University of Dubuque

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Commissioned Rulling Elder Conference 2015

More information will be posted in the spring of 2015.

Questions? Please contact Bridgett at 563.589.3691 or

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 | EMail:

Fall 2014 classes:

“Prayer for Pastors”

Dr. Gary Hansen, Associate Professor of Church History
September 15 – October 17

Prayer is the most crucial spiritual discipline -- and for many it is the most difficult.  Pastors need a rich and vital practice of prayer to sustain them in the work of ministry, and they need tools to guide others to ways of prayer that give life.  Through reading, lectures, discussions, and the practice of prayer this class will invite pastors to examine five different Christian approaches to prayer.

A limited number of $100 scholarships are available to small church pastors (including Commissioned Ruling Elders) participating in the Prayer course. Conditions for application are as follows:

  1. Must be serving a congregation with 160 or fewer members OR average Sunday worship attendance of 80 or fewer.
  2. Must commit to teaching an adult or youth study of prayer using Kneeling with Giants in the next six months. The class must be at least six weeks long and require all participants to  purchase the book. (Discounts are available for group purchases.)

CLICK HERE to see the complete course description.

“An Advent of Alternatives: The Lectionary, Year D, and Beyond”
Dr. Tim Slemmons
October 20 – November 21

This course will provide a forum for pastors and commissioned ruling elders who are serving congregations to study and discuss alternatives for preaching and worship planning in Advent; to exegete texts and plan sermons appropriate to their contexts; and share the fruits of their labors in essay or sermon form in a way that may assist others seeking a fresh approach to Advent, traditionally a season of fasting with eschatological overtones.

CLICK HERE to see the complete course description.

The cost of each course is only $150 per student.  Those participating in the “Prayer for Pastors” course are eligible to request $100 scholarship assistance.

To register, or for more information, contact Bridgett Boone at 563-589-3691 or

For more information or to register, contact Bridgett Boone at or 563-589-3691.



Each year the seminary brings outstanding lecturers to Dubuque to share their insights and scholarship with the community at large.

The Florence L. Warren Lectureship, established through the generosity of that late friend of the seminary, has brought to the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary distinguished scholars, who have lectured on topics related to religion and culture. Some of those who have delivered these lectures are Mortimer Adler, Elam Davies, Samuel and Eileen Moffett, and Bishop K.H. Ting from Nanjing, China.

Berger Lecture
The Berger Lectures on Preaching, was established by alumni/ae and friends of the seminary in memory of the late professor of preaching, David I. Berger.

Past Lecturers include
2008 Richard B. Hays, Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
2009 Dr. Miriam Adeney, Associate Professor of Global & Urban Ministries, Seattle Pacific University
2010 Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh Seminary
2011 Rev. Dr. Jana Childers,Professor of Homiletics & Speech Communication,San Fransico Seminary
2012 Dr. James Edwards, Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
2013 Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Columbia Theological Seminary
2014 Dr. David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

Woods Lecture
The John P. Woods Distinguished Lectureship in Religion and Culture seeks to bring to the University of Dubuque campus a person who is able to speak concerning the links between culture and religion, whether in contemporary America or in some historical period, whether in literature or the other arts. The lectureship was established in 1987, with John P. Woods as the initial lecturer.
Future lecturers will be chosen for their particular experience to broaden the religious and cultural perspectives of the seminary student body.
The seminary anticipates the possibility of bringing in persons from both parish ministry and academic settings who could speak to the various artistic manifestations of faith and the various faiths that are manifested through cultural works.
The John P. Woods Distinguished Lectureship in Religion and Culture will recognize for future generations the significant contribution that Reverend Woods has made to the church and society.

Past Lecturers include
2008 Robert K. Johnston, Professor of Theology & Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
2009 Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament & Christian origins
Candler School of Theology, Emory university
2010 Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Columbia Theological Seminary
2011 Rev. Dr. Chip Andrus, Pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church, Harrison, Arkansas
2012 Dr. Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship, Duke Divinity School
2013 Dr. Katharine Henderson, Auburn Theological Seminary
2014 Professor Jeff Barker: Professor of Music and the Arts, Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies; Professor of Theatre and Speech, Northwestern College (Iowa)