“The New England Synod School of Lay Ministry is an opportunity for spiritual growth, fellowship and learning together.” It is “designed to educate and equip lay people for enhanced participation in congregational and synodical life through personal spiritual development, biblical enhancement, and life-long learning.” – New England Synod of Lay Ministry
SCHOOL OF LAY MINISTRY
2020-2021 THEOLOGICAL YEAR
This year is our year of biblical studies, built around Reverend Doctor Anne Robinson’s series introducing the process of reading the Bible, the Hebrew Scriptures, and the New Testament. The series consists of three workbook style texts that will organize our weekly studies from late September to the end of April.
KICK OFF & TUITION- The school year kicks off the evening of Friday, September 8th with a weekend retreat on Zoom led by a Professor Robertson. Tuition for the year will be $350, with the added cost of the three books, which can be purchased as we go, at around $20 apiece.
SPECIAL INVITATION – Members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho are welcome to join any of our weekly meetings without cost.
SCHEDULE – Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:45 PM.
Facilitator Alan Crowley will post scripture and textbook readings each week in our e-bulletin and parish website. All are invited to drop in at any time, without preparation or further commitment, and may participate as much or as little as desired. There are no formal or graded assignments or tests in any part of the curriculum. Those who begin by auditing the class but who later choose to complete the two-year program may “make up” the retreats at a later time.
Below is a curriculum outline for this Biblical Year and a link to the SLM website, which provides more information, student videos, and applications (one very simple page, requiring only our pastor’s signature). Though Alan is graduating at the end of this year, he is committed to facilitating any Good Shepherd cohort that wants to continue with the Theological Year in 2021-22.
MORE INFO & APPLICATION – NEELCA Synod School of Lay Ministry
Meeting ID: 782 412 567 ~ Passcode: scripture
Phone Dial-in for audio only: +1 301 715 8592
BIBLICAL STUDIES CURRICULUM
Recommended Bible: Lutheran Study Bible-NRSV
FIRST SIX-WEEK TRIMESTER: October 1 – November 12
Text: Anne Robertson, What Is the Bible? Student Text (The Dickinson Series: Exploring theBible) (Volume 1)
I. What is the Bible? (book) “Exploring the Bible” The Dickinson Series – Rev.Anne Robertson
Session 1 – Thursday, Oct 1 – Orientation to the Bible
Session 2 – Thursday, Oct 8 – Choosing a Bible
Session 3 – Thursday, Oct 15 – Overview of the Old Testament
Session 4 – Thursday, Oct 22 – Overview of the New Testament
Session 5 – Thursday, Oct 29 – The Bible and its Authority
Session 6 – Thursday, Nov 5 – Archaeology and the Bible
Session 7 – Thursday, Nov 12 – Completion and review
SECOND SIX-WEEK TRIMESTER: – December 3 – January 21 (including holiday break)
II. Introducing the Old Testament (book) “Exploring the Bible” The Dickinson Series – Rev. Anne Robertson (volume 2)
Session 1 – Older Than Dirt
Session 2 – Who’s Your Daddy?
Session 3 – Laying Down The Law
Session 4 – United We Stand
Session 5 – Divided We Fall
Session 6 – Age of Empires
THIRD SIX-WEEK TRIMESTER: – February 11 – March 18
III. Introducing the New Testament (book) “Exploring the Bible” The Dickinson Series – Rev. Anne Robertson (volume 3)
Session 1 – Son of Man
Session 2 – Son of David
Session 3 – Son of God
Session 4 – Man of Letters
Session 5 – Leadership
Session 6 – Experiencing Church
IV. HOW LUTHERANS INTERPRET THE BIBLE – Mark Allan Powell
Video – Session 1 – The Word Of God
Session 2 – What Lutherans Say About the Bible
Session 3 – What the Bible Comes From
Session 4 – Interpreting the Bible in Context
Session 5 – Determining Right from Wrong
Session 6 – The Many Meanings of the Bible
Session 7 – Devotional Bible Reading
Luther’s Small Catechism App (FREE)
MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION TO the SLM
- Speak with Good Shepherd’s School of Lay Ministry facilitator, Alan Crowley.
- Attend current program participants’ Wednesday evening sessions, September to May. See the Good Shepherd Calendar for schedule.
- Explore the School of Lay Ministry Brochure.
- Visit the New England Synod of Lay Ministry Website.
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