Vocational Discernment Class

"Inward looking" by Will Carroll is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


Wondering if ministry or seminary might be right for you? This course, Vocation and Discernment: Resources for a Year of Service will be a valuable tool in discovering what your future may hold for you. 

This class is offered this Spring starting in February. The class, which meets online every Thursday night from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. CT, is master’s level and the cost is $100. Interested? Download the course registration and the preliminary syllabus.

The purpose of this online course is to pursue a method of discernment making extensive use of the experience of a year of service. This class pursues several questions to develop an individual discernment process rooted in the context of self and community. Through process and group work, through self-directed exploration and reflection, participants will have the chance to approach the topic of discernment, assess their own past work in this area, examine discernment methods and try them out in their own contexts, and reflect on these experiences in activities, discussions, and written reflection. We will pursue autobiography, community description and systems theory, historical sources, and contemporary events to study various ways of connecting faith with service. Our goal will be final projects which develop a vocational self-portrait. Those participants who have done some work in discernment and vocation in the past are encouraged to make use of that work and to consider discernment as a continuing process and way. 

Co-led by the Rev. abby Mohaupt, an alumna of McCormick Seminary and a leader in the Fossil Free movement within the PC(USA), Dr. Steed Davidson, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at McCormick Seminary.