Ohio School of Ministry Classes
Reminder: If you are taking courses with the sole purpose of becoming credentialed with the AG and you and/or your spouse have had a previous divorce(s), please contact the Network Secretary’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have approval of you and/or your spouses divorce(s) before you are allowed to pursue credentials. We would highly encourage you to begin this process before starting courses. If you are only taking courses for the purpose of training and do not have interest in becoming a credentialed minister, the divorce process is not required.
Touchstone Course – Offered every other year in the spring (next offering 2021)
The Touchstone Course is an overnight course with the goal of fostering community around student and instructor relationships. The course is held on a Friday evening and Saturday at the Network Resource Center, with a block of rooms reserved at the Fairfield Inn behind the office. The course provides the theological locus and framework for doing ministry in today’s world by exploring the image of God and uniqueness of individuals in the human race. Topics include race, gender, economics, and the human body. Each student will be expected to work through these themes throughout their OSOM career and apply them in ways that impact/fit their context and call.
Any new students taking three or more courses through OSOM starting September 2016, must take the Touchstone course in order to graduate from OSOM, (whichever level they are completing), which is typically offered every other spring. In order to graduate from OSOM at any level, the Touchstone course must be completed prior to finishing the ordained courses, or within two years of the desired level of courses. It is recommended that students take the Touchstone course during the Certified level. This is not a credentialing requirement, but a requirement to graduate from any level of OSOM. In addition, if a student wants to pursue an accredited degree through the SEU Ohio Campus, the graduation certificate will be a requirement. Students should note that graduating from OSOM strengthens how the Presbytery views their educational background.
The biblical principles for spiritual multiplication are evident in the pages of the Scriptures and in particular in the book of Acts. In A Spirit-Empowered Church, we will look at the heart of dynamic church growth: creating Spirit-empowered disciples who are involved in five activities—connect, grow, serve, go, and worship. A church dynamically involved in these five activities change individuals, families, and communities with the love and power of God’s mighty Spirit. The author of the text, Alton Garrison, shares the Acts 2 church model, which can renew the spiritual vitality of your congregation. The church of Acts 2 turned the first-century world upside down for Jesus. God wants to use your church to do the same today.
This course will explore leading women throughout Biblical history. This class will use the book and workbook, written by Dr. Deborah Gill & Barbara Cavaness, to discover the cultural contexts in which women were mightily used by God. Discussion will also cover the famously quoted Timothy passages and what Paul’s intent was behind those instructions.
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