Lay School of Theology – Spring 2015

Dr. Margie Ralph

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Wisdom to Feed Your Soul

All of the Wisdom books in the Bible reached their present form after the Israelites returned from Babylonian exile (587-537 BCE). The experience of exile caused the people of Israel to probe many questions: Is God just! Why do human beings suffer? Might there be life after death?  In this three-week course, we will examine the books of Job, Psalms, and Proverbs in order to discover how God’s beloved people had the courage to ask hard questions and, through faith and reason, find wise answers. Our trip through these pivotal books promises to help us grow in wisdom too.

MARCH 14, 21, AND 28, 2015

9:00 AM – NOON each Saturday (Continental Breakfast at 8:30)

$60 per person



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150th Anniversary Events

January 11 Beargrass Scholars Worship at Beargrass Christian Church

January 23-Feb. 1  Intensives

February  I Heart LTS social media campaign;
February 21 Webinar, How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder

March  14, 21, 28: Lay School of Theology with Dr. Margie Ralph:  Wisdom to Feed Your Soul;
March 21 Community Open House for former Trustees;
March 28 Webinar, Moral Injury and The Work of Congregations in Soul Repair After Violence

April 3  Community Open House Good Friday Worship Service sponsored by District 9
April 25 The Welcoming Church: Making a Place for People with Disabilities
April 28 & 29  Franklin Moosnick Lectors in Judaic Studies, Susannah Heschel, 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at Transylvania University and Wednesday evening at Ohavay Zion Synagogue

May 6  Symposium: Flourishing in Ministry: Emerging Research on the Well-being of Pastors Keynoter: Dr. Matthew Bloom, Principle Investigator University of Notre Dame
May 16 Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Congregation

June 5  Golf Scramble
June 18-19   Commencement Activities—Crestwood Christian Church Keynoter: Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
June 19-30  Intensives

July  General Assembly Luncheon

October  Homecoming –Tell us your LTS Story (The Journey Continues Reception and Book Signing by John Peterson, Faculty Reception and Book Signing, MLCI Sustaining Pastors in Ministry presentation by Rev. Julie Richardson)
Lay School and Board of Trustees meeting

November 4  Franklin Moosnick Lectors in Judaic Studies, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, Professor of New York University, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Transylvania University and Wednesday, Temple Adath Israel

December   Community Open House Advent and Christmas at Lexington Green

January 2016   Celebrating Student Achievement, Intensives


2015 LTS Webinar Series

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FEBRUARY 21, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Title: How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder
Presenter: Led by The Reverend Bill McDonald, Retired Christian Church (DOC) Pastor with Over 40 Years Experience
Description: Christian Church (DOC) Pastor with Over 40 Years Experience
A refresher course for old hands and a how-to class for fresh recruits to the Eldership, this practical workshop will give helpful ideas on fulfilling one’s role as an Elder. From preparation to prayer, from the Lord’s Table to the hospital room, from shepherding to servanthood, from the how to the why, through stories and scripture, this inspiring and entertaining webinar will off er a broad scope and detailed information for Elders in churches large or small.

NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.

MARCH 28, 2015
TIME:1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Title: Moral Injury and The Work of Congregations in Soul Repair After Violence
Presenter: Led by Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Brite Divinity School Faculty
Description:Despite better treatments for PTSD, suicide rates among younger veterans have been rising since 2005. Moral injury has been proposed as a factor, but as a hidden wound of war, it has remained largely untreated. Moral injury is not so much a clinical condition as the anguish of moral conscience, not just in veterans, but also in those whose work involves life and death conditions and sanctioned violence. Recovery is a lifelong process that includes rebuilding a moral identity in a community that understands moral emotions, self-acceptance, and the need to restore the balance of good in the world. We will learn what moral injury is and how churches can support recovery.

NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.

APRIL 25, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Title: The Welcoming Church: Making a Place for People with Disabilities
Presenter: Led by Dr. Emily Askew, Lexington Theological Seminary Faculty
Description: In August 2014, The Christian Century magazine reported on a university study of more than 400 parents of children with disabilities and their reception in houses of worship. The report stated that half the parents contacted “kept their sons or daughters from participating in a religious activity because of lack of support.” Numbers like this should startle us! The places where most of us go in times of struggle – places of worship – should not be the places from which we feel rejected, yet this report (and many others) tell us otherwise. How can we become the Church which Christ calls us to be – one that welcomes people of all abilities? This webinar addresses the ways that churches can become more receptive to the needs of people with disabilities and their families.
NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.


MAY 16, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm EST
Title: Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Congregation
Presenter: Led by Bruce A. Barkhauer, Minister forFaith and Giving For The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Description: This event will examine the biblical and theological foundations for the spiritual discipline of stewardship and explore the best practices that encourage congregational generosity. Participants should expect to come away with six things they need to do to increase resources for ministry and mission.
NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.


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Appreciative Inquiry – Nov. 10-12, 2014

rob3 Appreciative Inquiry   Nov. 10 12, 2014Lexington Theological Seminary will host a workshop on Appreciative Inquiry Nov. 10-12, 2014 at its new site at 230 Lexington Green Circle. The workshop will be led by Dr. Rob Voyle, founder and director of the Clergy Leadership Institute based in Hillsboro, Ore. Thanks to a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, LTS is able to offer the workshop to local clergy at a registration cost of $50. Noon meals are included.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to organizational development that emerges out of the pioneering work in organizational psychology by David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Voyle has adapted this into church contexts as a powerful approach to individual and congregational development that is future oriented and focused on increasing positive capacity to move into that future.

