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Center for Innovation in Ministry and Mission

A collaborative partnership with Graceland University, Community of Christ, and others housed and hosted in Graceland University’s Community of Christ Seminary.

The Center for Innovation in Ministry & Mission (CIMM) is focused on creating non-credit opportunities for adult theological education, ministerial training, and leadership development in an effort to empower and inspire disciples and leaders to become radical practitioners of the mission of Jesus Christ.

CIMM offers non-credit bearing continuing education units (CEU’s) that focus on priesthood development, leadership development, and theological education. These CEU’s do not lead to a degree.

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Learning & Development Outcomes

  • Introductory level of critical scriptural understanding. This includes basic exegesis and responsible interpretation of scripture.
  • Introductory level understanding of theological competence. Participants will be able to create basic theological positions using responsible theological resources and study.
  • Introductory level of understanding of Community of Christ tradition. This includes competency in Community of Christ IMMB (Identity, Mission, Message, & Beliefs)
  • Participants will be able to identify appropriate theological resources for use in ministry.
  • Participants will have exposure to basic aspects of general Christian tenants. i.e. Identifying ecumenical understanding of theological positions, Christian history, and context of denominationalism.
  • Participants will integrate experience in the program into their ministry context. Participants will have a clear articulation of their contextual missiological perspective.
  • Introductory level of exposure to spiritual formation, spiritual practices, and discipleship formation and ministry

Courses

  • Ministry & Priesthood Ordination Certificate and Courses

    The Ministry and Priesthood certificate and courses are designed for pre-ordination training or those interested in better understanding priesthood ministry.

    Students will receive a certificate for taking three classes (Introduction to Priesthood, Introduction to Scripture, and one priesthood office specific class) through this CIMM online program. Individual classes will receive Temple School credit and CEU non-degree credit through Graceland University.

    Each online class is divided into “Weeks” with one or two chapters covered each week. Students can work on their class any time from Monday-Sunday, complete their readings and assignments, and finish at their own pace as long as it is completed by Sunday at 2 p.m. (CST). All students complete the week together and engage in discussions to foster a community experience.

    It takes about 1-1.5 hours a week to complete readings and assignments. The programs are designed to be flexible so there is no specific time students need to be in class – though it is expected that students will devote time each week to complete their coursework.

    Cost is $25 per course.

     

    Core Curriculum:

    Priesthood Office Curriculum:

    Courses Offered
    • CIMM0300Introduction to Priesthood Ministries
      CIMM0300 Introduction to Priesthood Ministries

      An introduction to priesthood faithfulness and an exploration of the Community of Christ priesthood covenant which is at the heart of priesthood ministry. These covenant principles form the foundation for priesthood ministry and from which responsibilities of specific priesthood offices are built.

    • CIMM0301Ministry of the Disciple
      CIMM0301 Ministry of the Disciple

      An exploration in the ministry of disciples expressed through the nature and love of God through Christlike character, love, concern, and generosity.

    • CIMM0302Ministry of the Deacon
      CIMM0302 Ministry of the Deacon

      As ministers who model Jesus as Comforter, this course is an exploration of the role of Deacons and understanding how they connect ministries of hospitality, preparation, and addressing the physical needs of people, especially the poor. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300

    • CIMM0303Ministry of the Teacher
      CIMM0303 Ministry of the Teacher

      As ministers who model Jesus as Peacemaker, this course explores the role of Teachers and how their ministry connects with individuals to encourage peace and healing of relationships. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300

    • CIMM0304Ministry of the Priest
      CIMM0304 Ministry of the Priest

      As ministers who model Jesus as Friend, this course explores the role of Priests and how their ministry connects with households, families, congregations, and the community. Ordinands create a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    • CIMM0305Ministry of the Elder
      CIMM0305 Ministry of the Elder

      As ministers who model Jesus as Community Builders, this course explores the role of Elders and how they lead Christ-centered congregational community by witness, invitation, and mentoring others in Christs mission. Ordinands explore providing sacramental ministry and create a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    • CIMM0306Ministry of the Seventy
      CIMM0306 Ministry of the Seventy

