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A Continuing Education Opportunity Exploring the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

This dynamic course will explore the possibilities, origins, theology, and ministry of the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church. It is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the historical roots of the United Methodist deacon, understand deacons and their ministry, and to be a deacon or a supporter of deacons with a vision of Church and ministry that seeks to liberate and empower persons. Offered conveniently as three individual weekend sessions, this course allows continuing education students to earn one, two, or three continuing education credits.


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Dr. Margaret Ann Crain is Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical and is an ordained deacon of The United Methodist Church in full connection with the Northern Illinois Conference. Crain’s contributions to the academy and the Church has made her one of the most well-known and well-respected scholar practitioners in her field. She has served as a board member of the Christian Educators Fellowship and editor of Christians in Education, and was co-writer for the UMC Commission for the Study of Ministry in the 2008-2012 quadrennium. Crain also has participated in ecumenical organizations such as The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate (TEND), the Diaconal Organization of the Americas and Canada (DOTAC), and the DIAKONIA World Federation. Her most recent publication, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014), gives a clear understanding of the order of deacon, beginning with a discussion of how its unique call sets apart persons for ordained ministry.



Each weekend session is a freestanding learning experience, and continuing education students can register for an individual weekend session or for a 3-weekend pass (see pricing below).


Course credit is available for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students through the normal registration procedures. The deadline for traditional students to register is September 2, 2014.




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Register for The United Methodist Deacon (Three Weekend Pass)
Sept. 12-13, Nov. 14-15, Dec. 5-6, 2014 | $250 (A $50 Savings for All Three Weekends)
Registration Cutoff Date: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Weekend Schedule
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m.

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Register for September 12-13, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Deacons and Their Ministry

  • Understand deacons and their ministry
  • Envision a diaconal ministry that is prophetic and faithful to the call of all Christians
  • Consideration of the meaning of ordination and role of sacraments
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Register for November 14-15, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Historical Roots of the United Methodist Deacon

  • Learn historical roots of the United Methodist deacon, the theological basis for the diaconate, and the place of the deacon in United Methodist polity
  • Learn how the diaconate is expressed in other Christian groups
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Register for December 5-6, 2014
Class Time: Friday 2:00 p.m. - Saturday 11:00 a.m. | $100
Registration Cutoff Date: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Models for Designing Your Own Ministry 

  • Learn to be a deacon or supporter of deacons with a vision of ecclesiology and ministry that seeks to liberate and empower persons to be co-creators of the reign of God in our multi-cultural and multi-faith environment
  • Consider several models of ministry appointments that illustrate how to set up an accountability structure, raise funds, and successfully articulate your vision to the bishop

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Developing and Equipping Religious Leaders for Ministry in the 21st Century

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Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale,
DMin Program Director and E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism

In the Garrett-Evangelical DMin program, we honor the church and ministry done on the local level. Our faculty are all scholar practitioners who bring together the best of scholarship with their personal ministry experience. Our goal is to strengthen the church by equipping self-aware, reflective ministers so they can guide the church through whatever internal and external changes it may face. In this way we hope not only to be a blessing to our students, but to the church as a whole.



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In April 2013, The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) selected Rev. Steven Trefz (G-ETS 2005 and 2013), as the recipient of The Journal of Christian Ministry Award of Excellence for his DMin project. Trefz's thesis was chosen from hundreds of DMin theses from 55 ADME represented schools across the United States and Canada.

The faculty and staff at Garrett-Evangelical made this project possible. For them and for the D.Min. program I give thanks to God. This award speaks to the faculty's leadership as well as to my cohort of fellow students who supported my studies along the way.

-Rev. Steven Trefz




Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has long been committed to education for the church, academy, and world. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced degree inviting pastors to become highly skilled practitioners in specific practices of ministry. As a DMin student, you will be part of a stimulating cohort of mature colleagues in ministry engaging the best of the church and academy, brought together to enhance your skill, stimulate your pastoral imagination, and attend to ongoing spiritual and vocational formation.

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

Students who hold a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent from an approved school can complete the required 30 units in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes for DMin students are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give students high quality theological education in a flexible format. Pending your needs and the rotation of the courses, other course options may be available. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. This research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

Four Areas of Concentration (Tracks)

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers four areas of concentration for DMin students. Through a diverse curriculum taught by our distinguished faculty and prominent practitioners, you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of of ministry.




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Congregational Leadership

The church always stands in need of leaders who recognize the challenges the church faces and are equipped to guide the church through those challenges effectively. This track is dedicated to preparing these kinds of leaders, offering students the best secular and theological insights on the practice of leadership.

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Congregational Leadership

Recognizing the critical need for excellence in all church leadership, this track emphasizes the distinctive history and culture of the African-American Church. Along with providing students the best education in general leadership, it will also address administrative, theological, and cultural issues from an African-American perspective.

