The Explorer Series

Are you interested in learning more about some aspect of your life of faith with a supportive group of people?  The Explorer Series provides a unique opportunity for people to connect with others for a few weeks to enhance their journey as followers of Jesus in the contemporary world. These short courses are meant to complement learners in their congregations while deepening their faith understanding in their explorer group. Participants practice reading the Bible as a progressive Christian, finding a prayerful spiritual path for our present lives, and learning the aspects of UCC’s history that have made and continue to make UCC congregations diverse and progressive.

Cost per 4-week course: $99 for the course; $129 with 1.5 CEUs

Level One: Foundational Courses

Perhaps you’re interested in a broad perspective of Progressive Christian theology.  As a person who wants to join with others on a faith journey where all doubts and questions are encouraged, you are welcome here. For members and leaders in your congregation, the Level One Foundational Courses are the place to begin.

The ten Foundational Courses provide a two-year opportunity to explore the basics of theology. Learners are exposed to a contextual approach to the Bible, ethics, worship, the evolution of Christianity over two millennia, spiritual formation, and much more. Within an online community, participants discuss how Christianity has evolved over time. Reading selected books, authors and facilitators offer ways of connecting your faith to others’ ancient to contemporary faith.

Cost per 6-week course: $295

Level Two: Ministry Preparation Core

This level is designed using the UCC Marks for Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers, for those seeking authorization as licensed ministers and those who may serve as lay pastors. In Level Two’s seventeen-month Ministry Preparation Core (seven courses plus three terms of supervised ministry), learners engage in a nine-month supervised ministry practicum in a local church setting where they have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, preaching, and pastoral care. Level Two courses include the Old and New Testament Hermeneutics, UCC History and Polity, Professional Boundaries & Ministerial Self-Care among other courses.

Cost per course varies with course length. 6-week course: $295

Level Three: Ministry Preparation Praxis

Praxis is a process in which theory and lessons are embodied.  Level Three’s seventeen-month Praxis program (seven courses plus three terms of supervised ministry) prepares participants for ordained ministry.  Through a practical synthesis of all they have learned: theologies, spirituality, Biblical interpretation, worship, ethics, and more, participants engage in mastering ministry skills.

Cost per course varies with course length. 6-week course: $295

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