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Online Offerings

We understand there are many reasons you may prefer to learn online. Perhaps you are located too far away from Garrett-Evangelical’s campus or maybe your vocational, personal, or family commitments make it difficult for you to find a consistent time to attend a course that meets at regularly scheduled dates and times. We are happy to offer the following online offerings on a variety of topics that vary in the length of time and effort needed to participate.

Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

The Rueben P. Job Institute is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation, developed by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We are pleased to honor Bishop Rueben P. Job in this initiative. As an alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical, 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.

For more information about the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, contact Frederick Schmidt, 847.866.3985.

What God Wants for Your Life Blog

What God Wants for Your Life is a blog written by Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt, who holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. The blog is updated weekly and can be found here.

The Rueben Job Institute Online Courses

The Reuben Job Institute also offers a number of online courses for continuing education credit. These online courses provide an opportunity for both clergy and lay to explore meaningful facts of their own spiritual formation and their leadership with others in spiritual formation/direction ministries. These instructors interact with students each week over a six-week period and while there are weekly deadlines, participants are able engage the class on their own schedules within each week. Participants spend 3-4 hours per week to complete all aspects of the course and receive 2 CEUs.

2017 -  2018 Spiritual Formation Online Courses

Creativity and Divine Surprise
August 21 – September 29, 2017
Rev. Karla Kincannon, D.Min.
Director of Spiritual Formation, Aldersgate UMC

The Way of Forgiveness
October 9 – November 17, 2017
Rev. Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.
Director, Living Streams Flowing Water

Spiritual Formation with Youth and Emerging Adults
January 15 – February 23, 2018
Rev. David MacDonald, D.Min.
Chaplain, Ohio Northern University

Desert Spirituality
April 19 – May 18, 2018
Rev. Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.
Director, Living Streams Flowing Water

For more information about the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation online course, please contact Ms. Erin Moore, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at or 847-866-4547.

Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a two-year program in Spiritual Formation, leading to United Methodist approved Paraprofessional Certification in Spiritual Formation. Garrett-Evangelical has been approved by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to offer the curriculum for this continuing education program. Our first partner is the Ministry of Spiritual Formation at First United Methodist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can learn more about the program here.


We view webinars as an opportunity to connect with you in the midst of your busy schedule to provide you with relevant and timely education and training. Our webinars enable you to engage with our faculty or other presenters and ask questions about the variety of topics. Through Connectional Learning, we will offer webinars on professional development, spiritual formation, congregational and community leadership, and more. To see what we are offering, visit

Connectional Learning also offers the For Such A Time As This webinar series. We are living in tumultuous times in which people fear for their rights, their safety, and their very lives. People of faith are looking for ways to live out their faith in response to these fears but sometimes lack the training or theological basis for their work. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's For Such A Time As This webinars seek to respond to the needs of clergy, lay people, and congregations with theological education and practical tools to live out their faith-based activism.

You can find more information on this webinar series at


Intersection is an innovative continuing education program that enables participants to earn a 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) online while engaging with thought-provoking content. Participants view a recorded lecture provided by Garrett-Evangelical’s faculty or a visiting lecturer, read a book or several articles assigned by the faculty member or lecturer to complement their lecture, and submit a 3-5 page reflective paper for the faculty member or lecturer to review and provide comments. Following are some of the newest lectures in Intersections you can view from faculty and visiting lecturers:

  • “Ecological Ministry as Spiritual Healing in the African American Beloved Community,” Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

  • “Lamenting Macrina: Dynamics of Grief and Gender in the Ancient Church,” Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature

  • “Evangelism and Radicalization,” Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism

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 0.5 (half) CEU. 

For a full listing of available lectures and information on how to enroll, please visit

Non-Profit Finance Learning Path

The Non-Profit Finance Learning Path, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., is a free online offering in conjunction with Garrett-Evangelical’s Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance Grant. We are currently determining the best framework for these online offerings, which we hope to begin offering in January 2018.

We plan to address the basics of nonprofit finance by creating a learning path for clergy that will be offered completely online. Possible topics could be:

  • The importance of financial planning for churches
  • Clergy compensation
  • Interpreting and using financial statements
  • Understanding the differences between operating, capital, and cash budgets
  • Capital structure, debt, and capital campaigns
  • Administering charitable gifts
  • Creating a culture of generosity

Following the online resources and webinars, Garrett-Evangelical and the Kellogg School of Management Nonprofit Center will develop and offer a one-day, co-taught, seminar focused on how clergy can implement what they have learned about nonprofit finance within their congregation. Those pastors already equipped with nonprofit finance education or those who learn financial best practices from this online learning path, will be prepared to pursue leadership skills to change the organizational culture of their congregations to implement these practices. We will offer several seminars a year in centrally located venues around the United States to enable maximum clergy participation.

Other Online Videos

Many of Garrett-Evangelical’s lectures and address from academic ceremonies or conferences/workshops can be viewed on the seminary’s YouTube Channel. Visit us at!