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Ministry Center

Housed at Elizabethtown College since its inception in 1993, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center delivers training and continuing education for Church of the Brethren ministry and lay leadership. We offer classes in the ACTS and TRIM certificate programs, host graduate courses for Bethany Theological seminary, and organize continuing education events. SVMC works in close partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Middle, Southern, and Western Pennsylvania.

Coming up:


In Continuing Education:


Theology, Continuity, Innovation, and the Kingdom of God


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown College

Susquehanna Room

With Steven Schweitzer

The book of Chronicles contains an alternative vision of Israel’s past, one that promotes innovation while remaining faithful to the people’s heritage. While the book of Kings explains why the people ended up in exile (“how we got into this mess”), the book of Chronicles was written after the exile in the midst of significant cultural shifts to provide a way forward for a new opportunity to follow God faithfully (“where do we go from here”). Schweitzer proposes that Chronicles is highly relevant to the Church as it attempts to imagine its future. In the sessions, we will explore several central themes in the book and think about how Chronicles may help us answer questions about being faithful in the midst of cultural change, being innovative while remaining authentic and consistent with the past, and how the centrality of worship and seeking God provide a core message to those who participate in God’s Kingdom.

Steven Schweitzer is Academic Dean of Bethany Theological Seminary.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEU)

Send check and paper registration to SVMC by April 11, 2016 or register online at

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