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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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Making Ministry & Mission Tangible

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

How most classes work:

Ministry and Priesthood: Classes last between 6-8 weeks* in online learning only. All students progress together one week at a time. The class opens on Monday each week and all readings, discussions, and assignments are due on Sunday by 2 p.m. (CST). You can choose your own schedule to complete your work each week. A class facilitator will grade your work each Sunday. Certification is awarded for completion of three classes; Introduction to Priesthood Ministry, Introduction to Scripture, and one priesthood office-specific class.

Cost per class: $25.

*Exception: Children and Youth Worker Core Training: This class takes about 2 hours total to complete. Students can start anytime during the session, but you have 2 weeks from your start date to complete the class.


Christian Ministries Certificate: Classes are an 8-week blend of online learning with one live session each week. Students progress together one week at a time. One or two books are required before starting each class. Sessions open each Monday and end on Sunday afternoon. A live session lasting 1-1.5 hours is required each week. These classes are online versions of former MEADS classes.

Cost per class: $100 plus books.


Discernment Facilitation Certificate: This certificate includes six 8-week online courses with one scheduled live session per course during the first year. Live online sessions are offered every two months. During each course, there will be required readings, group discussions, and one praxis assignment. Year two includes peer-supported practicum groups that meet every two months for one year. Both the six courses and the practicum year are required for required for certification.

(Plans underway now for January 2023 start)


Spiritual Formation and Companion Program Certificate: These courses will have limited enrollment through an application process. This two-year certificate includes six online courses and two in-person gatherings. Four of the courses are a 16-week blend of online learning at your own pace with one live online weekend retreat-style session per course. The other two courses are a 16-week blend of online learning at your own pace with a one-week formational gathering in person. To receive a certificate, participants are required to attend the two in-person gathering and six online courses, participate in a covenant community, receive regular Spiritual Direction, and complete a self-directed contemplative retreat.

(Plans underway now for August 2023 start)

Offerings

  • Ministry & Priesthood Ordination Certificate

    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

    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 of 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 of 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.

  • Discernment Facilitator Training Certificate

    This two-year training prepares and equips experienced ministers with models and processes for group discernment facilitation. Facilitators will be prepared to accompany congregations, leadership groups, and communities who are seeking direction, asking important questions about their future, and desiring to deepen in a habit of discernment as a leadership and ministry posture.

    Program Structure: In Year 1, Participants attend a 4-hour zoom session every 2 months and complete online components in-between meetings including group discussion, assigned readings, and additional assignments. In Year 2, participants will be assigned a peer-supervised practicum group as they engage a community in discernment to apply what they have learned. Mentor support will be available as needed. This training is entirely online. Participants will receive 7 CEUs total for the whole program.

    Cost: $100 per course (2 years total in program)

    Live ZOOM class meeting dates for year 1:

    • Course 1: Discerning Leadership and Facilitation – January 14, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU-10 learning hours)
    • Course 2: Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process – March 11, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU- 10 learning hours)
    • Course 3: Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding – May 13, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU- 10 learning hours)
    • Course 4: Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps – July 8, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU- 10 learning hours)
    • Course 5: Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice – September 9, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU- 10 learning hours)
    • Course 6: Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators – November 11, 2023 12 p.m.-4 p.m. (1 CEU- 10 learning hours)
    Courses Offered
    • CIMM0110Discerning Leadership and Facilitation
      CIMM0110 Discerning Leadership and Facilitation

      Participants will develop a posture of deep listening in communities and systems as a core gift and skill of discernment facilitation. This session will explore foundations of discernment in the Christian tradition, theological and scriptural grounding in discernment, and will introduce qualities and competencies of discerning leadership.

    • CIMM0120Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process
      CIMM0120 Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process

      This session will cover the initial steps of preparing a community for discernment, introduction of discernment in a community with varying levels of understanding, setting appropriate expectations and timelines, creating a community covenant, the prayer for spiritual freedom, and articulating an accurate question that represents the heart of the matter for the discerning community.

    • CIMM0130Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding
      CIMM0130 Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding

      Moving deeper into the discernment process, session three will address issues and practices related to the middle sections of journeying with a community in discernment. These include the substantive, holistic invitations of “gathering data” to address the question at hand, listening carefully to movements of consolation and desolation in the group, and staying with what is unfolding when the temptation to rush ahead arises! Because this is often the place where communities feel the most stuck, we will address strategies for working through possible frustration or lack of clarity. Participants will receive a variety of practices and tools including guidance for how to structure sessions to be responsive to what is emerging in the group.

    • CIMM0140Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps
      CIMM0140 Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps

      This session addresses the final movements in the discernment journey including identifying emerging direction, seeking group consensus, praying for confirmation, and taking action. Participants will explore faithful facilitation as possibilities begin to emerge and how to support the group in the movements from process to praxis including invitations for a habit of discernment to guide and inform the community as it moves into the future. Focus will be given to implementation and common questions and issues in bringing a process to closure.

