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Science for Ministry

Science for Ministry Institute

Curriculum and Schedule

The Science for Ministry Institute offers a number of different courses varying by type, length, and emphasis. Courses are offered during four sessions each year: fall, winter, spring, and summer. (Skip to Course Descriptions.)

Three- and One-Day Courses

All program courses are "intensive" style courses held over a span of 1-3 days, Oftentimes back-to-back during the same week. Elective courses come in both three-day and one-day varieties.

Course Length 
   Course Type  
   Course Hours 
   Typical Course Format 
3-day    Elective
   12    Monday 1:30 pm - Wednesday noon
1-day    Elective    6    Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Fees

Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, most of the program costs are covered by the Science for Ministry Institute, including convenient lodging and meals. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation to/from the program, buy a small number of course books per course, and pay a nominal daily fee of $25 per program day. The course fees are thus:

  1. 3-day: $75
  2. 1-day: $25

Course Schedule

The following courses are scheduled for the coming months:

Summer 2011

  • Spirituality in Theology and Psychology (Aug. 8-10); Hollingsworth
  • The Problem of Suffering in Science and Theology (Aug. 11); Reynhout

Fall 2011

  • Public Lecture by David Hogue of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary: Neuroscience and Pastoral Theology; Sep. 28, 2011
  • Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and the Human Person (Nov. 7-9); Wiebe
  • The Human Person in a Technological Age (Nov. 9-11); Thweatt-Bates

Winter 2012

  • Wolfhart Pannenberg: Systematic Theology in a Scientific Age (Jan. 23-25); Reynhout
  • Science as a Challenge and Resource for Theological Ethics (Jan. 26); Bowlin
  • A Brief History of Science and the Church (Jan. 27); Creager

Spring 2012

  • The Challenge of Human Evolution (Mar. 5-7); van Huyssteen
  • The Evolution of Human Morality (Mar. 7-8); van Huyssteen

Summer 2012

  • The Creation of the Universe in Science and Scripture (Jun. 4-6); Dobbs-Allsopp
  • Public Lecture by J. Wentzel van Huyssteen of Princeton Seminary: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Self; Jun. 6, 2012
  • Christian Education in a Scientific Age (Jun. 7); Osmer
  • The Problem of Suffering in Science and Theology (Jun. 8); Reynhout

Continue reading about the Course Descriptions.