This course makes an examination of the theology and function of ministry in light of Biblical teaching. The theme of servanthood runs through the course, with associated issues such as the facilitation of others to serve and the development of leadership skills – all in relation to a local congregation.


This course will focus on the processes of family growth and development as they relate particularly to the local church. Special attention will be paid to the church’s responsibility for strengthening its family, and the process of socialization will be integrated into a practical, working model for the local church. The course is designed to provide the student with a theological basis for a ministry to the family, as well as a strategy for intervention into the family as a system based on these theological concepts. Particular attention will be given to the place of the church in a counseling or corrective ministry to families and to the role of the minister in that intervention. (May be used for the Christian Formation and Christian Counseling concentrations.)

Course Description

This course examines the principles and process of communicating from one culture to another. The emphasis is placed on issues which affect communication across cultures, such as worldview, learning styles and appropriate media. All this is done with the intention of application, so the principles learned are discussed within the context of particular ministry situations.


This course will help to equip the student to understand the nature and purpose of the Church within the mission of God. This will occur through a thorough discussion of biblical and contemporary literature. A theology of the mission of the Church, specifically in the areas of congregational health and evangelism will be developed. From this theology, practical strategies will be identified and evaluated so that the student is prepared to create and lead a missional congregation.