Welcome to MIN532- Practical Ministry in the Congregational Context.
I have served in full-time ministry in American congregations for the past 29 years. My experience has provided me with the greatest moments of my life along with the greatest challenges. Through local ministry God has blessed me with dear friends, lifelong connections, and a sense of purpose that cannot be found anywhere else. I believe that ministry truly if the highest calling and the most noble vocation.
"If I had a thousand lives to live, I'd be a preacher in every one!!!"
However, working with a congregation can be very challenging at times. A minister is at times a counselor, a friend, a disciplinarian, a leader, a follower, and a politician. Each role is important, and to fall short in any area can have detrimental effects upon the congregation.
MIN532 focuses upon these intangible skills that can make or break a ministry, but are often overlooked (due to time restraints) in undergraduate bible training. We have two categories of students in this class: short-course attendees and online-only students.
Purchase your books and begin reading. Post to the discussion board connected to this introduction and respond to the posts of other students. We will discuss many concepts from the two required texts in the short course. I EXPECT YOU TO BE PREPARED.
Purchase your books and begin reading. Post to the discussion board connected to this introduction and respond to the posts of other students.
ZOOM REQUIREMENT: We will have 7 zoom sessions at 10:00 AM (central time) on Wednesdays: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3. The ZOOM code is 360 590 5056. You must log in and attend at least 5 sessions in order to receive credit. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND 5 ZOOM SESSIONS MUST COMPLETE THE 10-PAGE VIDEO PAPER AND THE SLIDES PAPER.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND 5 ZOOM SESSIONS: Browse YouTube and identify videos which give good advice that can be used by ministers to organize their time and improve their effectiveness. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE RELIGIOUS VIDEOS. Begin working on your 10 page paper based upon the videos entitled, "The best tips for success in my ministry." You must also complete a 5-page review of the class slides. Both papers are due on Feb. 20th at 11:59 pm. The "best tips" video paper may be submitted below, but the slides paper must be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.