AI is based on the idea of discovering what works and gives life to an organization and then building the organization on these life-giving properties. Using AI in churches is described as discovering “What in God’s name is going on here?” and then designing the church’s structure and programs to enable more of these Godly things to be done and participated in.

In essence, the AI model uses a process of inquiry to discover people’s best experiences and to use those experiences as a basis for imagining a future and designing the processes and structures that will make the imagined future a reality. This imagined future, however, is not just a fantasy because it is grounded in the experiences of the people involved. What is noteworthy about the AI approach in comparison to other organizational development models is that it does not require a detailed analysis of problems or deficits. Consequently, AI is less prone to initiating negative, blaming and judgmental atmospheres than problem-focused interventions.

Dr. Voyle is an Episcopal priest with more than 20 years of experience in ordained ministry. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in addition to degrees in theology, counseling and mechanical engineering. He has served as an interim pastor, interposed with research and development engineering, behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, coaching and organizational consulting. In his parish ministry he has focused on pastoral counseling for both individuals and churches in transition. He is also the coordinator for the Transitional Ministry Network.

Dr. Voyle was an original faculty member at the College of Executive Coaching. For five years, he taught and coached hundreds of personal and executive coaches on using appreciative inquiry. He is committed to providing advanced training in clergy leadership to enhance ministry effectiveness. His personal mission is to be “helpful, humorous, and healing,” which he manifests in a passion for conducting training. He is a gifted storyteller with a penchant for mischievously confronting listeners with new insights that are both affirming and liberating.

NOTE: The registration deadline is Oct. 15, 2014.
TIME: – 9 a.m.-5:50 p.m. EST on Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesday
LOCATION: Lexington Theological Seminary – 230 South Lexington Green Circle
For more information, contact Rev. Tanya J. Tyler, LTS Clergy Mentor Program Coordinator, at (859) 280-1232 or


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  • A webinar from Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Led by Dr. Claire Bischoff, Adjunct Professor of Religious Education
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST.

Whether you were born to be a Sunday School teacher or just got roped into it before you could say, “No, thank you,” this webinar is for you. Not only will you be convinced that you are just the right person for the job, but you will also come away armed with practical ideas to face some of the most daunting aspects of teaching, including:

  •  Creative ways to pray with your class
  • Tried and true methods for beginning discussion (and keeping it going)
  • Insider tips for group management
  • Fresh ways to engage scripture – and more!

This would be a great way to strengthen your church’s program of Christian education – and a great time to round up your Sunday School teachers for a helpful and inspiring webinar.

 You may participate either on campus ($15) or online ($10) by registering below or by contacting Dr. Bill Turner at (859) 280-1253 or Log-in instructions for online participants will be sent upon your registration. AND once you’ve paid your $10 fee, you are welcome to gather a group of Sunday School leaders and/or church members to join you – at no extra cost!

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn and grow!



Renewing Worship – Dr. Allen – September 6th

Too many churches focus solely on the issue of musical tastes or liturgical styles in relation to worship. In this webinar, Dr. Allen will offer a different model to shape congregational conversations about the evaluation and renewal of worship, regardless of whether worship is “traditional” or “contemporary.” The webinar is oriented toward groups in a congregation with some responsibility for and interest in planning and leading worship – worship committees, worship teams, choirs, praise bands, staff, and laity.   Gather a group at your church, go online, and let Dr. Allen kick-start a new conversation for you about how to serve God better in your worship services – and how to make the service more meaningful and relevant for the community of faith.


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Fall Lay School – September 2014


  • September 6, 13, 20, and 27 – 9:00 am until Noon
  • continental breakfast starts at 8:30
  • Cost is $75 per person for the four sessions.

Many Christians follow Thomas Jefferson’s lead on how to deal with the miracle stories of the gospels from the perspective of a scientific world view: we essentially delete them from our Bible. But the sheer number of them in the gospels shows how important they were for the early Church’s understanding of the person and works of Jesus as the Christ. In this Bible study, Dr. Allen will lead us through an exploration of ways to interpret the stories in which Jesus offers miraculous healing to those who are sick, possessed, or disabled as having significant theological meaning for Christians in our own day and age.


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LTS: Homecoming/Housewarming June 19th

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2014 LTS Golf Scramble

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Tentative Schedule for the LTS Golf Scramble:
- 12 p.m. – registration opens
– 12 p.m. – Complimentary Luncheon
– 1:30 p.m. – Tee time
– 6:00 p.m. – Awards Reception

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Upcoming Events at LTS

For more details or to register for an event, please check for the event registration on the events page.

LTS Golf Scramble
June 6

June 7 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lifting Your Congregation from “Good to Great” – Re-Framing Church
Growth in the Missional Era with Rev. Matt Rosine

LTS Homecoming
June 19

June 20
Crestwood Christian Church, with the Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Minister of The Christian Church in Ohio, delivering the commencement address.

On-Campus Intensives (for students)
June 20-29

October 11 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Help! I’m a Sunday School Teacher? with Dr. Claire Bischoff