CLPlus

Christian Leadership Plus

Online Classes for Pastors and CREs

Easy to Access Five Week Classes
Only $150 per class!

If this is your first online class with UDTS you will also need to take an Introduction to Online Learning class which costs $75, please let Lu LeConte know if you need this class.  These five-week classes are designed to inspire, engage and sustain your ministry. The cost for each class is $150. If this is your first online class with UDTS you will also need to take an Introduction to Online Learning class which costs $75, please let Lu LeConte know if you need this class.   

To register contact Lu LeConte: 563.589.3691 | E-mail: LLeConte@dbq.edu


Registration for Spring classes is now open!

Spring 2017

Looking for a way to jump start your ministry? These five-week classes are designed to inspire, engage and sustain your work in the church.


“Preaching the Passion Narratives”
Dr. Timothy M. Slemmons, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship

February 6 – March 20

Course Description:  Martin Kahler famously defined the Gospels as "passion narratives with extended introductions." But if the passion narratives are so essential to the Gospels, why are they so rarely preached and almost never assigned to the Sundays in the lectionary? This homiletical conversation will explore the unique literary character of, and the Christological considerations involved in preaching, the passion narratives. How might the preacher better expound and proclaim the vital significance of two of the longest and most daunting chapters in each of the Gospels? This discussion will invite the preacher to consider and correct a gaping lacuna in lectionary preaching, and to proclaim the Gospel from the standpoint of Christ’s redemptive suffering on the cross. (Class will not meet March 7-13, Seminary Reading Week)


“Christianity and Islam: Getting to Know Your Neighbors”
Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis, Associate Professor of World Christianity

March 21 – May 1

Course Description:  This seminar will provide an introduction to the historical, cultural and religious background of Islam and its complex relationship with Christianity.  It will examine a common heritage as “people of the Book,” as well as divergent understandings of that heritage by exploring Qur’anic and Christian texts.  It will also seek to provide awareness of the multidimensional facets of Islam and how, as Christians, we can address the issues, approach Muslim neighbors, and seek common ground through building friendships with those who also are seeking to know and honor God. (Class will not meet April 11-17, Holy Week) (Click Here to read more about this class!)

Required Texts:

  • Nasr, Seyyed Hossein, Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization
  • Taber, Shirin, Muslims Next Door: Uncovering Myths and Creating Friendships
  • The Qur’an (any translation)
  • Selected articles will be posted to the Moodle site for download

Register today!  The cost for each class is only $150.

If this is your first online class with UDTS you will also need to take our Orientation to Online Learning, for a one-time fee of only $75.
To register contact Lu LeConte at 563.589.3691 | EMail: LLeconte@dbq.edu

For more information, see our website at http://udts.dbq.edu/academics/continuingeducation/christianleadershipplus-forclergy/ Feel free to call or email if you have questions.

Richard J. Shaffer Jr.
Director of Seminary Programs and Assistant Professor of Ministry
Director of Distance Education
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Dubuque, Iowa  52001
(563) 589-3691
rshaffer@dbq.edu


UDTS is excited to offer a series of online continuing education classes designed to meet the needs of those serving in active ministry.  These courses are not for academic credit, but are intentional continuing education classes that are being taught to help you be better as a pastor and Christian leader.  Best of all, they are being taught by our seminary faculty at a price that is very affordable.

Too often a pastor’s continuing education funds are eaten up by the expense of travel and housing.  Not with Christian Leadership Plus.  Our classes enable you to participate from home, with access to a seminary professor and in conversation with other pastors from around the world.  With our online format, you are able to participate in a continuing education seminar over the course of five weeks, allowing time for you to process the material presented and even practice it in your own ministry setting.  And best of all, the cost per class is only $150.


Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:00 PM