Christian College

Institute for Christian Ministry

Christian College is committed to offering the courses of instruction, portfolio consultation, and referral to additional educational opportunities for all persons seeking Standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Commissioned Ministers. We offer courses based on the needs of the students who are already in the process of completing the curriculum which has been in place since 2005. We are working diligently on the new curriculum for Commissioned Ministers and for those who are seeking Ordination via alternative tracks (non-seminary students). Anyone who is interested in taking courses, however, is eligible to enroll; you may take any or all of the courses we offer, even if you are NOT in a track for Ministerial Standing.

Courses are currently offered in Athens for the Sixteen Competencies as outlined by the General Commission on Ministry. The Athens campus is located at 285 Tallassee Road, Athens, Georgia, 30606.

Courses are also offered online, including a seminary-level course in Disciples of Christ History and Polity. See the online educational programs at www.biblicaltraining.org/lp/thedisciplescollege AND www.transformingthechurch.org  and join the sites for free.

All educational efforts are devoted to the Vision of Christian College for “Vitality in Congregations” and the Mission as follows: To Nurture, Educate and Prepare Disciples of Christ for Ministry and Service.

Core Educational Curriculum

The Core Educational Curriculum of the Institute for Christian Ministry was originally based on the Nazareth Consensus of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This curriculum is now expanded for persons who are called to or seeking opportunities for ministry as Commissioned Minister, whether seeking ordination or not, in accordance with the learning outcomes established by the General Commission on Ministry. (see www.disciples.org for background on these “Competencies.”)  The Courses are typically offered at an undergraduate level of instruction and are primarily designed for persons who are unlikely to enroll in a graduate program/theological seminary as their academic preparation for Christian Ministry.  However, the courses can also be taken, with the approval of a candidate’s judicatory, as a part of his or her progress toward Ordination through an “Alternative Track” to Seminary for Ordination.

Through strategic partnerships, Christian College has articulation agreements in which participants in other educational programs may earn either Continuing Education Units (CEUs) OR Academic Credit toward the degree of “Bachelor of Ministry”. Contact Dr. Bob Harris for more information.

Transfer of Credit

All credit earned beyond high school is eligible for consideration toward a certificate or degree from Christian College of Georgia . The basic Certificate in Christian Ministry is offered upon satisfactory completion of the courses outlined in the curriculum of the Institute for Christian Ministry . Other certificates or degrees may be awarded according to the Charter of the Christian College of Georgia.

Credits from courses, seminars, workshops and internships in areas related to Christian Ministry are most likely to be honored as credit toward a Certificate.

In order for previous academic course work to be considered for transfer of credit, the student shall submit documentation of satisfactory completion of the course to be transferred. Each submission will be evaluated based on the objectives of the course for which credit is sought (see “Course Descriptions” below for course objectives).

Credit for Life Experience (C L E) provides a method for measurement of learning through life experiences, and qualifies that learning for approved credit. A student seeking credit for life experience is guided through a systematic process which results in a PORTFOLIO. This PORTFOLIO becomes the basis for measuring and establishing the amount of credit to be applied to that learning.

Also included in the “Portfolio” are records of prior classroom learning, seminars, workshops, and other learning experiences. Students also include in the “Portfolio” records of special projects and directed readings/directed study. Life is a primary laboratory for learning. A student’s experiences in life can be the basis for much of his or her learning, especially when the experience involves serving others.

When a person engages in ministry and/or service to others,that person’s learning often goes unmeasured. Contact the Registrar for more information on the “Portfolio” and Credit for Life Experience.

Continuing Education (CEU) Policy

The College will provide documentation and transcripts for Continuing Education Units (CEU’S) to participants in approved educational and training programs and their designees.

Through approved “Training Affiliates” participants may be awarded CEU’S; one unit shall represent ten (10) contact hours, verified by approved instructors in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the agreement made between the Training Affiliate organization and the Christian College of Georgia (Chartered 1947, State of Georgia).

Course Descriptions - Core Courses for Certificate in Ministry

Bible 101: Basic Biblical Knowledge: Be rooted and grounded in scripture and able to interpret and apply the scriptures in ways that are appropriate to original and contemporary contexts. (This course is a prerequisite for Bible 102, 103, and 104).

