NYTS Summer Institutes of Learning

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  Continuing Education and Partner Church cost: $50 / credit

Audit fee: $150.00 / credit, for current matriculated seminary students only.

Courses are open to clergy and other religious leaders who are seeking continuing education opportunities, as well as members of a Partner Church seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

A “Partner Church” is any church or other religious community that has supported the Seminary over the past several years through a gift or in-kind contribution.
Enrollment may be limited for some courses.

Continuing Education Units are available upon request at the completion of each course.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at Lbumgardner@nyts.edu.

The Summer Institutes are:

The Language Institute
Religious Education and Youth Institute
Theology and Congregational Institute
Preaching Institute
Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute

Language Institute


ReisigIntroduction to Koine Greek Intensive (4 Cr., BBL3504)
Jul 2, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 2 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Jerry Reisig

This course is an intensive study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Koine Greek of the Second Testament. Students will develop a basic vocabulary and grammar which will allow them to translate simple Bible passages. This course is a requirement for BBL3514: Introduction to Koine Greek 2 & Exegesis.


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Religious Education and Youth Institute


CohallStrategies for Effective Teaching (3 Cr., MRE2513)
Jun 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 16 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 318 (Except: June 16: Room 314)
Professor Kirkpatrick G. Cohall

This course will introduce students to a variety of strategies, methods, and techniques for teaching religion and theology in various environments. The course also offers students the opportunity to examine each of these strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies for meeting their school and program expectation. Students will acquire a working knowledge of contemporary models of religious education through readings, theoretical analysis, case studies and personal reflection. They will be able to decipher methodologies, theories and models germane to their communities or congregational context that will contribute to social transformation.


turnerYouth and Family Ministry
(3 Cr., MYM2003)

Jun 5, 7, 12, 14 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 9, 16 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 316
Professor Kathleen Turner

This course explores how shifting social and cultural dynamics in the 21st Century have impacted ministry to youth and families in urban communities. Participants will be exposed to various models, theories and practical skills needed to design effective family and youth ministries that are responsive to emergent trends and challenges.


HenryYouth, Church and Crisis in Ministry (3 Cr., MYM1013)
Jul 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 7, 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 240
Professor Tamara Henry

This course provides an understanding of the developmental, social and cultural crises impacting the lives of contemporary youth, within and beyond the church. Drawing insights from theology, psychology, sociology and education, participants will explore theories and concrete strategies for helping youth negotiate the real life difficulties that impinge on faith formation during the adolescent and young adult years.


CohallEducating & Leading a Diverse Learning Organization (3 Cr., MRE2233)
Jul 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 14 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room B
Professor Kirkpatrick G. Cohall

This course will examine the role that leadership plays in addressing issues of diversity and equity in institutions and educational settings. Students will explore the impact of diversity on organizational behavior, decisions and outcomes. Students will also learn techniques for managing adaptive challenges, a primary function of leadership in multicultural settings, with attention to leadership with and without authority as well as survival skills within the parish context.


HenryYouth, Culture and Pedagogy in Religious Education (3 Cr., MRE2523)
Aug 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 4, 18 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 240
Professor Tamara Henry

This course explores the intersection between youth, culture and pedagogical practice within religious education. In particular, it probes the challenges in engaging and religiously educating contemporary youth and young adults and examines how resources that emerge from popular youth cultures can fund more effective teaching and learning practices within youth and young adult ministry today.

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Theology and Congregational Institute



1 Song of Songs: “A Love Story” (3 Cr., BBH3153)
Jun 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room D
Professor Jin Hee Han

This is an exegetical study of the canonical Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon. An ancient sage, speaking of the great value of the book, says that the whole world is not worth the day when this book was given to Israel. In this course, we will study the ancient figures of speech that speak of human love. We will also explore the multifarious ways in which the book has been interpreted as a discourse of spirituality by rabbinic, medieval and modern commentators. The course will also include research on how the language of the Song is reflected in art and literature.


EMSWomen in the First Testament (3 Cr., BBN2413)
Jun 12, 14, 19, 21 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 9, 16, 23 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Eleanor Moody-Shepherd

This course will seek to help students understand the role of women in the First Testament as a paradigm for salvation history. The exploration of the text will be through the social, political, and theological perspectives of the time in which they lived. Given those realities, the class will struggle with the church’s dilemma in addressing the role of women in the leadership and cultic functions in the contemporary church. Students must read the assigned reading before coming to class (posted on “Moodle” by May 1).