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Spiritual Direction

Earning both a DMin and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, you will explore the historical, theological, and contextual dimensions of global spirituality through this track. A practicum also makes it possible for students to begin applying that knowledge to the specific settings in which they work.

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ACTS DMin in Preaching

Garrett-Evangelical is one of seven seminaries who have joined to offer the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching. This ecumenical program focuses exclusively on enhancing your preaching skills through study with leading preachers and in-depth mentoring.

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Bold Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.


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This dynamic course will integrate a theology of holy communion with a critical examination of how we produce, distribute, and consume “our daily bread” in today’s economy, while also exploring practical ways individuals and communities can participate in alternative food practices that are holy, healthy and just. 

May 20-24, 2013, Daily Schedule  

Indoor Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Outdoor Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m. (Various Locations)


Each day functions as a freestanding learning experience including: a theological focus on God’s invitation to participate in loving communion through a unique set of table practices; a critical examination of modern industrial agriculture’s destructive effects on people and the land; and practical strategies to help build a more sustainable and just food economy. Classes may be taken as individual days or may be purchased as a 5-Day series (see pricing below).


Course credit is available for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students through the normal registration procedures. The deadline for traditional students to register is May 1, 2013.


In addition to the morning class, which will include lectures, select media presentations, and discussion, there is the daily opportunity to share a communal meal with other participants and to spend the afternoon in hands-on learning experiences around the Chicago area.  Persons interested in the full-day option should contact Shay Craig, coordinator for External Programs, at or 847.866.4547.


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Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  He teaches in the areas of theology and ethics, concentrating on the relation of Christian doctrine to economic, environmental, and political theory.  He also serves as Garrett-Evangelical’s representative for the newly formed Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA), a consortium of schools dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical mandate to care for God's creation.  He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, his M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  Professor Eberhart is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as a youth director, campus chaplain, and local pastor.  Before coming to Garrett-Evangelical, he was the Coordinator for the Project in Leadership and Sustainability in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions at Vanderbilt.  He has taught extensively in local church and community settings on a range of theological and ethical issues.  He and his wife Rev. Becky Eberhart, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Garrett-Evangelical, and their three children reside in Evanston, Illinois.  




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Register for Food, Faith, and Justice (Five Day Pass)
May 20-24, 2013 | $250 (A $50 Savings for All Five Days) 

Daily Schedule
Class Time: Monday through Friday, 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m.


Monday Pass F

Register for Monday, May 20
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Land, Soil, and Access 

  • Theological Focus: Jesus Christ Invites All

  • Critique:  In today’s industrial agro-economy, more and more people are cut off from access to the good earth. 

  • Practice: We are called to follow the inclusive grace of Jesus Christ by ensuring that all have access to the means of life by supporting common land ownership, community gardens, land reform, etc.

  • Field Learning: Community Garden


Tuesday Pass F

Register for Tuesday, May 21
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Community of Creation

  • Theological Theme: The Holy Spirit Joins Everyone Together

  • Critique: Agro-industrial models of production fragment eco-systems and communities.

  • Practice: We are called to abide in the Spirit by participating in forms of food production that integrate the diverse members of ecosystems and food communities in healthful ways. 

  • Field Learning: Permaculture Design
Wednesday Pass F

Register for Wednesday, May 22
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Economics for the Earth  

  • Theological Theme: The Father/Mother Nourishes Every Body

  • Critique: Petroleum-based, monocrop agriculture is ravishing the land, polluting our waterways, and contributing to climate change.

  • Practice: We honor God by growing and consuming our food in ways that respect the limits and needs of the biosphere.

  • Field Learning: Sustainable Production
Thursday Pass F

Register for Thursday, May 23
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Cooperative Power

  • Theological Theme: The Triune God Arranges Guests as Companions

  • Critique: Modern agriculture is marked by the increasing consolidation of power and wealth among a few agro-business monopolies.

  • Practice: We are called to conform our lives to the triune God by rebuilding our local food economies and supporting worker owned and governed food cooperatives.

  • Field Learning: Worker-Owned Coop  
Friday Pass F

Register for Friday, May 24
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Feasting toward a Better World

  • Theological Theme: The Lord God Grants Permission to Begin

  • Critique: The present food system is marred by domination and the control of corporations over the foundations of life (e.g. Seeds, DNA).

  • Practice: Christians are called to celebrate God’s kingdom by participating in the emergence of an alternative food economy which serves rather than destroys life.

  • Field Learning: Seminary Garden

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Leadership in Spiritual Formation Studies

The Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

Rueben JobGarrett-Evangelical offers a number of continuing education opportunities for spiritual formation studies headed by the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Named in honor of our Distinguished Alum, Bishop Rueben P. Job, the Institute is pleased to partner with Hearts on Fire: United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and A Covenant Community of Spiritual Directors in launching continuing education courses in spiritual formation/direction. 

