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Family and Educational Ministry Courses
MIN 8501 Ministry in the Midst of Diverse Lifestyles
In our postmodern world, new definitions and meanings have caused complications and confusion in relationships. The term postmodern signals the end of a familiar pattern of activity and the emergence of new areas of endeavor whose activities are unclear and whose meanings and implications are not yet well understood. In this course, students will examine the challenges presented by these diverse lifestyles and discuss how these diverse lifestyles impact how they do ministry so as to continue aiding their congregation in developing a lifestyle and worldview that is consistent with being a disciple of Jesus. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. David.
MIN 8502 Religious Education and Ministry Needs of the Postmodern Family
Students will examine the postmodern family from many angles – sociology, psychology, anthropology and theology – what makes it different, what are its real needs, and how Religious Education can help fulfill some of those needs as we work toward greater wholeness of the family unit. Students will then develop a family-centered ministry better suited to the diverse families in their community/congregation. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Winings.
MIN 8503 Challenges and Possibilities of the Emerging Global Family
The purpose of this course is explore the origins and recent trends in globalization and its impact on the family. The emphasis will be on a creative approach to viewing the family in the 21st century. Students will study general definitions and theories of globalization and will focus on the connecting and building of relations on the global stage. This study will involve technological, social, cultural and religious dynamics as they relate to the contemporary family. Students will probe world citizenship as a phenomenon in an age of diminishing borders. They will study the evolving formal and informal networks that link the global community, as well as how migration impacts the family. Students will be provided with an opportunity to observe the challenges involved in influencing the diplomatic community with a religious dimension and effecting targeted global change. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
MIN 8504 Faith Formation, Spirituality and Counseling within the Contemporary FamilyStudents will focus on families as they seek to serve and witness in deeds and words that heal and free – in the role of counselors. Attention will be given to the brokenness and wholeness of life as they seek to minister to the hurts and hopes of those they will encounter in their ministry. Through readings and reflections students will assess, evaluate and envision their calling for the healing contemporary families. Emphasis will be placed on identifying skills and talents, and explore options through a process of illuminating, clarifying, and opening to all the possibilities of God’s call. Students will submit a Spiritual Inventory consisting of goals, objectives, skills, talents, strategies, tools and mobilization of resources and assets for involvement in a contemporary family ministry. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.