      An exploration of the role of Seventy as ministry expressed through evangelism, witness, invitation, and discipleship. Students will engage in discussion and reflection activities and develop a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    • CIMM0307Ministry of the High Priest
      CIMM0307 Ministry of the High Priest

      An insight and exploration into the ministry of High Priests in congregations, mission centers, and communities. The course gives attention to collaborative leadership; expectations and role of World Church ministers; and building bridges between people, congregations, and communities. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    • CIMM0308Ministry of the Evangelist
      CIMM0308 Ministry of the Evangelist

      As ministers who model Jesus as Blessing, this course explores the role of Evangelists expressed in spiritual practices and formation, as well as, providing spiritual guidance to people and congregations. Evangelist ministry of blessing is modelled through spiritual companionship, sanctuary, pastoral presence, apostolic witness, and being teaching learners. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    • CIMM0400Introduction to Scripture
      CIMM0400 Introduction to Scripture

      And introduction and exploration of the nature of scripture in the life of Community of Christ; helps students understand genre, literary context, and historical and cultural context; guides in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult texts; provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of the lectionary in sacraments, preaching, and teaching.

    • CIMM0450Child and Youth Worker Core Training
      CIMM0450 Child and Youth Worker Core Training

      This course is designed for anyone wishing to work with children and young people within Community of Christ and is the first step in becoming a registered children and youth worker. The class is designed to shield the youth, youth workers, and the church from potentially abusive situations.

    CIMM0300Introduction to Priesthood Ministries CIMM0301Ministry of the Disciple CIMM0302Ministry of the Deacon CIMM0303Ministry of the Teacher CIMM0304Ministry of the Priest CIMM0305Ministry of the Elder CIMM0306Ministry of the Seventy CIMM0307Ministry of the High Priest CIMM0308Ministry of the Evangelist CIMM0400Introduction to Scripture CIMM0450Child and Youth Worker Core Training
    Course Descriptions
    CIMM0300 Introduction to Priesthood Ministries

    An introduction to priesthood faithfulness and an exploration of the Community of Christ priesthood covenant which is at the heart of priesthood ministry. These covenant principles form the foundation for priesthood ministry and from which responsibilities of specific priesthood offices are built.

    CIMM0301 Ministry of the Disciple

    An exploration in the ministry of disciples expressed through the nature and love of God through Christlike character, love, concern, and generosity.

    CIMM0302 Ministry of the Deacon

    As ministers who model Jesus as Comforter, this course is an exploration of the role of Deacons and understanding how they connect ministries of hospitality, preparation, and addressing the physical needs of people, especially the poor. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300

    CIMM0303 Ministry of the Teacher

    As ministers who model Jesus as Peacemaker, this course explores the role of Teachers and how their ministry connects with individuals to encourage peace and healing of relationships. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300

    CIMM0304 Ministry of the Priest

    As ministers who model Jesus as Friend, this course explores the role of Priests and how their ministry connects with households, families, congregations, and the community. Ordinands create a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    CIMM0305 Ministry of the Elder

    As ministers who model Jesus as Community Builders, this course explores the role of Elders and how they lead Christ-centered congregational community by witness, invitation, and mentoring others in Christs mission. Ordinands explore providing sacramental ministry and create a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    CIMM0306 Ministry of the Seventy

    An exploration of the role of Seventy as ministry expressed through evangelism, witness, invitation, and discipleship. Students will engage in discussion and reflection activities and develop a plan for ministry. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    CIMM0307 Ministry of the High Priest

    An insight and exploration into the ministry of High Priests in congregations, mission centers, and communities. The course gives attention to collaborative leadership; expectations and role of World Church ministers; and building bridges between people, congregations, and communities. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    CIMM0308 Ministry of the Evangelist

    As ministers who model Jesus as Blessing, this course explores the role of Evangelists expressed in spiritual practices and formation, as well as, providing spiritual guidance to people and congregations. Evangelist ministry of blessing is modelled through spiritual companionship, sanctuary, pastoral presence, apostolic witness, and being teaching learners. *Pre-Requisite – CIMM0300.