AlfaroTheosis: “The Possibility, Path & Vertigo of Becoming Participants of the Divine Nature” (3 Cr., TTU3243)
Jun 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 9 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 311
Professor Humberto E. Alfaro

The premise of this course is that the idea of becoming participants of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), in spite of terminological diversity and a constellation of interpretations about its particular experiential possibility, never ceased to attract theologians and mystics through two millennia of Christian tradition. In this course, the complex concept of theosis is explored in a contemporary biblical and theological context in the light of Eastern and Western traditions. From this perspective, this course scrutinizes the writings of Athanasius, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Maximus the Confessor, Gregory Palamas, Saint Anselm, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Sergius Bulgakow, and Karl Rahner. Attention is paid to the following questions: What exactly is meant by theosis (θέωση)? What are the origins of the term and the development of the concept in the intellectual history of ideas? Is there a divine promise of human deification implicit in the teaching of Scriptures? What are the constellations of interpretations of theosis? What are the possibilities, path and vertigo of theosis? What are the contemporary theological, ethical and ministerial problems, if any, with human beings becoming divine? How could a human being become divine without refuting the essential divine-human distinction in classical theological reasoning? What is the ministerial relevance of theosis as an experiential possibility? These questions and concerns will be processed, contextualized, and addressed in our exploration of the nature and development of theosis as a vision of human wholeness and spiritual transformation within the context of our ministries.


eagosto300The Shorter Letters of Paul: “Thessalonians, Phillipians, and Philemon” (3 Cr., BBN3053)
Jun 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 23 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 316 (Except June 25: Room 240)
Professor Efrain Agosto

While many turn first to Romans, Galatians and Corinthians to understand Paul, it is worth the journey to Northern Greece – Ancient Macedonia – to explore a set of Paul’s shorter letters – 1-2 Thessalonians and Philippians – in order to understand him and his followers better, especially as he ministers to these needy communities through the pastoral theology embedded in these letters. In addition, the shortest of his letters, Philemon, written apparently to a local church leader in a less identifiable region, exhibits more of an intended audience than just one person and, therefore, merits careful attention also for its embedded theology and call to justice and reconciliation. Together these four letters will be analyzed in this course for their instruction about Pauline ministry, Pauline theology and the art of writing pastoral letters in earliest Christianity.


MarshallHistory of the African American Church (3Cr., HTU2063)
Jul 10, 12, 17, 19 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 14, 28 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 314
Professor Jermaine Marshall

This course provides a critical analysis into the origins, development, and growth of African American Christianity. The course will focus on the trajectory of African American Christianity from the traditional indigenous spirituality of Africa to the religious experiences of African Americans in the African Diaspora. While the course will focus on African American Christianity in the United States the course will also highlight the syncretism of other religious traditions in other parts of the African Diaspora such as Brazil and the Caribbean.

The course will interpret the history of the African American Church through an examination of slave religion, development of the independent Black Church movement with special emphasis on the seven historically Black denominations (African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated; National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; Progressive National Baptist, Church of God in Christ), the Great Migrations, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the development of Black and Womanist theologies, the Black Mega Church, and Challenges for the future of the African American Church.



StanleyChurch Administration (3Cr., MRL1603)
Jul 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 14, 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 316
Professor Pamela Stanley

This course examines leadership in church administration with an emphasis on biblical principles and practices for the local church including human resources, financial and facility management, risk management, staff training and development, public relations, technology and social media. Students will engage in discussions on developing protocol and policies for effective church operations. This study will integrate material from both spiritual and secular sources.



Love and Obligation: “A Multicultural Ethic for Today” (3 Cr., TEU2553)
Jul 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25  (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 21, 28 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 320
Professor Jill Schaeffer

In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus sums up the Law with 2 commandments: The First: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The First is taken directly from Deuteronomy 6:4-9, called the Great Shema. The second hearkens back to Leviticus 19, the Holiness Code, where the stranger or the wanderer is under the same Law as the Native. The objective that these two commandments have in common is the “Other.” God and Neighbor are both “Other.” How can we be obligated to “Love?” this “other.” Isn’t love voluntary? But in these two greatest commandments, Love and Law are intertwined, both directed outward from oneself to the “other.” This class will focus on relating to that “other,” gradually learning through exercises drawn from pastoral counseling, ethics and theology that we are others, wanderers, strangers, aliens to each other and are commanded not only to welcome one another as different and unique but acknowledge the reality of that stranger or alien as perhaps necessary for the enrichment of us all.



The Spirituality of Administration (3 Cr., MRL2803)
Aug 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 18, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room C
Professor Courtney Wiley-Harris

Often times, people find themselves particularly called and/or consumed with the process, logistics, and “administrativia” of church and faith-based work more than others. Dismayed that the gift of administration rarely receives the attention of that of the five-fold ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11, talent is often not affirmed and lost in faith based institutions. This class is designed to affirm those called with the gift of administration and to assist in helping them find value and purpose in building the work of their houses of worship and faith-based institutions.


