We are so excited about our new partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary! This partnership will allow Flourish to greatly expand our Lay and Clergy Leadership equipping and development. It allows seminary classes to be available at very affordable rates to students all across the world (both within our denomination and within the greater Body of Christ) who desire to stay in their local contexts and serve the Lord, while being better equipped for ministry.
In 2019, Flourish and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte (GCTS) entered into a partnership whereby the two organizations are collaborating on the creation and offering of twelve (12) graduate-level quality courses in Bible, theology, and practical ministry. These courses, which align with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterian (10) Core Leadership Competencies, are accessible by multiple audiences (from lay members and church leaders seeking personal growth and enrichment to others preparing for church leadership and ordination through ECO by meeting the denomination’s educational requirements).
Courses will be offered online through Flourish (flourishmovement.org). The courses follow the traditional 16 week semester system: Fall (September – December); Spring (January – May) and Summer (May – August) and are led by a Course Instructor. Students have the option to take the classes for personal enrichment (audit), for denominational credit through the CLP2 program, or graduate credit through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (see "3 Learning Tiers" section for more details and associated costs).
3 Learning Tiers
There are 3 learning tiers and 2 student types within Flourish seminary courses. Each tier has its own associated access parameters, cost and registration procedures.
What is a Flourish Student? A Flourish Student is someone who is interested in being more deeply equipped for ministry and who has been approved by the Flourish Team to take seminary level Flourish courses.
What is a CLP Student? A CLP Student is someone who is currently enrolled or has completed their cohort within Commissioned Lay Pastor Training Program through Flourish.
Tier 1 (Audit)
This tier is open to any Flourish Student for $25. Students enrolling in this tier are primarily taking the course for personal enrichment and will only have access to the course between the course’s start and end dates. Tier 1 students have access to all posted material (videos, supplementary documents, etc.). Tier 1 students can view all assignments, however, they will not have the ability to turn in assignments or participate in class discussions. Registration questions? Contact CLP@flourishmovement.org
Tier 2 (Equipping and Certification)
This tier is for Flourish Students and CLP Students, who want full participation in the course for ministerial equipping and denominational certification (non-graduate credit). The cost is $500 per course. To receive certification from ECO for CLP2 programs, the student must successfully complete all of the course assignments with a passing grade. Registration questions? Contact CLP@flourishmovement.org
Tier 3 (Graduate/ATS Credit)
Register or Apply:
If you are a CLP student, or an approved Flourish Student, click the button above to register for classes.
If you are not a CLP student, you must apply to be a Flourish Student BEFORE you are able to register for classes.
Registration for the Fall 2019 classes will be open from June 10, 2019 to September 1, 2019. Payment is due at the time of registration and access to the course will be given approximately one week before the course begins.
If you have any questions about the courses and the Gordon-Conwell Partnership please contact Lisa Johnson, Director of Lay Leadership Development at Lisa@eco-pres.org. If you have Registration, payment or technical questions please contact us at CLP@flourishmovement.org.
Time Commitment and Class Schedules:
How much of a time commitment should I expect when taking these courses?
- These courses are each 3 credits. On average, a student should plan on spending 8-10 hours per week per course. Typically, an average working adult student takes 1 or 2 classes a semester.
What days are these courses on? What is the schedule?
- For Tier 1 (Audit): The video lectures for these courses are self-paced. No homework is due, but please keep in mind that the course is still on a semester basis and you will only have access to the course materials between the course’s start and end dates.
- For Tier 2 (Equipping and Certification) and Tier 3 (Graduate Credit): You can watch the video lectures at a convenient time in your weekly schedule, however, there will be set due dates for the weekly homework and 3 scheduled group zoom meetings that will be scheduled by the instructure prior to the start of the course.
Roll out Schedule
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational evangelical Protestant graduate school serving more than 1,700 students online and on campuses in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. Architects of the institution included Rev. Billy Graham; Dr. Harold John Ockenga, long-time pastor of Boston’s historic Park Street Church; and philanthropist J. Howard Pew. The seminary is dedicated to advancing Christ’s kingdom in every sphere of life, by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). ATS is a membership organization of more than 260 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). NEASC is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary school through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association is a rigorous process and approval indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality. Reviews are conducted periodically and applied through a peer group review process.