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Seminary for Everyone

seminary for everyone

Whether you want to learn more about a particular topic or get a taste of what Bethel Seminary is all about—we have courses covering a variety of relevant interests and passions all year long. Internationally renowned instructors are excited to share their perspectives on topics close to their hearts through these flexible, easily-accessible opportunities. With choices related to both credit seeking and non-credit seeking endeavors, you get to decide what level of investment suits your life, goals, and learning style.

Group Discount: We offer a discount of $70 off per person if there are five or more participants registered from the same organization (church, Bible study group, etc.). Please email seminary-for-everyone@bethel.edu for more information and to receive the group rate coupon code.

All courses are accessible online, and non-credit options involve a 5-6 hour time commitment per week (for a four-week course).

Courses Open for Registration

Leadership Communication in Divisive Times
June 5-30, 2023

Taught by Stephanie O’Brien, lead pastor at Mill City Church

We are living in divisive and polarizing times. As leaders, we can be difference-makers in the way we communicate with people, encouraging them to grow in love and empathy. In this class, we will learn specific communication strategies from a variety of experts and leaders. We will address verbal and written communication strategies in large, small, or individual settings, so that we can grow in our effectiveness as leaders.

Course Options and Cost

  • Online
  • For Bethel Seminary credit (1.5): $762* (runs from May 30-June 23)
  • For no seminary credit but access to seminar-style courses, which will include media, Zoom sessions with the instructor and/or potential guest lecturers, and online discussions: $195 (runs from June 5-30)

*To receive seminary credit, you must be either an incoming or current Bethel Seminary student or receive special student status from the institution.

Is Theology Political? Church and State After 2020 
June 5-30, 2023

Taught by Joel Lawrence, executive director, Center for Pastor Theologians

We live in a polarized and politicized world. Republican vs Democrat. Red vs blue. Urban vs rural. The church is not immune from this division; in fact, the church has sometimes been a promoter of it. Our understanding of church and state has contributed to the polarization of American culture and led to the church’s division. In this time of discord, how can the church more faithfully represent Christ’s rule? What theological foundations do we need to construct for the political witness of the church in the 21st century? 

In this Seminary for Everyone course, Joel Lawrence will explore with participants what it means for the church to be political. If you are dissatisfied with the condition of the church, confused about a proper vision of church and state, or exhausted by battles over politics today, then this course is for you. 

Course Options and Cost

  • Online
  • For no seminary credit but access to seminar-style courses, which will include media, Zoom sessions with the instructor and/or potential guest lecturers, and online group discussions: $195 (runs from June 5-30)

*This course will not be offered for seminary credit.