MIN 980 002 Theological Meyhods and Practice”

Course Description: Building upon the understanding of ministry in the postmodern context, the class introduces the student to Narrative (story-based) Research, a qualitative practical ministry research approach that holds together relevant research methodologies and tools that students may choose to employ in their Doctor of Ministry projects. Students engage in starting to formulate their D.Min. projects using their ministerial context. By starting to reflect on narratives of concern and beginning to frame the project theologically, students begin to conceptualize the components of the project and lay the methodological foundations in anticipation of the Project Colloquium in the fall.

Assigned Texts:
a?Carl Savage and William Presnell, Narrative Research in Ministry: A Postmodern Research Approach for Faith Communities . (Louisville: Wayne E. Oates Institute, 2008). ISBN: 978-1-892990-28-0 ( Order online from Amazon )

a?Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change. (New York: Random House, 2012) ISBN:

a?Larry Goleman, ed, Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership andCongregational Change (Alban Institute, 2010) ISBN: 978-1-56699-376-0

a?Mark Lau Bransom, Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change. (Alban Institute, 2004) ISBN: 978-1566992886
a?Mary Clark Moschella, Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction . (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-0829817744

1. Write a 1,200 word critical theological reflection on Charles Duhiggas perspective in The Power of Habit in light of your context, experience, and theological perspective. You will notice that this is not a theological text. We are taking insights from psycho-social disciplines and reflecting on them from our theological vantage points. Reflect on her perspective with an open, curious mind and engage the author in a critical conversation reflecting your own theological tradition, personal faith stance, experience in the practice of ministry, and the narratives from your current ministry context. What are the implications you see in this for the theological analysis of your ministry context and concerns faced by the Church in todayas world.