Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

9 Essential Qualities of a Godly Leader

Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

A quick search of books on Amazon.com on the topic of “leadership” currently yields 137,827 results, with new titles added regularly. There are countless experts and self-proclaimed gurus who speak often on the topic. And, if you don’t believe me, search #leadership on and you’ll find some of them.

Yet with all of this at our fingertips, we still suffer from leadership deficiency – in our nation, workplaces, churches and homes.

We have too many leaders who believe their position mandates their influence, rather than their influence enabling them to be effective in their position.

Many of today’s leaders lead by forced coercion – a “my way or the highway” mindset that makes them more dictators.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The leader leads, and the boss drives. The Boss often plays the Boss Card. They force obedience, strictly because of their position and status. But, as author and expert John Maxwell says, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.”

As you are reading this, odds are you are picturing someone you know in a leadership position that drives more than they lead. I know I am picturing someone as I write. I also have to quickly examine my own life.

God has placed all of us in a position of leadership, if not in our workplaces or churches, then certainly in our homes as parents.

I know there have been times when I don’t exemplify the qualities of a Godly leader. I don’t want to knock all of the great books out there on leadership.

There are some terrific resources available from people who know far more about the topic than many of us do.

But, there’s one resource that has a lot to say on the topic of effective leadership, and it’s available for free. You can actually access it right on your phone. It’s the Bible, and the passage is Proverbs 16. Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait. This chapter is chock full of leadership lessons. Below are nine principles that are critical characteristics of a good, godly leader.

A good leader seeks God’s direction

Is there anything more important in a leader than he or she seeking God’s direction? Proverbs 16:1 says “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

” Verse 3 adds, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” And verse 9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

” A good leader seeks the Lord, commits his way to the Lord, and the Lord establishes the next steps.

A good leader is modest, not arrogant

We’ve all encountered the know-it-all leader, the “submit-or-else” type of leader. But Proverbs 16:5 says, “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be referred to as an abomination to the Lord. That’s some pretty scary stuff.

Proverbs 16:7 says “When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Yet so many leaders aren’t interested in examining an opposing viewpoint or other ideas.

We’ve lost the ability to empathize with others, and compromise has become a bad word. There’s something to be said of sticking to principles. I believe God calls us to be steadfast. He doesn’t however, call us to be jerks.

And, when our “boldness” is interpreted as “coldness,” we are not doing it right.

A good leader is fair and just

“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice” (Proverbs 16:8). I believe in goals, and working hard to achieve them. But, the end always justifying the means is simply not true. A good leader is more interested in doing things the right way.

A good leader surrounds himself or herself with honest, trustworthy counselors … and then listens to them

“Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right” (Proverbs 16:13).

Do you know leaders who surround themselves with “yes” people? Personal insecurity drives them to seek only positive reinforcement for every decision they make.

A smart leader surrounds himself or herself with smarter people, who are willing to speak their minds and offer sound counsel. After all, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

A good leader is a good learner

Proverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” A good leader should always be learning, growing and improving. The day you feel there is nothing left to learn is the day that pride and arrogance have taken root. And, we’ve already discussed how the Lord feels about arrogance.

A good leader is humble

We’ve seen countless prominent examples of Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

” From politicians and celebrities to CEOs and pastors, many have grabbed headlines as their empires have fallen. In most of these cases, it’s pride that has crept in. They thought themselves invincible, but quickly found out that no one is.

“It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud” (Proverbs 16:19).

A good leader is sensible and kind

“Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips” (Proverbs 16:22-23). Being smart and sensible makes a good leader more persuasive and effective. A good leader uses “gracious words” (verse 24), not speech that is “ a scorching fire” (verse 27).

A good leader is slow to anger

We’ve all seen the caricatures in movies and television of the angry boss; the person who yells for no reason, barks orders and berates and demoralizes the staff. Perhaps you’ve even worked for such a person. The Bible says that “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

” As you read through these qualities of a good leader, hopefully you find them as challenging as I do. God tells us how to be effective, godly leaders. It’s up to us to put our human tendencies aside and embrace these principles.

It’s also up to us to pray for those under which we serve, that they too would be the good leaders God wants them to be.

