TRIM courses nationwide

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Church of the Brethren Polity and Practice

Instructor: Randy Yoder
Location: Elizabethtown College
Dates: September 28-29 and October 26-27, 2018

This course is designed to help students understand power and authority as discerned, covenanted and practiced by the Church of the Brethren for fulfilling meaningful missional ministry at all levels of the Church. Through reading, research, and class input and sharing, students will be enabled to understand the ecclesiology, history, and polity of the Church of the Brethren. Included in this course will be the study of the relationship between the cultural context and organizational patterns of congregations and 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.

Classes run from 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. each Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each Saturday. Students should also budget time for a significant reading assignment before the first class.