Women in Ministry: One Week Intensive

Women in Ministry: One Week Intensive May 10, 2013

This summer at Northern Seminary I will teach a public-open course on Women in Ministry.

Here is a list of our summer offerings, and my course on Women in Ministry will be taught June 17-21. Here’s the official edu-scoop:

Women in Ministry will focus on understanding, recognizing and encouraging the gifts God has given to women in the church. The course will focus on biblical texts about women, both from the Old Testament and the New Testament, with particular concentration on problem passages. The course will also feature a section on husbands and wives and Christian marriage, developing how the Bible understands love. see also DM7110. 9:00 AM to 4:00 M June 17-21, 2013 (NT elective, Gen. elective)

If you are interested in this course, here is the contact information:  http://www.seminary.edu/about/contact-us/ or e-mail at: admissions@seminary.edu.

To apply for the course begin the application process at www.seminary.edu/apply.  You can audit the course, apply as a new student (at the masters or doctoral level), or transfer the credit back to your school if You are at another seminary.  Northern Seminary alumni can take the course for free as part of Northern Seminary’s new Alumni Academy.  There is an article about the alumni academy at http://www.seminary.edu/article/announcing-the-alumni-academy/

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  • mhelbert

    Sound great! I wonder, tho, why not have a woman teach a course on Women in Ministry?

  • PJ Anderson

    And that, my friends, is an outstanding point!

  • PastorWoman

    Thanks for offering this, Scot. A helpful exercise in the course might be going beyond the theological to the practical. I know several male pastors who are all for women in ministry, but when confronted by a powerful person in the church, don’t know how to counter that. They back down, afraid of what damage or conflict this could bring them. What are some of the practical ways pastors can actually change the “anti-woman in leadership” culture in the church? Each time I think we have gotten somewhere, I hear another story from a colleague who has been blasted or threatened for his ideas, or a woman pastor who has been criticized for the way she dresses or some other alleged infraction. Will it never end?

  • newbeginning

    Scot, I’d love to sit in on your course, but the distance prohibits. Will it be recorded? And what a beautifully serendipitous course offering, right there where David Scholer was teaching when he wrote his wonderful but brief “Women in Ministry” [later compiled as an eight session Bible study reprinted from The Covenant Companion (December 1, 1983; December 15, 1983; January 1984; and February 1984)]. I will always remember driving him to speak at our church when he was visiting Fuller as a summer lecturer, and describing his course as not designed to be particularly argumentative about whether women “should” be involved in ministry, but “simply describing the ways in which women actually ‘were’ involved in ministry in the NT.” A lovely man!

  • scotmcknight

    Well, because it’s one of my course offerings.

  • scotmcknight

    Part of the class will be devoted to strategies in the local church. That’s where it matters, after all.

  • scotmcknight

    David was a help to me on this very topic.

  • mhelbert

    good answer!

  • Have sent this off to my daughter, Kaili. Hopefully she will join you this summer.

  • RJS4DQ


    I rather expect that …

    (1) For the subject to get the respect it deserves it should be taught by an man.

    (2) For women in ministry and women teaching in a seminary to get the respect they deserve they should avoid being pigeon-holed teaching “women” courses.

    Both of these are rather unfortunate, but we’ve a ways to go yet.

  • rose

    Scot will it be recorded?

  • scotmcknight

    I don’t think so. Hard to record class sessions… lots of discussion.

  • mhelbert

    Unfortunate, yes. I appreciated Scot’s reply. It’s honest. And, I’ve no doubt that he’ll honor women in ministry. However, it would be refreshing to have women weigh in on these topics. Especially, in the academy.