Ministries frequently reflect the spiritual health of the leader. Hence our study of leadership will start by looking at you, the leader. Where is your heart? What are your skills? How do you communicate vision, dissolve tension, or encourage weary souls? We will then look at the full topic of leading, recruiting, training, and empowering volunteers. Lastly, we’ll look at church-based family ministry which seeks to empower parents to be the spiritual champions for their children.
This course gives the student an opportunity to focus in a specialized area of Church Ministry. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.
Special Topic: Building Healthy Church Boards
A study of the way in which the needs of the family are met within the church or other family work setting contexts. The student will study a biblical, philosophical, theoretical, strategically, administrative and research approach in understanding and addressing these needs.
The Old Testament themes of leadership and spiritual formation are expressed in and through the history, activities, beliefs and teachings of the first followers of God, from scattered individuals to a unified socio-political state. In terms of spiritual formation, this course explores the nature of personal “face to face” encounters/relationships with the divine. In terms of leadership, the life and leadership of various “unequaled” Old Testament leaders will be examined. Throughout the course, participants will explore specific theological and practical frameworks to evaluate their own spiritual health and ministry leadership. Cross-listed as BOT 692. Prerequisite: BIB 505
Pastors, chaplains, counselors and other helping professionals will develop a pastoral theology and response to dying, grief and loss through biblical, cultural, and psychological insights. Students will gain an understanding of the grief journey for people from diverse backgrounds, affirming and respecting strengths and differences. The course will encourage an understanding of how one’s personal losses enrich them and equip for ministry. This course will equip pastoral care givers for ministry to those who are experiencing dying, grief and/or loss.
The ministry of the Christian Church is expanding and opportunities have been presented for ministry that is delivered in public domains and that is supported by public sector grants. It is therefore important for Christian ministers and chaplains to understand how to be credible witnesses while working with established external standards in public multi-faith environments. This course will help students understand and address the challenges of pastoral ministry in a multi-faith environment. Students will explore other religions and discover ways of coming alongside of a religious ‘other’ in pastoral ministry.
One of two foundational chaplaincy/spiritual care courses, designed to help students understand how the contemporary practice of chaplaincy integrates lessons from the human and behavioral sciences with the pastoral practice of chaplaincy as rooted in the disciplines of biblical and theological studies. Students will be challenged to consider how pastoral practice is responsibly informed by biblical, theological and traditional perspectives. Concepts of hope, community and compassion will be examined. Since the ministry of the professional chaplain occurs in pluralistic society, a course emphasis will be on how to carry an evangelical imperative in a public ministry context.
One of two foundational chaplaincy/spiritual care courses, this class will explore the professionalization of chaplaincy in contemporary society. Students will examine spiritual and religious care practices that can facilitate persons in their spiritual growth and healing. The theory and practice of the professional chaplain as a non-congregational minister in contemporary society will be examined. Learners will further develop the ability of spiritual assessment and care planning, theological reflection and ethical discourse in the application of spiritual/religious interventions.