Clergy--Training

Competency-based assessment for ministerial authorization in the United Church of Christ : a model for implementation

Author
Nora Driver Foust
Abstract
Knowledge is readily available today with Google and other search engines designed to answer any question. However, the integration of knowledge into understanding and competency is not as straightforward. To address the challenge of integration of knowledge and competency for ministerial authorization, this project follows Richard Osmer’s four tasks of practical theology and looks at the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers alongside principles of competency-based assessment. The project presents a working model for UCC Committees on Ministry across the denomination for implementation of the new Manual on Ministry (MOM). The new MOM embraces a single form of authorized ministry and the use of the competency-based Marks with all ministerial candidates, seminarians, and those on alternative paths to authorization. Alongside a model for UCC Committees on Ministry, this project opens doors to further change in the UCC’s process and points to possible implementation of competency-based assessment programs in other denominations. This project opens with a glossary and the state of the field in Chapter 1 leading to the research question on how the UCC might move to embrace the Marks and develop an implementation strategy for using them in a true competency-based approach. Chapter 2 includes a literature review. Chapter 3 offers a glimpse at how the education world uses competency-based assessment and offers five principles for how their use might be carried over into the assessment work of UCC Committees on Ministry. Chapter 4 presents the model for how one UCC Conference implemented this use and Chapter 5 draws conclusions and points readers forward to possible application of a competency-based assessment model in their own setting.

Paying attention : comparison of desired characteristics of ministerial leadership in the United Church of Christ

Author
Kay S. Rader
Abstract
Meeting leadership needs of the United Church of Christ, which includes finding the best ways to prepare new leaders for authorization, has been a lively conversation in the denomination in recent years. A decade of study led to a national Pronouncement on ministry issues in 2005 which suggested ways to move into the future while taking into account the remarkable diversity of faith communities within the denomination.

The broad range of ecclesiologies, with their corresponding theologies of ministry, has made the denominational conversation rich, but it has also made the task of coming to consensus on ministry issues challenging. In order to gain a better understanding of our practices in preparation for creating new guidelines for authorization, one directive of the Pronouncement was to “pay attention to our theologies of ministry in the UCC, especially ordained ministry.”

This project applies an ecclesiological typology to the descriptive language in current local and national denominational guidelines for identifying, preparing, and authorizing candidates for ministry, for the purpose of comparing the preferences which are revealed in them. Preferences are arrayed, and similarities and discrepancies between local and national materials are noted. In particular, this project observes whether or not the full range of ecclesiological diversity of the United Church of Christ is reflected in the guidelines for authorization, what differences exist between the sets of guidelines in this respect, and what the significance of those differences may be. The intent of this project is to contribute to the ongoing denominational conversation.

La pastoral educativa en la Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía en México, como eje integrador de un liderazgo contextual y transformador para cumplir la Gran Comisión

Author
Lucio Rojas Espinoza
Abstract
The trends seen in a changing world impel the Christian community to have a deep theology that answers each question. Given this, the Pentecostal movement has been a vibrant movement in the power of the Holy Spirit that has managed to spread the gospel in different corners of the world; however, we have to recognize, in general terms, that one of its weak areas has been deep theological teaching. The author highlights the importance of an educational pastoral that is intentionally strengthened, and constitutes a transversal axis that integrates theological and practical elements. contextual, which provide knowledge and continuous training in the life of the pastor, enabling him to implement educational processes that develop his leadership team, and the membership of his local church. The research focuses briefly on different models of educational pastoral in the biblical framework, but also in the evolution of the history of Christianity, including the current situation of the pastoral ministry, establishing the urgency of implementing an educational pastoral, which considers the training of the future new pastors, before their incorporation into the pastoral ministry. On the other hand, the author provides recommendations that contribute to strengthening pastoral educational work, from emerging leadership to those who have been in ministry for years, based on the core values of our council, the vital functions of the church, and personal life. of the shepherd. So that the educational ministry in each local church is effective, contextual, transcends in the individual, family and community, bears fruit in transformed lives and contributes significantly to the fulfillment of the great commission.

