IFD325 – Faith Communities’ Response to Domestic Violence

IFD209 – Congregational Leadership: Pastoral Care

IFD300 – Using the Common English Bible: A Primer

IFD298 – Life Together in the United Methodist Connection

IFD292 – Biblical Storytelling II

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Affordable. Accessible. Applicable. Earn a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry from Southwestern College in just two years, entirely online. We offer several ministry field emphases.

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BeADisciple Academy

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From The Branches Blog

The Mission Field in Our Own Backyard

guest post by Nancy Golden 

AlhambraAre you thinking about taking a mission trip, but not sure about traveling to a foreign country?

In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After His words, Jesus ascends into heaven, leaving his disciples with a mission, the same one we share today: through the power of the Holy Spirit we are to bring the gospel …



Growing older teaches me that God is good, even when bad things happen

a guest post by Brian McCaffrey

Aging is something that comes naturally; all that is required is taking another breath. However, the wisdom that is supposed to come with it takes a little more effort!

In the midst of tragedy, thankfulness

When I was a student chaplain at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, I was assigned to the women’s oncology unit. I was fresh out of seminary. I was encountering life stories that caused me to struggle with my faith – how did my idea of a “good” God connect to the bad things I saw …