Certificate in Christian Community

Certificate in Christian Community
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

The Porter in the early monastic Christian community was a person who cared for the physical and financial concerns of the whole community, “one who guarded the door”. This course of study is specifically designed to help the student understand the physical requirements of a maintaining a modern ministry. It is a course of study that focuses on finance, polity, church planting and management, building planning, supply and provisions, fund raising and stewardship. It is a very practical and focused term.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of creating Christian community prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
  2. Robert N. Gray, Managing the Church
  3. Paul Zahl, Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them
  4. Kathleen Hughes and Ann Hamlin, Celtic Monasticism
  5. Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
  6. Brian E. Brown, ed., The Common Rule of Life of the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart
  7. George G. Hunter III, The Celtic Way of Evangelism
  8. Brian D. McLaren, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
  9. Ian Bradley, Celtic Christian Communities
  10. Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
  11. John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die
  12. Dan Kimball,The Emerging Church
  13. Doug Gay, Remixing the Church: Towards an Emerging Ecclesiology
  14. Dallas Lee, The Cotton Patch Evidence
  15. Brian D. McLaren, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of what it means to create Christian Community within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what it means to create Christian Community within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%