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Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation is a First Among Protestant Seminaries

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The establishment of the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation affirms Garrett-Evangelical’s deep and abiding commitment to nurture spiritual leaders. This faculty position will help ensure that the church has leaders who are not only intellectually prepared to serve God and others, but who are spiritually formed in Christ so God can use them to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

- President Emeritus Philip A. Amerson


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has long been at the forefront of spiritual formation studies and we are just getting started. In January 2013, the Seminary fully-funded the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation ($2 million), a first among Protestant seminaries in the United States. The Rueben P. Job Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation will uniquely position Garrett-Evangelical to further develop and enhance spiritual formation studies for generations to come.

Rigorous Academics Paired with Profound Spiritual Formation

Through rigourous academics paired with profound spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical is committed to spiritual formation studies at the masters, doctoral, and certification levels offering:

To learn more about any of these programs, go to or contact the Admissions Office and request information. 

Bold Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has prepared men and women for ministry for over 160 years. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nuture mind, body, and spirit.

Garrett-Evangelical is a community that honors and embodies our mission to prepare skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Come see for yourself the ways in which our commitments to critical and creative reasoning, spiritual formation and prophetic participation in society are lived out in community with one another and the world around us.

World Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry and Spiritual Formation

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church and academy.

Dr. Frederick Schmidt holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical. Previously, Dr. Schmidt served as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, as well as Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia; as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; and as Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem. Dr. Schmidt blogs regularly at and most recently published The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times  (Abingdon Press 2013).

Dr. Dwight Judy, Professor of Spiritual Formation, has served as parish pastor, academic administrator of two graduate programs, retreat leader, retreat center director, spiritual director, and faculty member. Judy has authored many articles and books including his new book, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013).  


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Perspectives on Theology and Church

Perspectives on Theology and Church is published by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The Garrett-Evangelical community of Christian scholars maintains a strong record of producing work relevant to the theology and practice of the church today. This page will continue to be updated with papers, essays, and event proceedings for dissemination to both the academy and the church.

Uniformity versus Independence: Reflections on Theology
No. 1 | November 2012

As United Methodism continues to extend beyond its North American borders in a self-declared effort to be a “worldwide” church, it confronts the challenge of expanding its intellectual horizons to match its global aspirations. On April 15-16, 2012, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary gathered a group of United Methodist scholars and church leaders to discuss this challenge. The participants framed the challenge by asking: For our witness to be credible, persuasive, and effective as a global church, do United Methodists need to cultivate a global theological imagination? If so, what should such an imagination look like? What questions and issues should be on the agenda of any United Methodist theological work that assumes this global responsibility? How would such a global theological vision impact the character, scope, and future of theology in and for The United Methodist Church? 

Keynote Address

Uniformity versus Independence: Reflections on Theology 
for a Global United Methodist Church (PDF)

By Robert Cummings Neville
Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University

To view Uniformity versus Independence as an online publication with the best reading experience, including fullscreen and zoom capabilities, click on cover below.


Recommendations and Reflections

A Response to Uniformity versus Independence by Consultant Participants
A Global United Methodist Church: Recommendations for Reflection

Copyright © 2012 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form whatsoever, print or electronic, without prior permission from the publisher. For rights and permissions, contact The Office of External Programs,Garrett-EvangelicalTheological Seminary,2121 Sheridan Road,Evanston,IL 60201,(tel) 847-866- 4547, 


Welcome to Academics


Welcome to the Academic Affairs website!  Our goal is to keep our curriculum relevant to the needs of the church, the academy, and the world.  We are proud of the ethnic, racial, gender, and international diversity of our faculty and student body.  We are committed to retaining this diversity and multicultural integration in our learning both in and out of the classroom.

Academic Affairs welcomes your interest and we encourage you to be in contact with our office as you choose a school for theological education and preparation for various forms of ministry. May God bless you in this most exciting journey into theological education!

Dr. Luis R. Rivera
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean


  Luis Rivera
Vice President for
Academic Affairs
Academic Dean
  Krista McNeil
Administrator for
Academic Affairs
  Vince McGlothin-Eller
Director of Academic Studies
and Registrar
  Andrea Leftwich
Associate Registrar and
DMin Coordinator
  Tina Shelton
Academic Studies and
PhD Coordinator
  Pam Holliman
Director of
Distance Learning
  Brooke Lester
Director of
Emerging Pedagogies
  Karla Kincannon
Director of Vocational
Formation and Church Leadership
  Wendy Kneer
Field Education and VFCL
Program Manager


Course Syllabi

Links to course syllabi can be found here.

Academic Calendars

3-year Calendar 2014-2017

Academic Calendar 2014-2015

Academic Calendar 2015-2016

Academic Catalog

Click here to download the most recent Academic Catalog.

Student Forms

Current students can find all Student Forms through MyGETS.