Admin 111: Church Administration and Planning: Be able to practice the principles of effective and efficient administration, planning and implementation of short- and long-range goals to enhance Congregational life in collaboration with teams and committees.

Comm 121: Communication: Be an effective communicator and be able to facilitate effective communication within and on behalf of the church, both in personal settings and in group process.

Race 131: Cross Cultural and Anti-Racism Experience: Articulate sensitivity to the different manifestations of racism and prejudice in culture and demonstrate effectiveness in discernment, education of others, and appropriate confrontation and change management.

Ecum 141: Ecumenism: Develop a written statement of faithful approaches to working with other Christians and denominations and with other faiths in programs for common witness and service, and articulate the vision of the ecumenical and global church as a starting place for mission.

Edu 151: Education and Leader Development: Know the foundations and best practices of Christian education and the principles and practices of leader development. Show competency in teaching children, youth, and adults, including lay leaders and staff.

Ethics 161: Ethics: Be able to help parishioners think critically about the relationship of their faith to issues of justice, ethics and morality. Demonstrate an awareness of a faithful Christian approach to ethical issues in community, nation and world.

Evang 171: Evangelism: Demonstrates skills in motivating congregants to share their faith through word and action, and model effective sharing of the Gospel with unbelievers.

Miss 181: Mission of the Church in the World: Understand and articulate the centrality of the call to mission given by Jesus Christ and the prophets. Demonstrate methods which empower congregations to engage in mission from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.

PCare 191: Pastoral Care: Be able to engage other persons with empathy and assess situations and relationships with the compassion of Christ, with sensitivity to culture and context. Be able to convey the healing power of God to those who suffer. Demonstrate an clear understanding of referrals and an awareness of resources for common pastoral care problems.

Hom 201: Proclamation of the Word: Know the practice and theory of Christian preaching. Be able to proclaim the Word of God, share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and help Congregational members apply their faith to daily life through recorded homilies. Explain the importance of the Lectionary in Christian worship and preaching.

Spir 211: Spiritual Development: Establish and maintain spiritual disciplines that lead to personal growth, and prepare effective programs to help others develop a rich spiritual life.

Stew 221: Stewardship: Be able to develop and encourage healthy stewards who recognize and share generously God’s abundant gifts for all creation. Explain the origin and importance of “the tithe” and how the “tithe” relates to Christian Stewardship.

Theo 231: Theology: Be able to articulate a coherent view of God’s nature and activity in relation to the Christian tradition, to critically engage human situations from a perspective of faith, and to help persons recognize and address theological issues in their daily lives.

DOC 241: Understanding of Heritage: Have knowledge of and appreciation for the history and thought of Christianity and of the history, structure, practices, and ethos of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Demonstrate an understanding of the polity and ethos of our denomination.

Wor 261: Worship: Know the purpose and elements of Christian worship. Have the ability to plan and lead meaningful worship by working with the worship leaders and congregants in the context of the liturgical calendar.
 

While these sixteen courses are the CORE COURSES for students preparing for ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), they represent only a modest percentage of the courses which students can take through Christian College. 

For example, each course is also linked with a series of courses which are available through other partnerships Christian College has established for ministerial education.

Another example is that through ONLINE courses, a student may take courses which have multiple points of contact with specified competencies – courses which blend outcomes that relate to more than a singular ministerial discipline.  To illustrate, a student may complete a course in “Preaching the Old Testament Lectionary for Advent.”  In this case, the student is learning in at least three ministerial disciplines:  Homiletics, Biblical Knowledge, and Luturgics. 
It is always best to have a personal conversation – in person, by telephone, or online – with Bob Harris, President and Consultant for Ministerial Portfolio Development, to ascertain how to record and track learning experiences which do not fit neatly into a single course as listed.

Here is your course catalogue for the SIXTEEN Course Areas, most of which can be completed online.  You may also request information on SEMINARY LEVEL Courses, if you find that you have already mastered the material in the basic course.

 

THE DISCIPLES COLLEGE CATALOGUE CORE COMPETENCIES FOR MINISTRY

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) A Curriculum for Students who are candidates for Standing in the Christian Church in Georgia, along with options for students from other Regions of the Church. This is one approved curriculum which is offered by The Disciples College in support of the mission and ministry of The Christian Church in Georgia. There are also other ways in which a candidate can demonstrate competency. A candidate may complete one or more of the Competency Courses in this catalogue and submit it to the Regional Commission on Ministry.

