NH School of Ministry

UCC History, Polity and Theology Class Offered Fall, 2017

The Center for Progressive Renewal is offering a fall semester online UCC History, Polity and Theology class beginning on September 6th and ending December 6th.  The class will offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about the United Church of Christ, and may meet the requirements of your Committee on Church and Ministry for Continuing Education credit. 

It is a rigorous, engaging class that is offered asynchronistically so it is convenient for those who are bi-vocational, have full schedules, or odd sleep habits! It is designed to meet the needs of students with different learning styles and varying levels of formal education.

The facilitators for the class are fully engaged and available throughout the class to the students. Tim Downs and his team have been teaching this course for online for the last six years, and it has evolved and adapted to the changes in the UCC and the changing needs of those seeking authorization for ministry.

Certificates of Completion are issued for all students who successfully complete the requirements for the class. Letters with a grade and summary assessment of the student's performance in the class for Committees on Ministry are available upon request. However, students taking the class for credit need to make special arrangements with Tim and their seminaries. Any questions about can be directed to Tim Downs, the lead facilitator, at timothy.c.downs@gmail.com. The cost of the class is $629 and the deadline for registration is August 30th. Click here to Register.

Fall Courses from the New York School of Ministry


  • Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling
    Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min. Instructor
    Sept 23, Oct 14, Oct 28
  • New Testament I
    Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D. Instructor
    Nov 4, Nov 11, Dec 9 & 16
  • Special Short Course
    Empowering Vital Ministry: Congregational Leadership 2.0
    Rev. Marsha Williams, Ph.D Instructor
    Sept 28, October 12 & 26
    Click here to learn more about these courses.

Fall Courses from Pathways, Progressive Online Theological Education



  • UCC History & Polity
    September 13 - December 12



  • Singing the Bible
    August 23 - September 19
  • What about the Bible
    October 3-31
  • ADVENT: A Spiritual Journey
    November 22 - December 19



  • Thinking Theologically in the 21st Century
    August 23 - October 3
  • Critical Interpretation of the Bible
    October 25 - December 12
  • Caring for Self & Others
    August 23 - October 3
  • The Art of Worship
    October 25 - December 12



  • Pastoral Care (Spiritual Health)
    August 23 - October 3
  • Old Testament Hermeneutics
    October 25 - December 12


Click here to learn more about these courses or visit www.pathways-ucc.org

Merrimack Association Book Group
September, 2017

Authorized Clergy in the Merrimack Association of the United Church of Christ are taking part in a book group several times a year. Their next date to meet is Thursday, September 7 from 10am-noon at the conference center. They are reading Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership. Meg Hess, a pastoral counselor, who is familiar with the book and how it is used in case studies will join the study.

On-line Course, The Church: A System of Relationships
August 1 - September 7, 2017

Description: This course is an introduction to Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) applied to the congregational context, and to congregational leadership. Through guided discussions, reflecting on personal experience, and examining latent theological ideals of congregation, Church, and leadership, participants will gain a new understanding of their congregation and their leadership roles. This is an online course.

Online Registration for this event is closed.
Click here to learn more or email: lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu

Other Continuing Education Possibilities

Please click here to find out about other continuing education events, workshops, and courses for 2017