LM Course Descriptions

LM 520 Pastoral Leadership – Concepts (Self-standing; required; 0.5 credit)

This course is a prerequisite for all courses in Leading the Church into Mission.  The course offers students an introduction to pastoral leadership concepts, their historical formation and development within particular contexts and Christian theological foundations.   In addition, the course explores the dynamic nature of pastoral leadership.  Students will learn practical skills by beginning an ongoing contextual analysis of their ministry site.

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LM 560 Resources for Mission: Stewardship as Vision & Practice (Required; 1.0 credit)

This course offers students the biblical and theological foundations for understanding stewardship as a multifaceted spiritual discipline lived in response to a generous God.  Best practices for enabling the generosity of congregations and church related organizations are also examined.

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LM 561 Administration & Property as a Process & Place of Service (On-campus Intensive; Required; 1.0 credit)

This course offers students resources for understanding a congregation in its physical and relational context.  Students learn how to identify a congregation’s distinctive setting in the community; a congregation’s official and hidden history and stories; family systems theory; formal and informal leaders.  Resources are provided for understanding the care of place as a form of ministry, including such elements as insurance, maintenance, accessibility, ecological concerns, and remodeling.

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LM 562 When Conflict Comes Calling (On-campus Intensive; Required; 1.0 credit)

This course offers students resources for understanding a congregation and oneself in terms of vocation and attentiveness.  Students will learn how to identify a congregation’s distinctive perception of ministry, how that perspective is developed and conveyed and how that process compares with a congregation that is intentionally developing a culture of call.  With this background, students will explore the nature of conflict, care-frontation, and mediation.  Theological and relational responses to sources of conflict within a congregation will also be examined.

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LM 563 Evangelism and Outreach (Optional; 1.0 credit)

This course offers biblical, theological, historical and sociological perspectives on evangelism and outreach.  Students will evaluate the distinctive ways in which the interplay of evangelism and outreach is and might be expressed by their congregation.

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LM 564 Developing a Mission-focused Congregation (Optional; 1.0 credit)

This course examines the place of mission as an expression of congregational purpose.  Processes for preparing for, engaging in and following up on particular expressions of mission, including the short-term mission trip, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships and congregation-based community organizing will be explored.

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LM 565 Transformational Leadership (Optional; 1.0 credit)

This course will explore the dynamics of transformational leadership and their application in congregations.  Using historical, theological, biblical and social scientific resources, students will learn the responsibilities, potential and cautions of this form of leadership that offers resources for replenishing congregational culture and life.

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LM 570 Special Topics in Ministry (Optional; 0.5 credit)

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LM 571 Bi-vocational Ministry:  Awnings and Awe (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course is designed for students who serve a congregation part-time and work full or part-time elsewhere during the week.  Students will use biblical, theological, historical and psychological resources to understand bi-vocational ministry and identify key methods for flourishing in this important work.

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LM 573 Funding a Special Ministry (Optional; 0.5 credit)

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LM 575 Spiritual & Program Gifts Identification (Optional; 1.0 credit)

This course is designed to offer students multiple resources and strategies for developing a gifts-based ministry in a congregation or other ministry context. Students will learn how to employ such resources and strategies to help members understand themselves as gifted by God for service in their families, the congregation, the larger community, and, indeed, in each arena of their lives. Various learning styles and other differences among people will be taken into account as students experience these resources and develop a two-year plan for a specific ministry context. Illustrations from congregations who have emphasized gifts-based ministry will be shared.

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LM 578 New Church Starts (Optional; 0.5 credit)

In partnership with the Board of Church Extension of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), this course will offer theological, historical, biblical and management resources for developing new congregations.

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LM 579 Women and Ministry (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course will offer students resources for understanding the congregational leadership of women in ministry.  Students will learn the distinctive history of and challenges to women in ministry as well as exemplary processes for women in congregational leadership.

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LM 580 Leadership in Black Church (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course will offer students resources for understanding leadership in Black churches.  Students will learn the distinctive role and authority of clergy, the added vision required of clergy and exemplary processes of empowerment of members.

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LM 581 Leadership in Latino/a Churches (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course will offer students resources for understanding leadership in Latino/a churches.  Students will learn the distinctive role and authority of clergy, the added vision required of clergy and exemplary processes of empowerment of members.

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LM 582 Leadership in Small Churches (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course is designed to offer students resources for understanding leadership in small churches.  Students will learn the importance in small churches of orality and relation-ship and will analyze a particular element of small church leadership dynamics.

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LM 583 Technology and the Church (Optional; 0.5 credit)

This course will introduce the use of technology in congregational life and work, including resources for membership database, financial tools, desktop publishing, Word, social networks, webpage and online organizing.  The course will examine the implications of these resources for thinking, being present at a distance, understanding relationality and personhood, and the formation of community.
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