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Caring for People in Need: Benevolence in the 21st Century

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a study of the Biblical and theological basis of benevolence, and it also examines the practical aspects of developing a ministry of care.

  • CIMS Credit: 1
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

Caring for others should be a primary concern for every believer. It certainly is what the ministry of Jesus is all about. So great was His desire to meet the needs of fallen humanity that He left the glories of heaven and came to earth where He was despised and rejected by the very ones He came to help. Benevolence was such an important aspect of His ministry that the apostle Peter could characterize what He did in these words: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).

Caring for People in Need: 21st-Century Benevolence makes a strong case for making benevolence an important part of each church’s ministry. It offers the Biblical foundation for this type of ministry, as well as practical applications through case studies

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Trace the Biblical and theological basis of benevolence through the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus, and the New Testament church.
  2. Discuss the role of the church in benevolence to the community of faith and outside the community of faith.
  3. Identify practical ways for the Christian to care for people in need in the marketplace.
  4. Develop a ministry of care and benevolence.
  1. Introduction and Old Testament: Foundations of Benevolence
  2. The Teachings of Jesus on Benevolence
  3. The Nature and Mission of the Church: A Theological Basis for Benevolence
  4. The Social Gospel? Social Justice?
  5. The Church: Benevolence Inside the Community of Faith
  6. The Church: Benevolence Outside the Community of Faith
  7. The Caring Christian
  8. The Church That Cares
  9. Care and Benevolence in the Marketplace: Part 1
  10. Care and Benevolence in the Marketplace: Part 2
  11. Directional Dimensions of Benevolence
  12. Ministries of Compassion
  13. Developing a Ministry of Care and Benevolence: Part 1
  14. Developing a Ministry of Care and Benevolence: Part 2

Video Lesson 1: Introduction and Old Testament: Foundations of Benevolence

Your Instructors

Raymond Aven

Dr. Dale M. Coulter

Dr. Terry Cross

Dr. Ronald Hooks

Jimmy Jones

Gerald Lawson

David Lorency

Dr. Oliver McMahan

Dr. John D. Nichols

Dr. Paul Walker

Steve Wright

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

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