Psychological Profile and Assessment

The Profile and Assessment involve administration of a multiple page history that encompasses everything from family-of-origin information to medical history — both family and personal. Also presented is the individual’s own appraisal of what will be easiest to most difficult for them in ministry. The typical assessment instruments are the MMPI-2 with special target area for clergy. Clergy specificity is …

Credo

A 10-15 page credo (or “I believe statement) is to be written using program guidelines and integrating main headings in theology with the individual’s statements of faith and commitment. The credo is also to reflect an understanding of the nature and administration of the sacraments. The document is written toward the end of the training plan and integrates areas related …

Spiritual Formation

The course invites participants into formational experiences that equip them to express their faith in and through the practice of ministry. Individuals take part in intentional processes of discernment of their vocation and commitment to spiritual formation as a lifelong pattern for ministry. The course helps create a spiritual climate that will foster growth through learning experiences and in contexts …

Church Leadership and Ministry

The nature of biblical leadership, theories of leadership, and styles of leadership are explored. Principles are analyzed and applied to church leadership situations. Issues of leadership style and organizational theory are examined and applied. Leadership styles, strategic planning, setting goals, establishing time lines for planning, budgeting, directing programs, and evaluating results are included. Participation includes experiential involvement in an assigned …

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Basic skills for providing pastoral care and referral are taught. Application is made to premarital, family, crisis, grief, and substance abuse counseling with emphasis on developing psychologically-grounded strategies and applying scriptural principles. Participation includes experiential involvement in an assigned ministry area. Work load: 5 CEUs (50 hours) Time frame: 4 months

Church Government and Ecclesiology

A study of basic models of church government that have developed over the course of church history and biblical principles of church government. The course will also explore the role and function of the church in New Testament redemptive history, the nature, structure, leadership and marks of the church, the relationship between church and state, and a discussion of the …

Creeds, Confessions, and Denominational Beliefs

A study of creeds, confessions, and faith statements that are particular to the candidates church, denomination, or fellowship group. Historic as well as contemporary documents are reviewed with application to the candidate’s ministry context. Candidates also participate in a guided study of whatever book of church order or government relates to their denomination or group. Work load: 2.5 CEUs (25 …

Church History

The participant will review Church History using an approved syllabus and related textbook with the guidance of a facilitator. He or she writes an eight page paper or develops eight pages of notes about major doctrines, themes, and individuals as described in Introduction to the History of Christianity (Dowley), one page for each of the eight era’s (Apostolic, Under the …

Theology 1 and 2

Theology is the study of the nature of God and of religious things. The course provides an overview of the topics of theology, Reformed theology, Scripture, God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, humankind: sin, salvation, and service; the church, last, things, and several points of distinctive emphasis. References to creeds and confessions are made. The course is part of the …

Introduction to Biblical Literature II – New Testament

The Bible is the foundational document for all of Christian theology. It offers a worldview through which to understand life and values and humankind and God. It presents God’s creative and redemptive acts on earth. It documents the history and religious perspectives of Israel, and shows how these provided a context into which Jesus, the Savior, emerged, taught, died, and …