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Ministry Center

Housed at Elizabethtown College since its inception in 1993, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center delivers training and continuing education for Church of the Brethren ministry and lay leadership. We offer classes in the ACTS and TRIM certificate programs, host graduate courses for Bethany Theological seminary, and organize continuing education events. SVMC works in close partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Middle, Southern, and Western Pennsylvania.

Coming up:


In Continuing Education:



GospelOfMarkAndThe21stCChurch.jpgMonday, November 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Juniata College

Sill Boardroom, von Liebig Center

Keynote by Dan Ulrich

How can followers of Jesus bear faithful witness to God's reign in the twenty-first-century? Whereas churches in the United States were once part of the dominant culture, cultural marginality seems more likely now and in the future. Dan Ulrich will describe how the Gospel of Mark challenged its original audience to be faithful in spite of (or even because of) their marginality, sufferings, and misunderstandings. While interpreting the anointing of Jesus (Mark 14:1-11) and other key passages, Dr. Ulrich will explore how Mark can help us envision life-giving ministries for our times and contexts. Respondents from several distinct Brethren contexts will share how visions from Mark might be understood and lived out in their own communities.

Dan Ulrich is Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEU)


or send check and paper registration to SVMC by October 19, 2015.

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TRIM Course:

Directed Independent Study: "The Gospel of Mark and 21st Century Ministry"
Taught by Connie Maclay
October 9 - November 30, 2015

Students in this class will attend the continuing education symposium and work with the instructor online before and after the event. They will both study Mark's gospel in greater depth and process its implications for ministry in our time. Tuition is $100 plus the cost of registration for the event.

Registration deadline:  October 1, 2015

Elizabethtown College