FT 1060: Introduction to Ministry


Fall 2006
SFTS, Geneva 100
Mondays 2-5pm

Elizabeth Liebert, Ph.D.
Montgomery   211
415-451-2880
eliebert@sfts.edu

Sam Hamilton-Poore M.Div., D.A.S.D.
Montgomery 208
415-451-2816
shamiltonpoore@sfts.edu

H. Stanley Wood, Ph.D.
Montgomery 104
415-451-2856
swood@sfts.edu

TA: Jong Ho Kim
Ph.D. student. GTU
415-454-2143
gtukim@yahoo.com

Course Description
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As an introduction to ministry for first-year students, this course is premised on a Reformed understanding of Christian ministry as rooted in the self-revelation of the Triune God who calls and sends the church in mission.  Through the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist, God welcomes, sustains, and sends disciples of Christ into ministry. This course will assist students on their journey of being called, sustained, and sent by God into ministry by introducing them to a variety of spiritual formation practices along with lenses through which to view and interpret congregational ministries and their contexts,  as well as the health and vitality of the church and its leadership.  This course will use a variety of learning activities and styles of interaction, including an opening retreat, small groups, a personal spiritual journal, site visits, and the internet. The focus of the course papers and group project is the formation of the student’s own emerging sense of vocation as a Christian minister and leader.  A grade will be given based on the student’s course participation, including attendance, papers, journal, and a group project.

Course Objectives
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In this introductory course students will focus on three major themes of ministry:

·         Vocation

·         Contextualization

·         Spiritual formation

Students will be able to:

·               (#1) Understand God’s calling and sending of the church through the theological contours of the Reformed tradition’s missio Dei by:

·         (#1-A) Discerning his/her emerging vocation for ministry in light of God’s calling and forming a people for discipleship and mission.

·         (#1-B) Exploring different personality types, learning styles, and spiritual orientations through the use of various instruments (e.g. MBTI).

·         (#1-C) Identifying ministerial expectations and professional boundaries.

·         (#1-D) Demonstrating knowledge of ethical standards by passing an online sexual harassment quiz.

·         (#2) Analyze congregations and their contexts at an introductory level by:

·          (#2-A) Demonstrating a beginning ability to assess the spirituality of congregations using the typology of Holmes/Westerhoff/Ware.

·         (#2-B) Using the lenses of congregational study and church types to identify congregations and their contexts for ministry.

·         (#2-C) Identifying a particular congregation’s vision for ministry by means of observation, critical reflection, and theological analysis.

·         (#2-D) Demonstrating knowledge of 21st century North American contexts for ministry which include (but are not limited to) consumerism, globalization, and a post-Christian/post-Constantinian/multi-cultural and pluralistic society.

·         (#3) Attend to the presence and action of the Spirit in the various dimensions of life and ministry by:

·         (#3-A) Reflecting theologically on one’s spiritual gifts, skills, and passions for ministerial practice and vocation.

·         (#3-B) Creating a personal spiritual journal, writing a spiritual autobiography, and critically assessing one’s emerging call as grounded in baptism and Eucharist.

·         (#3-C) Designing, implementing and assessing a personal rule of life that is appropriate to one’s present ministerial preparation, demonstrating theological reflection and contextual awareness (including cultural, ecclesial contexts).

Habits and Skills addressed in this course (from SFTS statement on Habits and Skills):

  • Sensitivity to contrasting experiences and cultures and respect for otherness, in the Christian faith and outside it.
  • Commitment to ongoing spiritual formation and a well-nurtured relationship with God and commitment to fostering that relationship in others.
  • Knowledge of and respect for the Church of Jesus Christ and its role in God’s ecumenical mission.
  • Personal integrity, reflecting a healthy sense of self and healthy relations with others, in which one behaves ethically and exercises compassion.
  • Critical awareness of the impact of social, political, economic, and cultural contexts on life and thought; critical interpretation of evidence on which historical knowledge is founded.

Required Reading
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Text books

Ammerman, Nancy T., ed. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook. Nashville : Abingdon Press, 1998.

Farnham, Suzanne, Joseph Gill, R. Taylor McLean and Susan Ward.  Listening Hearts, Revised and Expanded Edition. Harrisburg PA : Morehouse, 1991.

