Summer Institute 2018

June 18-29, 2018

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

Registration: Current students can register through the registrars office at the seminary. New students or occasional students should use this online registration form

 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: Sandy Wenger w/ Kevin Clark

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. Course pre-requisite: Home-based Practicum

Afternoon Classes

Choose one based on your interest 

FS 532 Spiritual Direction II: Congregational Discernment
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kevin Clark

The kingdom of God —as seen within the biblical text and especially within the life and practice of Jesus—will offer us a graced place to stand as we discern what we bring to the spiritual discipline and art of discernment within congregational life and practice. Lectures, discussions, and prayerful reflection will assist us in discerning our root systems, our understandings of God, how we recognize God’s voice, how we discern gifts and callings, the climate for decision-making, how we reflect on our discerning, and how we live in faithful response to the gospel in all of life—within and beyond the congregation in this post-modern age.


Prayer Practices in Worship
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Amy Fetterman

Prayer is the core of worship for many traditions and yet not all congregations engage in a rich prayer life. Too often prayer becomes a utilitarian function and the faith community misses out on the rich relationship with the Holy it can bring. This course will help students (re)engage corporate and individual innovative prayer practices rooted in tradition. Participants will develop their own theology of prayer and worship as they explore expressions of prayer in the context of the 21st century North American church.

This course meets the worship course requirement for ordination in elder or deacon track for the United Methodist Church. 


Opening Orientation Breakfast: Monday of the first week 8:30 - 10:00
Full Day Contemplative Retreat – Second Monday

Daily schedule:
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- 5:00pm  

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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