical concerns relating to cost and convenience to consider. But how can you evaluate the quality of a program and the impact it will have on your life and ministry? Here are 5 […]

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Counseling training options for pastors

Expert perspectives on the expectations church leaders face today, common pitfalls and risks, and how to rise to the challenge Overall, are pastors adequately trained and prepared with regards to counseling their congregations?

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Partner seminaries offer one-of-a-kind education

By Jenny Williams & Mandy Ford Students at Bethany Theological Seminary and Earlham School of Religion (ESR) get more to their educational experience than meets the eye. As seminaries across the country are downsizing, merging, or closing, these two schools in Richmond, Indiana, intend to keep building on a partnership that began a quarter of […]

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Debt-free education is within reach

By Jenny Williams Educational debt is an issue for many students across the country, and seminary students are no exception. At Bethany, recipients of the Pillars and Pathways Residency Scholarship can complete their seminary education without incurring additional educational or consumer debt. “No student should be limited in following God’s call by financial debt incurred […]

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Leadership training options for pastors

Reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh   In general, have full-time church leaders shown increased interest in leadership and management training? Bo Rice: With the world changing as fast as it is, solid leadership skills are often what keep the ship right. So, yes, I’ve seen significant increased interest in leadership and management training in the past […]

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New pathways to enhance life & work

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“Bethany Theological Seminary has a history of adapting its program to meet the changing needs of the church and society. Now the Seminary finds itself in a rapidly changing religious landscape, involving congregational life, denominational institutions, religious affiliation, and spirituality in America.” From its beginnings in Chicago — when prison ministry and service to immigrants […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: “God is in all of it”

Chaplain (Major) Nathan Mclean speaks with a group of Soldiers in the field. (Official U.S. Army Photo) When Chaplain Steve Blackwell answered the call to Army Reserve chaplaincy, he was five times disqualified. Now, he’s a gold badge recruiter. What led you to chaplaincy service? Were you in full-time ministry before that? Chaplain Blackwell: I […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: Military ministry offers a new road to growth

Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Whitlock prays with a group of Soldiers and Civilians. (Official U.S. Army Photo) After extensive work in South America, Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders returns to the U.S. and finds a new way to minister   Returning to the U.S. — and a new role Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders’ decision to become a […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: Chaplaincy becomes a perfect fit — the second time around

Chaplain (Captain) Dennis Stene speaks with a Soldier. (Official U.S. Army Photo) Six years after traditional ministry, an idea previously contemplated turns in to a new — and exciting — opportunity to minister After 10 years in human resources, Chaplain Captain Recruiter Ted Hamm made the decision to go to seminary in Charlotte, N.C. It […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: A tale of two Army chaplains

Official U.S. Army Photo One is a 24-year active-duty chaplain. The other is a Reserve-duty chaplain called into active duty. Both say they’re right where they need to be. Always where the action is Born, raised and educated in Poland, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Jerzy Rzasowski (“Father George”) has been a priest for 33 years — […]

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