Introduction to Christian Ministry – CLCM 250

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

A practical study of Christian Ministry, both inside and outside the local church, with emphasis given to understanding the implications of the gospel for all aspects of life and leadership.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Ministry takes many forms, both inside and outside the walls of the local church. As such, there is a need to ensure one's ministry to others is rooted in the foundation of the gospel. By processing through a biblical understanding of the gospel, we are better able to address the urgent needs within our spheres of influence. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify biblical foundations of ministry.
  2. Trace key themes related to the gospel through the Scriptures.
  3. Evaluate one’s abilities with respect to ministry.
  4. Apply a biblical understanding of the gospel to ministry.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student will complete 2 discussions in this course. For each discussion, you must create one thread and one response post. Each thread should be at least 200 words and each reply should be at least 150 words. (MLOs: B, D)

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the unified and coherent theme of the gospel throughout the Bible. The good news of the deity, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is explained within the New Testament, but is pointed to throughout the Old Testament as well.

After viewing the presentation, "The Gospel and Christian Ministry," completing your textbook readings, and looking over your selected areas of study for this degree program, you will be equipped to demonstrate the coherence of Scripture and share some of the implications within your life and ministry. (MLOs: B, D)

In James K.A. Smith’s presentation, “Taking a Liturgical Audit of Your Life,” Smith challenges the audience to “…look at the rhythms and routines and rituals of your life…be especially attentive to the things that you give yourself to, that you might have thought are just something that you do, and start to realize that they are doing something to you.” The purpose of this assignment is to assist you at taking an intentional look at the forces shaping your life.

After viewing the presentation, “Taking a Liturgical Audit of Your Life,” and completing your textbook readings, write a 1400-1800-word paper that interacts with the four key areas within your life (Personal, Family, Vocational, Church). (MLOs: A, C)

Students will write a 2–3-page reflection essay at the conclusion of the course. After viewing the presentation, "Ministering Beyond the Walls of the Church," and completing your textbook readings, response to the question, “How will I respond to the 4 challenges presented by Platt in his final chapter entitled, “Now What?” (MLOs: C, D)

There are 8 quizzes in this course. There is a quiz due in each Module: Week of the course. The quizzes are meant to serve as a way for you to record your reflections on the Platt text. Each quiz contains essay questions that will be completed by answering the "Reflections" questions at the end of each Day within the Platt text. The responses should include at least 2 references to the Platt text and should be 150-200 words. The response in the quiz should be completed by responding to the prompt within the text box (not within a Microsoft Word document). The quizzes are due on Monday of the assigned Module: Week except in Monday 8: Week 8. In Module 8: Week 8, the quiz is due on Friday. (MLOs: A, C)