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Peace and Justice Ministry Courses
MIN 8701 Multiculturalism, Diversity and Non-violent Conflict ResolutionThe intent of this course is to understand how people of different cultures handle conflict by communicating and building relationships. The focus is Asian, Hispanic and African/African-American cultures. Through the use of stories, sayings, proverbs and examples we will provide models for conflict transformation, and how we can choose our responses to conflict situations. We will cover a range of diverse approaches to work within the workplace with different people, and seek to understand where others are coming from as the key to harmonious interaction. The course will also examine a variety of biblical principles and stories to highlight practical skills for conflict resolution. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
MIN 8702 Issues in Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
A course designed to produce creative and effective theoreticians and activists in the arena of religion and peace in the contemporary world. After finishing this course, students should be able to analyze and implement effective designs and applications for bilateral and multi-religious encounter with an eye to resolving conflict and realizing reconciliation and collaboration. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Selover.
MIN 8703 Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice in the Global Market
This course will challenge students to re-evaluate their views of social justice, social ministry and the minister’s role in bringing about a more just world. Students will evaluate diverse expressions of social justice and social service in Christianity and the world’s faiths order to come to their own definition of social justice ministry. They will learn to develop and conduct a ministry that is compassionate and just, while faithful to the basics of their faith. In addition, students will examine the components of effective social justice programs including funding and grant writing. Finally, students will be challenged to fully reflect on their current ministries with an eye to how they can foster a socially just world where all people live for the sake of others. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Winings.
MIN 8704 Transformational Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Organizational Growth in Contemporary Ministry This course introduces the basic principles of leadership, with emphasis on transformational and servant leadership, as well as of organizational behavior. It presents the tasks and roles of management in achieving successful results in the planning, production and delivery of services particularly in non-profit and religious organizations. The course also discusses the international dimensions of organizational behavior, such as cross-cultural management, and introduces ethical issues in the professional world. It provides an understanding of how the basic human resource management (HRM) functions of planning, staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations are applied in private sector organizations. Key concepts will be illustrated and applied via case studies as well as personal experience. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Phillips.