|SFTS Announces New Certificate in Worship Leadership
Certificate in Worship Leadership
For all those who seek the resources to build skills in worship leadership
Courses offered June 7, September 27, and November 8, 2014
Theological Seminary is excited to announce a new Certificate in Worship Leadership.
This program for lay leaders, pastors, and others who help shape worship services will focus on strengthening skills in four key
areas: Music in Worship, Spoken Word in Worship, Prayer, and Visual Arts.
The series of four classes will be offered over a period of nine
months, with a 25 total contact hours. A nominal fee of $100 will be charged at
the time of the second workshop, and lunch will be available at each workshop
for an additional fee.
areas of worship will be explored by four different, dynamic speakers and will include
the following topics:
1) Music in Worship includes two
workshops by John Bell. “The Effect of Sung Text on Popular Belief” and “Embracing
Musical Diversity as a Gift of God”.
Offered March, 2014. Will be offered again in February 2015, more details TBA.
2) Spoken Word in Worship is offered in a
day long workshop by Jana Childers. The dynamics of perceiving and evoking the
written word, oral interpretation skills, and the actor’s values and habits
are applied to the act of worship leadership.
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Montgomery Chapel
3) Prayer Experiences for Worship is offered by
Chaplain Scott Clark. This day long workshop focuses on the flow of the worship
service: writing words for liturgy and developing themes in semi-extemporaneous
Saturday, September 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Montgomery Chapel
4) Praying a Liturgical Environment is offered by
Jeff Gaines. Through imagination, discussion, lecture and hands-on experience
this workshop will explore creating a liturgical environment for the Season of Lent. The lectionary texts will be prayed in order to discover a theme,
visual focus and overall environment for the liturgical setting.
Saturday, November 8, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Scott 101
John Bell is a
world-renowned liturgical composer and member of the Iona Community. He is a
preacher, teacher, musician and hymn writer on the cutting edge of music
education. Bell has co-produced over 15 collections of songs and octavos and a
wide range of liturgical materials. His primary concern is the renewal of
congregational worship at the grass roots level.
Jeff Gaines has been Pastor of Seventh
Avenue Presbyterian Church (SAPC) since 1991. From 1991-1994, concurrent with
his responsibilities at Seventh Avenue Church, Jeff was also spiritual director
at the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service Center on campus of San
Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA. He became the first
Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International [SDI], serving from
1995 to 2002 even as he continued his ministry to the community of Seventh
Avenue Church. Jeff has a private spiritual direction practice as well as being
a retreat leader and conference speaker at gatherings throughout the United
States as well as internationally.
Scott Clark is Associate Dean for
Student Life and Chaplain of the Seminary at SFTS. As Chaplain and Associate
Dean of Student Life, Scott Clark leads the seminary’s worship life and
coordinates the community’s pastoral care. Additionally, Clark has
administrative responsibility for leading the seminary’s student-services
team. Clark previously has worked with both the SFTS Program in Christian
Spirituality and the seminary’s CPE Program. In addition to his work at
the seminary, Clark preaches regularly in Bay Area churches, and has worked at
local and national levels advocating for the full inclusion of all people in
the life of the church. Scott Clark is a 2009 Master of Divinity graduate
from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He also holds Bachelor of Arts
and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Alabama. Before attending
seminary, Clark practiced law in Birmingham, Ala., working primarily on cases
involving constitutional law and employment discrimination. He also served
as adjunct instructor and co-director of the Judicial Internship Program at the
University of Alabama School of Law.
Jana Childers is
Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Homiletics at SFTS. She
is a long-time professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at SFTS, and
this will be her second term serving as Dean of the Seminary, a position she
held from 2002-2009. Childers holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union and
a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and also enjoys an
international reputation as a preacher and popular conference speaker. She has
been featured by the Chicago PBS show "Thirty Good Minutes" and on
the "Great Preachers" television series and has written, edited and
contributed to many books and articles on the art of preaching, including the
award-winning Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process.