Hall, Douglas John. The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity. Harrisburg : Trinity Press International, 1997.

Roxburgh, Alan J. The Missionary Congregation, Leadership and Liminality, Harrisburg , PA : Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2002.

Westerhoff, John. Spiritual Life: the Foundation for Preaching and Teaching. Louisville : Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.

“Standards of Ethical Conduct,” Office of the Presbyterian General Assembly, 1998.

Reader Selections

Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission : Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission Maryknoll , NY : Orbis Books, 1999, pp. 389-397; 511-519.

Gebara, Ivone.  “A Cry for Life from Latin America,” in K.C. Abraham and Bernadette Mbuy-Beya, editors, Spirituality of the Third World . Maryknoll , NY : Orbis Books, 1994, pp.109-118.

Migliore, Daniel L.  Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology.  Grand Rapids : Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004; Chapter 12, “Proclamation, Sacraments, and Ministry,” pp.274-300.

Moltmann, Jürgen. The Source of Life: The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life Minneapolis : Fortress, 1997, Chapters 2, 3 and 8, pp. 10-37, 89-102.

Moore-Keish, Martha L.  “Calvin, Sacraments, and Ecclesiology: What Makes a Church a Church?” from Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching & the Arts, Volume 36.1, 2002-2003, pp. 25-41.

Rice, Howard L. Reformed Spirituality: An Introduction for Believers.   Louisville : Westminster/John Knox, 1991, Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2; pp. 7-70.

Thompson, Marjorie. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Louisville : Westminster/John Knox, 1995, Chapter 9, pp. 137-146.

Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Grand Rapids : Baker Books, 2000, pp.27-44.

Ware, Corrine. Discover Your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth. Washington , DC : Alban Institute, 1995, Chapters III and IV, pp. 28-53.

Survey

Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (cost of survey and scoring $20)

Recommended Reading
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Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics, Vol IV, “The Task of the Community.”  Edinburgh , Scotland : T&T Clark, 1962, pp 795-901.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Spiritual Care. Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1985.

Bosch, David. Believing in the Future: Toward a Missiology of Western Culture. Harrisburg , PA : Trinity Press International, 1995.

Brueggemann, Walter. .Cadences of Home: Preaching Among Exiles. Louisville : Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997.

Cloud, Henry, John Townsend.  Boundaries.  When to Say Yes When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1992.

Duncan, Bruce.  Pray Your Way: Your Personality and God. London : Darton, Longman and Todd, 1993, especially Ch. 4-9.

Fortune, Don & Katie. Discover Your God-Given Gifts. Grand Rapids , MI : Chosen Books, 1987.

Guder, Darrell L. The Incarnation and the Church’s Witness, Harrisburg , PA : Trinity Press International, 1999.

Hageman, Howard.  “Reformed Spirituality,” in Frank C. Senn, Editor, Protestant Spiritual Traditions.  Paulist Press: 1986.

Hunsberger, George R. and Van Gelder, Craig, Eds. The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America . Grand Rapids : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1996.

Johnson, Ben Campbell and McDonald, Glenn. Imagining a Church in the Spirit: A Task for Mainline Congregations. Grand Rapids : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission . Grand Rapids : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1995.

Newbigin, Lesslie. Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in Christian Discipleship. Grand Rapids , MI : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995.

Peterson, Eugene . Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1992.

Shenk, Wilbert. Write the Vision: The Church Renewed. Harrisburg , PA : Trinity Press International, 1995.

Thompson, Marjorie.  Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life.  Westminster John Knox Press: 1995.

Fortune, Don and Katie. Discover Your God-Given Gifts. Grand Rapids , MI : Chosen Books, 1987.

Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity.  Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1998.

