A practical study of Church Ministry with emphasis given to its biblical foundation, philosophy of ministry, and the various areas of ministry. The ministry is considered as a calling and a career.
The Bible instructs the believer to not only obey the purpose for the believer’s existence (Matt. 28:18–20), but to fulfill this purpose in the local church (Eph. 4:12). Therefore, the believer should have a heightened value for the local church and thereby intelligently minister in it. This course is a practical study for the vocational ministry student as well as for the student who desires to be more informed of his/her role as a lay minister in the church. The student will, as never before, focus on the “big picture” of local church ministry and value all of its intricacies. Emphasis will also be put on unity, humility, selflessness, and purity in ministry.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop his/her philosophy of ministry.
- Identify the major aspects of ministry as a career.
- Integrate biblical and philosophical foundations with practice of ministry.
- Apply the biblical foundations of ministry to leadership positions.
- Assess his/her own abilities with respect to ministry and as a vocation.
- Value the pastor’s role as a unique opportunity of service from an eternal perspective.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLOs: B, C, D, E, F)
Essentials of Ministry Paper Assignment
The student will write a 4–7-page paper discussing the essentials of ministry as defined by Earley and Gutierrez. The student will summarize the essentials provided in the text, identify his/her two greatest areas of weakness, and provide a specific and measurable plan for improvement. (MLOs: C, D, E)
Philosophy of Ministry Paper Assignment
Assimilating the information from this course, the student will construct his/her own philosophy of ministry. This paper will consist of 4 sections totaling 6–8 pages of writing. Each of the sections will address an area previously studied this term. (MLOs: A, D, F)
The student will complete four quizzes throughout the duration of this course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes. Each will contain 46-50 questions with the exception of the final quiz which will contain 100 questions. Quizzes will be made up of multiple choice and true/false questions. The first two quizzes will also contain an essay question. (MLOs: B, C, D)