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Spring 2014/Menlo Park



PM507: THE EQUIPPING PASTOR (4 Units). Randy Young.

DESCRIPTION: In a world that is rapidly changing and the church declining in size and influence, it has become critically important for pastors to become effective in equipping the people of God to do the work of ministry beyond the walls of the church between Sundays as well as inside the church on Sundays. This course will examine theologically and practically the role of the pastor, historical and contemporary models of pastoral leadership, the clash of cultures between the church & world, the nature of personal & organizational change, and mission strategy. In addition, this course will explore the difficulties of doing ministry in our contemporary society and church including the legal mandatory reporting laws on abuse.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will (1) be able to articulate the theological underpinnings for the role of pastor as equipper; (2) understand the importance of ministry inside and outside the church; (3) understand the nature of change & transformation; (4) know a variety of approaches to equip the people of God for works of ministry; (5) have a clear idea about their personal approach to equipping the saints.

COURSE FORMAT: The course meets once week for a three-hour session over a ten week quarter for a total of 30 hours of classroom instruction for lectures and regular discussion plus 10 hours of directed learning activities.

REQUIRED READING: 1200 pages required.

Klein, Gary. Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. Public Affairs, 2013. ISBN: 978-1610392518, Pub. Price $27.99 [250 pp. assigned]. OR Schein, Edgar H. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-1609949815, Pub. Price $16.95. [110 pp. assigned].

McIntosh, Gary L. and Samuel D. Rima. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures. Baker Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-0801068355, Pub. Price $16.99 [222 pp. assigned]. OR Bigny, Brad. Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols. P&R Publishing, 2012. ISBN: 978-1596384026, Pub. Price $14.99 [220 pp. assigned].

McNeal, Reggie. Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard. Jossey-Bass, 2009. ISBN: 978-0470243442, Pub. Price $24.95 [182 pp. assigned]. OR Stetzer, Ed and Thom S. Rainer. Transformational Church: Creating A New Scorecard for Congregations. B&H Books, 2010. ISBN: 978-1433669309, Pub. Price $22.99 [232 pp. assigned].

Ogden, Greg. Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God. Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 978-0310246190, Pub. Price $16.99 [272 pp. assigned].

Woodward, J.R. Creating A Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World. IVP Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-0830836536, Pub. Price $16.00 [224 pp. assigned]. OR Van Engen, Charles. God’s Missionary People. Baker Academic, 1991. ISBN: 978-0801093111, Pub. Price $24.00 [194 pp. assigned].

Course Reader to be delivered electronically throughout the quarter.

RECOMMENDED READING: Alternate books above and list of additional books are in the course syllabus.


  1. Regular attendance and participation in class discussions. (10%) [This assignment is related to learning outcome #1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

  2. Two-page reading interaction for each book read. (20%) [[This assignment is related to learning outcome #1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

  3. Write an 8-page reflection paper that details the events and people who shaped your understanding of your character and knowledge of personal spiritual gifts, the purpose of the church, and leadership/disciple-making style. (15%) [This assignment is related to learning outcome #3, 5].

  4. Write an 8-page theological paper about change & transformation of individual people as well as organizations like the church. (20%) [This assignment is related to learning outcome #2, 3, 4].

  5. Write a 12-page final paper that details how you might equip the laity for works of ministry in practical terms including a matrix by which to evaluate the effectiveness of your approach. (35%) [This assignment is related to learning outcome #1, 2, 3, 4, 5].


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Pastoral Ministry and Theology (MIN 6) and the requirement in Ministry Foundations (MIN F) for other master’s degrees.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.