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These classes are often opportunities to fullfill district requirements for ordination & licensing in the Church of the Brethren. (However, as districts may have different requirements, please contact your District Executive to discuss specific expectations.)

To take any graduate course, a student must apply and be admitted as one of the following. 

 Please begin the application process in a timely manner in order to meet all application requirements by the following deadlines

  • July 15 for Fall Session
  • December 1 for January intensive and/or Spring Session
  • March 15 for May intensive  

    Once students have been admitted, they must submit an enrollment deposit in order to register for classes.

At this time, financial aid is only available to certificate (CATS) and degree-seeking (MDiv or MA) students. Payment (or a payment plan) is due the first day of the semester.  Current costs may be found on our Tuition and Fees page.


2014 Spring Session

Brethren Beliefs and Practices,  T 207 -W, Denise Kettering 

This course examines major beliefs and doctrinal interpretations along with practices that shape the Church of the Brethren. The course will study Brethren beliefs and practices across the span of time, with reflection on historical theology and in ecumenical conversation with other interpretations of Christianity significant to the study. The course will engage students in discussing the present life and faith of the Church of the Brethren. 3 semester hours.


Course listings are subject to change.  Please be sure to check the Registrar's current course schedule
on the Seminary Academic Services website for possible additional courses or corrections.

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.