Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses – Fall 2021

Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses:

Intensive Focused Learning Courses (IFLs) are one-two day courses on a specific topic.  IFLs are a great way to introduce yourself to theological education, to do continuing education, or to enrich yourself and stretch your horizons.  IFLs are available for you to audit at half the cost of tuition (or for a quarter of the price is you are age 65 +). Current Eden students enroll as part of course registration.

Audit fee: $292.50
Audit fee, ages 65 and above: $146.25

Simple application required.  No application fee.

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Deadline, TBA

The Enneagram in Ministry
September 24 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and October 29 (9:00 AM –  4:00 PM)
Instructor: Dr. Jill Baker

The enneagram is a typology for understanding personality that helps you claim your spiritual gifts and calls you to your best self. It can be an effective tool for personal development and an asset in ministry. The first half of the class will be a LIFE program focused on identifying and understanding your type, instinct and wing. The second half will be experiential exercises for each type, and discussion on using the enneagram in church conflict situations.

The Word Becomes Flesh – Wednesday Worship Laboratory
September 10 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and October 23 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Instructor: Paul Vasile

We’ll explore creative practices for enriching and enlivening worship, including singing, spoken word and poetry, improvisation, movement, art, and yet-to-be-discovered experiences for online, hybrid, and in-person gathering. A Friday retreat early in the semester will frame our time together, then students will help plan and lead Eden’s worship services on Wednesday mornings throughout the semester. This will be a collaborative, participatory learning space that enriches our life as a community and offers practical and creative tools for planning and leading worship.

A Prayer Toolkit
October 1 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and October 22 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Instructors: Rev. Devoree Crist & Rev. Dr. Sonja Williams

This course will be focusing on prayer as relationship with the divine. We will explore the practices of divine communication from a holistic and lifelong perspective. A major goal of the course is to develop an understanding of prayer as a way of being rather than something to do. Understanding your relationship with God through prayer builds your capacity to minister to the larger community.

Finance for Missional Organizations
October 16 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and October 30 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Instructor: Rev. Steve Lawler

When we are called to lead a mission-driven organization, we operate differently than for-profit entities. Our work is theologically centered in faithful stewardship and embodied justice. Professional financial management is often the most challenging part of this work. This course is an overview of the critical elements of responsible fiscal leadership, including accounting, budgeting, accountability & transparency, diversified income, and planning capital projects. In support of the course objectives, students will learn the basics of Quickbooks, a leading accounting software platform.

November 9 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and November 15 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Instructor: Rev. Sonja B. Williams

According to the American Marketing Association, it is estimated that the average American is exposed to up to 10,000 marketing messages a day. These messages seep into our unconscious mind through television commercials, print ads, billboards, movies, television shows, our closets, grocery stores, news broadcast, through various social media platforms and for some, it all seems harmless. However, mass produced images have historically been used to dehumanize, animalize, and caricaturize, especially non-white identifying people, and the effects have been devastating. This is a way to fill that knowledge gap, and to take steps for people to start reclaiming their minds, identities, narratives and imaginations through the same tools.