Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center Courses

These courses are offered by Bethany and hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.  To receive graduate credit, students must be enrolled at Bethany. Courses can be taken for 3.0 graduate credits or audited for 3.0 CEUs.

Fall 2016

Introduction to Preaching, M 120   Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Juniata College
September 23-24, October 14-15, November 18-19
Fridays 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This course introduces students to a basic understanding of the value and methods of preaching in ministry. Attention will be given to the application of biblical exegesis in the preparation of sermons, and students will be instructed and given opportunity to apply homiletical theory and skills necessary in preparing, presenting, and constructively criticizing different types of sermons. 3 semester credits.

Spring 2017

Brethren Polity and Practice, M 265   Jim Beckwith

Elizabethtown College
February 18-19, March 24-25, April 28-29
Fridays 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-4:40 p.m.

This course is designed to enable a student to study and understand the ecclesiology, history, and polity of the Church of the Brethren. During this course, students will explore the ecclesiology in the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions in general and in the Church of the Brethren in particular. In addition, students will examine the changing nature of organization and polity in the Church of the Brethren while gaining an understanding of the relationship of congregation, district, and denomination. Included in this course will be the study of the relationship between cultural context and organizational patterns of congregations. 3 semester credits.


Course listings are subject to change. Please be sure to check the Registrar’s current course schedule on the Seminary Academic Services website for possible additional courses or corrections.