Ministry Praxis Capstone – RLGN 489

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

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.

Prerequisites

(BIBL 360 or BIBL 350), and (THEO 360 or THEO 350), and (RLGN 360 or CHMN 387)

Rationale

It has become acceptable to rely on knowledge alone as the litmus for effective preparation for serving the mission of the church of Jesus Christ. While knowledge is an indispensable component to that end, the accurate application of that knowledge must be expected of any leader seeking to further this mission. The Christian leader must be disciplined to strive for the practice of faithful ministry that has been informed and founded by biblical truth.

The goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to develop a biblical theology of ministry based on the course content and experiences developed during one’s program. Each assignment be integrative and culminate in a final project that can serve as a professional portfolio. To that end, students will be expect 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Students will construct a biblical theology of ministry.
  2. Students will compile a ministry portfolio.
  3. Students will conduct a ministry event.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Required word count and content will be posted for each discussion board. Each response will demonstrate course-related knowledge. Current Turabian format must be used.

Biblical Theology Plan

This assignment allows for the development of a biblical theology and rationale for ministry. Students will construct a biblical theology of ministry and incorporate major areas of systematic theology in two parts. The first will be the application of theological terms for ministry contexts. The student will summarize her or his findings in Journal 1. The second part of the assignment will require the student to submit a ministry paper that will inform the student’s approach to developing a ministry strategy and event. The paper will reflect the following elements:

  • an adequate treatment of theological terms as they apply to ministry contexts
  • an understanding of spiritual formation as it relates to the whole person
  • an application of theology and formation for ministry contexts

This assignment must be 1,000–2,000 words, not including the title page and bibliography, and must incorporate elements from the course readings to date. The paper should also incorporate at least 3 biblical references. Current Turabian format must be used.

Leadership Development Plan

Part 1 – Leadership Development Resources

The student will build a portfolio that contains several artifacts related to ministry development and planning. This portfolio will allow the student to develop a core of experiential learning components in this capstone course. This portfolio will include research of professional development sites, a ministry resume, and a cover letter.

Part 2 – Leadership Development Plan

The second part of this portfolio will include a leadership development plan. The student will develop a guide that constructs a biblical foundation of leadership, lists qualifications of good leadership, and concludes with an interview of at least one local ministry or church leader. The guide should be written in narrative form, include questions and results of interview, and reflect course readings and biblical references. This document should be 1,000 – 1,500 words, not including the title page and bibliography, if needed. Current Turabian format must be used and paper should be double-spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font.

Ministry Plan

Students are required to conduct a ministry event. This could take the form of a workshop, seminar, community event, Sunday school class, lecture series, Bible study, small group or youth event, or an acceptable alternative (pending approval by the course professor). In Part 1, students will identify a ministry plan for the local church or community. Once a plan is identified, students will develop a strategy for executing the event. The strategic plan will include a rationale, a list of objectives, and a strategic plan that includes identification of the location, targeted demographics, facility and material needs, number of volunteers if needed, potential permissions needed, a timeline for promotion, and a proposed schedule for the event.

Part 2 will include a promotional or marketing strategy, an evaluation or assessment model, and a method for addressing and evaluating spiritual formation.

Current Turabian format must be used in all formatting, including the title page, pagination, footnotes, and bibliography. This plan should be written largely in narrative form but can include listed items. Part 1 should be 500 – 1,000 words. Part 2 should be 500 – 1,000 words but should be combined with Part 1 and submitted as one document.

Ministry Event

Students are required to conduct a ministry event. This event should be a minimum of 30 minutes but not exceed more than a one-day event. This could take the form of a workshop, seminar, community event, Sunday school class, lecture series, Bible study, small group or youth event, or an acceptable alternative (pending approval by the course professor).

Students will lead an event and provide at least a 5-minute video or audio presentation of some portion of the event. The entire event does not need to be captured digitally but at least one component of the live event must be provided. The event does not need to necessarily happen in the week in which the assignment is due, if the student would like to do something earlier in the course.