This will be a 12-week, supervised field education in a project related to “spiritual formation” in the setting of a local congregation. Six of the weeks will be spent executing your ministry project, bookended by three weeks at the beginning and end of the course spent in class work.
Successful completion of this course will demand that participants demonstrate an understanding of project management and bring that understanding to bear in the definition, defense, execution, and critical evaluation of a short-term program/activity to be conducted in a local church or small group setting. (Prerequisites: IFDC210, 220, 230)
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Advanced Strategic Planning by Aubrey Malphurs
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.