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									                        Mid-America Christian University
                                           PMIN 3643
              Stephen Ministry: People Caring for People in the Local Church Setting
                     6:00-8:30 p.m., Crossings Community Church, rm. 235
                                      Fall 2005 Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Seaton. MACU phone ext. 134. E-mail: sseaton@macu.edu

TEXTS:
   The Stephen Ministry Training Manual. St. Louis, Missouri: Stephen Ministries,
          2000, vols. 1 and 2.
   Haugk, Kenneth C. Christian Caregiving – A Way of Life. Minneapolis,
          Minnesota: Augsburg Press, 1984.
   Haugk, Kenneth C and Koch, Ruth N. Speaking the Truth in Love. St. Louis,
          Missouri: Stephen Ministries, 1992.
   Haugk, Kenneth C. When and How to Use Mental Health Resources. St. Louis,
          Missouri: Stephen Ministries, 2000.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Practical Training in providing distinctively Christian, one-on-one care giving is offered in this
course. Students will be trained in a local church setting in the skills required in Christian care
giving. Emphasis will be on providing an organized system of ongoing care for the local
congregation.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:
   Students will be exposed to the Stephen Ministry system of lay Christian care,
    and will observe how this ministry functions within a church congregation
    (MACU School of Ministry competency #4, Leadership, revised spring 2005).
   Each student will develop Christian caregiving skills such as: reflective
    listening, confidentiality, referral parameters, setting care boundaries, and
    empathy (MACU School of Ministry Competency #5, Pastoral Care, revised
    spring 2005).
   Each student will be able to know when to refer to a mental health care
    professional, and to which agency or professional they should refer.
   The student will be given opportunity to put into practice skills learned
    through role-play and real-life settings.
   Each student will be challenged to develop an assertive lifestyle based on the
    biblical truth of Ephesians 4:15.
   Each student will practice genuine Christian compassion and concern with the
    fellow classmates, lay members of the host congregation.

ATTENDANCE:
     Appropriate grasp of this subject requires active participation in all class
     sessions. Absolutely necessary absences will be evaluated in keeping with the




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        guidelines of the MACU catalog and the Stephen Ministry Leadership Team of
        Crossings Community Church. Basically stated, students are expected to be
        present for each class session. The instructor must be informed of all
        excused absences, in writing, at least one class session prior to the absence
        in question. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session.
        Tardy students will be responsible for informing the instructor at the end of
        the class period in question, otherwise the student will be considered absent.
        Three tardy arrivals may be considered as an absence. Because of the critical
        nature of the on-site training involved in this course absences may be
        considered only in emergency cases.

METHOD OF EVALUATION:
    A variety of tools will be used in order to evaluate the student’s grasp of the
    course material:
   The most important evaluating factor will be the student’s attendance in
    training sessions. All sessions, unless previously arranged are mandatory for
    a passing grade.
   The student’s grade will also be evaluated on the basis of the timely reading
    of assigned materials. All materials must be completed before the end of the
    semester.
   Participation in training sessions and appropriate attitude and decorum will
    also be considerations.
   Students may be required to write a three page observation and summary
    paper at the end of the semester describing the experience and detailing
    their own understanding of the Stephen Ministry system of congregational
    care. His document will be typed, double-spaced, in MLA format, with
    appropriate cover page. The due date will be during finals week, December
    13-16, 2005.

Course Schedule:

                             Stephen Ministry Training Schedule
                                Crossings Community Church
                                 Monday Evenings except (*)
                                August 15 – December 3, 2005
                                       6:00-8:30 p.m.


Session        Date              Module Module Name                      Reading
Assignment Due This Session

1                Aug. 15         T-1    The Person of the Caregiver

2                Aug. 22         T-2    Feelings: Yours, Mine and Ours   Feelings:
Yours, Mine, and Ours Preclass
                                                                         Reading, SMTM
                                                                         Preface through
                                                                         chapter 7 in



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                                                                              Christian
                                                                              Caregiving –a
                                                                              Way of Life

3                 Aug. 29          T-3      The Art of Listening              The   Art of
Listening Preclass Reading, SMTM
         Chapters 8-13 in Christian Caregiving-
                                                                              a   Way of Life

4                *Sept. 10         T-4     Distinctively Christian Caring -   Chapters   14-20
in Christian Caregiving – a
                 Saturday                  a Way of Life     Part 1           Way of Life
(Bring your copy of the book.)

