Practical Ministry

Practical Ministry

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Area IV: Practical Ministry

*CM100 A, B  INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (3), (3) This course offers a detailed, hands-on overview of the academic writing process, focused on effective methods for locating authoritative sources on selected topics; summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting material from sources into student papers while avoiding plagiarism; appropriately acknowledge authorship of material from other sources; review of grammar to include the mechanics involved in academic writing; and in general, comforting to prevailing standards of acceptability for written work submitted for publication, presentation at academic meetings, or fulfillment of course credit and graduation requirements.

* CM101 A SUPERVISED MINISTRY (2) This experience is based on an action - reflection model. Students are placed in the ministry context to perform a ministry. A supervisory conversation occurs between the student and the supervisor in the ministry context at least once a week.  On alternate weeks, the students meet on campus for reflection and discussion.  Students are required to bring critical incidents from their ministry experience for reflection during these sessions.  Discussion of other topics related to practical ministry also occurs.

*CM101 B  SUPERVISED MINISTRY (2) This experience is based on an action - reflection model. Students are placed in the ministry context to perform a ministry. A supervisory conversation occurs between the student and the supervisor in the ministry context at least once a week.  On alternate weeks, the students meet on campus for reflection and discussion.  Students are required to bring critical incidents from their ministry experience for reflection during these sessions.  Discussion of other topics related to practical ministry also occurs.

*CM102  PULPIT COMMUNICATION I (3) Study of fundamental principles of sermon construction and delivery, involving practical demonstrations of these principles by each student. Prerequisites: BS101, BS103

CM 104 METHODS AND STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (3) The course will present a church and ministry community and economic development models that highlight the “call” of the church to serve as a sacred space in which broken persons risk personal transformation and healing. The course will acknowledge church and ministry leaders who live out the role of the Gospel as a “developer” of diverse persons, not just those who attend church, but those who stand outside of the church. Participants will explore a five-point criteria that addresses the ethic, ecumenical, ecological, economical, and evangelical facets that should undergird transformational community and economic development models with a vision for individual and corporate empowerment.

*CM105  INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION (4) This course is designed to: 1) help students discover the interconnectedness of context, theology, language, and the seminary curriculum with ministry that is faithful to the gospel; 2) introduce students to the tools of academic research and writing; and 3) help students develop research and writing skills by instructing them in methods of investigation and guidelines for writing research papers.

+CM202  PULPIT COMMUNICATION II (3) The enhancement of preaching skills in a structured learning situation is the purpose of this course.  The student will be aided in the development of a mature pulpit presence and style.  Prerequisites: CM100A, CM102

+CM210  INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3) This course is designed to introduce the student to the Christian educational task of the Church.  It includes an examination of the biblical, theological, and social foundations pertinent to the ministry of Christian Education.  Discussions of topics such as the basic components of the Christian education program, methodologies and techniques for implementation, curriculum selection and development, as well as program evaluation, characterize the class sessions.  Prerequisite: CM100A

*+CM220  A.M.E. POLITY AND PRACTICE (3) This study of the polity and practice of the African Methodist Episcopal church prepares the student for informed and effective leadership at the local and connectional level. Required for AME only. Prerequisite: CM100A

*+CM 233 WORSHIP AND LITURGY (3) Worship is the signal activity of corporate meaningful activity in the church. The corporate gathering of the cultus-praise and worship of God – both directs the congregation’s attention toward the Person with Whom we have to do and the persons we are called to be. In addition, worship provides a theological lens through which the world is interpreted by the people of God. Essential to ministerial performance, leadership in worship requires serious reflection and study concerning the true meaning of worship, theological underpinnings of liturgical expression, appropriate knowledge of liturgical traditions and the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the worship leader. This course seeks to provide an introduction to each of these dimensions of liturgical leadership. Specific attention is given to understanding the role of music in corporate worship, and developing a critique of postmodern influences in contemporary Christian music.  Prerequisite: CM100A