The only course which has full approval as of April, 2016, is the course “Disciples of Christ: History, Polity and Ethos” (Course 15) which is taught by the Reverend Jerry Gladson, Ph.D., at www.transformingthechurch.org Note: There are other experiences also provided by The Disciples College in collaboration with the Region which meet some or all of the requirements of particular competencies. Contact Dr. Bob Harris for additional information, for scheduling, and for guidance.

The Disciples College Catalogue – Course Number 1

COMPETENCY Basic Biblical Knowledge: Be rooted and grounded in scripture and able to interpret and apply the scriptures in ways that are appropriate to original and contemporary contexts. Suggested Course: Foundations in Biblical Studies ($95) (4 CEU credits)

This certificate provides an overview of the content and themes in the Old and New Testaments. 1. Dr. Bert Downs gives us a broad overview of the whole Bible, 2. Dr. Bill Mounce covers 52 Major Stories of the Bible, 3. Dr. Paul House walks students through the Old Testament, and 4. Dr. Carl Laney takes students through the New Testament. -

 See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/foundations#sthash.U5CByMX1.dpuf

Each course requires that the student submit a summative paper to The Disciples College faculty highlighting scripture interpretation and application in his/her ministerial context and in the life and vitality of the congregation. This series of courses constitutes approximately forty (40) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 2

COMPETENCY Church Administration and Planning: Be able to practice the principles of effective and efficient administration, planning and implementation of short- and long-range goals to enhance Congregational life in collaboration with teams and committees.

Dr. Charles Marshall has prepared a one-semester (thirty hours, minimum student work) course, and is positioned to offer the course when a cohort is gathered. We need six or more students in order to offer this course. Dr. Marshall has taught this course previously at the Seminary level of instruction. This course is an on-site course which is offered when a cohort of at least five students enroll.

A Suggested On-Line Course: Certificate in Biblical Leadership ($70) Team taught The role of the elder is critical to the health and ministry of the local church. In this certificate, experienced church leaders share helpful insights that will benefit every senior church leader. Learn from pastors John Johnson, Greg Rohlinger and Mark Olmos, and ministry leaders Bert Downs and David Jones as they help you establish the foundations that will serve the minister well in his or her service to Christ and the congregation. - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/leadership#sthash.Nwg7urRz.dpuf

Each course in this informative and inspirational series requires that the student submit a summative paper highlighting scripture interpretation and application in his/her ministerial context and in the life and vitality of the congregation. This series of courses constitutes approximately forty (40) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 3

COMPETENCY Communication: Be an effective communicator and be able to facilitate effective communication within and on behalf of the church, both in personal settings and in group process.

Suggested Courses: (A) Small Group Dynamics Dr. Ron Pyle How we communicate, and how other hear and respond, is not as simple as one might expect. This class centers in on issues of leadership and conflict (3 hours). www.biblicaltraining.org (B) Introduction to Public Speaking Dr. Bryan Chapell It is widely known that people fear public speaking more than death. It doesn't have to be that way. Let one of the premiere homiletics professors help you get started (3 hours). - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/seminars#sthash.9BAwPsdr.dpuff

This series of courses constitutes approximately twelve (12) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to begin his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course; but the student will need to identify additional courses or learning experiences (from those available through The Disciples College) or through other sources in order to meet the minimum requirements. And Independent Study can also be arranged with a Disciples College faculty member, utilizing online resources. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required

 

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 4 COMPETENCY Cross Cultural and Anti-Racism Experience: Articulate sensitivity to the different manifestations of racism and prejudice in culture and demonstrate effectiveness in discernment, education of others, and appropriate confrontation and change management. Suggested Course: Cross-Cultural Understanding: Cognitive, Affective, and Experiential. The course, but the same title as the competency, is offered on an ongoing basis directly from The Disciples College. The cost of the course, which is comprised of six modules, is $149.00 plus two textbooks (approximately $40.00 new). Dr. Bob Harris, College President, is the teacher and director of this course experience. All work is completed within the student’s own community PLUS a one-day self-directed experience in a metropolitan location (Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, Macon). This course constitutes approximately thirty (30) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required

 

