God's mission to and for the world is to reconcile all things unto himself through the ongoing activity of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Humankind is invited to join in that reconciling project, formed communally and individually through practices that God graciously and mysteriously enlivens in order to mold disciples in the image of Christ. As that image, we live out God's kingdom purposes in our particular cultural settings, allowing God to use our lives for His glory.
Spiritual formation is the work of the Holy Spirit to shape us into the image of Jesus. Leadership shapes the church as the communal conduit of Christ's image into the world for the sake of God's reconciliation.
Each course in this program will explore the theological foundations of specific practices in the life of faith communities and leaders, addressing the challenges of contemporary ministry. Classes will attend to the development of interpersonal communication and public proclamation skills.
The program involves 36 credit hours of courses which are divided into three categories: core classes (28 hrs), research courses (2 hrs), and a final ministry project (6 hrs).
Courses involve four two-week residencies (two each year), usually on Lipscomb’s campus. At least two months prior to the residency, a course syllabus will be made available. This syllabus will contain assignments to be completed prior to the residency. Each three-hour course includes a post-residency work; this involves integrating course content into one’s ministry and evaluating the results. The courses will involve peer learning and evaluation leading to the self-directed research required by each unit of study – leading to the final research project.
The current tuition rate is $333/hr. The program requires 15 hours in the first year, 15 hours in the second, and 6 hours for the third. Tuition covers the cost of breakfasts and lunches during each two-week session as well as room and board for the weekend retreat during that residency.