Yankton College Announces Partnership

Yankton College and Eden Theological Seminary are very pleased to announce a partnership to revitalize and sustain lay pastoral theological education in the South Dakota Conference and the Northern Plains Conference.  This educational program is directed at those who are seeking licensing for pastoral ministry, those who are participating in the multiple paths to ordination process, for continuing education for ministers and other lay leaders, and for adult education for lay persons looking for spiritual and theological education beyond that which they receive in their local congregation.

The South Dakota program launches on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 at the Chamberlain United Church of Christ.  The Northern Plains program is the following weekend on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 at the Bismarck United Church of Christ.  Each session begins with a Clergy and Congregational Leadership Event, "The Church in an Electronic Age," with Rev. Gregg Brekke.  Brekke is the news director for the United Church of Christ and editor of United Church News.  His sessions are designed for helping congregations, particularly rural congregations capture a vision for the role the Internet and electronic social media can play in the life of the congregation, as well as in evangelism.  

The Saturday afternoon sessions of each weekend feature the initial class meeting of the credit courses for those engaged in the Yankton College Pastoral Theology Program. In South Dakota, the courses will be "Social Media and the Local Church" with Rev. Brekke and "Introduction to the New Testament" with Dr. Anita L. Bradshaw. In Northern Plains, the courses will be "Social Media and the Local Church" with Rev. Brekke and "Introduction to Christian Education" with Kris Potter, M.Ed., the Director of Ministries to Children and Families at Mayflower United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Costs for the Clergy and Congregational Leadership Event are $45.00 for the first registrant from a congregation and $40.00/registrant for all other registrants from the same congregation. Registration includes dinner on Friday, coffee breaks, materials and instruction.  Fees for students enrolling in the Pastoral Theology Program courses are $140.00 per course per student for credit and $100.00 per course per student for audit.  Course registration includes the Leadership Event at no extra fee.  Course registration also includes lunch on Saturday for course participants.

For more information, contact Dr. Anita L. Bradshaw, Director of Judicatory Based Education for Eden Theological Seminary at 612.791.8217 or 866.247.4425 (toll free) or abradshaw@eden.edu.

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