Growth & Development of the Contemporary Minister – PACO 825

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An in-depth look at the person in ministry. Extensive testing will form the foundation for this course and the results of the testing will be used to develop a growth profile for the individual student.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810

Rationale

D.Min. students are required to take this course in order to develop an awareness of the myriad of challenges and opportunities facing ministry leaders today. The course also supports the development of a personal strategy to facilitate longevity in service, increased competency and personal growth in ministry and facilitates its application in his/her personal, spiritual, marital, familial, and ministry life.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate technology, meaningful interaction, and content from the readings, lectures and pertinent research according to current Turabian guidelines to support a collaborative, cumulative learning process.
  2. Articulate his/her primary and functional purpose in life.
  3. Define words/phrases used in his/her Evangelical Christian, research-based definition of growing in favor with God and others.
  4. Discuss essential resources for growing in favor with God and others.
  5. Compare his/her experience and/or current approach to growth and development with his/her Evangelical Christian, research-based definition of growing in favor with God and others.
  6. Evaluate his/her physical, psychological, spiritual, and relational health in service to the development and management of his/her primary and functional purpose in life.
  7. Apply truths, insights, and techniques gleaned from assigned readings, assessments, lectures, meaningful interaction, and pertinent research to a personal growth and development profile within a specific relational context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading Course Guides and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Week 1>Assignments.

Self-administered Assessments (3)

Self-Report Tasks (4)

Four student self-reports are assessed: 1) subscription to Question & Answer Center, 2) completion of a narrated Class Introduction (via audio/video software of your choice), 3) completion of Week 1 readings, and 4) completion of 3 self-administered assessments. Further details are provided in Course Content>Assignment Instructions. See Course Schedule for due dates. (Assesses Learning Objective IV. A)

Subject Matter Conversations (2)

Subject Matter Conversations (SMC) are meaningfully developed via Weekly SnapShots, Question & Answer Center, and scheduled Microsoft TEAMS meetings. For example, as part of the connected, collaborative, cumulative learning process, the first SMC will focus on getting acquainted and acclimated.

In the event a Subject Matter Conversation is missed due to extenuating circumstances or technical issues, the SMC will be assessed through a substantive response to the recorded SMC via its submission link. Specific instructions are provided in Assignment Instructions. Casual, modest dress should be worn during SMC virtual classroom meetings. See Course Schedule for dates and times. (Assesses Learning Objective IV. A)

Practical Book Reviews (2)

The student will write 2 book reviews to resource the cumulative learning process. Practical Book Review 1 will solely address the Ortberg text and Practical Book Review 2 ̶Issler text. The body of each review must be at least 4 pages. Specific instructions are provided in the assignment folder of the course. See Course Schedule for due dates. (Assesses Learning Objectives IV. A, D, F)

Content Building Forum (6)

Due to the nature of these connected, collaborative, cumulative research-based forums, these learning activities will have a “paper or presentation-like feel” (i.e. more is expected than in typical discussion based forums). In this respect, the student will write a substantive research-based thread in response to prompts in each forum. All course materials to-date are required to be used in each thread (see Course Schedule).

Each thread must be at least 450 words and noticeably integrate required course-related knowledge-to-date. In the same week/module, the student will write a substantive research-based reply via the forum’s QUOTE feature to another classmate’s thread. Each reply must noticeably integrate required course related knowledge and be at least 150 words.

Since these forums inform the course’s connected, collaborative, cumulative learning experience, thoughtful integration of insights must be noticeably supported from ALL required course materials-to-date and when appropriate, the Bible.

Abridged footnotes may be should be used for required resources in each post; complete Turabian Form (i.e., footnotes/Bibliography) should be used for secondary resources in each post. All posts must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, and word choice errors, and adhere to content-building forum instructions and rubric. Specific instructions are provided in the assignment folder of the course. See Course Schedule for due dates. (Assesses Learning Objectives IV. A-G)