In the course, students will engage the administrative aspects of the Christian faith formation programs in churches. This includes assessing the current realities of the Christian Education program, aligning the programs with the vision of the church, and the nuts and bolts of the faith formation program. Students in this course will do an analysis of a program, create goals, learn volunteer recruitment techniques, budgeting and bookkeeping practices, and communication strategies.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- The Nuts and Bolts of Christian Education: Practical Wisdom for Teachers and Leaders, by Delia Halverson
- Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry, Robert Welch
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
You will need a password to enroll in this class as a proof of pre-requisites.
About the Instructor
Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The focus of his work is in rural ministry. He teaches regularly for many schools in the fields of Christian Education, Rural Ministry, and United Methodist Studies.
His most recent writing is on rural youth ministry as erosion control and is working on an article related to Wesley eschatology in rural communities. He serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He lives in Hildebran, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon, a United Methodist Deacon. She serves at First United Methodist Church, Newton. The have 3 dogs, enjoy hiking, playing board games, and working on their new home.