A supervision model for pastoral training in interpersonal relationship counseling

Author
Albert DeVoogd
Abstract
Professionalism is an important component of contemporary occupations. It is especially important to the minister-therapist. The concept and its particular application to the ministry are discussed below.

In medieval Europe, the Guild provided a stable caste society within which human vocation was so much a part of self that it became a part of personal identity and self-concept. My family name, DeVoogd, is an illustration of such a time in history when one of my forebearers was a caretaker on a large estate, and he took the name of "keeper", voogd in Dutch, as his surname. This forefather described himself by the occupation that he held and even took his name from it. Today in our technological society, the mechanization of the concept of occupation has made it possible for a person to shift jobs easily in order to make a living. The work concept, while still a part of our thinking, is now considered as external to the self. Professionalism has emerged as the modern counterpart of the medieval occupational identity.

Welcoming People With Serious Mental Illness Into the Body of Christ

Author
Robert Alan Renix D.Min.
Abstract
This project’s purpose was to enhance clergy and the church’s ability to welcome people with serious mental illness into the body of Christ. My contexts were Saint Elizabeths Hospital and Inner Light Ministries UCC. I developed a seminar to teach Inner Light clergy about mental illness through a seminar. I explored how to merge their clerical skills as resources for welcoming people with serious mental illness into the church. A project goal was also to increase their confident competence in assisting people with serious mental illness.

Clergy are, most often, the first people sought out, by the churched and not so churched, for support and guidance when mental illness inserts itself into their lives. Clergy are called upon to help make meaning of the uncertainties surrounding mental illness disorders. Because others look to clergy for understanding, clergy have to become aware and confident with applying their skills to care for people with serious mental illness. Clergy do not need to attain a clinical level of confidence; instead, they must achieve the confident competence in their gifts as pastors, priest, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and leaders of faith.

What we can do as clergy and the church is reexamine our skills. We have been trained to care for parishioners through biblical interpretation, bible study, and the sacraments. Clergy and the church value hospitality and meals. Observing who is not at Christ’s table and inviting them back home to God’s community will ensure the feast includes people living with serious mental illness.

Pastoral leadership training through congregational clinical pastoral education

Author
Karl J Van Harn
Abstract
The material in these pages presents some structure, tools, description, and reflection on the process and content of a congregational CPE program. Recorded here are a personal account of my interest in congregational CPE, a rationale for congregational CPE, a curriculum, feedback from students noting progress (or lack thereof) in developing emotional intelligence, other models of congregational CPE, what others have written about this type of program, theological reflection on this education
process, and a conclusion naming some benefits and questions based upon this unit of congregational CPE. Each of these pieces records an aspect of an education process that is greater than the sum of its parts. The real project occurred as students and I met for several hours on Thursdays for six months to engage with each other in ways for each of us to become better pastors. The stories of their growth illustrate how their development of emotional intelligence informed their pastoral identity and competence as leaders in their places of ministry. They grew into themselves and their call as pastoral leaders, a process for which I am grateful.

A variety of gifts : theological and pedagogical inquiry on the teaching of biblical languages

Author
Dawn Boelkins
Abstract
Using D. Jean Clandinin and F. Michael Connelly's three-dimensional narrative inquiry space as a template, the author reflects theologically and pedagogically upon twenty years' experience with biblical languages at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. The theological emphases focus upon the theology of the learner, as shaped by the imago Dei of Genesis 1; the theology of the teacher, as embodied in Corinthians 9; and the theology of learning, as envisioned in 1 Corinthians 12.

The pedagogical focus critiques the efficacy of Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and the practicality of Randall Buth's listening comprehension approach to learning biblical languages. Buth's work builds upon the conclusions of second-language acquisition theorists and teachers Stephen Krashen, James Asher, and Harris Winitz.

