Year in Review: Garrett-Evangelical in 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary had an extraordinary year in 2014. From the inauguration of President Lallene J. Rector and installation of Dr. Luis Rivera as Academic Dean to a record-breaking year for grants and giving, we invite you to take a look back at the highlights that had us talking in 2014.




2014 Seminary News

Faculty Recognition

Seminary Initiatives

Special Events

Grants and Giving


 Presidents Corner 


2014 Photo Albums

T-Shirt Contest Voting

It is time to vote for on this year's favorite design for the Garrett-Evangelical T-Shirt Contest! Voting is open to students, staff, and faculty now through November 24th. You may only vote once using the form below, so make it count!

 Design A: What GETS You Going?    Design B: Red Shoes
 Tshirt A   Red Shoes 
 Design C: Fighting Methodists    Design D: Tower
Tshirt C   TowerTShirt 
Design E: Called to be Bold    
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DMin in Spiritual Direction with Certificate

Effective leadership at the national and local level in churches, in non-traditional settings, and in one-on-one relationships requires a deep orientation to spiritual values and practice. That orientation requires an understanding of the history and theology of Christian spirituality, an orientation to the diversity of the global landscape in which leaders serve, and an acquaintance with with the varieties of spiritual practice that a leader might encounter.

The “Spiritual Direction” track is designed to provide today’s leaders with that knowledge base, exploring the historical, theological, and contextual dimensions of global spirituality. The program is also designed to meet the practitioner’s need for a knowledge of spiritual practice and the challenges presented by the rapidly changing global context in which they live and serve. A practicum also makes it possible for students to begin applying that knowledge to the specific settings in which they work.

In addition, each course includes a spiritual direction module, which – when successfully completed – leads to a certificate in spiritual direction. Those skills may be used in a direction setting, but they may also inform and enhance the student’s approach to leadership, preaching, teaching, and pastoral counseling. Note: In order to receive the certificate in spiritual direction, the student must take all five courses in the Spiritual Direction Concentration.  The direction modules are not offered with other electives.

The History and Theology of Christian Spirituality

Focuses on the history of Christian spirituality, examining the theological assumptions that have shaped that history.

Direction Module One: History, Theology, and Models of Spiritual Direction

Spirituality, Diversity, and the Global Landscape

Examines the multi-cultural, ethnic, and religious dynamics that shape spiritual practice and the context in which spiritual formation is taught and nurtured.

Direction Module Two: The spiritual journey, developmental issues, and the use of evaluative tools, including the Myers-Briggs Inventory and the Enneagram

Spiritual Practice

Focuses on the varieties of Christian spiritual practice, experience with that practice, and the process of Christian formation.

Direction Module Three: Spiritual Direction, Therapy, and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Formation and the Leader

Focuses on the essentially spiritual nature of the leadership task, a theology of spiritual authority, and the application of spiritual practice and understanding to the leadership challenge.

Direction Module Four: Applied Skills, including “holy listening” and other techniques

Practicum in Spiritual Formation

Focuses on the evolving challenges facing leaders engaged in spiritual formation, relying upon student projects as laboratories for defining and dealing with those challenges.

Direction Module Five: Practicum, including verbatims, in-class exercises, the integration of knowledge, and assessment of the student’s direction skills

DMin in Congregational Leadership

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership and African American Congregational Leadership tracks students will earn both a certificate in non-profit management from the Kellogg School of Management through its Executive Scholars program and a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical. The Kellogg Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible, yet academically rigorous way to achieve your specific professional goals. Through a set of prescribed and elective courses, DMin students in the Congregational Leadership and African American Congregational Leadership tracks will get the best of leadership training and theological education from two renowned institutions. For a current listing of courses through the Center forNon-Profit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.

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