Follow Christ, Lead the Way

Objective

On completion of the concentration, students should be able to:
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    Lead and grow a congregation.
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    Connect with community leaders and organizations.
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    Provide pastoral care to a congregation.

MINISTRY CONCENTRATION33 HOURS

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    Professional ministry as a life calling and vocation, including spiritual development, acquisition of ministry skills, the mission of the church, and ministry as a profession, addressed from historical and contemporary perspectives. Development of the initial skills and attitudes of a professional minister.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Observing practical ministry, shadowing a minister, and interviewing professional clergy in a local setting. Application of ministry principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Spring Corequisite: CM102
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    Use of information technology to support individuals and groups in churches, including productivity, communications, operations, and worship.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: None
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    Strategies for helping a church multiply its ministries, replicating itself, widening and deepening the impact of the church in the community. Principles of servant leadership, marketing, different church models, connecting with the community, problem-solving, strategic planning, and managing change.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing a laboratory for application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Corequisite: CM325
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    Students are equipped to evaluate and contextualize church culture speaking to the communities in which they reside. This will enable the student to communicate to the congregants while forging communications with the surrounding community. Includes formal study of communications both written and oral.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Corequisite: CM326
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    Preparation for the culminating field experience. To be completed the semester prior to CM495 Christian Ministry Field Experience or CE495 Youth Ministry Field Experience.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Junior standing
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    Praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Corequisite: CM421
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    An overview of the role of the pastor in organizing and managing the local church, including local church finances, human resources, and legal responsibilities. Students are equipped to manage personal finances.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CM325, Math Elective
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Corequisite: CM426
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    This culminating field experience provides pastoral ministry students at least 14 weeks of practical experience in a local church or parachurch organization with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Students may take no other courses during this experience except Theology Capstone.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: CM390
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    The counseling needs of a congregation, with models of biblical intervention and pastoral counseling that lead to healthy spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral change.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None