United Methodist Programs

Garrett-Evangelical works in cooperation with United Methodist district committees of ministry and conference boards of ordained ministry to assist students as they clarify their call to ministry, engage in spiritual formation, and develop the understandings, skills, and practices for faithful church leadership.

  • Students seeking ordination as elder in The United Methodist Church usually enroll in the Master of Divinity program (though the Course of Study School may be an option; see below). Most students are full-time; however some of the program may be completed part-time.
  • Students seeking ordination as deacon in The United Methodist Church may enroll in the Master of Divinity program, one of the Master of Arts programs, or in the Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) program. Students may enroll in these programs full-time or, as in-ministry students, take intensive courses in January and summer terms.
  • Students seeking certificationin Christian education, evangelism, music ministry, spiritual formation, children's ministry, or youth ministry may complete educational requirements either in a degree program or in January and summer terms.  More information about UM certification is available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
  • Garrett-Evangelical also participates with the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in providing a Course of Study School for those seeking to serve in ministry as "local pastors." The Basic Course of Study Program is provided in English, Spanish, and Hmong.  Courses for those interested in Advanced Course of Study, leading to ordination as an elder, are also available.



You may now request transcripts online through the Alum/StudentWeb portal using a credit card.  Login using your ID number and passcode and then select Grades-Transcripts from the menu to the left.  Click on the link to Order an Official Transcript and provide the requested information.

Alternatively, you may request a transcript by completing this form and mailing or faxing it to the registrar. Your signature is required. Requests cannot be taken over the phone. There is a $7.50 processing fee charged for each copy. In an emergency, a transcript may be faxed for an additional $3.00, in addition to the $7.50 mailed copy.

Mail the form to:
Registrar's Office 
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary 
2121 Sheridan Road 
Evanston, IL 60201

Or, fax it to: 
Attn: Registrar's Office

Lifelong Learning

Garrett-Evangelical is committed to the belief that all faithful learning is lifelong learning. We are called to help laity, clergy and church leadership throughout the world as they grow in their understanding of their faith in their lives and communities.  Garrett-Evangelical, a world leader in quality theological education, offers classes in the traditional classroom environment, in innovative, non traditional learning environments, on the internet, and with cutting edge programs that enable us to reach new audiences in every location and in every faith tradition. 

We invite you to explore the tabs below to discover programs in lay education, continuing education, distance learning, leadership training, classes for personal and professional spiritual development. For additional information or questions regarding any of our Lifelong Learning programs, contact Shay Craig or Jim Noseworthy in the External Programs Office.


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Vice President for 
External Programs

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Shay Craig
Coordinator of
External Programs



Leadership Coaching

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GPSS (God, Person, Self, System) Leadership Coaching is a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Samaritan Training and Resource Center that provides Garrett-Evangelical alumni/ea with personal Leadership Coaching. The coaching will be provided by experienced clergy or counselors who have been trained to apply action driven, results oriented and solution focused support as you address the specific, present-moment challenges of your new appointment or employment.

GPSS Leadership Coaches guide individuals and groups to maximize their impact through exploring and expanding vision, unlocking potential and reaching desired goals with increased confidence, competency and commitment.

To see how a personal coach can benefit you, visit the GPSS Coaching website now.

Earn CEUs Online

IntersectionlogoIntersection is an innovative continuing education program that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units online with engaging and thought-provoking content. Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation and church history to the church in society. The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary’s website.

To see a list of available lectures and to enroll, visit the Intersection webpage now.

Institute for Spiritual Formation

The Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

Rueben JobThe Rueben Job Institute is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation, developed by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We are pleased to honor Bishop Rueben Job in this initiative. As an alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Bishop Job’s ministry has pioneered spiritual formation practices within the United Methodist Church. Garrett-Evangelical has continued this pioneering work through the development of the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation and spiritual formation/direction specializations throughout our degree programs.

The Rueben Job Institute offers a number of online courses for continuing education credit. Some of the upcoming courses include: Spiritual Direction during Crises of ImpassA Quiet Pentecost: Imagining and Enhancing your Spiritual Direction/Formation Ministry, and Henri Nouwen: Journey to Perfection through Imperfection. A full listing of courses is available here.

To learn more about the Institute, go to

AMBS Students at Garrett-Evangelical

To assist students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be offering a concentration in United Methodist Studies.  This concentration consists of five courses which meet six key United Methodist educational requirements - United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship.  More information about specific courses and the requirements that they meet can be found below.


AMBS students interested in studying at Garrett-Evangelical will complete a Guest Student registration form and submit it to the AMBS registrar for approval. The AMBS registrar will then forward approved forms to the Garrett-Evangelical registrar for registration. The form should be completed at least 4 weeks before the term starts in which a student wishes to take a class.  This form is available linked below as well as on the AMBS website.  Information about term begin and end dates as well as registration and other deadlines can be found on the appropriate academic calendar on the Office of the Registrar portal page.

