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Delivered at ATLA in June 2009. Describes the course "Practices and Skills to Support a Parish Ministry" taught at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Combines practice of Lectio Divina ...

Delivered at ATLA in June 2009. Describes the course "Practices and Skills to Support a Parish Ministry" taught at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Combines practice of Lectio Divina with information seeking skills and technology tools for the pastorate.

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  • 1. Real Time Ministry
  • 2. “It was the single most practical class I took during my entire seminary career.”
  • 3. “This is a great course that truly meets the goal of preparation for ministry!”
  • 4. “I would almost go so far to say that this should be a required course for all first year seminary students!”
  • 5. “I pray that the class continues especially for those of us who are not computer savvy.”
  • 6. 2002 Winner:
    Award of Instructional Development
    given by KentuckianaMetroversity
    $1000 Prize
  • 7. Practices and Skills to Support a Parish Ministry
    Real Time Ministry
  • 8. The Intent
    Foster a rhythm to students’ future ministry where the care is:
    constantly refreshed by the best biblical and theological insight of the community of faith;
    effected in a skillful manner; and
    informed by a practice of piety that refreshes and deepens the spirit’s understanding of the good news that is the church’s life spring.
  • 9. Three emphases
    LectioDivinia
    Research anywhere
    Technology Tools
  • 10. LectioDivina
  • 11. Each student will covenant with the class to dedicate 30 minutes a day for six days of the week to the practice of lectiodivina.
    Professor monitors postings and discussion on Blackboard.
    In-person meeting every 3-4 weeks.
    Images: The Carmelites www.ocarm.org
  • 12. The Postings
  • 13. “I do a version of the on-line lectiodivina with a friend in another state. That has been a great blessing. Thanks for the idea!”
  • 14. “I was looking forward to the LectioDivina portion of the class, but hadn't imagined the practice or the small group aspect of the practice would become so meaningful!”
  • 15. “The computer skills learned were important, but my favorite thing was learning how to do LectioDivina and experiencing that practice over a long period of time.”
  • 16. Research Anywhere
  • 17. Bye-bye Library
  • 18. Rings of Knowledge
    T E X T S
    TOOLS
    INDEX
    Encyclopedia
    CANON
    ARCHIVE
  • 19. Louisville, KY :  Westminster John Knox Press,  2003.
  • 20. Hello OnlineCD Resources
  • 21. “Identification of web based resources for sermon writing.”
  • 22. “How we developed our library of resources was incredibly helpful. I have actually just finished my second year of purchases designed in that project.”
  • 23. “How to search and narrow internet search results to get reliable sources....for book reviews, sermon illustrations, commentaries....all kind of things!”
  • 24. Technology Tools
  • 25. Content--continuing
    Church management software
    PowerPoint/Multimedia
    Excel
    Web searching
    Reading a budget
    Electronics 101
  • 26. Content--former
    Buying a computer/digital camera
    Building a website
    Worked on one on-going presentation for 9 weeks.
  • 27. Content--current
    Blogging
    Twitter
    Wikis
    Survey software
    Website evaluation
    Worship software
    Del.icio.us
  • 28. “As a solo with no administrative support, I know what's available for outsourcing (through technology, etc.) so I can focus on what I'm ordained to do.”
  • 29. “The ability to blog, use Facebook and find web based resources has saved my sanity over the last two years.”
  • 30. “Power point. I never dreamed I would be in a church that wanted to explore the use of power point.”
  • 31. Final Projects
  • 32. Project options
    Annotated, evaluative bibliography
    Proposed pastor’s library on $500 budget
    Multimedia teaching presentation
    Content analysis and improvement plan for congregational website
    Project developed by student that will enrich one’s work as a pastor
  • 33. Example
    Presentation: God’s Cry for Social Justice
    Website evaluation and PowerPoint presentation of findings for website committee at church
    Church website design subsequently used by church
    Elder education program used by the student’s church
    Blogging to keep in touch during summer assignment
    Church elder website with links to all tools being used for organization and communication
  • 34. “I pray that the class continues especially for those of us who are not computer savvy.”
  • 35. “It was the single most practical class I took during my entire seminary career.”
  • 36. “I would almost go so far to say that this should be a required course for all first year seminary students!”
  • 37. “This is a great course that truly meets the goal of preparation for ministry!”
  • 38. Contact Info
    amorris@lpts.edu
    ccardwell@lpts.edu