Brent Rinehart is a public relations practitioner and freelance writer. He blogs about the amazing things parenting teaches us about life, work, faith and more at www.apparentstuff.com. You can also follow him on .

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Источник: //www.crosswalk.com/family/career/9-essential-qualities-of-a-godly-leader.html

Ministry Leadership Concentration

Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

The Concentration in Ministry Leadership within the Religion Major prepares students for many types of Christian ministry. Students take courses in areas such as preaching, pastoral care, worship, spiritual formation, pastoral theology and missions.

They also have the opportunity to earn course credit for supervised internships in churches or other ministries. These courses help students to develop practical ministry skills and to gain a deeper understanding of many aspects of Christian ministry.

Students also take courses in Bible, theology, Christian history, and sociology that develop their knowledge and skills in areas vital to ministry.

Most students choose to participate in a semester-long internship for academic credit during their senior year that provides hands-on ministry experience, an opportunity to explore their calling, and job-preparation activities.

Once I declared a religion major, my advisor suggested adding a religious leadership concentration, in which these classes would primarily focus on hands-on ministry. Each professor, each class, and each assignment challenged me to examine what it truly means to be a full-time minister and how to effectively minister to others. These moments have helped me to develop a strong approach to student ministry as well as to be a leader worth following. Farrah Karimi, director of student ministry, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, Alabama

Students in this concentration have many special opportunities. Our Preministerial Scholars Program offers scholarship support, small group mentoring, and internships to assist students preparing for ministry. Students can preach regularly in Alabama churches through Samford Sunday.

They can also complete the bachelor’s degree and a masters of social work through a fast-track option.

This concentration can also be combined with other majors and minors within Arts and Sciences that provide additional tools for ministry, such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, and communication.

Objectives & Goals

Students prepare for many forms of ministry through this concentration. They will understand their call to ministry and be formed personally, spiritually, and professionally. They will be skilled in biblical, historical, and theological study.

They will grasp the dynamics of congregational ministry and leadership. They will be able to write sermons and to preach effectively. They will understand how faith grows and changes throughout peoples’ lives.

They will also gain expertise in missions, pastoral care, and worship.

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Is This Program for Me?

The religion major’s ministry leadership concentration is for all who are interested in ministry and developing the knowledge and skills that will enable them to effectively service in a variety of situations. Most students have a love for God, for serving others, for communities of faith, and an intellectual curiosity about their faith and the world around them.

What Makes Us Different?

Students forge personal relationships with professors. Small classes, one-on-one advising, discussion groups, and informal meetings in professors’ offices and homes facilitate in-depth conversations, careful directions, and life-long friendships.

Scholarship and Ministry

Our department is distinctive in offering rigorous courses in both the study of religion and ministry leadership. All professors hold doctoral degrees in their field and many have seminary degrees and serve in local churches and ministries; some pastor Birmingham congregations.

Students can, for example, study the religions of Asia, the latest scholarship on the Bible, and how to preach the gospel all in the same semester. Some students focus on the academic study of religion, others on preparing for ministry.

All learn to think critically and faithfully about religion.

Joint Programs

The religion major’s ministry leadership concentration may be easily combined with most other majors in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. You can also participate in fast-track programs for the Cumberland School of Law and the master of social work degree from the School of Public Health.

Career Preparation

Through internships, directed research, challenging courses, and hands-on advising, Samford religion majors sharpen their skills and knowledge in religious studies and ministry.

They have the opportunity to preach weekly through Samford Sunday, learn archaeology by participating in our excavations in Israel, and develop research skills in independent studies.

Students graduate prepared to be leaders in today’s complex religious world.

Career Opportunities

  • children’s minister
  • college minister
  • communications director
  • missionary
  • pastor
  • professor
  • senior pastor
  • service learning facilitator
  • social worker
  • teacher
  • therapist
  • worship pastor
  • youth pastor


  • Baptist Church of the Covenant
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church
  • The Church at Brook Hills
  • Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church
  • Shades Mountain Baptist Church
  • Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
  • Mountain Brook Community Church

Non-profit Organizations and Ministries

  • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
  • Apologetics Resource Center
  • Campus Outreach
  • Children's Hospital
  • First Priority of Alabama
  • Grace House Ministries
  • Samaritan Counseling Center of Birmingham
  • Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Student Life
  • The Eternal Word Television Network
  • The Vineyard, Hoover
  • The WellHouse
  • University Christian Fellowship
  • Woman’s Missionary Union