AMBS guest students will be contacted once the course registration has been received and processed; the student will also be notified should the course be full or become unavailable.  The guest student will be given login information for the Garrett-Evangelical online portal and Moodle learning management system with instructions for accessing these sites once registration is complete.

AMBS Guest Student Registration Form

United Methodist Concentration Courses

Information about the specific courses being offered to meet the United Methodist Concentration requirements can be found below.  These documents are sorted first by requirement and then by term.  Students wishing to complete the concentration must take either both on campus United Methodist Studies courses or the three online Untied Methodist Studies courses and then choose one of the courses listed for each of the other requirement categories.  You may contact Rev. Vince McGlothin-Eller, Garrett-Evangelical registrar, if you have questions about any of these courses.

2014-2015 Academic Year

2015-2016 Academic Year

Additional Courses

Additional courses are available for guest students with the approval of the AMBS registrar.  These courses might be used to fulfill other educational requirements or interests but do not meet the requirements for the United Methodist Concentration.

2014-2015 Academic Year

2015-2016 Academic Year

Academic Policies

AMBS guest students are expected to comply with the academic policies and procedures of Garrett-Evangelical while taking Garrett-Evangelical courses. An electronic version of the Academic Handbook can be found on the Office of the Registrar portal page.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged for each course based on the number of hours enrolled. Current fees can be found on the Tuition and Fees tab on the main Garrett-Evangelical website. AMBS guest students will be charged at the Masters level.
**Tuition and fees are subject to change.**

Guest students can pay with a credit card either online through the Garrett-Evangelical portal or by calling the Garrett-Evangelical cashier (847.866.3917).  Payments may also be made by check.  Failure to pay before the term begins will result in a business hold.  Guest students who are placed on hold will not be able to take further courses at Garrett-Evangelical and will not receive grades until the hold is cleared. Guest students are not eligible for financial aid from Garrett-Evangelical.


If an AMBS guest student will require housing on Garrett-Evangelical's campus, they can contact the office of housing at 847.866.3950.

You can also find additional information about housing on our main website.  Guest students coming for January or summer intensives will need to complete a housing application.

Getting to Campus

For those traveling to Garrett-Evangelical, you can find directions and travel information on our Maps page.

AMBS and Garrett-Evangelical Partnership


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new partnership with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana.  In June of 2011, the University Senate of The United Methodist Church endorsed this partnership.  This new initiative is designed to assist students at AMBS in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements through a concentration in United Methodist Studies and to provide students at Garrett-Evangelical the opportunity to obtain a concentration in Peace Studies.

Garrett-Evangelical will be providing regular and multiple opportunities to fulfill requirements for United Methodist ordination through a concentration in United Methodist Studies for Master of Divinity students at AMBS.  In return, AMBS will provide a set of courses for a concentration in Peace Studies.  Some of these courses will be made available online, some by intensive courses in January and the summer, and some during regular semester terms on the campuses in Evanston or Elkhart.  Another component of the partnership is that each school will also provide staff to advise students in fulfilling the expectations for these programs.

Intersection: Where Cutting-Edge Scholarship Meets Online Convenience

Intersection is an innovative continuing education program that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units online with engaging and thought-provoking content.  Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present Intersection lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation, church history and the church in society. These lectures include retirement lectures that celebrate the accomplishments and careers of our renowned scholars, sabbatical lectures which showcase current research and exploration, and mark professional milestones and accolades.  The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary's website.

Who Benefits

Intersection lectures can be used to earn Continuing Education Units for clergy and laity. By completing a three-step CEU Lecture Program, individuals can earn .5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:

  1. Watch the video taped presentation online or attend future faculty lecture in person
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

Intersection can be completed entirely online or on campus. There is a $50 fee, which covers registration and enrollment costs.  Garrett-Evangelical adheres to the CEU policy set forth by the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) that five hours equals .5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

To get started choose which lecture you would like to watch and then click "Enroll Now."  Once registered the Office of External Programs will provide you with the necessary materials to get started.

Prefer to register by phone or email?  Have additional questions?  Contact the Office of External Programs at 847.866.4547 or


2013 - 2014 Lectures





The Virtue of Joy
Dr. Gilbert Meilaender is the Professor of Theology, College of Arts and Sciences, Valparaiso University
September 16, 2013

This lecture, offered as one in a series on the theme of Joy, explores the relationship between Christian virtue and joy.  Is virtue as a means of achieving personal joy?  How does virtue propagating joy in relationships and community?  



Happiness and Leadership
Dr. Matt Bloom is an Associate Professor at Mendoza School of Business, Notre Dame University
October 16, 2013

Dr. Bloom brings the scientific perspective on joy, building from a scientific definition of well being and applying it to the world of ministry, theology and practical life.  Dr. Bloom’s presentation is based on cutting edge research, elucidated and enriched by his own vast experience.  The result is a presentation of value to individuals in ministry, their congregations and systems larger and small.




