Professional Development2019-08-22T11:20:25-07:00

Professional Development

The School of Theology and Ministry’s professional development programs expand the learning opportunities available to those following their passions, furthering their education, or gaining a competitive edge. We dare to explore new ground and change minds and to shape those who will shape our world. So branch out, explore, and expand your lifelong learning.

Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project

Course Series in Church and Faith-Based Non-profit Management

Classes in the Series, Class Titles and Descriptions are below

All courses are online, asynchronous courses and the dates for the courses follow the university’s dates for the quarters.

  • Fall – 9/20 classes start, 12/2 last day of classes, 12/4-9 finals week
  • Winter – 1/8 classes start, 3/19 last day of classes, 3/20-24 finals week
  • Spring – 4/3 classes start, 6/11 last day of classes, 6/12/-16 finals week

Overseeing Organizational Finances

While church and nonprofit leaders may not directly manage the sums and figures of accounting, skills and knowledge are imperative to sustainably manage and oversee accounting and finance operations. This introductory class gives participants the language and knowledge base they need to help their community thrive and foresee issues before they become fatal obstacles.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: Seattle University Professional and Continuing Education. Pilot cost for Spring quarter is $50 (10 PD hours). Actual cost is $315.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course starting February 12 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credits).

Talking Faith & Money: At the Intersection of Theology, Economics & Organizational Realities

This introductory course lays a foundation for all that the program will cover; participants grapple with their own individual and community’s theology and how it intersects with themes of money, economics, and organizational management.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: Seattle University Professional and Continuing Education. Cost is $315 (10 PD hours). Register for this section by September 18.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course by September 20 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credit). Register for this section by September 20.

Taking Strategic Action: Building Mission-centered Operations & Business Practices

While faith and mission fuel the way we are church and operate nonprofits, tools are often necessary and helpful to engage strategic planning and goal-setting in a way that is realistic while inviting participation and collaboration. Church and nonprofit leaders have the responsibility of building operations and practices that support themselves, their leadership teams and staff, volunteers and community members. This class will provide practical tools for establishing those operations and business structures that support sustainable growth and honor everyone involved.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: Seattle University Professional and Continuing Education. Pilot cost for Fall quarter is $150 (30 PD hours). Actual cost is $945. Register for this section by September 18.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course by September 20 via SU Online. Cost is $1,893 (3 Graduate Credits).

Managing Personal Finances

This class provides concrete tools for church and nonprofit leaders navigating their call to service as a vocational or bi-vocational leader. Participants are able to work through strategies for individual and family responsibilities, along with the realities of holding university and seminary student debt along with other financial challenges.

To register for this class:

  • Leaders in the community taking this class for professional development units can register here: Seattle University Professional and Continuing Education. Pilot cost for Winter quarter is $50 (10 PD hours). Actual cost is $315.
  • Matriculated students taking Graduate Credits can register for this course starting November 13 via SU Online. Cost is $631 (1 Graduate Credits).

Cultivating Private Donors & Community Partners for Fundraising

Opportunities exist every day for individuals, community organizations, and grants to fund programs and initiatives within churches and nonprofits. This class provides an opportunity for participants to become acquainted with the basics of fundraising and to cultivate skills for making those asks in a way that is true to the heart of their work.

Developing the Must-Haves of Marketing & Communication

How can we tell the story of our church or community in a way that winsomely represents its heart and soul well? Where, when and how can we share meaningful content that represents our unique communities? This class will provide an overview on basic marketing and communications opportunities and resources, including how to create a communications plan for gatherings, programs and community life.

Liturgies of Resistance

Course: STMPD 9300 Liturgies of Resistance

Dates: TBD
Location: Seattle University campus
Cost: $400
To Register: Click here

About the course:

Liturgies of Resistance will examine the link between Christian liturgies and social justice with focus on the ways the global community has responded to injustice through Eucharist, baptism, music, and preaching while assisting in preparing students to engage public conversation—regionally, nationally, and internationally. Special attention will be given to the historic narratives linking liturgy with public theology as resistance to injustice. Course content and practice will introduce students to contextual liturgies and how to design liturgies in response to major social moments.

About the faculty:

Bishop Edward Donalson III, DMinRev. Dr. Edward Donalson III is Director of Worship and Liturgy, and a professional development faculty at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. As an author, entrepreneur, thought coach, and multi-media personality, he has a heart for diversity and an ability to navigate across socioeconomic, educational, and ethnic spheres. Traveling nationally as a guest lecturer, workshop clinician, and preacher since 1996, he has a record of accomplishment in ministry excellence with integrity. Rev. Dr. Donalson has a Bachelor of Theology, a Master of Arts in Global Leadership, a Doctorate of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry.

