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SUMMARY

Below are the six courses required for the Graduate Ministry Certification. Courses can be taken in any order.

Courses (12 units)

This course, based on Dallas Willard’s work, examines the biblical teachings about hearing God. It identifies limitations and boundaries, as well as methods and appropriate expectations, so that leaders can genuinely grow in their recognition of the voice of God in their own lives and leadership experiences.

This course introduces the spiritual disciplines of Scripture, prayer, fasting, silence, and solitude. It examines historical and biblical teachings on these disciplines, and explores their function and purpose for believers today. It also guides students into practical experiences of the disciplines, building a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation.

This course places leadership within the context of calling, not merely activity. How does a sacred call to leadership (in any sphere of life) impact our understanding of leadership? Is leadership something we merely learn, or a way of life that we steward? This course examines the biblical foundation for the notion of God’s particular call on someone’s life, and guides students to meaningful application and response.

This course examines the biblical nature of the Church (ecclesiology) and gives specific attention to the common sacraments/ordinances of baptism and Lord’s Supper. Students explore the role of these sacraments in the life of the church, and also the best pastoral practices associated with weddings and funerals.

This course explores God’s heart for justice and its relevance to the mission of the Church today. Students examine how justice relates to worship, poverty, compassion, and forgiveness. Students also reflect on their personal and church-based experience with justice, examine current justice-related ministries, and propose a local church-based justice ministry.(Formerly “Social Justice: Serving the Marginalized”)

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