Suggestions for what you can get out of the Teaching Congregations experience

Traits/characteristics

Teaching Congregations is designed to help you develop skills and competencies essential for work as an ordained pastor. We hope that you will grow in the following set of traits and characteristics as you work with your mentor pastor and congregation. This list is not meant to be limiting or definitive, so we encourage you to think of other skills you would like to develop as you consider your learning goals each semester.

  • Developing pastoral identity and beginning to move into the role as pastor
  • Sense of God's mission and presence in life and ministry
  • Capacity to engage others in conversation about theology, faith, and life
  • Sense of God's mission and presence in congregation
  • Deep listening to context and individuals
  • Servant leadership
  • Humility and resilience
  • Sustaining teamwork with colleagues
  • Connecting coursework to congregational ministry
  • Tending to personal life and health; keeping family healthy
  • Tending to own spiritual life

Areas of ministry

Keeping these in mind as you develop your learning goals for each semester, feel free to consult the lists of ministry areas mentioned below. These lists are not meant to be limiting or definitive, so we encourage you to think and work outside of these areas as you choose.

Pastoral care

  • Visitation at homes and hospitals, places of work, schools, etc
  • Pre-marital counseling

Administration

  • Council meetings
  • Committee meetings
  • Staff meetings
  • Budget

Worship

  • Preaching
  • Planning liturgy
  • Assisting minister
  • Intercessor
  • Baptism/funeral/wedding planning

Education

  • Adult forums
  • Confirmation
  • Sunday school
  • Bible study

Fellowship

  • Youth group activities
  • Men's/women's groups
  • Other groups
  • Activities in the congregation's rhythm and life

Community

  • Explore demographics
  • Neighborhood meetings
  • Outreach services in neighborhood, i.e., food shelves, homeless shelters, etc

Self-care

  • Spiritual discipline and nurturing
  • Text study