Courses and Events
Certificates, institutes, retreats and lectures designed for the continued formation of pastors and the lifting up of vibrant congregations.
Please read the School of Christian Vocation and Mission's Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering. If you have any questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A partial archive of past events is available here.
For a downloadable copy of our programs list, please click here.
May 13, 2013: The Princeton Symposium
This event is a discussion of the book, Churchill, by Paul Johnson (Viking, 2009). Please click here for more information.
May 29, 2013: "Worship as Conversation" webinar
This event is a free webinar with our new president, Dr. M. Craig Barnes. Please click here for more information.
May & June 2013: Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies (ABATS)
This course will present Biblical, theological, cultural and symbolic resources and principles of Christian worship, in general, and Protestant worship in particular. It will also seek to highlight the missional, biblical and theological importance of the two sacraments of the church: Baptism and the Eucharist. The course will also include a historical-critical discussion of liturgical renewal movements in Western Christianity.
June 8, 2013: Saturdays@Princeton: A Word of Salvation: Ancient Christian Spiritual Practices for Today's Church
Visit Princeton Seminary with a group from your congregation for one-day programs that make a difference in your ministry. This event will focus on Desert Fathers, who lived in the Egyptian desert in the third and fourth century, and discuss how we might apply their insights to life and ministry today. For more information and to register, click here.
June 22, 2013: Hispanic Theological Initiative 16th Annual Summer Workshop
This lecture and award highlights a significant contribution of Latino/a scholarship in the life of the church.
July 11-12, 2013: Pastoral Renewal Conference: At the Heart of
"At the Heart of Leadership" is a conference where participants
consider the challenges of Christian leadership today from a
practical and theological perspective. Off Campus at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in
Dumfries, VA. For more information and to register, click here.
July 13, 2013: Church Leader's Gathering: At the Heart of
Off Campus at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA. For more information and to register, click here.
July 13-20, 2013: Inaugural Black Theology and Leadership Institute - From Creation to Eschaton: Black Theology and Leadership Today
A weeklong intensive for African-American/black clergy and laity for training, worship and fellowship.For more information and to apply, please click here.
July 21-26, 2013: Joe R. Engle Institute for Preaching
For preachers in their first two to eight years of ministry who wish to nurture and strengthen their preaching vocation in the company of colleagues. For more information and to apply now, click here.
July 21-26, 2013: Institute of Theology
Join us for the Institute of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary's original continuing education program, begun in the summer of 1942 for a reflection on the theme "In Search of Wisdom." For more information and to register, click here.
July 21-26, 2013: Institute of Worship
Join us for the Institute of Worship and learn new ideas and approaches to making worship and music work better in ministry. In partnership with the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. For more information and to register, click here.
September 9-10, 2013: Urban Ministry Conference: A Heart for the
September 13-14, 2013: Faith and Art: Allies or Rivals?
This short course will explore the relationship between
Christianity and Western art. Drawing on the history and
philosophy of the arts, there will four sessions devoted to a
four forms, with each session divided into lecture, discussion
and audio/visual presentation.
September 23-26, 2013: Pastoral Care and Social Leadership
A partnership program between Volunteers of America (VOA) and the
School of Christian Vocation and Mission to provide a space for
biblical, theological and pastoral care reflection as a way to
cultivate a learning environment for challenging theological
reflection and relevant social engagement. In conjunction with
the Institute for Faith and Public Life.
September 26-28, 2013: Institute for Faith and Public Life
The theme for the 2013 IFPL is Public Engagement as Christian
October 3, 2013: Herencia Lectures
October 14-18: Interim and Transitional Ministry - Weeks I and 11
October 19, 2013: Youth Ministry in Small Churches
Youth Ministry in Small Churches is a day-long seminar that will
provide theological insight and practical tips for overcoming the
challenges of youth ministry in a smaller church.
October 25-27, 2013: Institute for Pastoral Leadership - The
The Institute for Pastoral Leadership, Part 1 is a new pilot
program designed to be an advanced Transition into Ministry
program. IPL-1 will be offered by invitation only to a select
number of PTS alumni from each class that is 3, 4, or 5 years
past graduation and serving in pastoral ministry. Topics include
Encountering the Identities, The Contextual Theologian, Personal
Assessment, and Designing Your Learning Plan. Participants will
be paired up with a mentor for a specific time period.
Participants will use Called to Community for connection.
November 1-2, 2013: Leadership and Spirituality
Featuring leadership from A New Equilibrium.
November 4-10, 2013: Engle Institute of Preaching (in Puerto
For preachers in their first two to ten years of ministry who wish to nurture and strengthen their preaching vocation in the company of colleagues. For more information and to apply now (website in Spanish), click here.
December 4, 11, and 18, 2013: Advent Bible Study
November 7-9, 2013: At the Threshold: College Chaplaincy in the
An invitational conference celebrating the publication of the new
book, Crossing Thresholds: The Vocational Practice of
Chaplains on Campus. Twenty contributors to this volume will
share their experience as experts in the practice of ministry on
campus. Through two keynote presentation and workshops the
conference will provide an inspiring look at both the practices
that compose chaplains’ lives but also how these professionals
understand their vocation at this time in history. The conference
invites those engaged in ministry on campus or in congregations
who work with college or seminary students, those exploring
chaplaincy as a field of work, and those teaching in institutions
of higher education or seminary.
December 5-6, 2013: Recovering Advent
December 9-11, 2013: Colloquia on Ecclesiology
PC(USA) Moderator Neil Presa’s Colloquia on Ecclesiology is a
three day consultation that brings together members of the former
Sacraments Work Group and the Re-Forming Ministry Core Cluster to
consider a liturgical, missional ecclesiology as the central and
core identities of who and what the Church is and does. As the
PC(USA) lives into a more missional polity, this initiative seeks
to enable conversations around missional communities that are
liturgically grounded, shaped, and sent.
December 11-13, 2013: "Unity with a Difference" Gathering with
PC(USA) Moderator, Neil Presa
“Unity With Difference” is a three-day event where 16
representatives from the various progressive and conservative
interest groups and the church at-large seek to articulate
theologically-grounded language for engaging one another with our
differences, united in Jesus Christ, grounded in our common
baptismal identity, calling, and faith. The General Assembly
Moderator and Vice Moderator will serve as co-conveners/hosts for
the summit. This summit process enables a common journey that
dignifies our differences, seeks to understand rather than to be
understood, and which offers civil, sustained, theological
engagement in a non-parliamentary setting.