The author concludes that the work of both Gardner and Buth must be expanded to serve the theological goals of Western Theological Seminary. Gardner' s multiple intelligences theory can shape both how one learns and what one learns. Buth's emphasis upon fluency delays the shift to the rich rewards of biblical exegesis.

A case study in call : character and competency for effective ministry leadership relative to urban cohorts in graduate theological education

Author
Royce A Evans
Abstract
This D. Min. project focuses on perceptions relative to what constitutes the most effective expression of ministry leadership within the African-American community located in a major Midwest City. After a biblical examination of call, character and competency, the project examines ministry leadership effectiveness prior to and as the result of exposure to theological education. This is particular to the Urban Cohort Program of a graduate level theological seminary offering the degree in Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Attention was given to observations made by participants (ministry leaders), those who are served in the ministries where they lead (congregants, other ministry leaders, board members and church officers), as well as what the academic institution learned relative to faculty, staff, and governance.

Developing a Pastoral Care Manual to Raise Awareness of Multicultural Death and Dying Rituals at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Author
Ytu Thi Tran
Abstract
The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry project was to research the field of pastoral care related to multicultural death and dying rituals in order to identify best practices and develop a manual for the chaplaincy department at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC), Lawrenceville, Georgia. Among the pastoral care services offered at GMC, an examination of many hospital manuals showed a lack of information and resources on death and dying rituals and faith practices, especially for those with focus on the four leading religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. A manual that centered on these four religious groups, along with providing information on religious death and dying rituals, would not only be helpful for new intern Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) chaplains and staff chaplains, but would also benefit the interdisciplinary medical staff in helping them treat patients and families with respect and dignity.

In order to complete this project, the project director examined research in the field of pastoral care on the beliefs and rituals of four leading religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. She also investigated significant time studying how to design and write a manual. The result was a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, manual about these four religions that focused on their history, beliefs, teachings, practices, and death and dying rituals. Furthermore, the project director personally interviewed a spiritual leader representing each of the four major religions presented in this document for their review and evaluation of the accuracy of its contents.

Los Factores que Ayudan a los Pastores Inmigrantes de Habla Hispana a Desarrollar un Ministerio Efectivo en Iglesias Hispanas en Los Ángeles

Author
William Germán Cárcamo Ramos D.Min.
Abstract
El tema de esta investigación es dar a conocer cuáles son los factores que ayudan a los pastores inmigrantes de habla hispana a desarrollar un ministerio efectivo en iglesias hispanas en Los Ángeles. Porque existe una cantidad de iglesias con pastores que están luchando día a día, para expandir el reino de Dios, y en su intento encuentran obstáculos, barreras de toda índole que surgen y afectan al pastor en su intento de avanzar.

La diversa representación cultural es un factor que existe en las congregaciones de Los Ángeles California que confronta el buscar modelos de superación, de ser efectivos, de hacer una labor Digna de Dios. En esta última década, pareciera que existe una confusión en el papel pastoral. Se observa una conducta mercantilista, por un lado, y por el otro, una posición religiosa sin fundamento.

Las propuestas de esta tesis se basarán en los resultados de una investigación realizada a pastores hispanos, que han estado en el campo de acción por muchos años, y atraviesan diversas problemáticas que no han sido visibilizadas y atendidas. El modelo a seguir será constructivo en base a una amplia investigación documental y de campo.

En esta tesis, el lector encontrará cuatro respuestas que ayuden al pastor a ser efectivo en su ministerio. Los factores mencionados son: 1) El pastor debe integrarse favorablemente a la diversidad cultural hispana de Los Ángeles California. 2) El pastor hispano debe tener un acompañamiento espiritual de otros pastores. 3) El pastor hispano debe aprovechar las oportunidades educativas para su superación. 4) El pastor hispano debe desarrollar nuevas capacidades pastorales ajustadas a la cultura de la iglesia hispana de Los Ángeles.
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