Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry
Memphis Theological Seminary is pleased to have the Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry. This certificate program is designed for persons who are active in congregational life, but not interested in pursuing a Masters level degree. This certificate program aspires to prepare Christian leaders (lay and clergy) to offer competent leadership in congregational life. This program provides high-level theological education for associate ministers, Sunday School teachers, committee chairpersons and others who serve the church. The program is directed by Dr. William Rosser.
This is a six-course, eighteen-hour, certificate program taught by regular and adjunct faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary.
Financial Leadership for Ministry – September 27 – November 1
This course is geared towards promoting financial leadership in the faith community. The course content is suitable for lay and clergy faith leaders and has its basis in scripture, i.e., “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—God’s good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1, 2, NIV).” This course is designed to “change minds” about money and how it affects mission and ministry.”
Diversity in the Christian Tradition – September 30 – November 4
What is the family tree of Christianity? Where did our brothers and sisters in Christ come from? In this course, we will examine the history of Christianity to understand better our shared heritage, our places of agreement and disagreement, and our possibilities for shared life and ongoing conversation in the faith.
Understanding the Old Testament – January 24 – February 28
The Old Testament provides humanity with its beginnings and laws of God to be carried into daily living. What are the historical/prophetic divisions that set the stage for the intertestamental period and the coming messiah. How should we read the Old Testament as Christians in the 21st century? What theological insights can be gained from a closer reading of the Old Testament?
Mission and Outreach – January 27 – March 3
What is our mission as church? How do we identify and promote the mission of our church? How might our mission include a variety of ministries? In this course, we will consider the theological foundations for church mission, varieties of church outreach, and the practical skills necessary for engaging in outreach.
Biblical Theology – March 7 – April 18
What are the foundations of the Christian faith and how are they rooted in the Bible? How do we build upon those foundations through our own faith reflections and sharing with others in pastoral contexts? In this course, we will examine central Christian faith convictions in relation to the Bible. We will also consider different approaches to our own work of doing biblically based theological reflection.
Understanding the New Testament – March 10 – April 21
This course is geared towards promoting financial leadership in the faith community. The course content is suitable for lay and clergy faith leaders and has its basis in scripture, i.e., “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—God’s good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1, 2, NIV).” This course is designed to “change minds” about money and how it affects mission and ministry.”cal skills necessary for engaging in outreach.
Rev. Felecia LaVant
Felecia completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Fisk University in 1982, and MDiv at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2014. She serves as an Associate Minister and the Director of Christian Education at Central Baptist Church, Inc. Felecia also volunteers with Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Andraea and Alexandria.
Rev. Byron Forester
Byron is a graduate of Bethel College (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of the Newbern, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Roellen, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Byron spends Monday mornings as a volunteer at Manna House, a place of hospitality for poor and unsheltered people, He and wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.