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Connectional Learning

Connectional Learning Continuing Education Reimagined

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Upcoming Offerings

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Upcoming Offerings

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Certificates

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Certificates

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Audit a Course

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Audit a Course

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On-Campus Lectures

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On-Campus Lectures

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Webinar Recordings

Through Connectional Learning, Garrett-Evangelical has reimagined continuing education to create unique learning opportunities suited to your professional, vocational, and spiritual needs. Whether you clergy, laity, spiritual, or curious, we welcome you to explore our programs that are designed to be:

RELEVANT
Addressing current social, local, and denominational concerns

RESPONSIVE
Providing just-in-time information and meaningful resources to explore your faith and spirituality

REACHABLE
Offering online and in-person programs that enable you to choose what fits best with your schedule, budget, and learning style

​If you have questions about any of our Connectional Learning opportunities or have suggestions on future Connectional Learning offerings, please contact us at connectional.learning@garrett.edu or call 847.866.4547.


 

Upcoming Connectional Learning Offerings

Jan
13

Financial Management for Churches and Nonprofits

This 10-week intensive online course was developed to support pastors with their lay leaders who are tasked with overseeing their church's finances, but who may not have formal training in financial practices and planning. We will explore the planning process for the operating, capital expenditure, and cash budgets, and discuss the long-term financial planning process. 

Jan
15

Integrating Spiritual Formation Into Your Ministry Setting

This six-week online class will assist clergy and lay leadership in building a foundation of spiritual formation in all facets of local church ministry or individual ministry context. From the nuts and bolts of board meetings and budgets, accessing the culture of the ministry context, to spirit-led worship, leadership training and formation; this class will provide “hands on” application for integrating spiritual formation into the congregation’s mission and vision. 

Feb
5

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

This six-week online evangelism course introduces you to evangelism as a practice that helps you grow in your faith at the same time you develop the skills to share your faith with others. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what you have authentically experienced as the goodness of God in your life.
  • Reflect on how you participate in the Christian Tradition.
  • Listen to your context so you know what matters most to those who are part of it
  • Develop creative practices for sharing your faith
  • Assess the evangelistic effectiveness of congregational ministries
Feb
26

Discerning In Color: Seeking the Spirit through Creative Processes

The critical challenge for those who follow Christ and seek to live a life faithful to God is to hear God’s voice amidst the din of all competing voices and demands in our lives. How do we know which decision will bring fulfillment or which voice is the Spirit’s leading? Contemplative creative expression assists in quieting our inner and outer worlds in order to discern God’s leading. Employing our creativity reveals the intersection of our desires and God’s desires, as well as exposes the places where our desires may conflict with God’s.  If you are ready to use your own creativity as a tool for discernment, journey with your classmates for five weeks of discovery. 

Apr
22

Spirituality, Creativity, and Aging

Through readings, videos, experiential exercises, and discussions this 6-week course examines the common attributes, issues, and tasks of aging, as seen through these three lenses. We will examine the creative potential in eldering, how creativity can be a natural part of our aging, both through nurturing it and exploring ways limitations and other changes can become vehicles for our creativity. Throughout the course, we will be addressing our spirituality, the role it plays in our aging process and in our understanding of who we are. Inherent in all of the tasks of aging is the call for transformation, harvesting our experiences, and cultivating our wisdom.