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Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops

Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities by offering a variety of continuing education programs and initiatives to further interfaith dialogue and for ministry professionals to replenish their spiritual wells.

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Renewing Hearts, Minds, Spirits

The "Things They Didn't Teach Me in Seminary" Seminar Series

January 17, 7–9 p.m. EST
Working Genius Workshop with Connie denBok
Click here for details and registration.

February 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Managing Conflict in the Congregation with Betty Pries, CEO of Credence & Co.

Click here for details and registration.

March 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Anthropology for Ministry with Susan Willhauck and Ken Chitwood
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2022 JAN 12 | Exploring Satisfaction & Stress in Ministry: Personalized Insights to Cultivate Well-Being (Pathways for Wellness)
2022 JAN 12 | Exploring Satisfaction & Stress in Ministry: Personalized Insights to Cultivate Well-Being (Pathways for Wellness)

Image by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Initial Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7–9:30 p.m. EST, Online

Follow-Up Sessions: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27 (last Wednesday of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. EST/EDT, Online)

Workshop Leader: Beth Anne Fisher (see biography below), spiritual and community life program coordinator, Emmanuel College

Registration Fees

  • $200 regular
  • $150 early bird (register and pay fees by December 18, 2021)
  • $100 for Emmanuel College students

Register by clicking here.

Workshop Details

This course is for anyone working in a Christian vocational context who wants to explore how to protect the aspects of their ministry lives that nourish them and navigate the inevitable stressors along the way. It may be especially helpful to folks considering a job transition, experiencing an unsustainable level of stress or fatigue, or just getting started in ministry life.

In the initial workshop, Beth Anne Fisher will give an overview of the Malcolm Inventory for Satisfaction and Stress in Ministry (MISSiM), a statistically valid and reliable questionnaire she helped developed alongside Dr. Wanda Malcolm at Wycliffe College. Participants will learn how they can use their own personal data from completing the MISSiM to reflect, celebrate and assess their current ministry experiences.

Following the introductory workshop, Fisher will facilitate four monthly peer-group sessions of deeper MISSiM insight exploration and round-table conversation about satisfaction and stress in three areas of ministry life: Structural/Systemic, Interpersonal/Relational, and Internal/Personal. This pilot group at Emmanuel College will be limited to 12 participants.

This course requires one hour of advance prep time to complete the MISSiM prior to January 5, 2022, so that all participants can receive their personalized report before the first session. Upon registering and paying your registration fee, a code and link to the questionnaire will be emailed to you.


Beth Anne Fisher

Beth Anne Fisher (spiritual and community life program coordinator, Emmanuel College) is a PhD candidate in Theology and has an MDiv from Wycliffe College. Over the past seven years, she has been part of a quantitative research project exploring satisfaction and stress for people who work in Christian ministry and out of this research is developing resources to support people in vocational ministry. She is on the leadership team at a Presbyterian Church of Canada church plant and is training to become a spiritual director.

2022 JAN 17 | Working Genius Workshop

Monday, January 17, 7–9 p.m. EST, Online, $10 Fee (free for Emmanuel Ministry Integration students), register by clicking here.

Workshop leader: Connie denBok

Workshop Description

The six types of working genius are those sweet spots where your gifts are not only effective, but you are energized. Of the six–wonder, discernment, enablement, invention, galvanizing, and tenacity–you have two that are life-giving, two in which you can be competent, and two which require greater effort for lesser results. Good leaders know how to build and combine groups for a team where all six are present. The work gets done. The time is well spent. The participants are motivated and find joy in their joint effort.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, Emmanuel College is offering a Working Genius workshop based on the work of Patrick Lencioni. There will be specific application to working with volunteers. Participants will have completed the online assessment and be aware of their personal profile in advance. It is available on the Working Genius Website at a cost of $25 USD (bursaries available for Emmanuel Ministry Integration Seminar students who need it). 


Connie denBok Emm 8T0 is a United Church minister who has learned how to rediscover and reinvent the practice of ministry many times throughout 40 years of serving pastoral charges. She has also led three successful church planting teams, taught as an adjunct at Wycliffe College, consulted, and served at every level of the church. Implementing Working Genius is her latest project because of its practical application to building healthy organizations. She is an Emmanuel alumna and earned her doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California.

