Lifelong Learning

About Lifelong Learning

For leaders of all faith communities we offer educational opportunities to maintain a high level of effectiveness in their ministry through exposure to scholarly advances, information and skills related to the practice of ministry, engagement with contemporary issues of faith and society, and time for worship, renewal, and relaxation.

The centerpiece of the continuing education program for clergy is Ministers Week which brings pastors to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and a world-class organ recital. This event is not only an opportunity for personal learning and renewal, but also an occasion to connect with colleagues from across the Southwest and beyond.

Specifically designed for lay education but of value to clergy as well, the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity offers a series of independent, short term learning experiences lead by top scholars from Brite and around the country. These programs are held in local churches, predominately in Dallas where the School originated as part of the ministry of East Dallas Christian Church. SSTL provides adult lay persons a foundation to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. 

The Design at 50: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Recommendations

Approved by Disciples in 1968, the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been our governing document for 50 years. Much has changed since that time and the church has gained experience in what is working well and what could be improved.

In January 2019, Brite Divinity School held a one-day symposium to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Design at 50. Below are videos and papers from the symposium.

Bill Lee’s Paper
Tim Lee’s Response

Kris Culp’s Paper
Lori Tapia’s Response

Chuck Blaisdell’s Paper
Dawn Weaks’ Response

Eilene Theilig

theilig_eilene_headshote.theilig@tcu.edu | 817.257.7582
Director of Lay and Continuing Education