Continuing Education

Are you looking to enhance your skills in ministry? Interested in fulfilling denominational continuing education requirements? Consider these courses:

MTSO offers a number of intensive courses over short time frames. These classes are available for credit or audit.

In the upcoming Spring term there are several courses that may be of interest that are offered in various formats.

To apply to take a course for credit, visit our page for occasional and guest students. Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-333-6876 with questions.

To audit a course without receiving credit, you may complete our auditing application. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs at or 740-362-3482 with questions about auditing.

Spring 2017 courses

DS-680: Unitarian Universalist History

Taught by Susan Ritchie

This course will have online work and then meet at MTSO for one intensive three-day weekend, April 21, 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This course traces the theological and institutional emergence of Unitarianism out of the Radical Reformation. It will also focus on the universalism of 18th century England, and the state of Unitarianism in Europe and North America through its development through the late 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: CH501 or permission. 3 credit hours. Auditors by permission. Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies here.

DS-690: United Church of Christ History and Polity

Taught by Marti Baumer

Meets Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:20 at MTSO.  It begins Jan. 30 and ends May 15.

This is a seminar designed to familiarize students with the history and practices of the United Church of Christ, and offered to assist students in meeting requirements of Association Committees on Church and Ministry for ordination in the denomination. This course will introduce students to the broad range of resources produced by agencies of the UCC. Students will gain familiarity with the priorities and programs of the UCC and its agencies. 3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: CH 501 or permission.  Auditors by permission.  Rev. Dr. Baumer is retired from Eden Seminary and served as Conference Minister of the Illinois South Conference of the UCC.  Learn more about the United Church of Christ Learning Network here.

HB-520: Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Taught by Valerie Bridgeman

Meets Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:20 at MTSO. It begins Jan. 30 and ends May 15.

Isn’t it time you learned Hebrew? This course provides an introduction to Hebrew, with exploration of how understanding of the Hebrew alphabet and basic grammar can aid interpretation. No prerequisite. 3 credit hours. The follow up course, HB-620, will be offered on Monday nights in Fall 2017. Auditors by permission of the instructor only.

HM-770: Storytelling Techniques

Taught by Sondra Willobee

This weekend course meets five times: Feb. 3-4 and 24-25; March 24-25; April 21-22 and 28-29. It will meet Friday evenings from 7 to 9 and all day Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch.

This course will explore the joyful process of crafting narrative sermons. Students will learn how to capture and keep listeners' attention, how to generate suspense through structure, and how to increase impact with vivid language. Students will prepare two sermons for peer review. Prerequisite: HM-600 or permission. 3 credit hours. Auditors by permission.

PC-655: Alcoholism and Other Addictions

Taught by Brad Price

Meets Thursday evenings  6:30-9:20 at MTSO. It begins on Feb. 2 and ends on May 18.

This course covers counseling theory and techniques for assessment, intervention and treatment in chemical dependency. The course is organized to cover the core functions in professional practice and the minimal counseling competencies, including a case demonstration. Students will learn diagnostic and treatment planning skills, various counseling techniques, and documentation procedures. Prerequisite: PC 555 or permission. Auditors by permission.

PT-505: Theology and the Practices of Ministry

Taught by Tamar Wasoian

This hybrid course meets at MTSO three weekends face to face and two weekends in an online format. In person: Feb. 10-11, March 17-18, April 28-29. Online: Feb. 24-25, March 24-25. The face-to-face meetings are Friday evenings from 7 to 9 and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch.

This course will survey major Christian doctrines and ways of doing and teaching theology through various practices of ministry, especially in Christian education, youth ministry and evangelism. The discipline of practical theology will be used to bring together doctrine and contextual ministry. Students will draw upon methods of congregational study, practical theology and education for developing practices of ministry that equip persons for Christian vocation. As a result of this course, learners should be able to: (a) engage issues of doctrine, (b) understand approaches to practical theology, (c) understand basic categories for studying parish cultures, (d) reflect theologically on issues impacting parish life, (e) use methods of congregational study to develop a working theology of a parish, and (f) develop strategies for working with educational ecologies in particular parish settings. 3 credit hours. Auditors by permission.

SR-658: Perspectives on Islam

Taught by Paul Numrich

This course meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:20 at MTSO. It begins on Feb. 1 and ends on May 17.

This course provides an overview of Islamic history, tests, beliefs and practices from a variety of academic, Islamic and Christian perspectives. Prerequisite: any 500-level SR course or permission. 3 credit hours. Auditors by permission.