"The Joy of Congregational Life"
October 23, 2013

This panel was collected as part of a series on “Joy” presented in honor of the retirement of President Phil Amerson.  This panel is comprised of innovative and experience practitioners in the field of ministry.  They are asked to address two essential questions:  “How have you personally found joy in the work of pastoral ministry that might exemplify for a new generation the worthiness of this call as something to which one might devote one’s life?”  And “In what ways (or not) is this notion of joy compatible with the continuing professionalization of pastoral ministry and with the church’s increasing focus on quantitative measures of pastoral effectiveness?”  Their thoughtful responses and creative approaches are informative and illustrative of the potential for joy in a calling to ministry.

  • Dr. Richard Wisdom, Aurora District Superintendent, Northern Illinois Conference
  • Rev. Laurie Haller, Co-Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church Birmingham, Michigan
  • Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III, Lead Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church, in Southfield Michigan



"The Joy of Educating for the Common Good"
October 23, 2013

This panel assembled as part of a series on Joy in celebration of the retirement of President Philip Amerson.  This panel of prominent theological academics and practitioners were asked to address the questions, “What does it mean to evoke the idea of the common good such that it might become an object of our teaching? What does it mean to education in such a way that we might vivify already held notions of the common good? How might we in theological education transgress contemporary culture and ecclesial tendencies to treat the idea of the common good as little more than sentimental bosh?” 

  • Rev. Dr. Tom Porter, Just Peace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation,
  • Dr. Luis Rivera-Rodriguiz, Vice President and Academic Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary
  • Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President of SCUPE
  • Dr. Sara Wenger Shenk, President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Gennifer Brooks


Rituals of the Diaspora: An Ongoing Exploration and Story
Dr. Gennifer Brooks is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Associate Professor of Homiletics and the Director of the Styberg Center on Preaching
November 13, 2013

Dr. Gennifer Brooks explores two forms of ritual in two cultures of Africa in diaspora: Panama and St. Vincent. The tales of the relationships of these communities with their religious lives are filled with good humor, exhaustive research and the expansive knowledge of liturgy and culture that typify Dr. Brooks’ scholarship and instruction.

Phil Amerson


"The Joy of Endings"
The Rev. Dr. Philip Amerson was president of Garrett-Evangelical from 2006-2013
December 4, 2013

As part of a series of Public Theology events on the occasion of his retirement, President Emeritus Philip Amerson reflects on his life in the academy, in the Church and in the service of God.  President Amerson’s wise and erudite observations about growth, change and transition are enhanced by his renowned charm and sense of humor.  This lecture offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a man truly devoted to servant leadership.




Panel Conversation: "Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation"
February 28, 2014

In celebration of the inauguration of President Lallene Rector and as an expression of Garrett-Evangelical’s continued commitment to Public Theology, these prestigious panelists were engaged to discuss the role of the seminary in the public square. This panelists explore the intersection of theology and Christian ethics where they intersect the realities of modern life on the topics of immigration, the environment and violence bringing with them a richness of experience and devout commitment to faith in action.

  • Dr. Matthew Sleet, founder, Blessed Earth, Inc.
  • Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology and Director of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical
  • Officer Loyce E. Spells II, Evanston Police Department
  • Dr. Angela Coswer, Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Religion
  • Dr. Andrew Sund, President, North Park University
  • Dr. Luis Rivera, Dean of Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical
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“A Day in the Ancient Mediterranean”
Dr. Charles Cosgrove is the Professor of Early Christian Literature at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
March 19, 2014

Imagine that you woke up this morning in the city of Rome in the year 60CE.  What would your day hold for you? What would your home and work life be life?  In what ways would the common, daily routine resemble the 21st Century of your experience or your imaginings about life in the Mediterranean in the 1st Century?

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature, as part of a sabbatical project, wrote a novella which follows a fictional family living in Rome in 60CE. The novel follows the characters through a typical day in their lives and as it does so, illuminates the commonplace realities that informed their entire life experiences.  Understanding cultural context is foundational to the study of Christian History, Scripture and Theology.  In this innovative exploration Dr. Cosgrove makes more vivid, concrete and memorable, those essential elements of early Christian life which can sometimes be overlooked or under-valued in traditional settings.

This lecture, presented as a capstone to his sabbatical, gives an overview of some of the elements lifted up in his novella, explores his choices for inclusion and exclusion and features the charming and lively style which has made Dr. Cosgrove a favorite of Garrett-Evangelical students.

Osvaldo Vena



The Social Dimensions of the Johanine “I ams” and Their Significance for the Church and the Academy
Dr. Vena is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
April 2, 2014

In this sabbatical lecture, Dr. Osvaldo Vena explores the implications of the “I am” statements in the Gospel of John using contextual and historical criticism. What emerges is a dynamic and evocative thesis with exciting implications for 21st Century interpretations.



