Pastoral Ministry Series

January 27, February 3, and February 10, 2020

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This annual three-part series is designed for those serving in congregational ministry. Through three consecutive Mondays, clergy will spend time in community exploring the art of pastoral ministry. Topics in 2020 will touch on World Christianity, ethical leadership, and the bilingual hymnal. Come to one, two, or the full series.

Topics, Dates, and Leaders

Elsie Anne McKee
Elsie Anne McKee

I. World Christianity

Monday, January 27, 2020

Women have always been active in Christian service, though most of their names have been lost. When we have the opportunity to get “the whole story,” especially from a context very different from our own, it opens new ways to appreciate the communion of saints. Monique Misenga Mukuna, affectionately known as “Maman Monique,” is a remarkable laywoman of the Presbyterian Church of Kinshasa, in her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Elder and activist, teacher and advocate, constantly engaged all her adult life in working to live out Matthew 25, Maman Monique has especially dedicated herself to women and girls, seeking to educate and empower. She is strong and feisty, compassionate, and down to earth. Come be welcomed into an inspiring, on-going story of a sister in the World Christian community.

Leader: Elsie Anne McKee, PhD '82, is the Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also earned the Diploma in Theology from Cambridge University in England. The history and theology of the Reformation are the focus of her research, along with a strong interest in cross-cultural issues developed by experience in central Africa. Themes include the history of Biblical exegesis and spirituality and women in the church.

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Walter Earl Fluker

II. Ethical Leadership

Monday, February 3, 2020

Join Dr. Walter Fluker will explore ethical leadership and the qualities of personal integrity, spiritual discipline, intellectual openness, and moral anchoring. Fluker finds these characteristics exemplified in the work and thought of black church giants Martin Luther King, Jr. and Howard Thurman. This course sets forth the context and principles for ethical leadership, particularly for ministries and other professions whose mission directly advances the common good. Fluker grounds leadership in story, the appropriation of one's roots as a basis for personal and social transformation. He will explore the key values of character, civility, and community for ethical action on the personal, public, and spiritual realms. From these considerations he will share a model of the specific virtues that embody each realm of ethical leadership before applying them to the practical aspects of leadership and decision-making.

Leader: Walter Earl Fluker is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University. He is the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership (MLK-IDEAL). He was founding executive director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership Center and the Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies at Morehouse College. Dr. Fluker is a featured consultant, speaker, lecturer and workshop leader at foundations, businesses, corporations, colleges, universities, governmental and religious institutions, nationally and globally.

Martin Tel
Martin Tel

III. Worshiping in Unity | Adorando en Unidad

Monday, February 10, 2020

One of the greatest gifts that Christians have is the ability to worship God together in unity, as the body of Christ. With the global church at our doorstep, many pastors and worship leaders face questions of how to embrace a liturgy that acknowledges and welcomes the increasing diversity in our North American contexts: Might bilingual (multilingual) worship be relevant for my congregation? How can we sing songs in a language we don’t know? What about authenticity and cultural appropriation? Which practical strategies may help my community to practice bilingual worship? Though this seminar will focus on English and Spanish languages and explore the new resource, Santo, Santo, Santo: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios/Holy, Holy, Holy: Songs for the People of God (GIA Publications, 2019), the learning can be applied to all sorts of bilingual and multilingual settings. Come and join us in this fascinating conversation.

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Maria Cornou

Uno de los mayores dones que tienen los cristianos es la capacidad de adorar a Dios juntos en unidad, como el cuerpo de Cristo. Con la iglesia global a nuestras puertas, muchos pastores y líderes de adoración enfrentan preguntas sobre cómo abrazar una liturgia que reconoce y agradece la creciente diversidad en nuestros contextos de América del Norte: ¿Puede ser relevante la adoración bilingüe (multilingüe) para mi congregación? ¿Cómo podemos cantar canciones en un idioma que no conocemos? ¿Qué pasa con la autenticidad y la apropiación cultural? ¿Qué estrategias prácticas pueden ayudar a mi comunidad a practicar la adoración bilingüe? Aunque este seminario se centrará en los idiomas inglés y español, y explorará el nuevo recurso Santo, Santo, Santo: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios / Santo, Santo, Santo: Canciones para el pueblo de Dios (Publicaciones GIA, 2019), el aprendizaje se puede aplicar a todo tipo de entornos bilingües y multilingües. Ven y únete a nosotros en esta fascinante conversación.

The instructors plan to teach primarily in English but can accommodate Spanish speakers.
Las sesiones serán conducidas principalmente en inglés, pero se pueden hacer arreglos para incluir a hispanohablantes.

Part I (9:15-10:15 a.m.)—Cooper Conference Room (Erdman Hall)
Bilingual (or multilingual) worship isn’t easy. Why should we make the effort?

Parte I (9:15-10:15 a.m.)—Salón de Conferencias Cooper (Erdman Hall)
La adoración bilingüe o multilingüe no es fácil. ¿Por qué debemos hacer el esfuerzo?

Part II (10:30-11:15 a.m.)—Gambrell Room (Scheide Hall)
Let’s practice! Together we’ll experience some bilingual songs from around the world.

Parte II (10:30-11:15 a.m.)—Salón Gambrell (Scheide Hall)
¡Practiquemos! Juntos experimentaremos con algunas canciones bilingües de alrededor del mundo.

Interlude (11:30-noon)—Miller Chapel
We will worship with the Seminary community.

Interludio (11:30-noon)—Capilla Miller
Adoraremos con la comunidad del Seminario

Part III (1:00-2:30 p.m.)—Gambrell Room (Scheide Hall)
How? What are some strategies and resources for leading bilingual (or multilingual) worship?

Parte III (1:00-2:30 p.m.)—Salón Gambrell (Scheide Hall)
¿Cómo? ¿Cuáles son algunas estrategias y recursos para liderar la adoración bilingüe (o multilingüe)?

Co-Leader: María Eugenia Cornou is program manager for international and intercultural learning for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Her areas of responsibility include international programs, curating web and print resources including translations of worship resources into multiple languages, facilitating conversations and networking with scholars, teachers of worship, and other church leaders, and grant making support.  She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught biblical studies and was administrative director at International Baptist Theological Seminary. Cornou earned a PhD in theology from the Free University of Amsterdam on the topic of Protestant worship in Argentina as well as degrees in public accounting and theology.

Co-Leader: Martin Tel, Princeton Seminary’s C.F. Seabrook Director of Music, earned an MMus from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a DMA from the University of Kansas. Tel is interested in congregational singing and the Psalter. His courses cover musical resources for the congregation, the Psalms in worship, and collaborative worship planning.  His publications include Santo, Santo, Santo: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios / Holy, Holy, Holy: Songs for the People of God (GIA, 2019), contributing editor, Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Faith Alive, 2013), contributing editor, and Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (CICW/Faith Alive/Brazos Press, 2012), senior editor.

Schedule for Each Monday


8:30 – Coffee and registration

9:00 – 9:15 - Introduction and welcome

9:15 -10:30 – Session 1 (class time)

10:30 -11:00 – Coffee and snack break

11:00 -12:15 – Session 2 – (class time)


12:15 -1:15 – Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 – Session 3 – (class time)

Cost & Registration

Daily rate: $65
Full series: $175

Includes full program, lunch, and coffee breaks with snacks.

Offered with support from The James G. Emerson Fund.

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