*+CM 240  INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE & COUNSELING (3) This is an introductory course to Pastoral Counseling.  The student becomes familiar with the broad scope of pastoral counseling: what it is; how the pastoral/ministerial identity affects its practice; how it is practiced; and the pastoral counselor's responsibilities.  The course  acquaints the student with the skills necessary for the 20th century parishioner seeking counseling.  It explores several areas in which ministers/pastors are most frequently involved and assists students to develop their own particular style of counseling.  Prerequisite: CM100A

*+CM243 THE BIOLOGY OF HIV/AIDS (3) This intensive course provides a foundation to understand and effectively address HIV/AIDS.  A clear and unique science-based reframing of HIV/AIDS as “a fragile virus and a preventable infection” provides faith leaders a working knowledge of virus transmission, the disease process, how to live with HIV infection, and strategies for effective local efforts to help reverse the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Attendees participate in active learning for eye-opening insights on socioeconomic issues and practical steps to establish effective ministries for HIV/AIDS and other health disparities.  They come away with a deeper understanding of the depth of issues and the call to action now.

+CM260 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3) This course introduces the student to some of the critical thinkers, both classical and contemporary, in the field of Sociology of Religion. We come to a working definition of Sociology of Religion and look at its relation to theology. The student is introduced to methods of research in the field and will be required to do a research project.  Prerequisite: CM100A

+CM261  CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3) This course focuses on identifying potential situations that can cause conflict, the collateral damage of conflict, types of conflict, building both health support systems and strategies to prevent abuse, and strengthening God’s gift of spiritual discernment.  Prerequisite: CM100A

+CM262  RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES (3) This course involves an in-depth discussion of the various methodologies for mediating disputes and conflict resolution.  Prerequisite: CM100A

+CM270 THE CHURCH IN ITS URBAN ENVIRONMENT (3) This course looks at the urban environment as a context for ministry.  A general overview of the origin of the city and the city in history is presented.  A theology and mission for the city will be examined as the basis for ministry in the city.  Urban ministry sites are visited at urban centers in the area (Cincinnati, Dayton, and Springfield).  Several approaches to urban ministry are discussed.  Prerequisite: CM100A

*+CM301A, B  SENIOR SEMINAR (3, 3) This class has a two-fold purpose: 1) to aid in the completion of the requirements for the M.Div. program and preparation for writing the Senior Thesis in particular; and 2) to deal with vocational goals and concerns that require additional support after graduating from the M.Div. program.  Prerequisites: CM100A, Senior Status

*+CM303 MINISTERIAL SEXUAL ETHICS (3) This course addresses the matter of Clergy Misconduct.  Sexual abuse in the ministerial relationship can become a serious dilemma within the congregation.  Persons studying for entry into various ministries are challenged to examine the issues pertaining to clergy sexual misconduct, to examine their own values, and to begin to develop their own policies for use with a potential congregation.

+CM310 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING (3) This course is designed to expose the student to the significant theorists and theories relevant to family and marital counseling.  Care is taken to assure that the student is especially exposed to those methodologies relevant to the communities in which he or she will serve.  Because it is an advanced course, the student is expected to have mastered basic counseling skills and be in the process of formulating her or his own counseling methodology. Prerequisites: CM 240, CM100A

*+CM350 DANIEL PAYNE LECTURE SERIES:  CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION (3) This course is designed to uniquely challenge students’ thinking about leadership and administration in the church.  Students are afforded the opportunity to hear and interact with scholars whose work has contributed greatly to elements of church life.  The course provides students opportunities to examine various aspects of literature pertaining to leadership and students engage in discussions to clarify their own positions pertaining to the concepts that undergird leadership and administration in the 21st century church.

+CM 370 DIRECTED STUDY (3) An opportunity for middler and senior students to explore a question, challenge, issue or concern more fully. The student approaches a faculty member in the preferred area of study to request guidance and oversight, as well as, approval and direction in the pursuit of research to prepare an appropriate project or paper that fulfills the agreed-upon requirements for the conclusion of the study.  Prerequisite: Faculty approval