Personal Faith and Professional Development MIN280

This 20 credit course aims to equip and empower those working in Christian ministry so they can reflect critically on their personal faith journey, professional development, and their ministry practice. The course consists of the following three components

Spiritual Formation II - 5 credits

This component is designed to make students aware of the spiritual challenges that will face  them in living cross-culturally in Christian ministry. It is aimed at developing skills for maintaining spiritual vitality and becoming intentional in spiritual growth.

Community Development - 5 credits

This component is an introduction to cultural anthropology with special emphasis on insights and tools that aid intercultural mission work. We will learn to analyze culture, from worldview to patterns of behavior, paying particular attention to those aspects which affect intercultural ministry and communication of the Christian message (e.g. leadership style, ethics, sin, shame, spiritual power). We will consider the influence of culture on our interpretation of Scripture, the communication of the Gospel, and Christian living. We will explore how to contextualize the gospel message and one's ministry in a manner that is based on both the authority of Scripture and an adequate understanding of the cultural context. We will develop an appreciation of other cultures and skills to learn from others about their context.

Internship - 10 credits

This component is an opportunity to serve under a mature Christian leader for a limited period. The component will provide practical and spiritual development to students so they can understand, lead and manage within a Christian community.