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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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    • Real Time Ministry
    • “It was the single most practical class I took during my entire seminary career.”
    • “This is a great course that truly meets the goal of preparation for ministry!”
    • “I would almost go so far to say that this should be a required course for all first year seminary students!”
    • “I pray that the class continues especially for those of us who are not computer savvy.”
    • 2002 Winner:
      Award of Instructional Development
      given by KentuckianaMetroversity
      $1000 Prize
    • Practices and Skills to Support a Parish Ministry
      Real Time Ministry
    • 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.
    • Three emphases
      LectioDivinia
      Research anywhere
      Technology Tools
    • LectioDivina
    • 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
    • The Postings
    • “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!”
    • “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!”
    • “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.”
    • Research Anywhere
    • Bye-bye Library
    • Rings of Knowledge
      T E X T S
      TOOLS
      INDEX
      Encyclopedia
      CANON
      ARCHIVE
    • Louisville, KY :  Westminster John Knox Press,  2003.
    • Hello OnlineCD Resources
    • “Identification of web based resources for sermon writing.”
    • “How we developed our library of resources was incredibly helpful. I have actually just finished my second year of purchases designed in that project.”
    • “How to search and narrow internet search results to get reliable sources....for book reviews, sermon illustrations, commentaries....all kind of things!”
    • Technology Tools
    • Content--continuing
      Church management software
      PowerPoint/Multimedia
      Excel
      Web searching
      Reading a budget
      Electronics 101
    • Content--former
      Buying a computer/digital camera
      Building a website
      Worked on one on-going presentation for 9 weeks.
    • Content--current
      Blogging
      Twitter
      Wikis
      Survey software
      Website evaluation
      Worship software
      Del.icio.us
    • “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.”
    • “The ability to blog, use Facebook and find web based resources has saved my sanity over the last two years.”
    • “Power point. I never dreamed I would be in a church that wanted to explore the use of power point.”
    • Final Projects
    • 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
    • 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
    • “I pray that the class continues especially for those of us who are not computer savvy.”
    • “It was the single most practical class I took during my entire seminary career.”
    • “I would almost go so far to say that this should be a required course for all first year seminary students!”
    • “This is a great course that truly meets the goal of preparation for ministry!”
    • Contact Info
      amorris@lpts.edu
      ccardwell@lpts.edu