Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Summer of Enrichment:Three Study Opportunities at GPTS



Still Time to Register for Summer Institute on Pastoral Ministry



The 2016 Greenville Seminary Summer Institute will focus on an important chapter in the history of pastoral care. The years 1643-1653 mark the one decade of English Puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn will narrate the Westminster Assembly’s debates and discussions about preaching, pastoral care, and church governance. The class will examine the ideals and realities of the Puritan experiment and consider how lessons from the past can impact our ministries today.

Register now for Greenville Seminary's 2016 Summer Institute, a week-long seminar for pastors and Christian laymen that will delve into the unique topic, "Ambassador, Physician, Shepherd: The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry." The study will be held on the GPTS campus Aug. 1-5. The schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, August 1: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday–Thursday, August  2–4: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 5: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pastors who take the course are eligible for continuing education credits. Others may receive credits for an M.Div. degree. Tuition for the institute is $225. Take $25 off additional registrations should anyone from your church attend with you. Designated GPTS presbytery representatives may receive a $50 discount. To become a presbytery rep, contact Garry Moes. Lunch will be offered to any presbytery reps attending the Institute on a day to be announced.

Register and pay individual tuition online here. For Group Rate registrations, call Brenda Benson at (864) 322-2717 ext. 318.




Make a vacation out of this trip to South Carolina by tying this institute in with the seminary's course on Southern Presbyterian Theology, Aug. 8-12, which includes exciting excursions to historical sites in beautiful Charleston and Columbia. More info


Also on tap in the GPTS Summer Program is Dr. Ryan McGraw's course on Reformed Scholasticism. This course will be offered Aug. 16-19 on the GPTS campus. More info




Dr. Van Dixhoorn, a Canadian-born theologian and historian, is editor of the five-volume "The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly: 1643-1652," published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D,). He has taught theology at the University of Nottingham and has held three fellowships at Cambridge, where he researched the history and theology of the Westminster Assembly and taught on the subject of Puritanism.

Dr. Van Dixhoorn has lectured since 2008 at Reformed Theological Seminary - Washington, where he teaches church history and practical theology. He has served as Associate Professor of Church History at RTS-Washington since 2013 and as Chancellor's Professor of Historical Theology since 2015. He has previously lectured at Greenville Seminary.

He served as pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and then at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna, Va. for nine years.



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