Academic Programs 
      

Building Spiritual Gift Ministry Teams   ( AM-620-3)  (II-WS)     
Summer 2003

New Testament Scripture reveals that the church functions as the body of Christ when all of God’s people use their spiritual gifts.  Ministry in many churches operates as a top-down institution rather than a people- focused organism.  Employing powerful biblical and theological images, this course will explore key principles in developing strategies to empower and release ministry to all of God’s people.  The following areas will be covered: (1) biblical values needed in the ministry setting; (2) the structural and systematic issues that must be addressed to transform the community; (3) transforming the identity of all believers into ministers; (4) the process of helping all of God’s people discover their spiritual gifts through a profile of gifts, passions and leadership style: and (5) building spiritual gift-based teams.  

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
June 23 – 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brett Snowden
Adjunct Professor of the Arts of Ministry
, Director of Administration and Instructor, Commonwealth College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and Pastor of The Progressive Community Chapel, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Contact Information:
phone: 
(413) 736-8844
email:
  bsnowden@comcol.umass.edu

Course Syllabus

Course Agenda



Course Description: This course is designed for lay leaders and ordained persons interested in developing spiritual gift ministries in their local setting.  This course will explore and examine key biblical principles that will assist in developing strategies to empower and release ministry to all members of a faith community.  Topics include the consideration of biblical images/models, theological foundations, structural and systematic barriers that mobilize the transformation of a faith community and an assessment of our self-identity and completing a profile of gifts.   

Course Goals/Learning Outcomes:

  1. To enable students to have a thorough understanding of spiritual gifts from an early church perspective and one’s contemporary setting.
  2. To examine and explore biblical texts and models relating to spiritual gifts.
  3. To develop a theological framework for spiritual gifts within one’s ministry setting.
  4. To assess one’s cultural readiness for a spiritual gift based ministry.
  5. To understand how to build ministry teams around the gifts of their members.
  6. To develop a three to five year strategic plan for implementing a spiritual gift based ministry in their setting.

Pre-Course Reading:

Wagner, Peter.  “Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow.”  Revised Ed. Oxnard, CA: Regal Books, 1995.

Pre-Course Assignment:

Complete and score “Finding Your Spiritual Gifts: Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire.” 


Required Reading List:

  1. Turner, Max.  “The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts: In the New Testament Today.”  Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998.

  2. Bauknight, Brian Kelley.  “Body Building: Creating a Ministry Team Through Spiritual Gifts (Leadership Insight Series).”  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.

  3. Hybels, Bill.  “Courageous Leadership.”  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2002.

  4. Wagner, Peter.  “Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow.”  Revised Ed. Oxnard, CA: Regal Books, 1995.

  5. Wagner, Peter.  “Finding Your Spiritual Gifts: Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire.”  Oxnard, CA: Regal Books, 1995

Recommended Reading List:

  1. Banks, Robert. “Paul’s Idea of Community.”  Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994.
  2. Ogden, Greg. “The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God.”  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1990.
  3. Bugbee, Bruce.  “What You Do Best in the Body of Christ.”  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995.
  4. Icenogle, Gareth. “Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry.”  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994.
  5. Hadaway, Kirk.  “Behold I Do a New Thing.”  Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Assessment/Evaluation

  1. Participants wishing to take this course for credit must read all books recorded on the required reading list and be able to demonstrate they have a working knowledge of their contents.
  2. Participants wishing credit for this course will take part in all of the class sessions June 23–27, 2003.
  3. Participants will share in class discussions, participate in small groups and complete a Church Inventory Profile and Spiritual Gift Survey.
  4. Participants wishing credit for this course will write a typed 20 page final paper that embraces the following:

a) Identify your personal profile of gifts; your understanding of the best context for your ministry; what is God’s call upon your life and what adjustments this may require in your leadership role. 

b)  What Biblical/theological image endorses your desire for a spiritual gift based congregation.

c)  Provide an analysis of your ministry’s cultural and structural readiness for a spiritual gift ministry.  Include in this analysis what needs were discovered and how you plan to address those needs.

d)  Describe your role in moving forward with a spiritual gift ministry.

e)  Develop a strategic plan complete with leadership teams, resources and time-lines over a 3-5 year period.


The paper is due August 15, 2003.  The paper shall conform to conventional technical, grammatical and stylistic standards.  The Seminary recommends/urges that students follow Kate L. Turabian’s, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, (6th Edition, University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Papers should be submitted to Brett Snowden, P.O. Box 4152, Springfield, MA 01101-4152.   Phone: (413)736-8844   E-mail:  bsnowden@comcol.umass.edu.

Agenda

Monday, June 23

9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Housekeeping, Syllabus, Objectives, Attendance requirements, Papers, and Grading; Introductions

10:30

Lecture: Spirit of Prophecy – Max Turner

11:30   

Class Discussion

12:00 p.m.            

Lunch

1:00  

Lecture: Growing through Gifts – C. Peter Wagner

2:30 

Small Group Sharing – Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire

3:15     

Report out of Small Groups

4:00     

Close

                                               

Agenda

Tuesday, June 24

9:00 a.m.

Meditation

9:30

Video: Aligning Your Ministry to Your People – Bruce Bugbee

11:00   

Class Discussion

12:00 p.m.            

Lunch

1:00  

Lecture: Biblical and Theological Models for Ministry – Greg Ogden

2:30 

Small Group Sharing – Theological Dialogue

3:15     

Report out of Small Groups

4:00     

Close

                                               

Agenda

Wednesday, June 25

9:00 a.m.

Meditation

9:30

Lecture: Leadership Strategies – Bill Hybels

11:00   

Class Discussion

12:00 p.m.            

Lunch

1:00  

Lecture: Leadership Foundations

2:30 

Small Group Sharing – Leadership Case Study

3:15     

Report out of Small Groups

4:00     

Close

                                               

Agenda

Thursday, June 26

9:00 a.m.

Meditation

9:30

Lecture: What Drives Your Church? – Rick Warren

11:00   

Small Group Sharing – Parish Inventory Profile

12:00 p.m.            

Lunch

1:00  

Lecture: Cultural Readiness

2:30 

Class Discussion

3:30     

Alone Time

4:00     

Close

 

Agenda

Friday, June 27

9:00 a.m.

Meditation

9:30

Lecture: The Case for Small Groups – John Wesley

11:00   

Class discussion

12:00 p.m.            

Lunch

1:00  

Video: How People Grow in Small Groups – Henry Cloud

2:30 

Class Discussion

3:00     

Final Papers

3:30     

Course Evaluation

4:00     

Close

 

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