Register Here
2022 JAN 20 | "A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship" Book Launch
2022 JAN 20 | "A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship" Book Launch

Thursday, January 20, 12–1:30 p.m. EST, Online, Free, Register by Clicking Here.

Join us for the launch of A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship: Understanding the Ideas That Reshaped the Protestant Church (2021 Baker Academic) by Lester Ruth (research professor of Christian worship, Duke University) and Lim Swee Hong (Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music, Emmanuel College).


New forms of worship have transformed the face of the American church over the past fifty years. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including interviews with dozens of important stakeholders and key players, this volume by two worship experts offers the first comprehensive history of Contemporary Praise & Worship. The authors provide insight into where this phenomenon began and how it reshaped the Protestant church. They also emphasize the span of denominational, regional, and ethnic expressions of contemporary worship, taking into account the liturgical dynamics involved it its emergence and the dynamics that led to its growth. The authors show that Contemporary Praise & Worship came about through theological reflection on the Bible, not merely as the result of cultural impulses. Events in Canada are critical to the history, especially in the origins.

This book will be of interest to professors and students of worship, worship pastors, leaders of contemporary worship services, liturgical scholars, and church and cultural historians. (from the publisher's website)

Author Bios

Lester Ruth

Lester Ruth started out as a pastor with an interest in worship history and has become a worship historian who maintains pastoral sensibilities. His vocation is to use the wealth of the history of worship history to enrich the worship of Christian congregations today. Most of his publications have dealt with worship in the earliest centuries of Christianity or among American Evangelicals or Pentecostals of the last 200 years.  He is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School. Prior to teaching, he served several pastorates in Texas. His doctorate in liturgical history is the University of Notre Dame.

Lim, Swee Hong

Lim, Swee Hong is the Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College, and the Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program. Before joining Emmanuel on July 1, 2012, Swee Hong served as an Assistant Professor of Church Music at Baylor University, Texas. Prior to his work at Baylor, he served as a Lecturer of Worship, Liturgy, and Music at Trinity Theological College in Singapore.


2022 FEB 4 | Managing Conflict in the Congregation (Pathways for Wellness)
2022 FEB 4 |  Managing Conflict in the Congregation (Pathways for Wellness)

Friday, February 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, Online, register by clicking here.

Workshop leader: Betty Pries, CEO of Credence & Co.


  • $125 Regular Fee
  • $95 Early Bird Fee (pay by January 10)
  • $50 for TST Students


Workshop Description


Congregational harmony depends on our ability to engage in healthy disagreement with one another. This session considers the building blocks of communication and how these building blocks show up at congregational meetings, in the parking lot and at potluck dinners. Together, we will explore how to use the building blocks of communication to enhance understanding and disagree better with one another, strengthening congregational harmony–all while ensuring one is in the middle without being caught in the middle.


Workshop Themes

  • the building blocks of communication;
  • being in the middle without being caught in the middle.


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2022 MAR 11 | Anthropology for Ministry

Friday, March 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, Online, register by clicking here.

Workshop leaders: Susan Willhauck and Ken Chitwood


  • $15 Regular Fee
  • Free for TST Students


Workshop Description

Ministers are increasingly drawing on the world of anthropology to help them quickly discern what’s happening on the ground in their new ministry contexts. This two-hour workshop–facilitated by two leading experts in the field of ethnographic approaches to theology and ministry–will teach participants how to interpret their community’s culture, relational and power dynamics, everyday practices and ethos in ways that support our capacities for engaged leadership.

We will start in a large group to hear presentations from both facilitators, and then break into smaller groups to engage with each one’s particular areas of expertise with interpreting and intervening in church cultures.


Susan Willhauck is recently retired associate professor of pastoral theology at Atlantic School of Theology and co-author of Qualitative Research in Theological Education: Pedagogy in Practice. Participants in Susan’s breakout group will develop and rehearse a repertoire of ethnographic tools that will foster the kind of community theological collaboration that inspires prophetic leadership in the midst of social challenges (e.g., pandemic woes, economic instability, political contentiousness, racial and ethnic injustice).

Ken Chitwood is the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, and author of The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants in Ken’s breakout group will focus on how to expand their vision for how to use ethnographic practices in Christian ministry to include comparative theological efforts and interreligious encounters in a world ever more defined by the invitations and challenges of diversity and difference. 

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