The focus of this class is on ways that we might promote a formational engagement of the Scriptures for personal and parish enrichment through the ways that we teach our Biblical faith.
In this course, you’ll learn how to engage the Christian meta-narrative (the body of beliefs to which our Scriptures point) and its key themes and motifs. We’ll study the variety of factors that impact our interpretation and teaching of the Scriptures, and explore some essential shifts in approaching the Bible which facilitate spiritual formation in our churches.
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Teaching the Bible in the Church, by John M. Bracke and Karen B. Tye
- Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, by M. Robert Mulholland
- The Bible’s Big Story: Our Story, by Harry Wendt
This is the second course in the Institute for Discipleship certification in Spiritual Formation, You must have completed IFDC220 – Spiritual Disciplines for Personal & Parish Renewal before taking this class. This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
The Rev. Dr. Jim Reiter is a retired elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church after having served a number of churches in the East Texas area over 35 years.
A 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University, Jim went on to attend Perkins School of Theology where he received his M.Div. in 1987 and his D.Min. in 1992. Most recently, Jim has completed all coursework at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary for a Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Jim provides ongoing leadership of the “Faith-Forming Relationships & Spiritual Formation” team of the Texas Annual Conference.
Throughout the course of his active years as a United Methodist pastor, spiritual formation has been a keen interest and focus for Jim. It’s an interest/focus emerging from a host of streams, including explorations in the contemplative life, immersion experiences in monastic settings, leadership in a variety of retreat settings, research in stages of faith development, experience with and gleanings from traditional and not-so-traditional spiritual disciplines, and a keen interest in the intersection of Christ and culture – focused especially in the spiritual themes embedded in the movies.
Early retirement has allowed Jim to direct his energies most fully to his passion in ministry: spiritual formation. Jim and Kathy, his wife of 35 years and spiritual formation leader in her own right, recently founded Zoe-Life Explorations, a series of program offerings designed to facilitate experiences in and conversations about spiritual formation in the lives of individuals and faith communities.