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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:


Our spring TRIM course, "Administration as Pastoral Care" has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. 




"Lives of Devotion"Wednesday, April 29, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Elizabethtown College

With Bob Neff and Christina Bucher

This course will examine devotional texts in the Old Testament that go beyond the psalter: Lamentations; the encounter between Job and God in Job 38 -42; prayers in Chronicles (including the prayer of Jabez, 1 Chron 4:9-10); and The Song of Songs. Corinne Ware’s book, Discover your Spiritual Type, A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth, will be used to guide reflection as we examine the diversity of spirituality in later Israel and look at its application to our own lives. 

Elihu Vedder, Study for "Prayer for Death in the Desert," 1867
  • Bob Neff is an Old Testament scholar and President Emeritus of Juniata College.
  • Chris Bucher is Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College.

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


Registration and payment due by April 13, 2015.


Emotional Intelligence WorkshopSaturday, August 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Nicarry Meeting House
The Brethren Home
New Oxford, PA

With Don Booz

Co-sponsored by SVMC and the
Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry

Research shows that individuals with high levels of "emotional intelligence" tend to have happier, healthier, and more successful lives. This workshop will help participants better understand what emotional intelligence is, recognize its impact on their personal and professional lives, and increase this capacity in themselves. 

Don Booz is a former Church of the Brethren pastor and district executive and a certified professional coach.

Registration fee: $30 (includes lunch and 0.4 CEU) 

Registration and payment due by August 3, 2015


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