Assigned Church Sites
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Sites: #1

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

2407 Dana Street

Berkeley , CA 94704

www.fpcberkely.org

Contact person

Rev. Debbie Whaley

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

510-848-6252 ext 241

debbiew@fpcberkeley.org

Site #2

Mission Bay Community Church

1040 Mariposa Street, #100

San Francisco , CA 94107

www.missionbaycc.org

Contact person

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

(415) 552-6222

brucerc@missionbaycc.org

Site #3

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

101 Donahue St

Marin City , CA 94965

                www.saintandrewspc.org

                Contact person:

                The Rev. Veronica Goines

                (415) 332-1011

            Vergoines@aol.com

Recommended Church Sites
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First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

72 Kensington Road ,

San Anselmo , California , 94960
(415) 456-3713 –

Email: mail@togetherweserve.org

St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church

500 De Haro Street

San Francisco , CA 94103

415-255-8100

www.saintgregorys.org

City of Refuge United Church

1025 Howard St
San Francisco , CA 94103

(415) 861-6130

www.sfrefuge.org

City Church of San Francisco
1375 Sutter St. , Suite 218
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 346-6994
www.citychurchsf.org

Course Requirements and grading
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There are four short papers and one group project.  Participation in the class discussions, keeping a personal spiritual journal, involvement in a class small group, and church site visits are also integral parts of this course.

For students who speak English as a second language an additional small group meeting will be held following each class meeting session. In addition to English editing assistance, the Teaching Assistant for the ESL group will serve as a theological editor for ESL students. All course papers for ESL students will be due one week later than the syllabus due date.

Students who speak English as their first language may rewrite and resubmit any course paper within one week in order to try for a higher grade on any or all of the short papers.

If any student needs further accommodation for reasons of documented learning disability, please make this known to the course professors during the first week of class so that they may make appropriate accommodations.

Course Grading

  • 40% Four short papers.
  • 30% Final group project (The grade assigned will apply to everyone in the group).
  • 30% Course participation, attendance, engagement with church site visit.

Papers

1. Due September 25: In light of learning’s thus far in this course, reflect on God’s calling and forming a people for discipleship and mission.  4-6 pp (12 pt. type, double spaced).

2. Due October 16: Analyze the congregation you visited (October 1) using the “Ecology Lens” and the “Spiritual Typology” of Holmes/Westerhoff/Ware.  Incorporate in your reflections the way(s) in which your church site’s celebration of Eucharist reveals something of its identity, theology and mission.  4-6 pp (12 pt. type, double spaced).

3. Due November 13: Analyze your church site using the Process, Resources, and Culture Lenses.  Include any insights you may have gleaned from meeting with the church’s leadership.   4-6 pp (12 pt. type, double spaced).

4. Due November 27:  The preparation for this paper begins with an introduction to Rule of Life on October 9. At that time you will also be given instructions for experimenting and selecting a Rule of Life that is appropriate to this time in your life. This final paper will detail the process of selection and testing of your current Rule of Life. Include comments on your rationale for selecting and then testing the Rule of Life from your course journal.    4-6 pp (12 pt. type, double spaced).

Final Project
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The final project is both an oral presentation to the class and a written paper due either December 4 and 11; the paper is due on the same day your small group presents the oral presentation to the class. There will be one paper per group. The paper will take the form of a consultative analysis of your group’s church site, including such things as interpretation of the church’s congregational dynamics, theology of ministry and critique of their engagement with their  missionary context(s). The aim of the final project is for each small group to orally present and write a missional examination of the church using congregational lens, course readings and learning. Further details of the final project paper will be handed out before the first site visit.  18 to 20 pp + plus footnotes and ministry area demographics (12 pt type, double spaced)

Syllabus
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The class will meet in Geneva 100 during Fall Term 2006 for the retreat and on most Mondays as outlined below from August 28 to December 11.

August 28

Class Retreat: 11:00- 4:00 p.m. Begins after President’s Breakfast for incoming students and opening worship service. Lunch is provided.  (Objective #1-A, 3-A, 3-B) Reading to be done in preparation for seminary and for this retreat: Farnham, Suzanne, Joseph Gill, R. Taylor McLean and Susan Ward, Listening Hearts, pp. 1-75.

·         Listening to God’s Word – Scripture

·         Listening to Self

·         Listening to Community

September 1

  • Class Retreat Continues 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (includes Chapel)
  • Myers Briggs Type Inventory interpretation: Guest Professor: Lloyd Chair Associate Professor Dr. Scott Sullender (Objective #1-B) Recommended reading: Duncan, Bruce.  Pray Your Way, especially Ch. 4-9.

September 11

  • Syllabus and intro to course
  • Division into small groups
  • Meet in groups (permanent for the semester) Review group covenants
  • Presentation: Introduction to Missio-Dei  (Objective #1)
  • Assigned reading: Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission : Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission , pp. 389-397; 511-519 and Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit, pp.27-44.

