Course Description Masters Level
McCormick Theological Seminary
Course Number and Title: MIN 404 Reflection on the Practice of Ministry
Faculty: Joanne Lindstrom & Adjuncts
Authentic ministry comes out of an encounter with God. In God’s presence, we discern where God is calling/leading which clarifies our skills for ministry and out of which our theology of ministry flows. The first of a two-course sequence taken in conjunction with a field placement, MIN 404 focuses specifically on theological reflection on the practice of ministry as it relates to ongoing vocational discernment and pastoral formation.
By the end of the class, students will have:
•Reflected on their experience of ministry through the following lenses:
-spiritual practices – seeking to know God
-ministry skills - being known by God and God’s people
-vocational discernment – hearing God’s leading
-theology - knowing about God
-personal formation – knowing oneself
•Identified and discussed the emotional challenges of beginning a new ministry
•Practiced awareness of self as one being formed for ministry
•Examined approaches to leading small groups in their ministry settings
•Practiced disciplined observation of the culture and context of their field sites
•Identified learning needs that will shape the work of our second semester together.
Masters Program Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes established for each degree program are below. The ones that are underlined are those addressed by the course above. Because a course may be taken by students in any masters degree program, outcomes in more than one degree program may be addressed by this course.
M.Div. Learning Outcomes
MTS Learning Outcomes
MA in Discipleship Development Learning Outcomes
MA in Urban Ministry Learning Outcomes
Hamman, Jaco. 2007. Becoming a Pastor: Forming Self and Soul for Ministry. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press. ISBN: 978-0-8298-1749-2
Wimberly, Edward P. 1997. Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-0363-9
An additional text may be chosen. Selected articles, book chapters and resources will be available electronically through Moodle.
Approximate amount of work per week students can expect (reading, writing, etc.)
75pp – 100pp of reading per each of the 8 class sessions
2-3 hours written reflection
Course Assignments and Projects
A mixture of reflection papers and short weekly responses via Moodle.
A coupled course project which can be completed during Fall or Spring.