Ministry Praxis Capstone – RLGN 489

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/30/2022

Course Description

This course is designed to allow the student to utilize skills and insights acquired during the completion of the undergraduate program in religious studies. A range of biblical and theological concepts taught in the program are reinforced, and new dimensions are explored. This helps ensure that the key ideas from the undergraduate religion program are mastered and that opportunities are presented for the student to put these concepts into practice.

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

Rationale

The goal of this course is to provide the student an opportunity to develop a biblical theology of ministry based on the course content and experiences developed during one’s program. Each assignment will be integrative and culminate in a final project that can serve as a professional portfolio. To that end, the student will be expected to construct a biblical rationale for ministry, engage with ministry leaders, plan and execute an event, and engage in reflection for the purpose of evaluation and assessment.

Course Assignment

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 (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Required word count and content will be posted for each discussion. Each response will demonstrate course-related knowledge. (CLOs: A, B, C)

Ministry Credo Assignments (2)

Preparation for ministry relies heavily on the ability to articulate your understanding of ministry based on a proper theological and biblical rationale. In this assignment, using the reading material and discussion content, along with scripture (and other sources if you so choose), you will craft a response to “What I believe about ministry.” This will be a two-part assignment. You must demonstrate what you believe about ministry formation by addressing essential components. (CLO: A)

Ministry Leadership Profile Assignment 

This assignment provides an overview and summary of ministry leadership by developing a profile of a current contexts. This Profile will include various levels of engagement with ministry leadership, including personal and professional development. The Profile must include engagement with Handshake, a professional network for Liberty students and alumni. (CLO: B)

Ministry Event Strategic Plan Assignment

Successful event planning in ministry demands a well-developed strategic plan. This assignment will allow you to lay out the building blocks for a ministry event, face-to-face or virtual. In anticipation of executing a live event for this course, you will begin developing a plan that will guide and inform proper planning. (CLO: C)

Digital Ministry Engagement Assignment 

One of the fastest-growing areas of ministry development is in the area of digital ministries. You will be asked to attend an online service and provide a summary reflection. (CLO: B)

Ministry Event Assignment

Students are required to conduct a live virtual, face-to-face, or hybrid ministry event during this course. This could take the form of a workshop, seminar, community event, Sunday school class, lecture series, youth event, Bible study, small group event, or an acceptable alternative (pending approval by the course professor). (CLO: C)