    CIMM0400 Introduction to Scripture

    And introduction and exploration of the nature of scripture in the life of Community of Christ; helps students understand genre, literary context, and historical and cultural context; guides in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult texts; provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of the lectionary in sacraments, preaching, and teaching.

    CIMM0450 Child and Youth Worker Core Training

    This course is designed for anyone wishing to work with children and young people within Community of Christ and is the first step in becoming a registered children and youth worker. The class is designed to shield the youth, youth workers, and the church from potentially abusive situations.

  • Christian Ministries Certificate and Courses

    The Christian Ministries Certificate is focused on development of innovative practitioners of theology in a ministry field/context.

    Cert Requirements: Completion of all 10 courses. (Students can take individual courses without completing certificate requirements)

    Cost is $100 per course.

     

    Courses Offered
    • CIMM1100Introduction to Christian Theology
      CIMM1100 Introduction to Christian Theology

      An introductory exploration of the discipline and methods of theology. The foundational topics of Christian theology are covered including the nature and necessity of the theological task in the world.

    • CIMM1150Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
      CIMM1150 Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures

      An introductory review of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, with emphasis on how the canon was developed, the different modes of interpreting the writings, and the exegetical skills needed for teaching and preaching out of the Hebrew Scriptures.

    • CIMM1200Introduction to New Testament
      CIMM1200 Introduction to New Testament

      An introduction to the basics of New Testament literature. An exploration of learning how to read the New Testament writings in light of (a) their literary form, (b) their historical setting, and (c) their distinctive witness to Jesus Christ. Attention will be given to techniques of exegesis based on various methods od biblical criticism.

    • CIMM1250Ministries of the Church
      CIMM1250 Ministries of the Church

      An exploration of the relevance the church and its value proposition to community. A study of the various elements of Christian life and models of Christian community and congregational life. Emphasis will be placed on practical ministries of the church – worship, sacrament, preaching, community development, etc.

    • CIMM1300Spiritual Formation and Discernment
      CIMM1300 Spiritual Formation and Discernment

      An introductory study of the rich tradition of Christian spiritual formation and spiritual practices and discern its application for our own lives and contexts. Students will also explore various models of discernment and its application for ministry and leadership.

    • CIMM1350Missional Leadership
      CIMM1350 Missional Leadership

      An exploration of Christian mission and its implications on ministers and leaders within the context of faith. Students will get an integrated approach and contextual models of leadership rooted in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

    • CIMM1400Peace and Justice
      CIMM1400 Peace and Justice

      A basic introduction of the role of peace and justice in Christian theology and the Christian tradition. Focus will be given on resources and application of peace and justice through a theological lens.

    • CIMM1450Contextual Theology and Contemporary Culture
      CIMM1450 Contextual Theology and Contemporary Culture

      A basic introduction to the field and study of contextual theology and its place in contemporary culture. Emphasis will be given on theological anthropology and the nature of theology.

    • CIMM1500Community of Christ Theology, Scripture, and History
      CIMM1500 Community of Christ Theology, Scripture, and History

      An exploration of key themes, important developments, and significant issues in Community of Christ theology. Students will examine the prophetic nature of Community of Christ identity, message, mission, and beliefs.

    • CIMM1550Practical Ministry
      CIMM1550 Practical Ministry

      An integrative approach to guide students in applying their theological, ministerial, and leadership learning into practical ministry application. This course will be a topics course that draws together the various themes, topics, and studies, of the Christian Ministries Certificate.

