Incarnational Christianity

Programs designed to help clergy and lay leaders to discover why old paradigms of Christian community are no longer working, to understand how the false us/them dichotomies that the old paradigms have created keep their congregations mired in conflict and distracted from their mission of bring Christ's love to the world, and to explore the biblical/theological basis, principles, and practical applications of Incarnational Christian Community as a way to move beyond these distractions.



Seminar in Incarnational Christian Community (for Leadership Teams)

  • Purpose: To train church leadership teams in how to apply the principles of Incarnational Christian Community in their congregations. 
  • Description: Over a series of sessions, participants will: explore why old paradigms of Christian community are no longer working, explore the biblical/theological basis, principles, and practical applications of Incarnational Christian Community, and develop plans to incorporate them in their own congregations. Having studied and worked together over a period of time, the attendees will form a natural application support group.
  • Session Length & Frequency: Eight 2-hour sessions, twice a month, offered 1-2 times a year. 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading, presentation, discussion, Q & A, structured experiences, application planning. Primary Text – Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, optional recommended texts, workbooks, and handouts. 
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, Spiritual Formation Center associates, St. Nicholas Church leaders. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, Maryland.
  • Cost: $800 per team ($100 per session).


Practicum in Incarnational Christian Community (for Seminarians)

  • Purpose: To provide seminarians with instruction and experience in the principles and practice of Incarnational Christian Community in an congregation already dedicated to that practice. 
  • Description: As an alternative to generic field education, over a 1-2 year period seminarians will receive instruction in the biblical and theological basis and practical principles of Incarnational Christian Community, and will have ongoing opportunity to apply these principles in a congregational setting. 
  • Screening & Selection: Written application, with bishop’s recommendation, followed by interview. 
  • Session Length & Frequency: 10-15 hour per week over 1-2 academic/program years. 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading and discussion during the first month of the practicum, program or project based application with coaching and feedback. Primary Text – Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, optional recommended texts, workbooks, and handouts. 
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, Spiritual Formation Center associates, St. Nicholas Church leaders. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, Maryland
  • Cost: Seminarians purchase textbooks. Other materials provided. Seminarians pay the cost of independent study credit at their seminary. Seminarians' bishops pays the cost of seminarian travel.


Fellowship in Incarnational Christian Community (for Clergy)

  • Purpose: To provide ordained leaders with the opportunity to learn and practice the principles of Incarnational Christian Community by in a project-based setting in a congregation already dedicated to that practice. 
  • Description: An intensive 3-6 month project-based residential fellowship. In the first two weeks of the fellowship, participants receive instruction on the biblical and theological basis and practical principles of Incarnational Christian Community, then develop a supervised project to apply them in a congregation or community.
  • Screening & Selection: Written application, with bishop’s recommendation, followed by interview. 
  • Session Length & Frequency: This is a full-time residential fellowship. The participant should plan to spend about 15-20 hours on site at 20-25 hours in offsite research or project work. 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading and discussion, application planning, supervised project, and coaching. Primary Text – Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, optional recommended texts, workbooks, and handouts.
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, Spiritual Formation Center associates, St. Nicholas Church leaders. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, Maryland
  • Cost: TBD – Cost-per-fellow basis. Participant purchases texts. Participant (or participant’s church or denomination) pays the costs of lodging and meals.


Working Conference on Incarnational Christian Community (for Clergy)

  • Purpose: To provide participants with the principles, language, and experiential practice necessary to lead their congregations in exploring and employing an incarnational way of Christian community that transcends us/them divisions within and between congregations.
  • Description: A Biblically grounded, highly interactive, hands-on working conference for clergy. By understanding and experiencing difference and even conflict as holy ground rather, participants are able to help their congregations deal with tough questions without splintering, celebrate and engage diversity, and become better evangelists through non-proselytizing evangelism..
  • Session Length & Frequency: Six 2-hour sessions over a 2 1/2 to 3 day conference. 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading, presentation, discussion, Q & A, structured experiences, application planning. Primary Text – Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, optional recommended texts, workbooks, and handouts. 
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, author of Paradoxy.
  • Location: On site.
  • Cost: $4,500 per conference, including advance planning and follow-up.


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