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I am putting together a draft syllabus proposal for a class that would cover the very broad topic of “practical” ministry. If you have ever graduated from seminary or know someone who did, I would love to know what you think should be included. In no way an exhaustive course on ministry, this broad survey will hopefully give people a taste of some of the practical skills that need to be developed as they serve a local church in the future. In addition to the mechanics of the ministry, through weekly reflections, students will articulate their understanding of ministry as formed by their academic study, cultural context and Biblical reflection.

Keeping in mind that this is a “how to” course more than a “why we do” course, here is what we will cover:

  • Baptism: preparation and the act
  • Communion: logistics and presiding
  • Weddings: pre-marital, rehearsals and services
  • Funerals: mortuary process and services
  • Worship: Weekly Planning and Special Seasons
  • Social Media: what, how and why
  • Budgets: forecasting, reading and accounting
  • Visitations: Home-bound, Hospital and New People
  • Meeting Management: moderating and agenda setting
  • Congregational and Neighborhood Assessments
  • Personality Type Tools: Enneagram and Myers-Briggs
  • Personnel, Nominating and other Committees: forming and facilitating
  • Project Management: Personal and Congregational Organization
  • Entrepreneurship and Starting New Projects
  • Small Group and Bible Study Methods
  • Catch-All: Flowers, Plumbing and other Glamorous Pastoral Privileges
  • TBD

Okay, so what is missing? Go.

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