Awards and Recognition

  • Dean’s Award for Teaching, Dr. Jeffery M. Leonard, 2017.
  • Dean’s Award for Research, Dr. James R. Strange, 2015.
  • Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, Regional Conference Grant for conference “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine Across the Curriculum,” Dr. T. Scott McGinnis 2014.
  • George Macon Memorial Award for teaching, Dr. Penny Long Marler, 2013
  • Alpha Iota Epsilon Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, chartered 2008.
  • Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1998 (to Dr. Penny Long Marler for Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools).

Alumni Careers

  • children’s minister
  • college minister
  • communications director
  • missionary
  • pastor
  • professor
  • senior pastor
  • service learning facilitator
  • social worker
  • teacher
  • therapist
  • worship pastor
  • youth pastor

Notable Alumni

  • Sarah Chandler Davidson (2010), clinical therapist, Dekalb Community Service Board, Atlanta, Georgia
  • William Deal (2009), minister of youth and young adults, Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
  • Justin Gambrell (2007), associate pastor, Pine Terrace Baptist Church, Milton, Florida
  • Rich Havard (2011), campus pastor, The Inclusive Collective: A Christian Movement, Chicago, Illinois
  • Carlisle White Jones (2008), pastor of youth care and discipleship, Franklin First United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Farrah Karimi (2017), director of student ministries, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Enterprise, Alabama
  • Brad Landry (2003), rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Montessori School, San Antonio, Texas
  • Andrew Moskau (2009), associate pastor, Vineyard Church of New Orleans, Louisianna
  • Stephen Rice (2012), college pastor, Calvary Church, Clearwater, Florida
  • Andrew Toney-Noland (2012), Mennonite Central Committee, Nepal

Notable Faculty

  • David R. Bains
  • James R. Barnette
  • Lisa J. Battaglia
  • Jeffery M. Leonard
  • Jennifer M. McClure
  • T. Scott McGinnis
  • Kenneth B. E. Roxburgh
  • James R. Strange
  • Penny Long Marler, emerita

Источник: //www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/biblical-and-religious-studies/leadership-and-organizations-concentration

Pastoral ministry: management or spiritual leadership

Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

The search for effective spiritual I leaders extends back to the earliest record of God's people.

The effort, I of course, continues today now in a world dominated by organizations governed through complex management structures, which are often imposed upon the church by well-meaning people.

This imposition prompts a reapplication, to the church, of the vexing challenge presented by Harvard Business School professor John Kotter, who asserted that most secular corporations are “over-managed and under-led.”1

How do we know when the church is being led as opposed to being managed? What is the difference between the two? And which one must a truly Spirit-led pastor be?

Management and leadership

The critical difference between leadership and management, even in the secular milieu, is found in the quality of relationships within a given organization.

Management relies upon control to achieve compliance, while leader ship relies upon interdependent relationships that lead to heartfelt commitment. Both have a similar focus and objective, but they drive to that destination upon different tracks.

To lead, especially from a spiritual base, the pastor must avoid depending upon the control structures that are available to and customary in most management settings.

The biblical concept of stewardship is broadly equivalent to management. Both stewardship and management involve conferred responsibility and the authority to control human or material resources. As such, the steward is afforded appropriate management structures that allow for the necessary control of that for which he or she is responsible.

Eliezer, Abraham's steward, had the management responsibility of his master's household and was entrusted with weighty decisions, as illustrated in his search for Isaac's bride (Genesis 24). His management authority was limited only by Abraham and the boundaries that encompassed Abraham's “house.”

Similarly, we find the New Testament steward, or oikonemos (Luke 16:2, 3; 1 Cor. 4:1, 2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10), to be a manager, nemo; of the oikos (house); one who dispenses or manages his master's house. “The word is used to describe the function of delegated responsibility, as in the parables of the labourers, and the unjust steward.”2

Management assumes a transactional relationship that allows those being managed to exchange their time and skills for financial or other rewards.

