Christian Leadership Plus - Online Continuing Education for Clergy

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 Ms. Boone know if you need this class.

To register contact Bridgett Boone: 563.589.3691 | E-mail:

Spring 2016 classes:

"The Christian Imagination: Exploring Faith in Literature"
February 8 – March 13, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Timothy M. Slemmons

J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Annie Dillard, Madeline L'Engle, Frederick Buechner, Wendell Berry - their works have challenged and intrigued us by combining faith and fiction in remarkable ways. Generations of Christians, and many preachers, have used their talents to explore issues of faith in a variety of genres, including poetry, allegory, novel, and story. This five week course will encourage a conversation designed to enhance our preaching by examining selected contributions from across the breadth of the historical and literary landscape, with the following aims:

    1. to explore a variety of genres (poetry, the novel, myth, and story) in which preaching and other literary genres have interfaced and cross-fertilized;
    2. to foster discussion, identify, and recommend areas of further reading; and
    3. to invite participants to share, discuss, and critique ideas and inspirations for their own creative pastoral writing beyond the strictures of the sermon with the aim of garnering a fresh hearing for the gospel amidst an ever-changing culture.

Primary Text:
Leland Ryken, The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2002) ISBN-13: 978-0877881230

“The Brain, the Body, and Spiritual Disciplines”
March 28 – May 1, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Susan Forshey

This five-week continuing education course for lay pastors, ministers, and other interested people introduces participants to the personal and corporate practice of Christian spiritual disciplines in history; places these spiritual disciplines into conversation with recent brain research on willpower and habit formation; and offers opportunities to experiment with specific disciplines. The course uses contemplative practices, creative reflective activities, and group discussion questions to help participants engage the course material in their daily lives.

The cost of each course is only $150 per student.
To register, or for more information, contact Bridgett Boone at 563.589.3691 or