TRIM Academy Level Courses
Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers some courses each year in conjunction with Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership that earn course units in the TRIM (TRaining In Ministry) program. Read more about the TRIM program here, or visit the Brethren Academy website. Questions about TRIM should be directed to the district TRIM Coordinator or to the national TRIM Coordinator, Carrie Eikler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Instructor: George Pickens
Dates: August 11, 12, and 13, 2016
Location: Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the U.S. This course will focus on understanding and experiencing Islam as a local faith practiced by our American neighbors rather than a distant, foreign religion. Islam and Muslims in the U.S. will be reviewed, and then participants will have opportunities to interact with local Muslims. Through a blend of presentations, discussions, and visits to a local mosque and Muslim communities, basic skills in building positive relationships and Christian witness among Muslims in the US will be developed.
Cost: $285 (There will also be a nominal fee--around $10--to cover vehicle expenses for site visits. Exact cost will be available closer to the time of the course.)
Instructor: Randy Yoder
Dates: Sept. 30 - October 1, 2016; Oct. 28-29, 2016
Location: Elizabethtown College
This course is designed to help students understand power as discerned and practiced by the Church of the Brethren. Through reading, research, and class discussion, students will be enabled to understand the ecclesiology, history, and polity of the Church of the Brethren. The course will also cover the relationship between a congregation's cultural context and its organizational patterns. It will also discuss how polity is established to guide leadership and congregations in being true to their Pietist and Anabaptist traditions while striving to be relevant for contemporary times.
Click on the link above for a full schedule of TRIM courses offered through Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.