This course prepares current or future ministers for the caregiving and counseling demands of ministry. Students learn how to come alongside people in a variety of significant life moments for the purpose of offering care, comfort, and timely guidance from God’s word. In particular, the course equips students to use God’s Word as they minister to those who in struggle, conflict, or pain, and to help others discover and apply the truths of Scripture to their own situations. (3-lecture units-course; 3 hours per week)
This course builds on the Biblical Preaching course, offering deeper insight into and practice with the art and discipline of expository preaching. Students learn how to bring accurate interpretation of various biblical genres into their preaching with creativity and practical relevance to their specific contexts. Peer group interactive learning and individual mentoring help build the student's preaching confidence and skills. (1.5-lecture units-course; 1.5 hours per week)
This course equips students to lead and sustain organizational change to better fulfill a mission and vision. Students learn how to work with teams to successfully implement new ideas or programs that support organizational values and goals in addition to developing new leaders who can sustain change. Students learn how to ground their change initiatives in biblical principles, spiritual dependence, and appropriate cultural or contextual factors. Students learn to wisely influence from anywhere in the organization and evaluate several models of change and contemporary tools for planning with their context in view. (3-lecture units-course; 3 hours per week)
This course equips current and emerging ministry leaders for the calling, demands, and functions of pastoral leadership of a local ministry in their context. Students learn how to wisely lead God’s people in ways that result in spiritually mature and healthy ministries. Students will be prepared to respond to common organizational, personnel, and community challenges, and to address contemporary issues that ministry leaders face in in mobilizing a church for disciple-making and Christian witness in the community. (1.5-lecture units-course; 1.5 hours per week)
This course equips students to reach wise agreements across material and relational differences in ways that build trust, sustain partnerships, and decrease conflict while accomplishing personal, team, or organizational objectives. Students explore how identity, culture, and emotions impact negotiation, then examine their own values and motivations in the midst of difficult conversations. Students demonstrate thoughtful negotiation characterized by love when interests are in conflict. Students explore several approaches to negotiation and practice the requisite skills that result in forging agreements. (3-lecture units-course; 3 hours per week)
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