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 5

COMPETENCY Ecumenism: Develop a written statement of faithful approaches to working with other Christians and denominations and with other faiths in programs for common witness and service, and articulate the vision of the ecumenical and global church as a starting place for mission. This course is an individualized independent study. The course of study will include a combination of independent learning from Disciples of Christ General Ministries (for example, the Council on Christian Unity) combined with experiential learning and directed readings, along with appropriate modules of the online course “Disciples of Christ: History, Polity and Ethos.” It will be incumbent upon each student to account for the minimum of thirty (30) hours of study and learning as required by the Commission on Ministry. A summary composition reflecting the student’s understanding of “Ecumenism” and a strategic plan for incorporating ecumenical ministries into his or her ministry assignment will be required. Students will also be expected to submit a manuscript of a homily which addresses Biblical directives for ecumenical action and responses, including contemporary illustrations. A supervising faculty member will be appointed by The Disciples College to work with the candidate’s Mentor and to coordinate learning content with the College and the Commission on ministry as this course takes shape.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 6

COMPETENCY Education and Leader Development: Know the foundations and best practices of Christian education and the principles and practices of leader development. Show competency in teaching children, youth, and adults, including lay leaders and staff.

Suggested Courses: Educational Ministry of the Church- Dr. Gary Parrett (13 hours) This course is an introductory level course to the ministry of education within the church. These lectures were given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary www.biblicaltraning.org for more free registration Certificate in Biblical Leadership ($70) Team taught The role of the elder is critical to the health and ministry of the local church. In this certificate, experienced church leaders share helpful insights that will benefit every senior church leader. Learn from pastors John Johnson, Greg Rohlinger and Mark Olmos, and ministry leaders Bert Downs and David Jones as they help you establish the foundations that will serve you well in your service to Christ and the local church. - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/leadership#sthash.Z2Ktt3Hy.dpuf

This series of courses constitutes approximately twenty-four (24) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet most of his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. Additional study will need to be identified and approved; or the student may complete this through directed readings and experiential learning. Of particular interest may be the Directed Study, using three key text books, with Dr. Bob Harris. Details can be obtained upon request and assessment of student’s particular interests. (30 hours) As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 7

COMPETENCY Ethics: Be able to help parishioners think critically about the relationship of their faith to issues of justice, ethics and morality. Demonstrate an awareness of a faithful Christian approach to ethical issues in community, nation and world.

There are FOUR courses suggested for demonstration of this Competency. The first is the standard required “Boundaries” course which is required and offered by the Region twice each year.

This course constitutes eight (8) hours of study. Courses 2, 3 and 4 are provided through www.BiblicalTraining.org The second is Spiritual Formation (10 hours) with Dr. John Coe This is one of the pivotal classes on BiblicalTraining. It is designed for people who have been followers of Christ for some time and are still striving to grow in their sanctification. It has an emphasis on people who feel stuck spiritually. The third is entitled Integrity of the Leader. Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall Spiritual formation that is developed in community is essential to producing the character that results in lasting integrity in a leader. Finally, the fourth course is Pitfalls of Leadership Dr. John Iamaio An elder or leader in the local church faces pitfalls that can destroy or at the least hinder his service for the Lord. Listen as Dr. John Iamaio, teacher and psychologist help us understand those pitfalls and how to deal with them - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/leadership#sthash.Z2Ktt3Hy.dpuf

This series of courses constitutes approximately forty (40) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 8

COMPETENCY Evangelism: Demonstrates skills in motivating congregants to share their faith through word and action, and model effective sharing of the Gospel with unbelievers.

Suggested Courses are: A Short Course on Evangelism Christianity is a relationship with God. Not a philosophy of life, but a way of life. Dr. Robert Tuttle, Jr. explains from scripture and from his own experience what the Gospel message is and how we can effectively share it with others. 90% of evangelism is showing up and paying attention. The same power of the Holy Spirit that was available to Jesus and the disciples is available to us today.

Pray that you will recognize and exercise the gifts the Holy Spirit gives you to be effective in your sphere of influence. (3 hours) Theology and Practice of Evangelism Dr. Tuttle teaches three critical points around evangelism: how to share your faith story, what evangelism is and how to approach it, and that God has more invested in evangelism than we do – He is in control. God is at work. He wants us to, "show up and pay attention [to the Spirit]," and to care about people enough to "press" them by asking probing questions about what they think and what's going on in their lives. Evangelism is essentially about the core of the Gospel, ministering in your sphere of influence and sustaining those you reach. (15 hours – 18 Lectures). Both of these courses are available through www.BiblicalTraining.org Summary papers are submitted to The Disciples College.