Managers are vested with coercive authority aimed at efficiently guiding the operations of the organization. This relationship of exchange is contractual in nature and is generally limited to prescribed hours and formal job descriptions.

Russ Moxley notes in his book Leadership and Spirit that such a relationship, governed by rules and policies, seeks conformity and may or may not involve the commitment of those being managed.3

Leadership may or may not happen in the context of a managed environment; it can just as easily occur in the context of free association. Leadership is not dependent upon coercive structures, and is only seen to be so by virtue of what management has commonly come to be known for.

The relational model of leadership (as distinguished from the coercive model) involves people freely associated in a common endeavor. Furthermore, such relationships are nontransactional; that is, there is no giving to get in such a leadership process. Instead, there is a leveraging of the commitment of the group or community to provide the incentive for involvement.

Thus, a manager who chooses to lead rather than manage must rise above the organizational structures that force conformity; he or she must, instead, establish relationships with the participants based upon respect, trust, and empowerment.

What about the pastor?

What about the pastor? Is he or she meant to be a leader or a manager? Are there control structures available to the pastor that allow for management? Is the pastor vested with personal authority that permits managerial behavior intended to produce conformity to a set of rules, policies, or standards? Are those he intends to motivate bound to any transactional contract that allows control over their behavior?

No! The church member is associated with the church by choice. There is no management relationship there. The exception is the pastor assigned the responsibility of managing personnel in a multi-staff church, but even in this setting the management does not extend beyond the staff.

The pastor is not afforded personal power over the members. He or she may choose to extend his or her influence toward a given end or objective, but the church body actually holds the decisive power and thus the authority.

In attempts to influence the body, a pastor must respect those being served. The pastor is not a manager; he possesses no mandate for control over those being served.

The pastor is, by default, part of a leadership process, but his success as a leader depends upon building healthy relationships.

To ignore this reality and assume control without the necessary authority results in frustration and detachment from the process.

The relationships critical to good pastoral leadership cannot thrive in the context of coercion devoid of the rewards and punishments of a normal, legitimately recognized management arrangement.

The desire of professional clergy to manage by means of personal power has contributed negatively to the history of the church. Doctrinal positions such as purgatory and an eternally burning hell gave great power to the medieval clergy over a generally ignorant church membership.

These and similar fear-based teachings provided the coercive structures desired by a management-based church.

The history of the church illustrates the consistent tendency to shift toward control-based methods of ecclesiastical management, the kind that marginalize the individual member who is a vital building block in the living church spoken of by Peter.

Spiritual nature of pastoral leadership

Leadership in the context of the church is spirit-based. It differs from the corporate model. Intentional care must be exercised to maintain the differentiation between the two. The corporate model, even the kinder and gentler kind, remains embedded in a managed environment.

The church (not to be confused with denominational employment structure) operates outside the parameters of corporate structure. It was born of the Holy Spirit and exists in large part as a means of influencing the human spirit.

Jesus calls His followers to a transformational relationship that asks them to forsake all. The process of transforming the disciples into a community of leaders was predicated by their simple willingness to follow and learn. Jesus nurtured their human spirit through a bonded relationship with Himself.

They willingly followed, experienced transformation,and then were empowered by the Spirit to lead in the context of a wise gifted and called body. Jesus led, not managed, His disciples. Even more so, He taught them to be leaders, as opposed to managers. Peter's willingness to take up the sword (Matt.

26:51), John's account of the disciples forbidding the one who cast out demons in Jesus' name (Mark 9:38), and the act of rebuking the children who tried to approach Jesus (Luke 18:16) suggest coercive control as natural for the disciples.

In each of these instances, Jesus strongly encouraged a different course.

The transformation of their hearts was necessary if they were to abandon the ruler mentality and adopt a community-based leadership role.

Spiritual leadership is profoundly dependent on who a leader is as opposed to what a leader does. The key word is “character.” A trans formed character is necessary for effective spiritual leadership. While a management relationship can treat character as a variable as long as conformity and productivity are achieved, spiritual leadership cannot happen without Christ- character.

In the absence of transformed character, the default behavior is command and control. That might work in a corporation but not in your local church.

The Holy Spirit provides every member of the body with that which is necessary to participate in the leadership process of the church.