5                 *Sept. 10        T-4     Distinctively Christian Caring –   Distinctively
Christian Caring Preclass Reading,
                  Saturday                 a Way of Life     Part 2           SMTM
                                                                              Introduction
                                   through chapter 3 in Speaking the
                                                                              Truth in Love

6                 Sept. 12         T-5     Process versus Results             Process   versus
Results in Caregiving Preclass
                                           in Caregiving                      Reading, SMTM
                                                                              Review
chapters 2 and 18 in Christian
                                                                              Caregiving – a
Way of Life
                                                                              Chapters   4-7 in
Speaking the Truth in Love

7                 Sept. 19         T-6     Assertiveness: Relating Gently     Chapters   8-12
in Speaking the Truth in Love
                                           and Firmly        Part 1           (Bring your copy
of the book.)

8                 Sept. 26         T-6     Assertiveness: Relating Gently     Chapters   13-18
in Speaking the Truth in Love
                                           and Firmly        Part 2           (Bring your copy
of the book.)

9                Oct. 3          T-7       Maintaining Boundaries             Maintaining
Boundaries in Caregving Preclass
                                           in Caregiving                      Reading, SMTM
                                   T-8     Crisis Theory and Practice:        Crisis Theory
and Practice: Danger versus
                                            Danger versus Opportunity         Opportunity
                                   Preclass Reading, SMTM

10               Oct. 10           T-9     Confidentiality                    Confidentiality
Preclass Reading, SMTM
                                                                              Introduction
through chapter 3 in When and
                                                                              How to Use
Mental Health Resources




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11               Oct. 17             T-10     Telecare: The Next Best                    Telecare:    The
Next Best Thing to Being There
                                              Thing to Being There                       Preclass Reading,
SMTM
                                                                                         Chapters    4-6 in
When and How to Use Mental
                                                                                         Health Resources

12               Oct. 24             T-11     Using Mental Health Professionals          Using   Mental
Health Professionals and Other
                                             and Other Community Resources               Community
                                     Resources Preclass Reading, SMTM
                                                                                         Chapter  7–
                                                                                         appendix E in
                                                                                         When and How to
                                                                                         Use Mental
                                                                                         Health Resources
                                                                                         (Bring your copy
                                     of the book.)



                             Stephen Ministry Training Schedule
                                            Crossings Community Church
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Session        Date               Module Module Name                                     Reading
Assignment Due This Session


13               Oct. 31       T-12           Ministering to Those                       Ministering    to
Those Experiencing Grief                                                 Experiencing Grief
        Preclass Reading, SMTM

14       *Nov. 5        T-13                  Dealing with Depression:                   Dealing   with
Depression: The Stephen
         Saturday                             The Stephen Minister’s Role                Minister’s Role
Preclass Reading, SMTM

15       *Nov. 5          T-14                Helping Suicidal Persons                   Helping
Suicidal Persons Get the Help They
         Saturday                             Get the Help They need                     Need Preclass
Reading, SMTM

16      Nov. 7             T-15               Bringing the Caring Relationship           Bringing    the
Caring Relationship to a Close
                                              to a Close                                 Preclass Reading,
SMTM

17      Nov. 14          T-16                 Supervision: A Key to Quality              Supervision:      A
Key to Quality Christian
                                              Christian Care   Part 1                    Care – Part 1
Preclass Reading, SMTM



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18      Nov. 21          T-16      Supervision: A Key to Quality      Supervision:   A
Key to Quality Christian
                                   Christian Care   Part 2            Care – Part 2
Preclass Reading, SMTM
                                                                      Review “The
Structure of Small Group Peer
                                                                      Supervision”,
SMTM

19       Nov. 28            T-17   How to Make a First Caring Visit   How to   Make a
First Caring Visit Preclass
                                                                      Reading, SMTM

20       *Dec. 3       T-18        Follow Me                          Follow Me
Preclass Reading, SMTM
         Saturday                                                     Bring both
volumes of your SMTM>




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