This series of courses constitutes approximately twenty (20) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course; however, the student will need to arrange or participate in additional learning equivalent to ten (10) hours of study. The Disciples College strongly recommends that the student work with his or her Mentor, Pastor or other leader to engage in a study and action-plan for evangelism within his or her context. A College faculty member can be assigned to offer review and critique of the student’s reports. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 9

COMPETENCY Mission of the Church in the World: Understand and articulate the centrality of the call to mission given by Jesus Christ and the prophets. Demonstrate methods which empower congregations to engage in mission from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.

There are resources available through Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which the student should access as s/he begins to develop this competency. It is essential that the student seeking Disciples of Christ STANDING have a comprehension of where Disciples engage most effectively in Mission in the World. Global Ministries has a wealth of resources which can capture the curiosity and compassion which characterizes Disciples ministers.

A series of learning experiences along with directed reading are two elements of the curriculum available to the student. These components reflect the content of the Mission and Ministry Interpreter Program which was once offered by Global Ministries. As a COURSE, this is offered as a “Directed Study” by Bob Harris. It constitutes the requisite thirty (30) hours of study, and the tuition is $149.00. There are also two suggested courses through www.BiblicalTraining.org which are available to help the student begin to develop a portfolio of competency to present to the Commission on Ministry.

Please be sure to discuss these courses with the Commission or your Mentor prior to enrolling: Course One: World Mission of the Church Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today.

The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. Eleven hours. Dr. Timothy Tennent Plus, the student should consider completing at least ONE of the following courses, in order to have a more informed understanding of global mission contexts: Introduction to Islam Dr. Timothy Tennent Introduction to Buddhism Dr. Timothy Tennent Introduction to Hinduism Dr. Timothy Tennent - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/institute#coreministryskills

This second combination of two courses also constitutes approximately thirty (30) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing either this Course or the “Directed Study” offered by The Disciples College. It will be expected that the student will submit suitable papers summarizing his or her learning through these courses, and that the student will have these papers critiqued and approved by his or her Mentor or an approved faculty member of The Disciples College. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 10

COMPETENCY Pastoral Care: Be able to engage other persons with empathy and assess situations and relationships with the compassion of Christ, with sensitivity to culture and context. Be able to convey the healing power of God to those who suffer. Demonstrate a clear understanding of referrals and an awareness of resources for common pastoral care problems.

The Disciples College offers this as an ON-SITE (Live Classes) course when there are enough students to make the course worthwhile for all participants. Dr. Barbara Sims-King has been the faculty member designated for this experience. Please note that The Disciples College offers this on-site course only when we have a cohort of at least FIVE students who can commit to full participation and completion of the course as offered.

If there is no on-site course available, the following courses are recommended: These courses fall under the general theme of “Soul Care” All four courses are available through http://ChristianUniversity.org

The first course is designed to help the student learn how to enter the interior lives of others at a meaningful level and to make a lasting difference as they deal with life’s struggles and crises. Dr. Larry Crabb is the creator of this course (and the following three courses). Number of lessons 10 | Average Lesson Length: 27 minutes

The second course addresses questions such as: Why are so many areas of our lives such a mess? What lies beneath the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience? Dr. Crabb offers a biblical understanding of what is going on beneath the surface of our lives that results in the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience. Number of lessons 10 | Average Lesson Length: 27 minutes

The third course is entitled “Provisions and Practices”. In this third course in the SoulCare series, Dr. Crabb probes the provisions of the New Covenant that, when understood, will empower, enable, and liberate the caregiver to move into the life of another and make a difference. This course offers practical help to change lives and relationships for the better. Number of lessons 10 | Average Lesson Length: 27 minutes

 In the fourth course Dr. Crabb suggests ways in which this competency can be a reality for your ministry. What does it mean to join someone else where they are and walk with them on the journey to the center of their heart? Can Pastoral Care become a supernaturally routine reality in our communities Number of lessons 10 Average Lesson Length: 28 minutes TOTAL: Forty Lessons This series of courses constitutes approximately forty (40) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 11

COMPETENCY Proclamation of the Word: Know the practice and theory of Christian preaching. Be able to proclaim the Word of God, share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and help Congregational members apply their faith to daily life through recorded homilies. Explain the importance of the Lectionary in Christian worship and preaching.

