In the course, students will engage the administrative aspects of the Christian faith formation programs in churches. This includes assessing the current realities of the Christian Education program, aligning the programs with the vision of the church, and the nuts and bolts of the faith formation program. Students in this course will do an analysis of a program, create goals, learn volunteer recruitment techniques, budgeting and bookkeeping practices, and communication strategies.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- The Nuts and Bolts of Christian Education: Practical Wisdom for Teachers and Leaders, by Delia Halverson
- Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry, Robert Welch
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Jonathan LeMaster-Smith lives with his wife, Shannon, in Hildebran, North Carolina (District 12 of the Hunger Games movies). He holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a focus on Rural Ministry and Methodist Studies. His work includes presentations on Dolly Parton, articles on ditch lilies, and musings about the genius of mayonnaise.