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CEM3133 - Adult Ministries

Course Description

A study of adulthood, the theological and theoretical foundations of education ministry to adults, contemporary Christian educational needs of adults, and programs designed to meet those needs.

Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to -

  1. express a clear understanding and appreciation of the need for and role of effective Christian educational ministries to adults in the church and its broader community so as to support adult educational programs through his or her own ministry
  2. identify and describe biblical and theoretical foundations of effective ministry to adults, develop a personal philosophy of adult ministry that agrees with and incorporates these foundations, and exercise the skills necessary to lead a local church in applying these foundations in its ministry programs
  3. describe the developmental dynamics of adults, contemporary adult culture, the resulting ministry issues and needs of adults, and exercise the skills to lead a local church in effectively addressing these issues and needs
  4. identify contemporary ministry programs, organizations, and resources for adult ministry and exercise the skills to utilize these effectively in the development of a local church ministry to adults
  5. identify and describe principles and practices of effective leadership and administration of adult ministries and exercise the skills to apply these in local church ministry to adults


    This course is designed to help the student achieve the following competencies for ministry as outlined in the Course of Study for the Church of the Nazarene. This course will contribute to the student's -

  • ability to write an integrative philosophy of ministry that will answer, "why I do what I do when I do it." (CP-4)
  • ability to describe the stages of human development and to apply that knowledge in leading people to Christian maturity. (CP-19)
  • ability to envision Christian education most appropriate for a local church and to assure the development and empowerment of those serving in it. (CP-20)
  • ability to discover sociological dynamics and trends and to apply that information to specific ministry settings. (CX-1)
  • ability to prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound basic scheme of teaching/learning discipleship in culturally appropriate ways, using appropriate techniques and skills. (CP-22)
  • ability to develop and utilize existing ministry forms (such as Sunday School administration and oversight, teacher education, curriculum planning and assessment, small group facilitation and training, and family nurture and formation, etc.) by which individuals, families, and congregations may be formed into Christlikeness. (CP-23)
  • ability to assess and implement emerging approaches to Christian education in light of enduring theological (Bible, doctrine, philosophy) and contextual (history, psychology, sociological) perspectives. (CP-24)

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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