2011 - 2012 Lectures



Dr. David Hogue
Brain Matters: Toward a Practical
Theology of Human Connectedness

Recorded on September 14, 2011

This lecture sketches recent developments in the neurosciences and explores their implications for a practical theology of human relationality. Of particular interest will be human capacities for empathy and love, provocative hints about what goes wrong in relationships, and hopeful signs for their restoration.



Dr. Brent Waters
Dead Reckoning:
Eschatology and Ethics
Recorded on September 21, 2011

This lecture charts a trajectory for the Christian moral life between what Dr. Waters calls “the poles of anticipatory remembrance and imaginative restlessness.”

Influenced by pastoral theologian and faculty colleague Dr. David Hogue and his book, Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past, Waters examines the relationship between eschatology and ethics by likening the Christian moral life to the ancient mariners and early pilots who, when unequipped with charts and instrumentation, employed what is known as “dead reckoning.”




Dr. Stephen Ray
Theology and the Unimaginable
Recorded on September 28, 2011

The lecture will be an exploration of how the Church can in a theologically responsible way conceive of forgiveness in the face of genocide; particularly when it unfolds in the midst of Christian communities and is facilitated by the actions of the faithful.



Dr. Ruth Duck
Vital Worship for the Twenty-First Century
Recorded on October 5, 2011

Based on the final chapter of Dr. Duck’s forthcoming textbook, Worship for the Whole People of God, this lecture focuses on the new and promising developments in North American worship.



Dr. James Poling
The Ambiguity of God and Humans
Recorded on October 26, 2011

In his retirement lecture, Poling explores the concept of ambiguity as a helpful concept for human religious life. In Jesus’s life, the cross and nonviolence are signs that show us the connections between human ambiguity and God’s ambiguity. This lecture is drawn from his recent book: Rethinking Faith: A Constructive Practical Theology (Fortress Press, 2011).



Dr. Ron Anderson
Apotaxis and Ethics: The Baptismal Renunications and Christian Discipleship
Recorded on March 7, 2012

Dr. Anderson will explore the implications of the recovery of the apotaxis and syntaxis in the baptismal liturgies of many mainline protestant churches in the USA. In particular, the current United Methodist baptismal liturgy to explore how the baptismal renunciation and affirmation provide a framework for the development of a Christian ethic and a pattern of Christian discipleship



Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi:
Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education
Recorded on March 21, 2012

Dr. Anderson’s lecture will propose helping students to develop their own socio-historical narratives as a connecting thread that weaves together their seminary coursework.


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Trabajo de Curso

Clic en en las pestañas para obtener más información sobre el curso del currículo de estudio, acceso a las tareas de este año, y aprender sobre el curso avanzado del programa de estudio.

Plan de Estudios

Filosofía del Programa: Enseñanza y Aprendizaje Contextualizada

El liderazgo profético y espiritual efectivo esta siempre arraigado en la experiencia humana y en las historias, tradiciones, y culturas de las comunidades. El curso de Estudio propone preparar lideres pastorales proféticos y espirituales para la Iglesia. Mientras reconoce que el Evangelio es trascendente y por ende transcultural, también debe ser afirmado que la fe encuentra su significado en la vida.

Es importante entonces desarrollar diversos métodos de enseñanza que sean apropiados para contextos diversos. Enseñanza efectiva para la formación de líderes pastorales requiere la consideración de diversos factores que moldeen las experiencias de los estudiantes y sus convicciones de fe. También debe considerar el contexto del ministerio del estudiante. Lenguaje, cultura, economía, realidades eclesiásticas y políticas son todos parte del contexto social en el cual personas expresan su liderazgo pastoral.


  • Un curso sobre predicación puede ser ensenado permitiéndole a esos que vienen de tradiciones orales a enfocarse en el desarrollo de su presentación oral del sermón por encima y sobre el desarrollo del sermón en forma manuscrita.
  • Un curso sobre la Biblia puede incluir una examinación de las circunstancias de la vida de la comunidad donde el pastor esta sirviendo. Esto le proveerá al pastor la oportunidad de mejorar su habilidad para enseñar las escrituras en formas que sean mas significativas a esos en la congregación mientras la enseñanza pastoral se basa mas en las luchas y alegrías diarias de las personas.
  • Puede ser que el Evangelismo necesite ser enseñado reconociendo que el evangelismo efectivo en comunidades urbanas es diferente al evangelismo efectivo en contexto rural.

Cursos Requeridos


Año Uno

Año Dos

Año Tres

Año Cuatro

Año Cinco


El/la Pastor/a
Como Intérprete
de la Biblia

Biblia Hebrea I

Nuevo Testamento I

Biblia Hebrea II

Nuevo Testamento II


Teología en el

Nuestra Herencia Teológica: Primitiva y Medieval

Nuestra Herencia Teológica: La Reforma

Movimiento Wesleyano

Teología Contemporánea


Pastoral para
la Formación

Formación para el Discipulado

Nuestra Misión Divina: Evangelización

Culto y Sacramentos

La Iglesia en Misión


Pastoral y Administración

La Práctica de la Predicación

Cuidado y Consejería Pastoral

Etica Personal y Social

Teología y Práctica del Ministerio


Completar y enviar a la oficina del Curso de Estudio en Garrett en o antes del primero de Mayo.

