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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.

Jesus, Now Playing
January 3-28, 2022

Taught by Dr. John Dunne and Dr. Jeannine Brown, New Testament professors at Bethel Seminary

Since the time of Jesus, people have been fascinated with his life and moved by his story. The Gospels of the New Testament provide four distinct but overlapping tellings of that story. In this course, you will get to explore these four Gospels in depth and you will also be introduced to a variety of other narrations of the Jesus story from the ancient and modern worlds. We’ll take a look at how Jesus has been portrayed in film over the last century, and we’ll consider how the storytelling techniques in these films have some interesting patterns in common with ancient gospels.

As a participant in the course, you will have access to course video materials, readings, and discussions with the instructors and other participants. Online guest interviews (synchronous and then recorded for availability) include Dr. Helen Bond, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Trinity International University; Dr. Mark Goodacre, Duke University; and Chris Hewitt, film critic for the StarTribune.

Course Options and Cost
  • Online
  • For credit (1.5): $762*
  • For no seminary credit but access to seminar-style classes—including media, Zoom sessions with guest lecturers, and group discussions: $195 (discount code: $45 off)
Race, Justice, and Kingdom
January 3-28, 2022
January 31-May 13, 2022

Taught by Dr. David Clark, theologian and Rev. Dr. Melvin Miller, pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota

By taking “Race, Justice, and the Kingdom of God,” you’ll learn how to engage in honest and civil conversation about race with people who share biblical faith but may have differing life experiences or political instincts from you. As you survey the history of race in America, you’ll explore various ways to make sense of this history, reasons it is so divisive, effects it has on American life today, and options for Christian engagement. You will critically engage with secular perspectives and develop deeply biblical lenses for understanding. You’ll have the opportunity to align your heart, mind, and life with the values of God’s Kingdom and challenge yourself to pursue spiritual transformation and racial reconciliation. 

This month-long, online course will be followed by a for-credit course in the spring to continue the conversation. Those interested can apply to be a Bethel Seminary student and take the course for credit.

Course Options and Cost
  • Online
  • January 3-28, 2022 | Non-credit, seminar-style option: $195 (discount code: $45 off)
  • January 31-May 13, 2022 | For credits (3), continuation: $1524*
Mutuality and Shared Leadership: Women and Men Leading Well Together
February 1-28, 2022

Taught by Dr. Andy Rowell, assistant professor of ministry leadership at Bethel Seminary, and Rev. Stephanie Williams O’Brien, lead pastor of Mill City Church, Minneapolis, and author of Stay Curious and Make a Move.
 
This class will look at the opportunity that women and men have to lead well together in any space—from the church, to nonprofits, to the marketplace! We will address the challenges we have and continue to face while also stepping into God's vision for mutuality and shared leadership. We will explore examples from scripture, interview experienced leaders and talk about practical ways to thrive as we lead together for God's glory and our neighbor's good.

Course Options and Cost
  • Online
  • For credit (1.5): $762*
  • For no seminary credit but access to seminar-style classes—including media, Zoom sessions with guest lecturers, and group discussions: $195 (discount code: $45 off)

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