College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christian Ministry (CHM)

CHM 268   Introduction to Christian Ministry2 credits

Through an exploration of scriptural, theological, historical and social foundations of Christian ministry, students work to develop a personal philosophy of ministry. In addition, students study and utilize essential leadership skills for effective Christian ministry practice and service. As a major project throughout the course, students develop a professional Christian ministry portfolio.

CHM 270   Using Social Media in Ministry2 credits

Emerging social media and digital technologies are changing the way organizations---including the local church---reach constituents and communities. How do Christian leaders develop strategies to leverage social media effectively as a tool for communication and outreach? In this course, students will explore available social media tools; develop a strategy for utilizing social media in a healthy way, both personally and organizationally; and learn to evaluate social media effectiveness through case study and real-world implementation of course learnings.

CHM 321   Foundations for Teaching and Learning4 credits

Students explore the scriptural, theological and historical role of Christian education within the church. This exploration will equip students to teach the faith across the lifespan through an intentional implementation of Christian educational programs and experiences.

CHM 323   Leadership Foundations4 credits

Developing their biblical and theological foundations for the practice of Christian leadership within diverse and changing faith communities, students explore leadership models and theories essential for guiding Christian ministry organizations into the future. Students gain administrative and productivity skills essential for organizational leadership.

CHM 325   Strategic Ministry3 credits

Christian ministry in diverse and fluid cultures calls for strategic and intentional leadership. Students explore and apply current strategic planning theories, methods and tools to help Christian ministry organizations fulfill their missions within ever-changing communities and cultural contexts. Through case study analysis and projects, students apply organizational change theory to congregations and ministry organizations.

CHM 330   Cultural Contexts and Faith Development3 credits

Students study the practice of Christian ministry within different cultural contexts and across the lifespan, paying particular attention to applying principles of biblical interpretation and a Lutheran understanding of Law and Gospel to the design and implementation of ministry experiences. Through applied projects, students develop a commitment to a reflective practice that respects diverse voices and beliefs.

CHM 421   Teaching to Lead and Equip4 credits

Effective ministry requires teams of transformational leaders. Educators and other leaders in the church serve and lead in ways that equip and empower others to serve within their local congregations, communities and beyond. Reflective practice helps leaders shape educational experiences that equip learners to serve and volunteer within diverse and rich cultural settings. Through applied projects and research, students design volunteer ministry programs and leadership training experiences. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 425   Youth and Family Ministry4 credits

Youth and family ministry is a partnership within congregation, home and community. Grounded in baptismal theology, this ministry is a tending of the faith journey throughout the lifespan. Students develop skills to lead a relational and Christ-centered ministry for and with youth in a congregation. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 430   Children and Confirmation Ministry4 credits

Current and emerging theories of children's ministry serve as the foundation for developing engaging children's ministry practices, experiences and programs. Additionally, students research and plan effective approaches to confirmation programming. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 435   Teachng and Leading Adults4 credits

Adult learning theory serves as a foundation for the development of adult education programs and experiences. Throughout this course students explore and apply theories of adult learning, spiritual formation, effective teaching methods and adult spiritual direction strategies. Participants utilize a planning process for initiating and leading adult education programs in ministry settings. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 440   Speaking the Gospel4 credits

Students explore the practical application of models of personal witness and Christian apologetics through the development of skills in nurturing relationships, recognizing barriers to and opportunities for faith-sharing, dealing with fears, listening actively, and effectively applying Law and Gospel to the needs of the hearer. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 445   Practice of Missions in the 21st Century4 credits

Students explore the basic tenets of living a mission-focused lifestyle in various cultures and contexts in North America and around the world by becoming familiar with issues related to crossing cultural barriers. These include culture shock; spiritual, physical, and emotional health; learning language and culture; team development; and integrative vocational practices. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 450   Great Commission Congregations4 credits

Students explore a strategic, team-based approach to congregational outreach and discipleship. By means of classroom and field experiences a multi-phase model is explored, developed and applied to a chosen contextual setting. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 455   Urban Outreach4 credits

Students develop an understanding and appreciation for the distinct outreach opportunities available in 21st century urban centers. Through classroom experience and interaction with cooperative agencies, a theological perspective is developed that moves students to connect entrepreneurial practices and evangelistic ministry. There is a fieldwork component to this course.

CHM 488   Independent Study1-4 credits

CHM 490   Theory to Action: Capstone in Christian Ministry2 credits

Students reflect on and formalize their understanding of Christian ministry in the context of their personal identity in Christ, the broader ministry of the Gospel, and their vision of future ministry and personal growth. Students prepare and present a capstone Christian Ministry project.

CHM 498   Commissioned Ministry Internship I6 credits

The internship provides DCE and DCO students a full-time supervised involvement in the educational or outreach ministries of a cooperating congregation or cross-cultural organization. Emphasis is placed on active leadership in a variety of professional tasks. Students register for CHM 498 in the fall and CHM 499 in the spring to complete the 12-month internship.

CHM 499   Commissioned Ministry Internship II6 credits

The internship provides DCE and DCO students a full-time supervised involvement in the educational or outreach ministries of a cooperating congregation or cross-cultural organization. Emphasis is placed on active leadership in a variety of professional tasks. Students register for CHM 498 in the fall and CHM 499 in the spring to complete the 12-month internship.