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SPECIFIC DATAASSEMBLIES OF GOD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Southeastern College Branch Campus 1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, Florida August 25 – December 8, 2003 PTH 535 THE PASTORAL MINISTRY (3 Credits) Dr. Wayne H. Lee, D.Min. Fall 2003 COURSE SYLLABUS COURSE DESCRIPTION This course covers competencies required in contemporary Christian ministry in the Pentecostal tradition including rites and ceremonies; worship; administration; legal and financial issues; staff selection, supervision, relationship, and training; pastoral counseling; the minister’s family; personal issues; and relationships with the opposite sex. OBJECTIVES OF COURSE A. General Learning Objectives This course seeks to: 1. Build Biblical foundations for church ministry. 2. Explain the biblical basis for the pastoral call. 3. Relate to the student an overall and comprehensive view of Church Life. 4. Explain the cultural changes affecting church ministry. 5. Survey the principles and models of pastoral ministry appropriate in the American cultures. 6. Demonstrate a deep appreciation for the ministry of the church. B. Specific Learning Objectives The student should be able to: 1. Give an explanation of his/her call to the ministry. 2. Discuss the roles and functions of a minister. 3. Verbalize his/her theology and philosophy of church ministry. 4. Explain cultural changes affecting the church. 5. Describe the principles and methods which will make ministry effective in the church today. 1REQUIRED TEXTS Kimball, Dan. The Emerging Church. Zondervan, 2003. Warren, Rick. Purpose Driven Church. Zondervan, 1995. Lee, Wayne H. Church Life Shawchuck, Norman. Leading the Congregation. Abingdon Press, 1997. Kouzes, James M. The Leadership Challenge. Jossey-Bass, 2002. If any of the above texts have been read before this class, please read the following: Shawchuck, Norman. Managing the Congregation. Abingdon Press, 1996. and/or Hunter, George. The Celtic Way of Evangelism. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000 PURPOSE This course is intended to prepare the student for the responsibilities and demands of the pastoral ministry and the ministry of the Church. TOPICS TO BE COVERED Session 1 Course overview – Syllabus requirements and expectations. Overview of Church Life Session 2 Developing one’s theology and philosophy of ministry. Cultural changes affecting the church Session 3 The present ineffectiveness of the church to transform lives The essential changes in the church to transform lives Theology and philosophy of ministry (Due: Sept 30, 2003 at 10:30 am) Session 4 Leadership – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Vision – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 5 Spiritual life – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Worship – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 6 Preaching – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Mid-Term – The mid-term will be objective in nature and will cover chapters 1-8 in Dr. Lee’s text, Church Life, all of The Emerging Church and chapters 1-8 in Rick Warren’s text, Purpose Driven Church. Session 7 Assimilation – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 8 Care – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 9 Small Groups – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 10 Evangelism & Public Relations – Learning team reflection and interaction 2– 15-20 min Session 11 Discipleship – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 12 Ministries – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 13 Management – Decision-making and Church organizational structures – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 14 Finances & Facilities – Learning team reflection and interaction – 15-20 min Session 15 Comprehensive Final – The final will be both objective and essay in nature. The objective portion will cover chapters 9-16 in Dr. Lee’s Church Life and chapters 9-16 in Warren’s Purpose Driven Church along with class discussions. The essay portion will be a case study problem to be solved by the learning team cohort. *Please note: All tests and projects can be accomplished in cohort teams. INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES A. Lectures B. Questions and Answers/Discussion C. Team projects (Learning teams) D. Reading Assignments E. Writing Assignments F. Use of outside speakers when and if available RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS G. Attendance. Each student is expected to attend all class sessions. For any absence beyond four sessions, a ten point deduction will be taken from the final grade per session absent. An evaluation form is included with the syllabus. H. Texts. Each student is asked to personally read all of the required texts and complete the enclosed critique form for each text. If the form is complete and all pages are read, full points will be awarded. I. Theology and Philosophy Worksheets. Each student is expected to complete the enclosed Theology and Philosophy of Ministry worksheet (8 pages typed). All 28 topics should be complete. This assignment can be completed in cooperation with a cohort team. Each topic is worth 5 points. A professor evaluation form is included with the syllabus. J. Class Presentation. The class members are to select among the class a sub-cohort learning team. Each team is to take one of the fifteen (15) areas of Church Life and present their findings (in 15 minutes) on how that function works from a modern culture (5 minutes), seeker-sensitive culture (5 minutes) and emerging 3cultural (5 minutes) perspective. A one page chart on that function from those three perspectives should be provided for the class and professor. The presentation is worth a maximum of 110 points to each team member. The Professor’s Evaluation Form for the presentation is included. An example chart is also included from the professor. K. Three Comprehensive Models of Church Life. Each sub-cohort learning team is expected to collect the class presentations and develop fifteen comprehensive charts on the three models of ministry considered in class (no more than 2 pages per function or a total of 30 pages). If each sub-cohort’s work is excellent, no other work is necessary. If functions have been inadequately


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