NYTS Summer Institutes of Learning

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  Continuing Education and Partner Church cost: $50 / credit

Audit fee: $150.00 / credit, for current matriculated seminary students only.

Courses are open to clergy and other religious leaders who are seeking continuing education opportunities, as well as members of a Partner Church seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

A “Partner Church” is any church or other religious community that has supported the Seminary over the past several years through a gift or in-kind contribution.
Enrollment may be limited for some courses.

Continuing Education Units are available upon request at the completion of each course.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at Lbumgardner@nyts.edu.

The Summer Institutes are:

The Language Institute
Religious Education and Youth Institute
Theology and Congregational Institute
Preaching Institute
Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute

Language Institute


ReisigIntroduction to Koine Greek Intensive (4 Cr., BBL3504)
Jul 2, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 2 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Jerry Reisig

This course is an intensive study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Koine Greek of the Second Testament. Students will develop a basic vocabulary and grammar which will allow them to translate simple Bible passages. This course is a requirement for BBL3514: Introduction to Koine Greek 2 & Exegesis.


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Religious Education and Youth Institute


HenryYouth, Church and Crisis in Ministry (3 Cr., MYM1013)
Jul 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 7, 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 240
Professor Tamara Henry

This course provides an understanding of the developmental, social and cultural crises impacting the lives of contemporary youth, within and beyond the church. Drawing insights from theology, psychology, sociology and education, participants will explore theories and concrete strategies for helping youth negotiate the real life difficulties that impinge on faith formation during the adolescent and young adult years.


HenryYouth, Culture and Pedagogy in Religious Education (3 Cr., MRE2523)
Aug 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 4, 18 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 240
Professor Tamara Henry

This course explores the intersection between youth, culture and pedagogical practice within religious education. In particular, it probes the challenges in engaging and religiously educating contemporary youth and young adults and examines how resources that emerge from popular youth cultures can fund more effective teaching and learning practices within youth and young adult ministry today.

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Theology and Congregational Institute


MarshallHistory of the African American Church (3Cr., HTU2063)
Jul 10, 12, 17, 19 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 14, 28 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 314
Professor Jermaine Marshall

This course provides a critical analysis into the origins, development, and growth of African American Christianity. The course will focus on the trajectory of African American Christianity from the traditional indigenous spirituality of Africa to the religious experiences of African Americans in the African Diaspora. While the course will focus on African American Christianity in the United States the course will also highlight the syncretism of other religious traditions in other parts of the African Diaspora such as Brazil and the Caribbean.

The course will interpret the history of the African American Church through an examination of slave religion, development of the independent Black Church movement with special emphasis on the seven historically Black denominations (African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated; National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; Progressive National Baptist, Church of God in Christ), the Great Migrations, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the development of Black and Womanist theologies, the Black Mega Church, and Challenges for the future of the African American Church.


StanleyChurch Administration (3Cr., MRL1603)
Jul 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Jul 14, 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 316
Professor Pamela Stanley

This course examines leadership in church administration with an emphasis on biblical principles and practices for the local church including human resources, financial and facility management, risk management, staff training and development, public relations, technology and social media. Students will engage in discussions on developing protocol and policies for effective church operations. This study will integrate material from both spiritual and secular sources.



The Spirituality of Administration (3 Cr., MRL2803)
Aug 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 18, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room C
Professor Courtney Wiley-Harris

Often times, people find themselves particularly called and/or consumed with the process, logistics, and “administrativia” of church and faith-based work more than others. Dismayed that the gift of administration rarely receives the attention of that of the five-fold ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11, talent is often not affirmed and lost in faith based institutions. This class is designed to affirm those called with the gift of administration and to assist in helping them find value and purpose in building the work of their houses of worship and faith-based institutions.


QueHuman Trafficking: “Modern Day Slavery” (3 Cr., SMU2143)
Aug 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 28 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 18, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 318
Professor Que English

Human trafficking is a crime that affects the most vulnerable members of society. It is a global issue and according to the United Nations is tied with illegal arms, the second largest criminal activity in the world after drugs. Victims of human trafficking suffer a violation of human rights and are to be considered as persons in need of protection. Although it is a stronghold in third world countries, it is happening in our own backyard, New York City where thousands of children have been lost to this world, average age 12-15. From understanding sex and the church as far back as St. Augustine, this class will introduce students to the complex phenomenon of human trafficking. We will provide a broad overview of trafficking in human beings in its historical, legal, political and social contexts, identifying the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, its indicators, including trafficking in the United States and the different people involved at all levels. Basic understanding of the risk factors, warning signs, trafficking’s terminology, and the influence of the world of technology and social media contributions to this ill will be covered. Education will expand to the national and local scope of domestic minor sex trafficking, understanding our most vulnerable population and tools of engagement. The class will also learn about victim profiles, risk factors, recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers, methods of control, trafficker and buyer profiles, the physical and psychological impact of trauma, and tips for interaction with child victims.
What is God’s heart for the most vulnerable and how does scripture direct us to revolutionizing this atrocity through action? We will explore scripture to develop our foundational understanding and will use a broad repertoire of skills including conflict, community building and planning and collaborative models to build a template for organizing around the issue of human trafficking.


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Preaching Institute


HuntPreaching Under Construction (3 Cr., MMP2153)
Jul 30 – Aug 3, Aug 6 – 10 (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Chapel of the Cross, 3rd Floor
Professor Edward L. Hunt

Come and rediscover the joy of sermon preparation and preaching again as if for the first time! There will be interaction and an exciting time for all involved. Each student will be required to bring at least five of his or her best sermons. We will work with your sermons, examine your style and challenge your delivery skills. We also work on reaching a deeper depth and meaning in sermon development and thinking. Finally, we will also visit and examine the wonderful art of Celebration in Preaching.


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Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute

FieldsFoundations in Chaplaincy Ministry (2 Cr., CPE1002)
May 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19
Thursdays (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Room 500, Conference Room B
Professor Nancy Fields

By approval only; contact Dr. Nancy Fields at nfields@nyts.edu for approval BEFORE you register.

  • Group Educational Classes: 3 hours per week
  • Individual Session: 10 individual sessions; 30 minutes each
  • Clinical Practice in Ministry: 6 hours per week of clinical practice at select clinical placement site


PClemmonsastoral Care of Families in the Bible (3 Cr., MPC2843)
Aug 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23  (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 11, 25 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 330
Professor E. Roland Clemons

This course will use the family systems theory model as a tool to explore transactional patterns within biblical families, and focus on factors that promote functional and dysfunctional behavior in the family. It will investigate how the family maintains and corrects its equilibrium (homeostasis), the effects of alignments, coalitions and triangulation on child development and the family, and the concept of complementarity in family relations. Some Old Testament families to be observed will be the families of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Isaac. Some of those from the New Testament will be the families of Zechariah, Joseph, and the Prodigal Son.


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