Though our common leadership model emphasizes one person or at most a few people in charge, the spiritual model emphasizes leadership as a function of the Spirit-filled community with each member transformed and gifted to contribute to the leadership process.

The positional leader (denominational officer, pastor, etc.) is an important part of the leadership process but only part of a greater whole. The management model is so ingrained in our concepts of leadership that it is difficult to divorce our thinking from the individual leader or ruler and accept the incredibly inclusive New Testament concept of leadership.

Leadership in general requires the merging of two basic elements: (1) a committed relationship with one or more persons and (2) competencies necessary to the accomplishment of the mission.

Spiritual leadership is marked by the following: (1) commit ted relationships governed by the fruit of the Spirit, and (2) competencies imparted by the Holy Spirit that equip the church for effective service.

Fruit of the Spirit as a mark of spiritual leadership

Leadership requires a modification of the truism “It's not what you know, but who you know.” Instead, it's what you know (competency), and who you know (relationships). These are the ingredients for true spiritual leadership, and of course, the Holy Spirit addresses both.

The spiritual transformation of the Christian character is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22, 23).

These character or behavioral qualities are then combined with Spirit-chosen gifts or competencies, which provide the means by which the transformed person contributes to the mission of the church and the wholeness of the functioning body.

The fruit of the Spirit become a standard by which all Christian leadership behavior is measured.

Spiritual leaders, whose vocation is practiced in a management context, are man dated by God's Word to manage in a manner consistent with these characteristics, even when administering discipline.

There is never a situation that allows the spiritual leader to lay aside the expectation to serve according to the behavioral standards depicted as the fruit of the Spirit.

Un the gifts of the Spirit, which are distributed among the members of the body without intending to provide all the gifts to any one person, the fruit of the Spirit as a whole are a standard for all who participate in the leadership process. The relational health of the body is maintained by consistent demonstration of these qualities.

All the fruits are relational in nature and flow from the transformed heart. This principle is concisely codified in the words of Jesus: “'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (NKJV).

Loving behavior, as demonstrated through the fruit of the Spirit, is not an option for the spiritual leader. It is an expectation. Circumstances do not allow the behaviors identified in the fruit of the Spirit to be set aside, even temporarily. Loving behavior, even under the most trying circumstances, marks the transformed character of the spiritual leader.

The pastor as spiritual leader The pastor is called to spiritual leadership on the same basis as are the members: (1) a transformed character that demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit and (2) specific leadership gifts that allow for effective contribution to the growth and success of the church. Both aspects find their source in the gracious service of the Holy Spirit.

Because “self” is forsaken in the transformation process, the focus of the pastor is others-centered rather than self-centered. The character of his ministry to the church mirrors that modeled by Jesus in His relation ship to the disciples.

As a model of spiritual leadership, Jesus patiently and consistently demonstrated a life that nurtured and molded His followers into a community of spiritual leaders. His service was never ego-driven; rather, it demonstrated a passionate love for each one in His care.

Jesus calls pastors to the same servant-leadership role. The pastor facilitates both aspects of spiritual leadership with the members by supporting the process of character transformation that leads to consistent demonstrations of the fruit of the Spirit and the discovery and implementation of the gifts that the Spirit confers upon each member.

By this ministry the pastor encourages the ongoing transformation and preparation of the church in the inclusive process of communal spiritual leadership.

In summary, spiritual leadership is about participating in a process of change with those called to the service of the Master. It's about contributing to that process in a manner that draws people into the community of faith and assists in their assimilation into the body.

It's about intentionally enabling others to take up the mantle of spiritual leadership and join in the reproduction process of building God's kingdom.

It's about becoming a “paraclete” in partnership with the Spirit, who is building a global community of spiritual leaders not managers.

How important that we know the difference!

1 J. Thomas Wren, ed., The Leader's Companion (New York: The Free Press, 1990), 114.

2 D. R. W. Wood and I. H. Marshall, New Bible Dictionary (3rd ed.) (Downers Grove, 111.: InterVarsity Press, 1996).

3 Russ S. Moxley, Leadership and Spirit (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000), 51, 85, 100.

Источник: //www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2005/07-august/pastoral-ministry-management-or-spiritual-leadership.html

Ministry & Leadership

Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

The College of Theology facilitates Spirit-led growth and discipleship in students and equips them as ministers and leaders in the body of Christ.

