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Accomplishing Transformational Goals

  • Become individuals whose spiritual formation in Christ is demonstrable, communal, and ongoing, and whose ministry is marked by integrity.
  • Recognize how character traits, interpersonal skills, innate abilities, and spiritual gifts impact one's capacity for service in God's kingdom.
  • Express a burden for people needing an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ, and be equipped to engage them evangelistically, using approaches that are ethical and relevant.
  • Respond to God's Word within the community of faith, allowing its message to shape theological reflection and cultivate godly compassion, enabling ministry in a broken and complex world.
  • Exhibit the necessary skills to interpret biblical texts using various literary, historical-critical, and linguistic tools, including ancient languages.
  • Analyze and synthesize the key theological concepts and themes revealed in Scripture in order to competently discuss, teach, defend, and apply them in a culturally diverse world.
  • Understand and appreciate the various traditions of the Christian faith throughout church history, their contributions to theological orthodoxy, and their relevance to new contextual settings.
  • Demonstrate preaching and teaching skills which are biblically-grounded, contextually relevant, and able to equip and encourage believers for effective ministry.
  • Establish environments where God-honoring change is implemented through vision development, strategic planning, decision-making, and conflict management.
  • Exhibit competence in the practice of ministry (e.g. conducting worship, administering the sacraments, officiating at weddings and funerals, leadership and administration, counseling, visitation, etc.).
  • Engage contemporary ethical issues with humility, empathy, and truth, understanding the role of the church as a prophetic voice.
  • Perceive the patterns and influences of culture and society, understanding the implications for ministry in local, national, and global contexts.
  • Employ the skills of lifelong learners who continue to develop personally, intellectually, and professionally.
  • Conduct scholarly research and articulate concepts in both oral and written forms.

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