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The reason I love life is because I began to love the ONE who gave me life. Aaron Krueger

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Laity Pastors Professors
 1) Spirituality Personal theological knowledge
2) Relational management character
3) Church communication leadership
4) Communication theological knowledge communication
5) Theological  knowledge spirituality counsel

a. Theological knowledge is only head knowledge and does not matter in long run (Eph. 3:14ff)

b. Sprirituality is first for the laity because of all the baggage they are carrying from the week at work and family

I. Spiritual Romation within the Seminary: 3 Component Parts of Theological Eduacation


      A. Academic Preparation

            Aim: to train the mind

            Goal: to educate the clergy

      B. Professional Development

            Aim: to learn the skills of ministry

            Goal: to produce a competant ministry

      C. Spiritual Formation

            Aim: to train the hearts

            Goal: porduce a godly clergy

            -It declares the integrity and the character of the preacher


                  a. God First - not to forget your time with the Lord

                  b. Family/friends

                  c. academics



II. Definitions of Spirituality (See Handout)

III. John 13

      Servant (doulos)

      are we cleansed

      clean feet is

            good relationships


            repentence and forgiveness

IV. True Spirituality

      Christian conversion

            repentence and faith

            moved differant level of consciousness

            change of mind

            trun away from former life



      Affirms the church: body of Christ

            church is human

      Kingdom oriented in all relationships

      Great Commission (Matthew 28:16)

      servant (Mt. 20ff and  Php 2)

      seperation of holiness

            in the world but not of the world



            revelation of truth (Dt. 6:4-9; Is 55:10,11; Heb 4:12)

            Infromation, transformation, Fromation

            Romans 12:2; II Cor. 3:17; Gal 4:19; I Peter 2:12; Eph 4:11-16)

V. Fear the Lord

      is Holiness not the spirit of fear

      wisdom comes

      Awe of God's presence

      come toward God


      fall on face

      (Lvt. 10:3; Psalm 10:39; I Peter 1:15-17; Ph. 2:12,13)

Small Group (see diagram in note file)


Dr. Sweatland

Theology of Ministry

I. General


            Ephesians 4:ff

      life time process

      articulated theology (academic)= to a functional theology (wisdom)

      most advice is on experience and wisdom

List on the most stressful to deal with in the church for pastors 

      9 terminal illness

      8 death of a spouse

      7 adultry

      6 divorce

      5 drug and acohol

      4 death of  child

      3 homosexuality

      2 suicide

      1 domestic violence

Sweatland's theology

      character of God

            Ish 40

      extent of sin

            not suprised at eh capacity of sin


            Mark 10:35


The Prayer Life of the Minister


Dr. Parrett

I. Introduction

      A. Suggested Books

            1) Struggle with Prayer

            2) Book of Common Prayer

            3)  Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Servants

            4)  A Hymn Book                    

      B. leaders need to be irrevalent

            1) God first

            2) be genuine, authentic

            3) love people

      C. Living Christ's prayer life a person can bea well develope soul inside

II. Jesus Christ's Prayer Life


Purpose Practice
Direction and blessing at key times (Luke 3:21; 9:18-28, 6:12-16 Mt. 4) fasting, solitude, prayed all night, went away from people
Strength during a crisis/ testing  (Psalm 22, Mark 14:32ff) Uses scriptures, a need for companions: someone to talk to (James 5:13-16), sacred place
For the blessing for others (Mt. 19:13-15) authority, compassion, prayer with fasting, laying on hands apostles followed the practice (Acts) elders " " (James 5)
Community faith (Luke 4:16, Mark 14:22,23, 26) reading scripture in community: litergical prayer
intercession for fellow believers(John 17, Luke 22:31-34)[1] For Christians- to pray for the people who sit in the pews
Praise and Thanksgiving for God's glory (John 17,11:41,12: 27-28, Luke 10:21 22:17,19) looked toward heaven, great joy through the Holy Spirit
For progression in the Kingdom's word(Mt. 9:35-38, Col 4:2-4)  
fory daily strength, communion, direction (Luke 5:16, 5:19-20, 8:28-29, Mark 1:35-39) listening, short prayers 


III. Prayer

      A. Principles

            1) habitual

            2) solitude

            3) silence

            4) sacred space

            5) appointments

            6) listen to God

                  a. Scripture (James 1:19)

            7) no one size fits all     

      B. Scriptures

             I Thessalonians 5:17 "pray continually"

            Acts 2- Diclache of apostles, breaking of bread, koine, and prayer

      C. Eugine Peterson

            Suggested Book - Conteplemtive Pastor and Answering God

            askesis- train, discipline

Worship in Perspective


Dr. Gibson

I. Worship Service: A hinderance of what it means to Worship (Robert Owen)

      A. Misunderstanding of what it means to worship

            a need for humility

      B. When Preachers see the the pulpit as a stage

      C. Insensitivity to what the HS is doing

      D. Seeing Wrohip as a means toa n end, rather than a end to itself

      E. Missing ingredients in worhsip: such as worship

      F. Offering what is unacceptabel to God

      G. Substituting "Adreline Highs" for the HS

II. Webber

      A. Worship is "an active response"

      B. It is attributing of worth, honor and respect to someone or something

      C. It is our response as a community of believers to the Glory of God whereby we               praise,  glorify and honor God for who He is and  for what He has done

       D. Worship represents Jesus Christ

III. History of Worship

      A. New Testament Worship

            1) Synogue Worship (part of the foundation)

                  a. singing of Psalms (antiphony)

                  b. scriptures lesson (Law  and Prophets)

                  c. prayers

                  d. Benediction

                  e. Expostition (done by the leader)

                  f. Shema- call to worship

            2) Changes - due to the stoning to Stephen

                  a. Hymns and praises

                  b. men and women could respond on the exposition

      B. Medevil Church

            1) Service was done in Latin

            2) Religion and Politics

            3) Formal (observer and nonparticipant)

      C. Prone Service

            1) created the Reformation

            2) new kind of Service

            3) an reaction to the formal service

      D. Reformation (see chart in note file)

            1) objection - reaction to the Formal service

                  a. to Masss

                  b. Language- in Latin

                  c. Sacred Music- Gregarian Chants

                  d. absence of the Word

                  e. the lack of Community

                  f. communion was not a sacrifice


[1]Paul's prayer life ( Col. 1, Eph 1, Php 1)

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