Foundational to this purpose, students are equipped with a solid knowledge of the Bible, a sound understanding of theology and an effective grasp of ministry enabling them, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Within the Ministry & Leadership major, students select one of five concentrations: church administration, evangelism & outreach, local church pastor, missions, or youth & family ministry.

In each area of concentration a cognate of hermeneutics, an Old and New Testament elective, research seminar, introduction to theology, and either major world religions or Christian apologetics is required.

Church Administration Concentration

The church administration concentration educates and equips students to become church administrators. Foundational to this concentration is training in organization, programming, leadership aspects and the relationship of the church to the denomination and society.

Skills are developed in the administration of nonprofit organizations, principles of management and organizational behavior. Students also acquire skills in preaching and teaching the Bible.

This major emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.

Course Offerings for the Church Administration concentration include:

  • Ministry Practicum
  • Principles of Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Administration of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching

Evangelism and Outreach Concentration

The evangelism & outreach concentration prepares students for service in the professional capacity of itinerant evangelist or staff evangelist. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of evangelism.

Course Offerings for the Evangelism and Outreach concentration include:

  • Introduction to Evangelism
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Evangelism and the Local Church
  • Church Growth and Planting
  • Urban Outreach Ministries
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching

Local Church Pastor Concentration

The local church pastor concentration educates and equips students to prepare God's people for righteous living and works of service so that the body of Christ is built and flourishes.

Students receive broad knowledge and a diversity of skills in pastoral care, preaching, teaching the Bible, evangelism, mission work and discipleship developing pastoral attitudes and abilities to help them train, supervise, lead and nurture a local congregation of believers.

It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.

Course offerings for the Local Church Pastor Concentration include:

  • Church Growth and Planting
  • Christian Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Team Ministry
  • Church Administration

Missions Concentration

The missions concentration educates and prepares students to fulfill Jesus' commission to reach all nations with the witness of God's saving love.

It is designed for students preparing for all types of service as domestic or foreign missionaries or tentmakers in both long-term and short-term cross-cultural ministry. It is also arranged to educate students for duties as church mission directors or supervisors.

It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of missions.

Course Offerings for the Missions Concentration include:

  • History of Missions
  • Missions and Culture
  • Introduction to Christian Missions
  • Theology of Missions
  • Missions Internship
  • Major Religions of the World

To learn more about our Missions Internships, please visit our Missions & GMMP Internship page.

This major responds to the pervasive interest in Sports in America. Besides the NFL, WNBA, MMA, NASCAR, and other professional organizations, people are involved in summer camps, church camps, sports skills camps, independent sports leagues, and other youth athletics.

The field is wide open for chaplaincies, camp directors and counselors, strength coaches, team coaches, and ministers to be involved in evangelism and discipleship ministries.

Students in the Sports Ministry major receive training in legal aspects of sports as well as ways to minister the Gospel to athletically-minded Americans.

Course Offerings for the Sports Ministry Concentration include:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Global Perspective of Sport
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • Ethics and Christian Approaches to Counseling

Youth & Family Ministry Concentration

The youth & family ministry concentration educates and equips students to be youth ministers in the local church. Students gain an understanding of the foundations for ministry, roles and relationship of the youth minister and administrative principles and strategies.

Students receive broad knowledge and a diversity of skills in pastoral care, preaching, teaching the Bible, evangelism, mission work and discipleship.

It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of youth ministry.

Course Offerings for the Youth Ministry Concentration include:

  • Youth Culture
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Media and Technology in Ministry
  • Pastoral Care of Families with Youth
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching


A degree in ministry and leadership will prepare you to fulfill God's call on your life to become:

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Youth pastor
  • Children's pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Teacher

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Developing a heart of service…interacting with students from other countries and backgrounds…refining your understanding of different theological perspectives…joining a community of believers to further the Gospel.

Degree Plan for Church Administration

Degree Plan for Evangelism and Outreach

Degree Plan for Local Church Pastors

Degree Plan for Missions

Degree Plan for Youth & Family Ministry

Undergraduate Theology

Источник: //dev.oru.edu/academics/cotm/min-and-lead-major.php

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