Summer Institute 2017

June 19-30, 2017

Cost: For seminary credit- $485 per credit hour 
Training (non-credit)- $245 a credit hour.
Institute fee (all participants)- $60

Registration | Schedule | Housing and Meals |Oasis for pastors and spiritual directors |

Morning classes

Choose one, based on your year in the Summer Institute

Year 1: Spiritual Guidance in Life & Practice
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: Kevin Clark

Grounded in the understanding that God in Jesus Christ is inviting us to be reconciled- to God, to ourselves, to each other, and to God’s creation- this course is designed to offer learning in three areas: a biblical foundation and historical overview of spiritual formation; an understanding of spiritual discernment; and learning the practice of spiritual guidance. View syllabus

Years 2 & 3: Spiritual Directors Peer Group
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: tba

This class offers guidance for depth listening, reflection, spiritual discernment, and discovery in our journey as emerging spiritual directors. We will be engaging in spiritual direction conversations, and in-depth listening to verbatim. View the schedule

Afternoon Classes

Choose one based on your interest

Journey of the Soul 
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kevin Clark

This course offers practical guidance as we trace stages of spiritual growth and awareness (journey of the soul), while attending to spiritual practice and discernment of God’s movement within us. We will also be attentive to discerning God’s presence and activity in the lives of persons we companion, as well as caring for the congregational across the formational journey. See reading list.

Intergenerational Worship
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Emily Peck-McClain

The course is part of a growing movement in Christian communities of faith who consider how to keep people of all ages together for worship. Participants will be led to think about the formative nature of worship in community – including practices of prayer, singing, proclamation of the Word of God, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and other rituals. Together we will learn reasons for keeping all generations together for communal worship of God and will consider both the challenges and benefits of doing so. We will explore how to structure and lead worship so that all ages are welcomed and empowered to be in the space together and to participate fully. For a final project, students will create an intergenerational worship service for their communities that is intentional about how it is forming those who lead and participate in it.

Pre-class reading assignment, to complete before coming to campus: Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, InterVaristy Press Academic, 2012.

Retreat June 19: 8:30am-4:30pm at the Discipleship Center (required for all participants)
Morning worship: 8:00am
Morning classes: 8:45am-12:00pm
Lunch and break: 12:00am-1:15pm
Afternoon classes: 1:15-4:15pm
Afternoon worship: 4:15-4:45 (encouraged for all participants, required for all Intergenerational Worship students)

Other Options

Home-based Practicum
Student engage in 50 hours of practice in leading spiritual direction or formation in their home area between August and May. Students will receive individual guidance from faculty based on their project. Students complete one home-based practicum each year of the institute, for a total of three, in order to obtain a certificate of course completion.

Oasis for pastors and spiritual directors
Eastern Mennonite Seminary offers a special program for pastors on summer sabbatical and spiritual directors who want continuing education. The Oasis program, connected with the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation provides opportunities for intentional guided reflection and prayer time or the option of sitting in on classes with no record. It also provides continued training options for spiritual directors. In place of coursework, Oasis offers intentional Sabbath and space. Cost is equivalent to one semester hour of study with no seminary credit available. Learn more about Oasis

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