Suggested Course: Preaching, Dr. Bryan Chapell Dr. Chapell explores the unifying principle of grace that binds all Scripture together. He outlines and demonstrates the principles and practice of sermon-crafting and delivery to illuminate the message of grace in each passage, and to submit it to God's Spirit for the transformation of lives through preaching. - See more at: https://www.biblicaltraining.org/institute#sthash.zG0PJViE.dpuf

This series of courses constitutes approximately twenty-four (24) hours of study (including the preparation and delivery of a sermon); the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her partial requirements by completing this Course. Additional study – including directed study, directed readings, independent study, experiential learning, and other methodologies—will be required in order to complete demonstration of this competency.

Faculty of The Disciples College will be assigned to students needing this additional study. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 12

COMPETENCY Spiritual Development: Establish and maintain spiritual disciplines that lead to personal growth, and prepare effective programs to help others develop a rich spiritual life.

There are THREE Suggested Courses (41 lessons) for this Competency leading to development of ministerial skills for leading a congregation in Spirituality and Discipleship.

These are found at http://christianuniversity.org/courses

Developing Your Spiritual Life Many believers long to grow in their walk with the Lord but don’t know how. As a result, Bible reading and prayer may be inconsistent and not very meaningful. Fellowship with other believers seems less than satisfying, and even thinking of sharing Christ can be intimidating.

This course is designed to help you grow spiritually by offering key principles on assurance of salvation, a meaningful devotional life, vital fellowship with other believers, and how to share the good news of Christ with others. The New Testament challenges each of us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

With this in mind, we offer the course Developing Your Spiritual Life. Number of lessons 5 | Average Lesson Length: 16 minutes Spiritual and Ethical formation We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like his Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Richard Averbeck and James Grier address these and other questions in order to lay a biblical, theological foundation for proper Christian thought. In addition, they identify and describe specific practices that the listener can apply immediately to his/her life of faith. Number of lessons 12 | Average Lesson Length: 44 minutes

Discipleship in Community What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual. Number of lessons 24 | Average Lesson Length: 43 minutes This series of courses constitutes approximately thirty-two (32) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study.

Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

 

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 13 COMPETENCY Stewardship: Be able to develop and encourage healthy stewards who recognize and share generously God’s abundant gifts for all creation. Explain the origin and importance of “the tithe” and how the “tithe” relates to Christian Stewardship. The student is directed to the “Stewardship Series” of courses offered by The Disciples College on the platform www.transformingthechurch.org Among the six faculty members are Disciples of Christ leader the Reverend Bruce Barkhauer, of the Disciples Center in Indianapolis. The sequence, costs, and information about the instructors can be found on the website. The Course Titles for this Series are: • Creating a Culture of Generosity • Personal Finance • Stewardship In Scripture • Theological Principles of Stewardship • Relational Stewardship (two courses) • Holistic Stewardship This series of courses constitutes approximately thirty (30) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

 

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 14

COMPETENCY Theology: Be able to articulate a coherent view of God’s nature and activity in relation to the Christian tradition, to critically engage human situations from a perspective of faith, and to help persons recognize and address theological issues in their daily lives.

Suggested Courses (for 5 CEU’s) Foundations in Theological Studies – Seminary Level Christians have been commissioned by Christ to be His agents of hope in the world. As ministry leaders we share an even greater responsibility to share the Good News of God to men and women who desperately need to come into personal relationship with Him. But can we be truly effective in our 21st century context lacking a biblical understanding of the gospel message? And how do we communicate that gospel in an increasingly pluralistic world where our truth claims find a very different reception from even a generation ago. This certificate in basic theological foundations will help you understand better what you believe, how to communicate a rich gospel message to a challenging world, and how to maintain a personal walk with Christ that supports and authenticates and empowers your witness. Three distinguished scholars will lead the student through this five-section course.

Cost is $120 plus textbooks. www.biblicaltraining.org

This series of courses constitutes approximately fifty (50) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. The Disciples College also offers Individualized Independent-Study options for students who would prefer to work with a College faculty member. Courses such as these involve reading of significant, selected texts, consultations with the faculty member, submission of assigned papers, and demonstration of the integration of theological understanding into the practice of ministry.

