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Friday, June 25, 2010

New Continuing Education?

Proposed Courses for Seminary Graduates (after a year or two in a local parish)

1. How to read the Bible for your own life: a class to introduce students to how to fall in love with Scripture for more than preaching or teaching.

2. What battles to fight (and, what not to fight): a class to help future pastors discern what battles are important and which ones are not. Topics include leadership pride, personality types, and communication styles, long-term versus short-term issues.

3. Time management and Sabbath rest: a course freeing students from whining about tiredness and overwork and giving them tools for deep spiritual refreshment. Topics include workaholism and laziness, how many hours should you work? Setting boundaries and being a servant leader.

4. Money: a course introducing students to the power of money, how to manage a church budget, personal finances, and stewardship development. Topics include: western materialism, covetousness, simplicity living, and freedom.

5. What history matters: a class teaching students about what histories matter and what do not. Topics include: how to take a congregational history, learning the history of a conference, what denominational historical features are critical and what are extraneous, how to let history help and not bind, how to envision the future.

6. Caring for all people: a course to learn the discipline of multi-generational ministry. Topics include: ageism, cliques, developmental spirituality, gender issues, and spiritual giftedness.

7. Cooperating; course learning to work with others, within and without the church. Topics include, which ecumenical groups to join and avoid, how to work non-competitively with other staff and volunteers, how to bless other churches (within and outside of one’s denomination), how to encourage others engaged in ministry.

8. Leading meetings: a course in making meetings valuable, productive and fun. Topics include; setting agendas, communicating ahead of time, starting and ending promptly, listening leaders, learning to ask great questions, empowering others to act, laughing.

11 Comments:

At 3:52 AM , Anonymous Rick said...

Sounds like a midwinter seminar or a topic for fall clergy retreats. I like it.

 
At 8:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would add to this list a course in disciple-making. How to invest one's life in a small group of people to help them grow in their commitment to Jesus. Our ministry today tends not to look like Jesus' did.

 
At 11:06 AM , Blogger Fuller Continuing Education said...

Thanks for the great list! The Berry Center for Lifelong Learning is always looking for ideas on how to help post-seminary pastors.

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At 4:01 PM , Blogger Lukester said...

i too would agree that this is a great list and something I hope North Park Theological Seminary is reading about. Thinking about what needs the future clergy will have while they are still in seminary is nearly as important as it is once they are out... That, and the fact that thinking about these things earlier might prevent the blunders, heartaches and mistakes to at least a certain degree once one is out of seminary and into full time ministry.

 
At 8:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is it always about internal workings? With what tools do we decide to minister to our neighbors? How should it be done? Or, is it even necessary?

 
At 6:29 AM , Blogger Pat Pope said...

Good suggestions although I bristle somewhat at knowing what battles to fight and not fight. I guess the thought of not at least attempting to fight for something seems defeatist and like an attempt is not even being made to bring about change. Although, I've walked away from many a topic because I was defeated by the forces that did not want to give in. Maybe I would suggest a course on how to fight battles. There's gotta be a good way of broaching certain topics and I'm sure it involves taking a very long approach and being comfortable with baby steps.

 
At 8:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I trust this can be done long distance.

I echo the need for an additional course on disciple making and promoting the gospel.

 
At 8:28 AM , Anonymous nancy said...

Great list of topics, useful for pastors as well as congregation members! I like the idea of "laughing" at meetings! Thanks for the inspiration.

 
At 8:43 AM , Blogger Angie said...

Great ideas, I love the list. Maybe you should forward the idea on to the SPE grant, create a retreat and invite some recent sem grads in your area.

 
At 2:47 PM , Anonymous James Grant said...

Nice list, and I would appreciate growth in any of these areas. I would be interested, however, in what class #1 would actually look like and what texts you would use and how you would instruct. I have struggled with this, and I am sure others have too, but I wonder if this is not a wooden distinctions that is a result of evangelical piety. What exactly would it look like to fall in love with Scripture in a way that would be different from how I read Scripture for preaching and teaching? I would love to see a separate post on this.

 
At 9:24 PM , Blogger Ann said...

May we add "how" to glorify God & live out our reconciliation in Christ in the midst of a battle to #2, once the merit of the battle has been established as necessary for the church? I've seen too many pastors who have no idea what it means to serve through conflict.

 

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