TRIM courses nationwide

Click on the link above for a full schedule of TRIM courses offered through Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. 


The following TRIM courses are hosted by SVMC. Click on the course title for more information, or email



The Gospel of John (online) (class in progress)

Instructor: Andy Hamilton
Dates: January 29 - March 23, 2018 

Description: “Glory is a theme that John uses, very distinctively among the New Testament writers to highlight, by paradox, the extraordinary nature of the love of God for the world in going to the lengths of Jesus’ abject dying in pain and shame of crucifixion.”
-Richard Bauckham, Gospel of Glory, p. 43

Like the above quotation, this class will involve a close reading of John’s Gospel that includes applying exegetical skills and theological reflection. In light of converging and sometimes contrasting themes throughout its narrative we will explore the signs and parables and their relationship to the revelation of the glorified Christ on the cross. Most importantly, we will attentively look at the theological implications and ethical applications for 21st century followers of Jesus. 


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.