Rev. Dr. Donalson has authored seven books. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Family Worship Center International and spiritual covering for Koah International Kingdom Network. He is President and Founder of Logos Life Network and Leadership Institute, Co-founder of Koah International Enterprise, Founder and Host of The Gathering, Founder of Marketplace Institute of Empowerment, and Bishop of Operations for the P.U.R.E. Ministries International Fellowship Churches.

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Questions:

Questions about registration:
Carolyn M Dougherty, MAPC
dougher6@seattleu.edu
(206) 296-5333

Questions about course content:
Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson, III
donalso1@seattleu.edu
(206) 296-6357

Pacific Northwest Culture and Religious Identity

Professional Development Student Cost: $210 per course
Books and/or scholarships may be available to students. Please contact tricem@seattleu.edu for more details.

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Pacific Northwest Culture & Lutheran Identity I and II

This two-course sequence will prepare students to become fluent within their own ecclesial tradition, andwithin the complex cultural challenges and opportunities that the Church experiences today in this region. The focus is to assist students in: Identifying and analyzing the pressing questions and responses to being Church in this region; enlarging their ecclesial fluency in matters of life, worldview, faith and witness in the Pacific Northwest; refining their sense of relevant Gospel witness where theology meets life every day, including any synodically authorized ministry. Sources will range from ELCA social statements to interdisciplinary analyses, from poetry to prose, from local history to international Lutheran service around the world. All of these sources will assist students in living into the question of identifying the markers for a Lutheran Cascadian sensibility in this dynamic region of the world.

Instructor: Michael Reid Trice, tricem@seattleu.edu and Marcia Riggers, marciariggers@live.com

Pacific Northwest Culture & Presbyterian Identity I and II

The focus of this two-course sequence is to assist students in: Identifying and analyzing the pressing challenges and responses to being religious in this region; enlarging progressive theological fluency in matters of life, worldview, faith and witness in the Pacific Northwest; and refining relevant leadership acumen that anticipates and is responsive to the societal challenges in this region, which likewise impact the country and the world.

The two-course sequence provides an enhanced learning environment inclusive of two kinds of students: Students in degree-seeking programs at STM (MDiv, DMin, MAPS, etc.), and non-degree seeking professionals from throughout numerous walks of life, who participate in the life of their community. Distinct from a course on the history, polity or doctrine of a particular tradition, this course will prepare students for fluency both within the Presbyterian tradition, and within the complex cultural challenges and opportunities that religion experiences today in this region. Sources for this two-course sequence will range from social statements to interdisciplinary analyses, from in-class guests to an assessment of global efforts with local impact. All of these sources will assist students in identifying the markers for a Cascadian sensibility in this dynamic region of the world.

Instructors: Scott Anderson, sanderson@standrewpc.org and Kelly Wadsworth, kelly.n.wadsworth@gmail.com

Pacific Northwest Culture & United Methodist Identity I and II

This two-course sequence enables students to develop an ecclesial competency in the faith, order, life and work of the UMC. Pacific Northwest Culture and United Methodist Identity will prepare students to become fluent within their own ecclesial tradition, and within the cultural challenges and opportunities that the Church experiences today in this region.  This sequence, taken in the first year of the M.Div. program, is a bookend requirement toward the United Methodist Polity, History, and Doctrine courses (STMA 5860, 5870, & 5880), which rediscover the theological challenges of contemporary United Methodist – Wesleyan identity alongside the place and authority of the historical statements of the United Methodist experience for being Church in the world today.

Instructors: Rebecca Park-Hearn, parkhear@seattleu.edu and Joanne Carlson-Brown, pastor@tibbettsumchurch.org

Pacific Northwest Culture & UUA Identity I and II

This two-course sequence is designed in partnership between the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University (STM) and the specific religious communities with longstanding commitments at this School for graduate theological education. The focus of this two-course sequence is to assist students in: Identifying and analyzing the pressing challenges and responses to being religious in this region; enlarging progressive theological fluency in matters of life, worldview, faith and witness in the Pacific Northwest; and refining relevant leadership acumen that anticipates and is responsive to the societal challenges in this region, which likewise impact the country and the world.

The two-course sequence provides an enhanced learning environment inclusive of two kinds of students: Students in degree-seeking programs at STM (MDiv, DMin, MAPS, etc.), and non-degree seeking professionals from throughout numerous walks of life, who participate in the life of their religious community. Distinct from a course on the history, polity or doctrine of a particular tradition, this course will prepare students for fluency both within the Unitarian Universalist tradition, and within the complex cultural challenges and opportunities that religion experiences today in this region. Sources for this two-course sequence will range from social statements to interdisciplinary analyses, from in-class guests to an assessment of global efforts with local impact. All of these sources will assist students in identifying the markers for a Cascadian sensibility in this dynamic region of the world.

Instructor: Marian Stewart, mstewart@uuma.org

Questions?

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our degree programs, scholarships, the application process and more. Please feel free to reach out to Carolyn M. Dougherty, MAPC, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services at dougher6@seattleu.edu or 206.296.5333. We look forward to hearing from you!