Certificate in Continuing Education in Holistic Ministry

The Certificate in Continuing Education in Holistic Ministry examines wholeness from two perspectives: theological and financial. Who does God call us to be as a whole people? How do we communicate wholeness as an embodied reality to our congregations? How
does wholeness help us avoid the pitfalls and crises that beset so many clergy persons? Financially, how do we look at wealth, finances – whether personal or congregational – and estate planning in a holistic and scripturally sound way that contributes to our well-being as
Christians, rather than adding to our continued stress and fear? The purpose of the Certificate in Continuing Education in Holistic Ministry is to present clergy and church leaders with helpful scriptural and theological tools, while also providing a safe space where they can mindfully engage in dialogue with others as they wrestle with these questions.

This series of 5 online courses is designed to meet the needs of today’s busy church leaders.

Start Date: September 2024
Program Application Deadline: July 31, 2024
Program Cost: $65 application fee + $1,110
Program Format: Online

Make 12 monthly payments of $92.50 each OR prepay a discounted rate of $1,000 (cost includes tuition and academic fees).


Students must fulfill the following requirements to have satisfactory completion of the courses recorded in order to earn certificate for 8 continuing education units:

  • View all online lectures
  • Read 70% of the course material
  • Participate in the online discussion through an average of at least 2 posts per week
  • Continuing Education Courses completed are not granted academic credit, and thus are not transferable to other programs.

Program Curriculum

Beginning September 2024

Theology of Wholeness (September 30-October 26, 2024)
Rev. Dr. Wilson Dickinson is Director of the Doctor of Ministry and Lay and Continuing Education programs and Adjunct Professor of Theology at LTS. A theologian, organizer, and minister, his work takes place at the intersection of environmental justice and discipleship. He is director of The Green Good News, an organization rooted in food justice ministries that educates, cultivates, and organizes Christian communities to follow the ways of justice, joy, and simplicity.

A Holistic View of Wealth in the New Testament (October 28-November 23, 2024)
Dr. Jerry Sumney is Professor of Biblical Studies at LTS. He joined the faculty in 1997. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and has written several books, including The Bible: An Introduction. He has also contributed entries to The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible as well as the CEB Study Bible. He frequently leads Bible study workshops and series, including in the Lay School of Theology at LTS.

Holistic Estate Planning (December 1-14, 2024)
Rev. Bruce Barkhauer is Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Ministry at LTS. He was called as the first Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2010, after 25 years of parish ministry. He has engaged the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship.

Clergy Wellness (February 17-March 1, 2025)
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thorne is founder and CEO of Cultivating Wholeness Counseling Associates, where “Caring for the Whole Person Matters.” Her faith-based practice provides specialized services for ordained clergy and lay leaders. Dr. Martinez Thorne is Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care at LTS.

Holistic Finances and Stewardship (March 31-May 3, 2025)
Dr. Courtney Wiley-Harris is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She operates Creative Workship LLC, a consultancy service specializing in faith-based institutions. She has created and taught courses such as Stewardship and Development and The Spirituality of Administration. She is Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Ministry at LTS.

Holistic Preaching: Methods of Embodiment (May 5-June 1, 2025)
Dr. Jaclyn Williams is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Preaching and Chaplaincy at Fuller Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Preaching at LTS. A board-certified hospital chaplain, actor, and playwright, Dr. Williams feels called to serve the simple yet complex story of God and humanity engaging in relationship.