    CIMM1100Introduction to Christian Theology CIMM1150Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures CIMM1200Introduction to New Testament CIMM1250Ministries of the Church CIMM1300Spiritual Formation and Discernment CIMM1350Missional Leadership CIMM1400Peace and Justice CIMM1450Contextual Theology and Contemporary Culture CIMM1500Community of Christ Theology, Scripture, and History CIMM1550Practical Ministry
    Course Descriptions
    CIMM1100 Introduction to Christian Theology

    An introductory exploration of the discipline and methods of theology. The foundational topics of Christian theology are covered including the nature and necessity of the theological task in the world.

    CIMM1150 Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures

    An introductory review of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, with emphasis on how the canon was developed, the different modes of interpreting the writings, and the exegetical skills needed for teaching and preaching out of the Hebrew Scriptures.

    CIMM1200 Introduction to New Testament

    An introduction to the basics of New Testament literature. An exploration of learning how to read the New Testament writings in light of (a) their literary form, (b) their historical setting, and (c) their distinctive witness to Jesus Christ. Attention will be given to techniques of exegesis based on various methods od biblical criticism.

    CIMM1250 Ministries of the Church

    An exploration of the relevance the church and its value proposition to community. A study of the various elements of Christian life and models of Christian community and congregational life. Emphasis will be placed on practical ministries of the church – worship, sacrament, preaching, community development, etc.

    CIMM1300 Spiritual Formation and Discernment

    An introductory study of the rich tradition of Christian spiritual formation and spiritual practices and discern its application for our own lives and contexts. Students will also explore various models of discernment and its application for ministry and leadership.

    CIMM1350 Missional Leadership

    An exploration of Christian mission and its implications on ministers and leaders within the context of faith. Students will get an integrated approach and contextual models of leadership rooted in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

    CIMM1400 Peace and Justice

    A basic introduction of the role of peace and justice in Christian theology and the Christian tradition. Focus will be given on resources and application of peace and justice through a theological lens.

    CIMM1450 Contextual Theology and Contemporary Culture

    A basic introduction to the field and study of contextual theology and its place in contemporary culture. Emphasis will be given on theological anthropology and the nature of theology.

    CIMM1500 Community of Christ Theology, Scripture, and History

    An exploration of key themes, important developments, and significant issues in Community of Christ theology. Students will examine the prophetic nature of Community of Christ identity, message, mission, and beliefs.

    CIMM1550 Practical Ministry

    An integrative approach to guide students in applying their theological, ministerial, and leadership learning into practical ministry application. This course will be a topics course that draws together the various themes, topics, and studies, of the Christian Ministries Certificate.

  • Aug. 29 – Oct. 22, 2022
    • CIMM0300 – Introduction to Priesthood Ministries
    • CIMM0304 – Ministry of the Priest
    • CIMM0305 – Ministry of the Elder
  • Oct. 24 – Dec. 17, 2022
    • CIMM0400 – Introduction to Scripture
    • CIMM0302 – Ministry of the Deacon
    • CIMM0450 – Child and Youth Worker Core Training
  • Jan.9 – Mar. 4, 2023
    • CIMM0301 – Ministry of the Disciple
    • Introduction to Pastors Ministry
  • Mar. 6 – Apr. 29, 2023
    • CIMM0300 – Introduction to Priesthood Ministries
    • CIMM0306 – Ministry of the Seventy
    • CIMM0303 – Ministry of the Teacher
  • May 8 – Jul. 1, 2023
    • CIMM0400 – Introduction to Scripture
    • Ministry of the Bishop
    • CIMM0450 – Child and Youth Worker Core Training
  • July 3 – Aug. 26, 2023
    • CIMM0307 – Ministry of the High Priest
    • CIMM0308 – Ministry of the Evangelist
    • CIMM0450 – Child and Youth Worker Core Training
  • Jan.9 – Mar. 4, 2023
    • CIMM1100 – Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Mar. 6 – Apr. 29, 2023
    • CIMM1200 – Introduction to the New Testament
  • May 8 – Jul. 1, 2023
    • CIMM1400 – Peace & Justice
  • July 3 – Aug. 26, 2023
    • CIMM1300 – Spiritual Formation & Discernment
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