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Pastoral Presence Program
Bethany Theological Seminary announces the launch of two new programs to encourage continuing education for pastors. The "Pastoral Presence Programs" provide the opportunity for Church of the Brethren pastors to avail themselves of Bethany facilities and participate in Seminary life through the Pastor-in-Residence track or the Pastoral Sabbatical track.
The purpose of these programs is to encourage direct conversations between Church of the Brethren pastors and the Seminary. Pastors can make important contributions to the life and educational context at Bethany, and Bethany can provide a space for pastors for continuing education and retreat. Thus, both Bethany and pastors who participate in these programs have something to gain and something to give.
Both tracks provide a setting for focused, purposeful study through the following activities:
- meeting with professors and students;
- attending classes;
- participating in chapel services,forums and lectures, and other campus events;
- pursuing research and writing projects.
The Pastor-in-Residence will be expected to spend significant time interacting with students and attending classes and program opportunities. Those in the Pastoral Sabbatical track may choose to have more time for personal reflection and/or research and writing.
It is expected that those in the Pastoral Presence Program will:
- complete a formal application, including an 800-1,000 word description of the intended research project, activities, and purpose of the time spent in the program;
- reside at Brethren House for at least two weeks;
- preach or make a presentation at a Seminary chapel or forum;
- complete an evaluation of the program afterward.
Pastors participating in the program will stay at Brethren House, the Seminary's guest house, located across the street from the Bethany Center. Brethren House has a kitchen, dining room, and living room on the first floor, and three bedrooms on the second floor. Lodging cost is $25 per night, or participants can choose to serve as the host for other Brethren House guests for a reduced rate. Hosting responsibilities include cleaning, laundry, and keeping the pantry stocked for continental breakfast.
Pastoral Presence Program participants will be given a temporary library card and research and meeting space in Lilly Library, located on the adjacent Earlham College campus and serving the college, Bethany, and Earlham School of Religion. Facilities of the college and seminaries will be accessible. A short-term membership at the college Wellness Center may be obtained for an additional fee.
In addition to lodging costs and the optional Wellness Center fee, program participants will pay a $200 fee for use of facilities and access purposes.
Interested persons should complete the online application.
For more information, contact:
Shaye Isaacs, Executive Assistant to the President