QueHuman Trafficking: “Modern Day Slavery” (3 Cr., SMU2143)
Aug 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 28 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 18, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 318
Professor Que English

Human trafficking is a crime that affects the most vulnerable members of society. It is a global issue and according to the United Nations is tied with illegal arms, the second largest criminal activity in the world after drugs. Victims of human trafficking suffer a violation of human rights and are to be considered as persons in need of protection. Although it is a stronghold in third world countries, it is happening in our own backyard, New York City where thousands of children have been lost to this world, average age 12-15. From understanding sex and the church as far back as St. Augustine, this class will introduce students to the complex phenomenon of human trafficking. We will provide a broad overview of trafficking in human beings in its historical, legal, political and social contexts, identifying the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, its indicators, including trafficking in the United States and the different people involved at all levels. Basic understanding of the risk factors, warning signs, trafficking’s terminology, and the influence of the world of technology and social media contributions to this ill will be covered. Education will expand to the national and local scope of domestic minor sex trafficking, understanding our most vulnerable population and tools of engagement. The class will also learn about victim profiles, risk factors, recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers, methods of control, trafficker and buyer profiles, the physical and psychological impact of trauma, and tips for interaction with child victims.
What is God’s heart for the most vulnerable and how does scripture direct us to revolutionizing this atrocity through action? We will explore scripture to develop our foundational understanding and will use a broad repertoire of skills including conflict, community building and planning and collaborative models to build a template for organizing around the issue of human trafficking.


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Preaching Institute


WilsonWomen Preaching (3 Cr., MMP2823)
Jun 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 23 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 330
Professor Flora Wilson Bridges

This class is designed to give students the maximum opportunity to practice crafting and thinking about sermons. We will work together in class and beyond on message, methods and maximum impact for preaching. We will use texts from the Revised Common Lectionary and work on sermons from both testaments.


HuntPreaching Under Construction (3 Cr., MMP2153)
Jul 30 – Aug 3, Aug 6 – 10 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Chapel of the Cross, 3rd Floor
Professor Edward L. Hunt

Come and rediscover the joy of sermon preparation and preaching again as if for the first time! There will be interaction and an exciting time for all involved. Each student will be required to bring at least five of his or her best sermons. We will work with your sermons, examine your style and challenge your delivery skills. We also work on reaching a deeper depth and meaning in sermon development and thinking. Finally, we will also visit and examine the wonderful art of Celebration in Preaching.


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Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute

FieldsFoundations in Chaplaincy Ministry (2 Cr., CPE1002)
May 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19
Thursdays (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Room 500, Conference Room B
Professor Nancy Fields

By approval only; contact Dr. Nancy Fields at nfields@nyts.edu for approval BEFORE you register.

  • Group Educational Classes: 3 hours per week
  • Individual Session: 10 individual sessions; 30 minutes each
  • Clinical Practice in Ministry: 6 hours per week of clinical practice at select clinical placement sites


Group Counseling (3 Cr., MPC2623)
Jun 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jun 9 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 240 (Except June 9, Room 10T)
Professor Dorothea Crites

Today Pastoral Care and Counseling in congregations and in agency settings rely upon and benefit greatly from our understanding of group theory and process. This course will explore the history, theological perspective and process of working with individuals in group contexts and with group experience as a whole. Aspects of group theory and process will be explored through readings, discussions, and in-class group process. A primary goal of the course is to assist students with knowledge of group dynamics leading to more effective leadership in groups in their professional roles.


GunnAlcoholism, Opioid and Drug Addiction, Codependancy and Recovery (3 Cr., MPC2813)3)
Jul 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 7, 14, 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 330
Professor Robert W. Gunn

In this course we will study alcoholism, opioid and drug addiction, codependency and recovery from psychological, biological, spiritual and family systems perspectives. Students will be required to attend related 12 step programs as we consider issues of healing and recovery. Codependency and sociocultural resistances to identifying addictions and seeking help will be addressed. Course requirements will include 1 (5 page) paper on addiction issues in one’s family of origin; 1 (5 page) paper of reflection on 12 step visits; and a (15 page) paper on the psychological and spiritual dimensions of addiction and recovery.


PClemmonsastoral Care of Families in the Bible (3 Cr., MPC2843)
Aug 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23  (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 11, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 330
Professor E. Roland Clemons

This course will use the family systems theory model as a tool to explore transactional patterns within biblical families, and focus on factors that promote functional and dysfunctional behavior in the family. It will investigate how the family maintains and corrects its equilibrium (homeostasis), the effects of alignments, coalitions and triangulation on child development and the family, and the concept of complementarity in family relations. Some Old Testament families to be observed will be the families of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Isaac. Some of those from the New Testament will be the families of Zechariah, Joseph, and the Prodigal Son.


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