Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ministerial Education: Online Opportunities

Online training opportunities are becoming increasingly more accessible for individuals desiring a ministerial education. Here are a few options available through institutions associated with the Church of God:
Take note of my article below entitled, "Dr. Turpin's Upcoming Courses at the Seminary."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tiffany Turpin and Jonathan Zajas to Wed!

Wonderful news! Our daughter, Tiffany, and Jonathan Zajas will be getting married on July 28th!

Jonathan is the worship leader at Hamilton Life Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tiffany also serves at Hamilton Life; she is their drama director. They met at Lee University about eighteen months ago.

After their wedding, both Jonathan and Tiffany will continue their studies at Lee.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Dr. Turpin's Upcoming Courses at the Seminary

This summer and fall (2007), I hope that you will be able to join us for at least one of the masters level courses that I will be teaching through the online program of the Church of God Theological Seminary:

1. Developing Congregational Prayer Ministries is a new course that familiarizes the student with a broad range of prayer models. Course work includes reading assignments, small group exercises, prayer assignments, reflective writing, and the crafting of strategies for applying prayer as a personal discipline and as a function of ministry.

Through this course, the student will form his/her own Prayer Action Team for the purpose of assessing prayer in the local context and developing prayer strategies to respond to the unique needs of the student's setting.

2. Pentecostal Foundations for Theology, Study and Ministry is the first course that students are encouraged to take when they enroll at the seminary. This course is designed to equip students for theological study and ministry. It involves orientation to the seminary curriculum, assessment of the student's capacities and calling, and an overview of the nature of education within our seminary. (This is a hybrid course involving a short on-campus seminar in addition to the online work.)

3. Formational Leadership is a course where I have been able to integrate many of the Spirit-enabled ministry concepts that were so vital to our work in our pastoral years. In this course, the student forms and facilitates a ministry planning team and walks them through a development process that intentional integrates prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit. (This is a hybrid course involving a short on-campus seminar in addition to the online work.)

In a addition to these online courses, I also facilitate one of the Community of Faith Groups. This group is more of a fellowship than it is a course. With a group of eight to twelve students, we take a journey in which we experience what it means to be a "community of faith."

To enroll, visit http://www.cogts.edu.