Faculty Retreat

Faculty Retreat 2014
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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.




 Deacons - All


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.

 Deacons - Sept


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
 Deacons - Nov


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
 Deacons - Dec


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

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

  • Operating System
    • Mac: OS X 10.5 or higher, 450MHz PowerPC G3 processor or higher recommended
    • PC: Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2 or later, Vista, 7, Home, or Student.
    • Other: Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or later, openSUSE® 11 or later, Ubuntu 7.10 or later, or Solaris™ 10.

  • Ram: 1 GB (gigabyte) or more
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB or more
  • Soundcardand speakers (or headphones)
  • Display: 15” monitor or larger (Some 13” will work); resolution should be 600 X 800 pixels or higher.
  • Current version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash player
  • Web Browsers: Moodle is optimized for Firefox but works well with most browsers.
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Firefox 3.6.6
    • Google Chrome 2.0
    • Safari 3.0
    • Opera 9.5
    • AOL 9.0

  • Broadband is highly recommended and is defined as:
    • Upload transfer  rate of at least 1.0 megabits/second (or higher), and
    • Download rate of 2.0 - 4.0 megabits/second (or higher)

  • Cookies must be enabled.

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.



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 shay.craig@garrett.edu or 847.866.4547.


Tim Eberhart



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.  




Five Day Pass F

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

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students from a wide range of faith traditions.