SUPERVISED MINISTRY I: ENTERING A PLACE OF MINISTRY
Applied Courses (Level 2) - SM20901- 2.5 Credits
The Supervised Ministry Series is designed to provide a practical internship in pastoral ministry over an eighteen-month progression. The arc of this series begins with entering a new place of ministry and concludes with leaving a place of ministry. Along this arc, participants will explore issues of pastoral identity, ethics, and organizational dynamics.
As one enters a new place of ministry, a healthy beginning is rooted in gaining an understanding of the community of faith which is the context of the ministerial setting. Based on an assessed understanding of the faith community, a pastoral minister gains understanding of her/ his role in the community and of the dynamics which shape that role. This first course in Supervised Ministry is focused on entering a new community of faith or ministry setting. A step-by-step process for assessing the life of the community of faith and the pastoral minister’s role in that community shape the content of this nine-week experience.
In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- To exhibit core ministerial values including hospitality and respect toward others and support for the growth and transformation of others in the context of a ministerial setting.
- To analyze the organizational history, current functioning, and role of power and authority in a ministerial setting.
- To practice mutuality, trust, and interdependence within a community of faith as a pastoral minister.
- To demonstrate that all people are individuals of dignity and worth in a ministerial setting.
- To illustrate excellent communication skills particularly in listening but also in responding (speaking and writing) in a ministerial setting.
- Harris, Robert A. (2014) Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church. Rowman & Littlefield Publisher