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Graduate Level Courses

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center brings Bethany Theological Seminary classes to south and central Pennsylvania. Students enroll through Bethany's admissions office (Contact Tracy Primovitch at primotr@bethanyseminary.edu or 1-800-287-8822).

Already trained? You can audit the course as a refresher for 1/3 the cost and earn 3.0 CE Units!

Church of the Brethren Polity and Practice

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Taught by Randy Yoder, D.Min.
Elizabethtown College

Dates:       January 30-31, March 20-21, April 17-18, 2015

Times:       Friday 2:00 – 10:00 PM; Saturday 8:30-4:30, with one-hour breaks for meals.            

Credit:      3 hours of seminary credit

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. 

Registration details:

  • Registration deadline is December 1, 2014, but non-Bethany students, including auditors, need to first apply for Occasional Student status. A $50 application fee applies. Contact Tracy Primozich at primotr@bethanyseminary.edu ASAP! 

  • Cost is $1,380 (3 credits); auditors: $460 plus $10 CEU documentation fee
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