Educational Ministries and Leadership explores the equipping of educational and other church leaders through teaching and learning, curriculum development, discipleship, and team building as well as generational and intergenerational ministries with children, youth, emerging adults, adults, and aging adults. The course will help ministry leaders understand and function in their role as practitioners leading God's people toward maturity in Christ. Students will gain core educational and leadership competencies informed by biblical theology, a sound understanding of the human person, context, and theory.

Two or Three Hour Note: Due to the Fall 2017 changes in the MDiv program, the previous EM 5000 two-hour course is now EM 5100 a three-hour course. Participants that have previously taken EM 5000, should not enroll in EM 5100. If you need to take the old EM 5000 two-hour course, you may enroll in EM 5100-40 for two hours (which will not include the leadership component of the course) or you may enroll in EM 5100-41 for three hours which will include the leadership component and will count as an elective hour in your program. All new Fall 2017 matriculators should enroll in EM 5100-41 for three hours. If you have questions, contact the TEDS Online Office.

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This course is offered fully online, but follows the regular semester schedule. Each week of the course will focus on an aspect of educational ministries and/or leadership with a primary focus upon the church. Each week’s module unit will follow this pattern:  

  • Prepare (Orientation) – preparation in the course content generally through devotional thoughts, brief introductory videos, discussion/thinking stimulators, reading surveys, or some sort of activity that will guide your thinking into the subject areas of the module. 

  • Understand (Content) – understand the course content in greater depth through readings, PowerPoint presentations, lecturettes, research practices, case study examinations, or forum discussions. 

  • Apply (Practice/Response) – this section brings understanding to the context of the learner through case studies, written papers, synchronous or asynchronous forum discussions (with colleagues, the professor of record, or persons in your context), Zoom Meetings, reflective writings, or other engagement methods.

You can expect to invest approximately 8­-10 hours per week for each of the 14 weeks in this course. (This workload is commensurate with a three semester hours in­-class work load.)