J.D.Institute Theology and Christian Ministry Fellows
J. D. Institute's Theology and Christian Ministry Fellows Program:
Theology and Christian Ministry Fellows Program (August 2nd - November 9th, 2016 ~ Pasadena, CA) - APPLY HERE!
Each Theology and Christian Ministry Fellow will be part of a selected group of aspiring theology or Christian ministry leaders, practitioners, or pre-seminary/religion students that will be trained in the theological methods and vocational practice of Christian ministry and theological reflection. Although the Fellows Program is ecumenical, a classical Christian theological approach will be taken. Attendees will meet weekly as a group to reflect, discuss, engage and listen to professional theological academicians and ministers. Attendees will be engaged in a vocational/clinical oriented ministry settings during the program; attendees are encouraged to take part in a clinical ministry settings (participants will usually take part in their clinical experience throughout the duration of the program). Clinical ministries can include hospice facilities; nursing/retirement homes; homeless shelters; rescue missions; church internship; funerary mortuary services; etc. . . (weekly participation is required). Fellows will gather together in group settings to discuss and reflect on their assigned readings, special lectures, and clinical ministry experience in the context of theological reflection and engagement. Theological methods will also be unpacked here. Participants will engage with professional academicians and vocational ministers who will discuss and share their experiences and perspective.
Throughout the program, participants will visit particular ministry sites and engage in various types of worship ministries. The objective of the Fellow’s program is to expose Fellows to the theoretical and practical life of theological and Christian ministry. The aim is to engage and employ theory within actual ministry experience. The Theological and Christian Ministry Fellows Program will expose participants to the variant streams of lived theology, and show how theological training equips one for ministry and thought. Participants will be exposed to ministries that engage theology from the bottom up. Participants are challenged to think critically about social and cultural reality from a biblical perspective.
Enrollment in this program is free plus the cost of required curriculum material and registration ($50.00), and coverage per clinical participation ($200.00 per clinical) per participant (some financial assistance may be available) which covers a percentage of clinical enrollment. The Ministry Training Fellow’s Program is an intensive program which meets one to two times a week (daily sessions usually last up to 3 hours). Extended clinical participation may extend up to 4 additional weeks.
Registration period is from January 14th through February 2nd. Late registration will begin after the 30th of January. Although limited financial assistance is available, the Ministry Training Fellows Program accepts outside scholarships, donations and aid. Aid given for designated candidates must be specified.
Throughout the program participants will gather in groups to reflect and assess their experience and program involvement. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake clinical Para-church and parish training during an optional extended training module. Participants will learn the theory behind biblical interpretation, Christian theology and doctrine, and aspects of Christian ministry. How should Christian leaders engage in effective ministry in a current 21st century social-cultural and political climate? This program will address such issues paying close attention to the historical development of the Christian Church from its inception through the development of the modern Black Church movement. Fellowship participants can choose one of two intensive modules; modules are as follows:
General Ministry Training
Clinical Parish Training
Clinical Para-church Training
Biblical Studies Survey and Interpretation Seminar
Christian Thinking, Theology and Doctrine Seminar
Development of the Christian Church (History)
Black Church Studies Training Program
Clinical Para-church Training
Clinical Parish Training
Biblical Studies Survey and Black Bible Interpretation Seminar
Christian Thinking and Contours of Black Christian Theology
Development of the Black Church Movement (History)
Participation in seminars is free (participants will be require to purchase seminar and group training material guides as well as cover cost for involvement in the extended clinical training). For additional information contact J.D. Institute at 626-354-8438 or visit www.jdinstitute.org, Intensives are supervised by Dr. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, Director of J.D. Institute and Cooley Research Fellow for the Robert C. Cooley Center for Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC Campus. A 2010 Wabash Center Fellow, Dr. Hopkins has lectured and presented research at Princeton Theological Seminary, Emory University, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and at the W.E.B. Du Bois Society at Harvard University. His most recent publication is Thinking Out Loud: Thoughts and Reflections on Life, Faith, Culture and Crisis (Journal Publication, 2013). Hopkins is a former Biblical Studies Professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA) and at Crichton College (Memphis, TN). A graduate of Howard University and Fuller Theological Seminary, he holds a Ph.D. in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester (England). Dr. Hopkins also received his Clinical Pastoral Education training from Emory University Healthcare.