Finally, additional courses in the discipline of “Theology” will enhance the candidate’s readiness to demonstrate competency. These can be identified through an assessment session with The Disciples College President and Dean, Dr. Bob Harris. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 15

COMPETENCY Understanding of Heritage: Have knowledge of and appreciation for the history and thought of Christianity and of the history, structure, practices, and ethos of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Demonstrate an understanding of the polity and ethos of our denomination. Suggested and APPROVED Course: “Disciples of Christ: History, Polity and Ethos” with the Reverend Jerry Gladson, Ph.D., This competency is developed and demonstrated through successful completion of the online course offered by The Disciples College through www.transformingthechurch.org

The course is taught through twenty-two lectures, combined with readings from two textbooks, online participation in dialogue with other students, completion of papers and exams as directed by the instructor, and other requirements which are outlined on the website. This course is normally offered for a twelve-thirteen-week session, three or four times per year. Course tuition, fees, and textbook information can be found on the website. This series of courses constitutes approximately forty (40) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study. Therefore, it is possible for student to meet his or her requirements by completing this Course.

Note: there is already in place uniform approval of this competency by the Commission on Ministry in Georgia for students who complete this course with a satisfactory (passing) grade. (Students are encouraged to become members of the TransformingTheChurch community(free membership) as soon as possible, as there are other opportunities for learning and competency development on the site.)

A background in Church History can only benefit the student in his or her ministry. Therefore, The Disciples College recommends that students complete an overview of Church History, covering each of the major historical periods of the Church, from its beginning through the present Century. This course, offered through www.biblicaltraining.org is one which will afford a lasting understanding of some of the major challenges and opportunities the Church has faced. https://www.biblicaltraining.org/seminar/essentials-church-history/gordon-isaac

Dr. Gordon Isaac is a familiar scholar in the discipline of “Church History” and his course and methodology will give the student tools in this discipline which she or he can utilize throughout a career in ministry. Other resources are also available through The Disciples College. As with all courses, prior approval by the candidate’s Mentor or the Commission on Ministry, or both, is required.

The Disciples College Catalogue Course Number 16

COMPETENCY Worship: Know the purpose and elements of Christian worship. Have the ability to plan and lead meaningful worship by working with the worship leaders and congregants in the context of the liturgical calendar.

There are two suggested courses: Essentials of Worship Dr. Gary Parrett shows us that worship is the process of God's revelation and our appropriate, faithful response. Listen to this series of lessons to learn more about what worship truly is and how we might implement his practical suggestions in our own churches. (2 hours, 45 minutes - approximately)

Worship This course is a seminary-level course on worship and Christian formation. These lectures were given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The purpose of this course is to consider together the relationship between worship and Christian formation and implications of this for the design and leading of community worship experiences. How do the various worship traditions and styles shape Christians? What are some of the theological principles that guide us in our thinking as we plan and lead worship experiences? How does/should worship interface with a third great task of the Church—evangelism? What are some practical concerns that we must consider as we plan and lead worship experience? (9 hours, 30 minutes)

The student will submit summary and response papers to The Disciples College for reading and critique by college faculty assigned to that responsibility. This combination of courses constitutes approximately fifteen (15) hours of study; the Regional Commission Curriculum Committee recommends a minimum of thirty hours of study.

Therefore, it is possible for student to begin his or her INITIAL requirements by completing this Course. The student will need an additional fifteen hours of study, and The Disciples College will offer these hours in a course in Christian Worship and Music using “Chalice Worship” and “The Chalice Hymnal.”

Faculty are practicing clergy in the Christian Church in Georgia. Students in other Regions can request a faculty member who is in their Region.

For students who are NOT seeking standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and are still looking for courses which will satisfy the rigors of education for ministry in many other denominations, it should be noted that with the exception of Competency 15 NONE of the courses as listed ONLINE are specific to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Students from a variety of backgrounds will find these courses meaningful, helpful, and relevant to their ministerial setting. IT IS ALWAYS ADVISED THAT STUDENTS WORK WITH AN APPROVED MENTOR FROM HIS OR HER OWN FAITH TRADITION/DENOMINATION.