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TRIM Academy Level Courses

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers some courses each year in conjunction with Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership that earn course units in the TRIM program. Questions about TRIM should be directed to the district TRIM Coordinator or to the national TRIM Coordinator, Carrie Eikler (

Upcoming TRIM courses offered by SVMC:


Church of the Brethren Polity and Practice

July 11-12, August 15-16, 2014
Elizabethtown College, Young Center

WarrenEshbach PolityInstructorRandyYoder

Taught by former District Executives, Warren Eshbach and Randy Yoder

This course is designed to enable a student to study and understand the ecclesiology, history, and polity of the Church of the Brethren. Students will explore the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions and the changing nature of organization and polity in the Church of the Brethren, while gaining an understanding of the relationship of congre-gation, district, and denomination.

Required texts:

Bowman, Carl F. Portrait of a People. ISBN: 0871780852.

Church of the Brethren Manual of Organization and Polity, 2013 (included in course cost).

Durnbaugh, Donald F. Church of the Brethren: Yesterday and Today. ISBN: 0871781514.

Durnbaugh, Donald F. Fruit of the Vine. ISBN: 0871780038.

Redekop, Benjamin W. Power and Authority in the Anabaptist Tradition. ISBN: 0801866057.

This course is an intensive, meeting Friday July 11 and August 15 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m, and Saturday July 12 and August 16, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with one-hour breaks for meals.

Cost is $275. Registration is due July 1.

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