Paul as an Urban Prophet - WS 300
Apostle Paul faced many challenges while doing mission work in the cities of
Judea, Syria, Asia Minor, Macedonia, Greece, and Italy.
Dr. James Waddell, Assistant
Professor of Biblical Studies, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
This is clearly
reflected in his letters and in the narratives in Acts. In this workshop we
will explore the kinds of challenges Paul faced in the first century
they were not unlike the challenges facing those engaged in urban ministry
The Church & The New Racism: Trayvon Martin, Voting Rights, &
the Take-Over of Detroit – WS 301
November 2, 2013
Dr. James Perkinson, Professor
of Social Ethics, ETS; Special Lecturer in Communication Studies, Oakland University
workshop will articulate a challenge to the Church to respond to our
contemporary situation of racialized politics with prophetic vision and pastoral savvy.
Specifically we will look at the linkage
between national issues of policies that have racist effects (such as Stand
Your Ground Laws, and the roll-back of Voting Rights)
and the imposition of an
Emergency Manager on Detroit. The focus
of the workshop is to deepen understanding of "what's going on" and
explore some of the possibilities of response.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Model for Prophetic Preaching in the
Contemporary World – WS 307
January 18, 2014
Dr. Michael Nabors, Director
Master of Divinity Program, Ecumenical Theological Seminary; Faculty, Marygrove
workshop is designed to introduce participants to underlying prophetic motifs
found in selected sermons by Dr. King.
The sermons will include;
The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,
Eulogy for the Martyred Children, and The Drum Major Instinct. Considerable attention will be given in
encouraging participants to find their own prophetic voices in the sermonic
God’s Grace Through Grief – WS 302
February 15, 2014
Dr. Edward Knox, Pastor New Mt
Vernon Baptist Church; Psychologist;
Mentor/Adjunct Professor ETS
workshop will give the student a historical, Biblical, Theological and
practical perspective on grief. Subsequently the course will equip the student
with various tools
and insight on what is grief, how to grieve, the benefits of
grief and the 5f formula on how to resolve grief.
Self Care for the Minister – WS 303
March 22, 2014
Rev. Denise Henderson,
Associate Minister Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Certified Leadership/Wellness
this interactive workshop participants will explore a model of Holy Health
which includes wellness as the integration of mind, body and spirit and the
development of one’s own purpose in life. We will examine the ministry
leader’s role in the area of wellness for others in their faith-based
Participants will develop strategies to help them create a balance
between self-care and the needs of their ministries.
Religion in the Public Square: Intersection of Faith and Politics – WS
April 12, 2014
Donna Matteis, ESQ
seminar will look at the legal bases that separate church and state. It will
also explore how religion has played and continues to play a role in politics
in the United States.
Finally, while exploring why Christians have sometimes
been reluctant to bring their faith to the public square, we
will examine how Christianity calls us to participate in political dialogue.
Mental Health Resources for Ministry – WS 305
May 3, 2014
Belinda Evans-Ebio, LMSW; Social Worker
of the biggest yet most overlooked challenges to the church today is
recognizing the signs of emotional stress and mental illnesses within the
The minister and the ministerial staff need to be able to know
the signs of mental illness and recognize that prayer alone may not be enough
to assist people in mental distress.
workshop will give basic information for those in church leadership to
recognize the warning signs of mental illnesses and will provide resource
guides giving trained
professionals and agencies that can be contacted for
referrals or emergency assistance.
For further information or to register your group, please contact Ms. Elle Folson at 313-831-5200, extension 207 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.