Thomas G. Rogers—Teaching
- Biblical Preaching, HM-2525
- This course uses lecture/discussion to explore strategies regarding sermon content, design,
and delivery. Each student prepares sermons and preaches them in class. Through a full and
committed participation in this course students should:
- Know the PURPOSE of preaching, consistent with their understanding and experience of the
Christian faith through the lenses of Lutheran Identity, Multiculturalism, Public Sphere, and Religious Pluralism.
- Analyze the RELATIONSHIP between God, the preacher, and the hearer in preaching.
- Gain some EXPERIENCE by preparing two sermons and preaching each one (first to their preaching
partner and then to the class and professor).
- Learn the ABCs of sermon invention, design and delivery (i.e., possible steps and strategies)
- Look to CONTINUING self-evaluation and improvement beyond the parameters of this course, realizing that
development as a communicator is a life-long process.
- Embrace the HOPE that God does answer the preacher’s prayer–that out of an overwhelmingly
complex process can come a clear hearing of Good News.
- Evaluation is based on written assignments, sermon preparation, and sermon delivery. Pass/Fail only. Required
for PLTS M.Div. students prior to internship.
- Public Ministry I: Needs and Assessment, FT-2533
- This course uses lecture and discussion to explore how various management skills and leadership
skills may support effective professional ministry in a parish setting. Students also examine the
realities and resources present in ELCA ministry settings. Individual topics covered include:
Required for PLTS M.Div. students prior to internship.
- Roles of Pastors and Congregations
- Teambuilding and Motivation
- Management Skills
- Leadership Skills
- Fundamental Elements of Communication
- Listening and Giving Feedback
- Time/Priority Mangagement
- Structuring Meetings (Agendas/Rules)
- Natural Church Development
- Dynamics of Stress
- Cash Control
- Financial Statements
- Employee vs. Self-employed Status in Congregations
- Federal/State reporting
- Financial Reviews (Audits)
- ELCA as the Institutional Context for Ministry
- Church Governance (Polity)
- ELCA Constitution
- Introducing and Moving Through Change
- Professional Ethics
- Boundaries for Ministers
- Church Boards as Spiritual Leaders
- Managing Conflict