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Winter 2013/Phoenix




DESCRIPTION: In this course students will explore the practical areas of ministry in the local church that will help them understand their own call to serve God. We will study the call to serve God, the nature of pastoral ministry, and the basic tasks of the pastoral ministry. Subjects to be covered include: the theology of ministry (call, ordination, gift, and role); the dynamics of congregational ministry; the role of worship in the life of the church, including weddings and funerals; leadership and the dynamics of change; healing, forgiveness, and discipleship in the church.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This is a core course in the Ministry Division and is recommended for students who are pursuing a call to become a pastor or staff member in a local congregation. We will study biblical material and practical examples of life, ministry, and conflict in the church.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) gain an understanding of ecclesiology and leadership; (2) gain an appreciation of their own gifts and sense of calling to pastoral ministry; (3) gain an appreciation of worship, congregational life, and mission of the church; (4) develop skills related to pastoral ministry, diversity, change, and conflict; (5) develop an appreciation of pastoral ministry reliant upon a sovereign God; (6) gained a better understanding of the nature and of pastoral leadership through theological reflection, (6) examine their own presuppositions.

COURSE FORMAT: Class room learning activities will include lectures, discussion of biblical texts, case

studies, group activities, and analyses of assigned reading. Students will be evaluated not only on their written work, but on their participation in classroom discussions as well. The class will meet for a total of 30 hours over four weekends.


Gibbs, Eddie. LeadershipNext: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005. [216 pages] ISBN: 0-8308-3283-1. Price $12.00

Guder, Darrell, L., ed. The Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. [268 pages] ISBN: 0-8028-4350-6. Price $18.00

Jethani, Skye. With, Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011.

[194 pages] ISBN: 13:9781595553799. Price $11.00

Purves, Andrew. The Crucifixion of Ministry. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007. [149 pages]

ISBN: 978-0-8308-3439-6. Price $10.00

Purves, Andrew. The Resurrection of Ministry, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010. [152 pages]

ISBN: 978-0-8308-3741-0. Price $12.00

Willimon, William H. Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, Nashville: Abingdon, 2002. [392 pages] ISBN: 0-687-04532-0. Price $18.00


  1. Complete all assigned readings and complete C.R.I.B. notes for each reading (a total of 6 one page forms). (10%)

  2. Prepare an evaluation form for three worship services (a total of 6 pages for 3 services). (10%)

  3. Three page paper on your call to ministry. (20%)

  4. Prepare one written funeral (3-5 pages). (10%)

  5. Prepare one written wedding (3-5 pages)

  6. Fifteen page paper on your personal theology of ministry due at the end of the quarter. (40%)



FINAL EXAMINATION: No. Final project due at the end of the quarter.

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.