Los estudiantes son responsables de revisar que sus tareas estén al día. Algunas preguntas pueden cambiar en le transcurso del tiempo. Si usted tiene problemas consiguiendo la tarea, le pedimos que llame al 847-866-3942 para solicitar que se le envíe una copia por correo.

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Lista de Libros

Itinerario de Clases en Español

Sigue a continuación itinerario de las clases a ofrecerse y las tareas para bajar.

Julio 15 - 27, 2012
estas tareas son para el 2012

(cada estudiante puede tomar 4 cursos)


001 Licencia para Ministerio Pastoral - Año Introductorio

No hay tarea

111-S El/la Pastor/a Como Intérprete de la Biblia


112-S Teología en el Espíritu Wesleyano


113-S Cuidado Pastoral Para la Formación Espiritual


114-S Liderazgo Pastoral y Administración


311 S - Nuevo Testamento I


312 S - Nuestra Herencia Teológica: La Reforma


313 S - Nuestra Misión Divina: Evangelización


314 S - Cuidado y Consejería Pastoral


511 S - Nuevo Testamento II


512 S - Teología Contemporánea


513 S - La Iglesia en Misión


514 S - Teología y Práctica del Ministerio


Cursos Avanzados

11-603S Antiguo Testamento: Los Libros Proféticos               3 credit hrs
en español

21-638S Migración latina en los Estados Unidos:                    3 credit hrs
Lectura teológica desde lo fílmico   en español

Graduación de la Clase Hispana
  • Julio 27, 2012

Curso de Estudios Avanzados

El Curso de Estudios Avanzados es un plan de estudios que permite a un pastor local alcanzar los requisitos educativos para ser miembro en probatoria, miembro de la Conferencia en conexión completa y ordenación como un presbítero en la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Pastores locales que han completado los cinco años básicos del curso de estudio y que tienen al menos 40 años de edad pueden ser elegibles para la ordenación como un presbítero en conexión plena completando un mínimo de 32 horas de estudio teológico graduado.

Mediante la coordinación con la Junta General de Educación Superior y Ministerio, el Seminario Teológico Evangélico de Garrett ha desarrollado un programa de certificado para completar el currículum de cursos de Estudios Avanzados. Los estudiantes estudian en las clases junto a los estudiantes de Maestría en Divinidades y Maestría de Artes para completar sus cursos. A través de este programa, los estudiantes del Curso de Estudios Avanzados completan 36 horas de nivel posgraduado. Estas 36 horas incluyen ambos estudios fundamentales y funcionales diseñados para ampliar el conocimiento de los estudiantes en cada una de estas áreas. De acuerdo a directrices de GBHEM (siglas en inglés):

  1. Cursos fundamentales incluyen estudios en áreas de teología, historia de la iglesia, estudio bíblico o la Iglesia en la sociedad.
  2. Cursos funcionales incluyen trabajos avanzados en consejería, administración de la iglesia, evangelismo, predicación, enseñanza o adoración.

El Seminario Evangélico Garrett ofrece una mezcla de cursos en inglés y español para ayudar a los estudiantes a completar el currículo de cursos de estudios avanzados.

Para mas información sobre como completar el currículo del Curso de Estudios Avanzados, revise con la Junta de Ministerio Ordenado de su Conferencia.

Certificación del Curso de Estudios Avanzados
Requisitos para completar 2011-2012

 Tiene que haber terminado los siguientes cursos para recibir un certificado como completado del Seminario Evangélico Garrett.

CURSOS FUNDAMENTALES - 15 horas mínimas por semestre
Cursos en teología, historia de la Iglesia, estudios bíblicos, o Iglesia en la sociedad


Antigua Testamento



Nuevo Testamento



Historia Cristiana






(cumple con el requisito de Iglesia en la sociedad)


CURSOS FUNCIONALES - 15 horas mínimas por semestre
Cursos en consejería, administración de la Iglesia, evangelismo, predicación, enseñanza o adoración








Cuidado Pastoral



Educación Cristiana



Liderato Congregacional


CURSOS METODISTAS - 6 horas por semestre


Estudios Metodistas: Wesley y el siglo 19



Estudios Metodistas: Siglo 20 hasta el presente


36 horas

Por recomendación de la División de Ministerios de Diáconos y Diaconal de la Iglesia Metodista Unida La Junta General de Educación Superior y Ministerio, el número máximo de cursos a transferir es 3.  En adición a lo anterior, una unidad básica de Educación Pastoral Clínica  puede ser reconocida como un equivalente de 6 horas de semestre.

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