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Science for Ministry Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend?

If you are interested in science and theology and how these two areas are complementary, then this program might be for you. With a goal to advance the understanding at your local level, the Science for Ministry Institute will bring together pairs to learn and act. These pairs will be a pastor and a scientifically-minded individual from the same ministry area.

Participants will attend a five-day core program, then be able to choose from seven three-day and five one-day electives. Participants will also receive takeaways in the form of books or coursepacks.

Who should attend?

In order to create a larger impact at the local level, we are seeking applications from pairs. One person would represent science (whether as a scientist or a scientifically-oriented individual), another person would represent ministry (whether as a pastor, a chaplain, or somebody serving in a church context). Both participants should be looking for better tools and opportunities to advance the complementary nature of science and ministry.

May I audit the course?

All participants fall under the auspices of the grant that Princeton Theological Seminary was awarded from the John Templeton Foundation. Our grant is under a two-fold framework: 1) participant pairs (one familiar with theology and a one familiar with science) would study the material, then 2) apply it in their ministry context to impact change.

Since auditing does not comply with either aspect of our granted framework, auditors are not allowed in Science for Ministry courses. All course participants must enter the program through the application process, which includes an applicant partner with a shared ministry context.

Do I have to attend every course with a partner?

While participants are required to attend the introductory "core" program in pairs, participants may individually attend the additional electives.

How many applications must we submit as a pair?

Each pair must submit two program applications, one per person.

We are now in the middle of the three-year period. Can I still apply to join the program?

New applications will be accepted throughout the life of the program, so you can send applications at any time. Just identify which core course you would like to take to begin your program experience.

What will be covered?

The five-day core program will focus upon questions of human nature, and questions of origins.

With this common vocabulary and knowledge base, participants may then choose from a series of electives. For more information on the electives, please see the course descriptions section of this site.

Who are the instructors?

For a complete list of instructors, please see the Instructor Profiles.

Why is this an Institute – will there be academic credit?

While this will be an informative series of programs, no academic credit will be awarded by Princeton Theological Seminary.

Through the Erdman Center for Continuing Education, participants in the full core course will receive a Basic Certificate in Science for Ministry. Participants who take an additional 30 contact hours (e.g. two three-day programs and one one-day program) will receive an Advanced Certificate in Science for Ministry.

How long is each program?

The five-day program begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday and ends at noon on Friday.

The three-day program begins at 1:30 p.m. on the first day, day two is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and day three is 8:30 a.m. – noon.

The one-day program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that the one-day programs will be offered immediately after a three-day program, making it easier for participants to attend two events during one travel period

Where will this be held?

While the majority of the programs are anticipated to be held on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, flexibility has been built into the program. If there are a significant number of applicants that are accepted into the program from a specific geographic area, the program may be held at other areas around the nation.

How much does it cost?

With thanks to underwriting from the John Templeton Foundation, participants will be responsible to pay US$50 per program-day. Participants will also be responsible for the pre-reading, and for their own transportation to/from the site. The standard costs of the event (program fee, meals and lodging) are provided from the grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

What about lodging?

Between the grant from the John Templeton Foundation and the cost of US$50 per day, there is no additional cost for lodging.

What about meals?

Between the grant from the John Templeton Foundation and the cost of US$50 per day, there is no additional cost for meals.

How can I get to Princeton?

Princeton is halfway between Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. It is easily accessible via automobile, train and plane. For more information, please see this.

How may I find out more?

Read all the information on the website and on the application. If there are still questions, please contact scienceforministry@ptsem.edu.

Continue reading about the Application Process.