LF Course Descriptions
LF 550 Biblical and Vocational Foundations of the Teaching Ministry (Required; 0.5 credit)
This course introduces us to some of the foundational concepts which undergird and shape the teaching ministry of the church. We will look at the identity or nature of this ministry. During the course we will be seeking an understanding of what the teaching ministry of the church is called to be about. The concepts of name, vocation, and biblical paradigms will be explored so that they may become both lenses through which our practices may be seen and horizons by which we measure our work of teaching and learning faith.
LF 551 Congregation as Context (Required; 0.5 credit)
This course explores the nature of the congregation as the agent of education for the teaching and learning of faith. We will identify both the history of how the church has taught its faith and the need for a shift of the historical model. The lens of the congregation as the agent of education will be sharpened as we learn specific skills of discernment of how the congregation functions in this ministry.
LF 552 Cultural Shifts Impacting the Teaching of Faith (Required; 0.5 credit)
This course explores the church’s ministry of faith formation in light of the changing culture in which we live. We will identify the historical strategy of the church for faith formation and the impact of the changing culture upon that strategy. Through the work of cultural analysis we will explore the challenges for the church and its work in teaching faith which are presented by several specific cultural changes. As we probe the nature of these cultural changes we will seek to learn some skills of cultural analysis which can be used as we attend to the formation of faithful people within our churches.
LF 553 Stages of Faith (Required; 0.5 credit)
This course examines faith development theory. We will reflect upon two faith developmental theories, one very briefly (John Westerhoff) and the other quite extensively (James Fowler). The course will help us understand developmentally how people “faith” in different times of their lives. This understanding will also lead us to discernment on how people understand God as they move from one style of “faithing” to the next style of “faithing.”
LF 570 Children’s Ministry in the Church (Optional; 0.5 credit)
LF 571 Youth Culture and Faith Formation (Optional; 0.5 credit)
LF 572 Teaching the Bible (Optional; 0.5 credit)
LF 573 Engaging Learners Through Questions and Discussions (Optional; 0.5 credit)
LF 574 Faith Formation in the African American Church (Optional; 0.5 credit)
LF 575 – Engaging Learners Through Questions and Discussions
This course explores two particularly effective methods for engaging learners in the teaching ministry of the church: story and discussion. We begin from the biblical and historical foundations for narrative-based teaching and then consider current research about adult learners that supports the use of these pedagogical methods. We identify characteristics that make a learning space conducive to personal sharing and constructive conversation and ponder how to create such a space. Throughout the course, students will engage in multiple forms of story-sharing and discussion that are adaptable for varied use in faith communities.
LF 670 Faith Formation of Adults
LF 671 Faith Formation and Families
LF 672 Spiritual Lives of Youth
LF 673 Faith Formation in the Outdoors: Retreats and Camps
LF 674 Ministry with Youth
LF 675 Teaching for Transformaiton