Interterm courses for AMBS-Kansas Center students

Interterm 2015

Rural Ministry GP:CHM595

Occasional — One hour  — Roy Kaufman
Jan 20 and Jan 22: 6:30 - 9:30 pm;  Jan 24: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pastoral ministry in rural congregations presents special challenge and opportunities because of the unique character of the rural communities and agrarian cultures in which these congregations are located. This course will explore the mission of the rural congregations, the unique calling of God for congregations in rural settings and the role they have in shaping the agrarian culture of rural communities.

This course will discuss the character of good news in rural ministry, the "shape" the Gospel takes in a rural setting and what biblical texts and themes make for effective preaching in a rural setting.

This course will examine the prophetic calling in rural ministry, the task of identifying and calling out the oppressive, exploitative and idolatrous forces operating within and around agrarian cultures and rural communities. This course will address pastoral care in rural ministry, how pastors and congregations are to cope with the grief and loss rural communities experience in the form of dying rural towns,declining congregational membership, and the loss of youth, farms and farm families.

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Learn about a half-day seminar in rural ministry on January 24

Conflict, Communication, and Conciliation  GP:CHM633-2

Annual — Two hours — Kirsten Zerger and Gary Flory
January 6-9, 2015
Conflict is an inevitable part of interpersonal relationships, including relationships within the church. This course prepares students to navigate interpersonal conflict more fruitfully through a focus on conflict analysis, personal style in conflict, communication skills, conciliation and conflict transformation, and developing spiritual foundations for working with conflict. Emphasis will be placed on training through simulations and role plays. The course is approved by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration for core mediation training. This course is offered in North Newton, Kan., for graduate credit through KIPCOR. Kirsten Zerger and Gary Flory are directors at KIPCOR. Visit the Academic calendar and course offering list for details of when the class meets.