September 18

  • Presentation: Presence and Action of Holy Spirit (Objective #3) Holy Spirit assigned reading: Moltmann, Jürgen. The Source of Life: The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life, pp. 10-37, 89-102.
  • Presentation: Theology Lens (Objectives. #1, 2, 2-B)
  • Theology Lens assigned reading: Ammerman, Nancy T., ed. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook., pp. 7-39; and Roxburgh, Alan J. The Missionary Congregation, Leadership and Liminality.

September 25

  • Presentation: Baptism and Eucharist (Objective #1) Required reading: Moore-Keish, Martha L.  “Calvin, Sacraments, and Ecclesiology: What Makes a Church a Church?” from Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching & the Arts, pp. 25-41. Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: an Introduction to Christian Theology; Chapter 12, “Proclamation, Sacraments, and Ministry,” pp.274-300.
  • Presentation: Ecology Lens (Objectives #2, 2-B)
  • Ecology Lens assigned reading: Ammerman, Nancy T., ed. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, pp. 48-77.
  • Paper #1 Due 

October 1

  • Sunday morning worship at Church Site assignment (Objectives #2, 2-B, 2-C)

October 2

  • Process:  Debrief Site Visit of Worship  (Objectives #2, 2-B, 2-C)
  • Presentation:  Process Lens (“church types”); Leadership Lens (Objectives #2, 2-B)
  • Process and Leadership Lens assigned reading: Ammerman, Nancy T., ed. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, pp. 105-131; 167-195.

October 9

  • Presentation: Reformed Understandings of Spirituality (Objective # 3) Required reading: Rice, Howard L. Reformed Spirituality: an Introduction for Believers.  Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2; pp. 7-70; Westerhoff, John. Spiritual Life: the Foundation for Preaching and Teaching, pp 1-51.
  • Presentation & Process: Spiritual Types (Objectives, #2-A, 3-A) assigned reading: Westerhoff, John. Spiritual Life: the Foundation for Preaching and Teaching, pp 53-64; Ware, Corrine, Discover Your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth, Chapters III and IV, pp. 28-53.
  • Process: Introduction to Rule of Life (Objective #3C) Assigned Reading : Thompson, Marjorie. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, pp. 137-146.

October 16

  • Presentation:  Resources and Culture Lens (Objectives #2, 2-B). Culture Lens assigned reading: Ammerman, Nancy T., ed. Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, pp. 78-104; 132-166.
  • Case study of sites (church staff from various church sites visits SFTS); plan student visits to sites (Objective #2)
  • Paper #2 Due (Site visit)

October 16 through November 13

  • Each small group divides into sub-groups and visits targeted programs, staff, lay leaders, etc. (Objective # 2)

(October 23 – Fall break)

October 30

  • Professional Boundaries: Guest Lecturer Dr. Scott Sullender , Lloyd Chair Associate Professor
  • Sexual Harassment (Objective #1-C, 1-D)--view Faith Trust Film
  • Assigned Task: Take sexual harassment self teaching quiz on line (Objectives #1-C, 1-D)
  • Assigned Reading : “Standards of Ethical Conduct” Office of the Presbyterian General Assembly, 1998

November 6

  • No Class: time used in site visits by sub groups of each small group

November 13

  • Presentation: Context(s) of 21st Century North American church (Objective #2-D)

Assigned Reading : Hall, Douglas John. The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity; and Gebara, Ivone.  “A Cry for Life from Latin America ,” in K.C. Abraham and Bernadette Mbuy-Beya, eds, Spirituality of the Third World, pp.109-118.

  • Process: Global awareness of the Church in the South
  • Paper #3 Due

November 20 (Thanksgiving week)

  • No Class: Make up time for orientation retreat and site visit times

November 27

  • Process: Spirituality practices and discoveries shared in small groups (Objective #3)
  • Spirituality Paper #4 Due
  • Small groups work together on planning group project (Objective #2)

December 4

  • 2 Small Group presentations of Class Project (Objectives #1 and 2)

December 11

  • 1 Small Group presentation of Class Project (Objectives #1 and 2)
  • Summations
  • Course Evaluation