Pastoral and Prophetic Congregational Leadership (MDiv Only)
This concentration is designed for individuals intending upon careers in congregational ministry. It provides an opportunity to delve more deeply into the literature, problems, practices of ministry. Students in particular denominational traditions may be able to fulfill some of their ordination requirements in this concentration, but all students are challenged to think deeply about the intersectional dimensions of life in congregational community in twenty-first century North America.
Students will develop perspectives on contemporary ministry such that graduates will proceed into the further practice of ministry as thoughtful and engaged leaders.
Students will attain skills in the practice of ministry applicable to the practice of congregational leadership.
Students will engage in an additional unit of congregationally based field education in order to grow under supervision in the capacity for leadership and self-awareness of their own gifts.
Praxis Options: An additional semester (or equivalent) experience in supervised ministry beyond field education is required of each MDiv. student in this concentration. This is to be negotiated with Ms. Matson or Ms. Stringer, as per the needs and vocational plans of the students and may include CPE, Advanced Field Education or Independent Study and Practicum in Field Education. (DIV 7902, 7903, 7904)
Required Courses and Course Projections:
Perspectives on Contemporary Ministry (3 or 6 hours) Courses in this grouping offer perspectives especially applicable to the understanding of practice of congregational ministry. These include the history of religious bodies and biblical interpretation used in congregations, the theology of particular traditions, the theory of approaches to ministry, pastoral lives, and worship.
6733 Byrd America’s Revivals
6801 Morrill Christian Praxis: Liturgy & Ethics
6825 Morrill Rahner, Schillebeeckx, Metz
7068 BMM Vocation: Composing a Life
5255 JHB The Reformed Tradition
6791 Byrd History of the United Methodist Tradition
6843 Rieger Theology in the United Methodist Tradition
7064 Hamman Humanity & Technology
Leadership in Contemporary Ministry (3 or 6 hours) Courses in this grouping offer both a grounding in their subject matter and leadership skills and development opportunities for pastoral leaders in the sources themselves.
5232 MMM Seminar in Leadership: Prophetic Ministry in Mainline Congregations
5226 Harris Theology, Liberation, and Ministerial Formation
5246 Pennel Leading the Congregation
6904 McClure Ethical Approaches to Preaching
6927 McClure New Perspectives on Preaching
7000 Sheppard Pastoral Theology and Care
5230 MMM Seminar in Leadership: The Lives of Pastors
6901 McClure Fundamentals of Preaching
6925 McClure Theology & Preaching
5350 Pennel United Methodist Polity & Practice
The Congregational Ministry Practice Festivals
In addition to the other requirements of the concentration, students participate in the annual day long congregational ministry practice festival offered for returning 2nd and 3rd year students by the concentration in areas of preparation for exercising leadership in a congregational setting. Morning and afternoon workshops are offered just before the formal opening of the fall term in such areas as: Reading Scripture in public worship; Leading effective meetings; How to read budgets and exercise financial management; Managing staff, evaluating personnel, hiring, firing; Protecting the vulnerable—safe congregational practices; Entering and reading congregational culture; The vocation of the pastor: Finding mentors and building a colleague group. The Concentration faculty team brings in other faculty and ministry practitioners to lead these workshops and a communal meal is held at mid-day.
Senior Project Emphasis
Students choosing this concentration are encouraged to pursue Senior Project topics related to some aspect of congregational leadership