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Equipping People for Ministry

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a comparison of historical and contemporary models of discipleship, with emphasis on the pastoral role of mentoring and helping to develop lay people for ministry.

  • CIMS Credit: 2
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

A disciple of Jesus Christ is a learner, a follower, and an imitator. Discipleship is about a journey of following Jesus personally and in an intimate way. It begins, continues, and ends with the person of Jesus Christ.

Discipleship involves mentoring between a teacher and a learner. A mentor is a wise, loyal advisor or coach. He helps the protégé learn something he would otherwise learn less well. Mentoring means sharing with someone or getting involved in someone else’s life. In its simplest form, mentoring is people helping people.

Equipping People for Ministry offers practical advice to both the mentor and the protégé. It follows the mentoring process step-by-step, giving guidance that makes the process easy to understand. Anyone involved in this type ministry will find helpful information and the inspiration to wholeheartedly embrace this vital form of ministry. Mentoring allows one to multiply himself many times over through others.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Give a comparison of historical and contemporary models of discipleship.
  2. Describe the concept and benefits of mentoring.
  3. Discuss how Jesus mentored his disciples for future ministry.
  4. Identify the laws of mentoring.
  5. Develop and mentor the laity to do the ministry of the church.
  1. Meaning of Discipleship
  2. Motivation of Discipleship
  3. Multiplication of Disciples
  4. The Concept of Mentoring
  5. The Mentoring Process
  6. Laws of Mentoring: Part 1
  7. Laws of Mentoring: Part 2
  8. Establishing Disciples:  A Model for the Local Church
  9. Establishing Disciples:  Disciple Making and the Contemporary Church
  10. Establishing Disciples: Making It Work in the Local Church
  11. The Call
  12. Preaching
  13. Administration
  14. Ministry of Giving

Video Lesson 1: Meaning of Discipleship

Your Instructors

Dr. Tim Hill

Dr. Grant McClung

Dr. Dennis McGuire

Dr. Loran Livingston

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.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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