Graduate-level workshops to offer glimpse of ministry program

News Date: 
Fri. 05/09/2014

Students on the career path to Christian ministry will have the opportunity this summer to take several convenient graduate-level weekend workshops.

The workshops are offered and open to all those interested in furthering their education in Christian ministry, but might prove to be particularly helpful to those considering graduate-level education in the field.

“Taking a workshop might whet the appetite for more and encourage workshop participants to enter our full Christian Ministry degree program. We hope this can be a positive ministry to the Wichita-area Christian community in providing graduate-level education for everyone, going beyond what one gets in Sunday School,” said Dr. Chris Kettler, professor of theology and director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) program at Friends University.

“We believe that the ministry of Jesus Christ deserves as much attention and dedication in education as one gives to any other graduate degree,” Dr. Kettler said.

The topics of this summer’s workshops are diverse and will be taught by some prominent theologians, covering topics relevant to practicing or prospective church leaders. The following workshops will be offered:

•    Freedom in Ministry (June 6-7) taught by Miriam Overholt
•    Christ, Creation and the Environment (June 13-14) taught by Fr. Terry J. Hedrick, Ph.D.
•    Theology of the Family (June 20-21) taught by Dr. Chris Kettler
•    Praying the Psalms (June 27-28) taught by Fr. Terry J. Hedrick, Ph.D.
•    Providence: Does God Care? (July 11-12) taught by Dr. Chris Kettler
•    Bonhoeffer on Ethics (Aug. 1-2) taught by Dr. Chris Kettler

Classes are offered in a convenient weekend format to allow for practicing ministers to continue with their busy summertime programming and schedules.

“The workshops are all on Friday night and all day Saturday, so vacations, church camps, and mission trips can be worked into the weekdays,” Dr. Kettler said.

Additionally, the weekend format allows for a more thorough and fulfilling experience for the students. “Over the weekend, there will be intensive face-to-face time with the instructor and fellow students, unlike an online format,” Dr. Kettler said.

Workshops cost $150 per credit hour. Each workshop will earn students one credit hour.

Students interested in learning more about the workshops should contact 316-295-5516 or  For more information about the MACM program, contact or 316-295-5693.

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