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Science for Ministry

Science for Ministry Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend?

If you are interested in science and theology and how these two areas are complementary, then this program might be for you. With a goal to advance the dialogue in your local ministry context, the Science for Ministry Institute is encouraging pastors, scientists, and other ministers to apply.

Participants will be able to choose from multiple three-day and five one-day electives. Participants will also receive free take-home books for each course attended.

Who should attend?

In order to create a larger impact at the local level, we are especially seeking applications from pairs, with one person representing science (whether as a scientist or a scientifically-oriented individual), and another person representing ministry (whether as a pastor, a chaplain, or somebody serving in a church context). Both participants should be looking for better tools and opportunities to advance the complementary nature of science and ministry.

However, we are also considering and accepting individual applicants who can demonstrate a sincere and serious desire to advance the dialogue in their local ministry context.

May I audit the course?

All participants fall under the auspices of the grant that Princeton Theological Seminary was awarded from the John Templeton Foundation, which has the ultimate goal of encouraging local ministry impact through the facilitation of dialogue. Since auditing does not lend itself to that goal, auditors are not allowed in Science for Ministry courses. All course participants must enter the program through the application process. At the same time, other than a reasonable amount of pre-reading no homework is required outside of the course time.

If I apply with a partner, do I have to attend every course with them?

No, all courses may be taken as individuals, although it is usually a better experience when shared with a ministry partner.

If I apply with a partner, how many applications must we submit as a pair?

Each pair must submit two program applications, one per person. Individual applicants should submit one application.

We are now in the middle of the three-year grant period. Can I still apply to join the program?

New applications will be accepted throughout the life of the program, so you can send applications at any time.

What will be covered?

Participants may then choose from a series of electives on a variety of topics. For more information on the electives, please see the course descriptions section of this site.

Who are the instructors?

For a complete list of instructors, please see the Instructor Profiles.

Why is this an Institute – will there be academic credit?

While this will be an informative series of programs, no academic credit will be awarded by Princeton Theological Seminary.

How long is each program?

The three-day program begins at 1:30 p.m. on the first day, day two is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and day three is 8:30 a.m. – noon.

The one-day program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that the one-day programs will be offered immediately after a three-day program, making it easier for participants to attend two events during one travel period.

Where will this be held?

All programs will be held on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.

How much does it cost?

With thanks to underwriting from the John Templeton Foundation, participants will be responsible to pay US$25 per program-day. Participants will also be responsible for the pre-reading, and for their own transportation to/from the site. The standard costs of the event (program fee, meals and lodging) are provided from the grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

What about lodging?

Between the grant from the John Templeton Foundation and the cost of US$25 per day, there is no additional cost for lodging. The Science for Ministry Institute has access to comfortable living accommodations through the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary.

What about meals?

Between the grant from the John Templeton Foundation and the cost of US$25 per day, there is no additional cost for meals, which are also provided through the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary.

How can I get to Princeton?

Princeton is halfway between Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. It is easily accessible via automobile, train and plane. For more information, please see this.

How may I find out more?

Read all the information on the website and on the application (.doc). If there are still questions, please contact scienceforministry@ptsem.edu.

Continue reading about the Application Process.