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CEU Course Catalog

NOTE: Successful students will earn ten lifelong learning units (1.0) and are expected to invest ten hours in each five-day course.  Courses are intended for continuing education and are not designed to satisfy requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. 


CHURCH BOARD DEVELOPMENT & CHURCH FINANCE, Dr. Stephen Borger
An overview of principles, procedures and best practices relating to the leadership and development of the local church board.  The course will explore ways to create functionally effective church boards and the personal development of board members.  The goal is that every church board will fulfill its fiduciary responsibility and give spiritual leadership.

DEVELOPING MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP, Dr. Mark Maddix
An exploration of how pastors and church leaders can engage in what God is doing in their local communities through missional engagement.  The course will explore how missional engagement includes both discipleship and evangelism and how it forms and shapes faithful disciples.

DISCERNING YOUR CALL, Dr. Michael Kipp 
*This course is designed for high school students and recent college graduates.*  
Ever wonder if God has a special call for your life.....for your job....for your future?  Join me in this short 1-week course to listen to what God may be quietly calling you to do and be.

DISCOVERING HOLINESS, Dr. Diane Leclerc
This course will provide the opportunity to review the tenets of a theology of holiness and sanctification, as well as explore some key areas of confusion that can still linger when presenting and preaching the doctrine today.  Attention will be given particularly in how to communicate the theology to laity.

THE ESSENCE & PRACTICE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP, Dr. Ed Robinson
‚ÄčAn exploration of the nature and practice of servant leadership in the context of pastoral ministry and organizational leadership.  The course will analyze a range of leadership perspectives as they relate to Jesus imperative to his disciples..."the greatest among you should be the least, and the one who rules like the one who serves."  Applied topics include nurturing "servant-oriented" organizational culture, leading in a servant organization, developing other servant leaders, and evaluating servant leadership.

EXPLORING PREACHING TODAY, Dr. Jay Akkerman
An exploratory study of preaching and worship trends for those in ministry, including various methodologies for communicating the gospel in contemporary contexts.

EXPLORING RELATIONAL THEOLOGY, Dr. Thomas Jay Oord
Many Christians in the Wesley tradition are attracted to relational theology.  But a number of relational theologies exist.  This course begins with the core notions of relational theology and then explores some implications and directions these core ideas might take for understanding God, God's interaction with humans, and the natural world.

THE GOAL OF YOUTH MINISTRY, Dr. Michael Kipp
What is the purpose of ministry to and with young persons?  What exactly does the Church hope to accomplish?  In this course we will explore a biblical and theological purpose for ministry that will set the trajectory for youth ministry to stem the tide of young people leaving the Church (40-60%) after high school graduation.

NAVIGATING EVANGELISM, Rev. Bob Luhn
Designed for anyone who is open to a more relational, more conversational approach to evangelism in contrast to the presentational styles of evangelism most often used in the past century.  Jesus promised that we would be His witnesses to those close to us as well as those far, far away.  And yet, evangelism is more often talked about than done; more often criticized than welcomed; and more often feared than enjoyed.  Participants will be exposed to methods and activities that show promise for sharing the good news of Christ with inhabitants of the 21st century.

THE PSALMS FOR LIFE: A WESLEYAN WAY, Dr. Stephen Riley
Many people will recognize "The Lord is my Shepherd...." as the first line of Pslam 23.  However, less are as acquainted with the rest of the 150 prayers of ancient Israel and the richness of their reflections on all matters of life.  This course will offer the opportunity to engage with the full variety of psalms and think about how their form and content can help us in our own spiritual journey as well as our practice of ministry.

THE PASTOR AS COUNSELOR: AN EXPLORATION OF FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS, Jeff Edmiston
People in our communities often struggle with emotional, relational, and mental health concerns. These struggles come in a variety of forms such as the loss of a loved one, marital infidelity, addiction, or depression, to name a few. Often the pastor is on the front line, offering support to community members before other support resources are available. In this course, we will discuss foundational skills to assist pastors in this valuable role as pastoral counselors. The course will include an optional live question-and-answer time where we will address specific questions about students' settings and concerns.

THEOLOGY OF WORK, Rich Shockey
Is work the result of the fall of humankind or is it part of God's original plan? This course considers the ways the biblical narratives bring meaning and context to the idea of work. It will explore a range of issues from whether work is the result of The Fall, laity/clergy dynamics, the secular/sacred "divide," and how the vocation of all Christians begins at baptism.

READING NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS TODAY, Dr. Dick Thompson
Reading a New Testament letter can be like reading someone else's mail.... but centuries old!  And these letters often deal with issues very different from what we face today.  This course will explore how we can read these letters so that they speak in fresh ways in our day.  Each offering of this course will examine a different letter.  

SACRAMENTS AS DIVINE HEALING ENCOUNTERS, Dr. Brent Peterson
The sacraments are God's gift to creation, that through the Church, God is healing and redeeming creation to be more fully what God created the World to be.  Both the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper will be explored, including theological, liturgical and practical issues for ministry.
 
SOUL-CARE FOR LEADERS, Dr. Joe Gorman
This course explores the various personal and spiritual issues that confront Christian leaders in ministry.  Topics include strategies for managing stress and burnout, sexuality and ministry, and re-imagining success in ministry. 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION, RHYTHMS OF GRACE FOR LIFE IN CHRIST, Dr. Rhonda Carrim
An exploration of foundational biblical, theological and historical understandings of Christian spiritual formation.  This course particularly explores the reflective discipline of one's own journey with God, highlighting a variety of spiritual practices as means of grace in one's life.