VOCATIONAL MINISTRY TRAINING AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY IN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
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ABSTRACT VOCATIONAL MINISTRY TRAINING AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY IN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA Jonathan Allen Geukgeuzian, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Troy W. Temple This project designed a program standard for internships aimed at the ministry training program for the Department of Church Ministries at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, by identifying qualities a student should learn in his or her higher education and training for ministry. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, ministry context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 discusses the biblical and theological foundations of ministry training. This chapter identifies the model of ministry training in the Old Testament, the New Testament nature, and specifically through the lives of Jesus and the apostle Paul from a biblical-theological perspective. Chapter 3 discusses the theoretical and sociological support of experiential learning as it relates to ministry training. A discussion of the historical models of teaching-learning is included. Chapter 4 outlines the details of essential qualities needed in ministry training in this project. This chapter also includes results from the instruments used to measure the essential qualities for experiential learning in ministry training from students, recent graduates on a church staff, and church leaders with established internship programs for students. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project goals, along with its strengths and weaknesses. This project contends a valid method for enhancing the ministry training program there must be a standard for internships that focuses on the essential qualities necessary for experiential learning in ministry training.