    • CIMM0150Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice
      CIMM0150 Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice

      Having explored the discernment process in detail, participants will explore the art and skill of spiritual facilitation as it applies to discernment leadership. Discernment leadership requires structure and planning blended with flexibility and adaptability. Session 5 will discuss the prayer of spiritual freedom for discernment facilitators, navigating the various spiritual and communal movements throughout an entire process, and practical tools for organizing and guiding a group in the fluidity of a dynamic process.

    • CIMM0160Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators
      CIMM0160 Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators

      Experienced discernment facilitators draw from a deep reservoir of practices and tools as preparation for responsive leadership within the movements of the discerning community. This session will orient discernment facilitators to resources, practices, and possibilities for a variety of circumstances that might arise throughout a discernment process.

    • CIMM0170Practicum Groups
      CIMM0170 Practicum Groups

      The best way to learn discernment facilitation is to engage leadership of the process with a discerning community. Year 2 will offer ongoing encouragement and support for participants through peer-supervised practicum groups that will meet bi-monthly for 1 year with short, supplemental readings as needed. Mentor support will be available as needed. During this time, each participant will find a community or group to engage in a process of discernment and will come to the practicum group prepared to share what they are learning and to receive peer support, reflection, and encouragement. Each discernment process may look different, so it is not expected that participants are leading discernment for the entire year. The groups will meet to provide mutual support as facilitators find themselves in different stages and situations along the communal discernment journey.

    CIMM0110Discerning Leadership and Facilitation CIMM0120Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process CIMM0130Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding CIMM0140Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps CIMM0150Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice CIMM0160Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators CIMM0170Practicum Groups
    Course Descriptions
    CIMM0110 Discerning Leadership and Facilitation

    Participants will develop a posture of deep listening in communities and systems as a core gift and skill of discernment facilitation. This session will explore foundations of discernment in the Christian tradition, theological and scriptural grounding in discernment, and will introduce qualities and competencies of discerning leadership.

    CIMM0120 Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process

    This session will cover the initial steps of preparing a community for discernment, introduction of discernment in a community with varying levels of understanding, setting appropriate expectations and timelines, creating a community covenant, the prayer for spiritual freedom, and articulating an accurate question that represents the heart of the matter for the discerning community.

    CIMM0130 Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding

    Moving deeper into the discernment process, session three will address issues and practices related to the middle sections of journeying with a community in discernment. These include the substantive, holistic invitations of “gathering data” to address the question at hand, listening carefully to movements of consolation and desolation in the group, and staying with what is unfolding when the temptation to rush ahead arises! Because this is often the place where communities feel the most stuck, we will address strategies for working through possible frustration or lack of clarity. Participants will receive a variety of practices and tools including guidance for how to structure sessions to be responsive to what is emerging in the group.

    CIMM0140 Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps

    This session addresses the final movements in the discernment journey including identifying emerging direction, seeking group consensus, praying for confirmation, and taking action. Participants will explore faithful facilitation as possibilities begin to emerge and how to support the group in the movements from process to praxis including invitations for a habit of discernment to guide and inform the community as it moves into the future. Focus will be given to implementation and common questions and issues in bringing a process to closure.

    CIMM0150 Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice

    Having explored the discernment process in detail, participants will explore the art and skill of spiritual facilitation as it applies to discernment leadership. Discernment leadership requires structure and planning blended with flexibility and adaptability. Session 5 will discuss the prayer of spiritual freedom for discernment facilitators, navigating the various spiritual and communal movements throughout an entire process, and practical tools for organizing and guiding a group in the fluidity of a dynamic process.

    CIMM0160 Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators

    Experienced discernment facilitators draw from a deep reservoir of practices and tools as preparation for responsive leadership within the movements of the discerning community. This session will orient discernment facilitators to resources, practices, and possibilities for a variety of circumstances that might arise throughout a discernment process.

    CIMM0170 Practicum Groups

    The best way to learn discernment facilitation is to engage leadership of the process with a discerning community. Year 2 will offer ongoing encouragement and support for participants through peer-supervised practicum groups that will meet bi-monthly for 1 year with short, supplemental readings as needed. Mentor support will be available as needed. During this time, each participant will find a community or group to engage in a process of discernment and will come to the practicum group prepared to share what they are learning and to receive peer support, reflection, and encouragement. Each discernment process may look different, so it is not expected that participants are leading discernment for the entire year. The groups will meet to provide mutual support as facilitators find themselves in different stages and situations along the communal discernment journey.

  • Spiritual Formation and Companioning Program Certificate

    The six courses offered through SFCP are intended to provide a cumulative curriculum that takes the participant from personal spiritual exploration to advanced topics of spiritual companionship and leadership. A formational pedagogy is critical to the participant experience and the development of each course. SFCP embraces an integrated approach of learning and forming with practice, relationship, prayer, body, mind, and spirit.

    Cost: (TBA) course (3 course per year – 2 years total in program)

    Courses Offered
    • CIMM3100Spiritual Formation and Transformation
      CIMM3100 Spiritual Formation and Transformation

      SFCP describes the process of Christian spiritual formation as a “transformative journey in the pattern of Christ for the sake of God’s shalom.” This course is both an introduction and an invitation into the study, history, practice, and integration of spiritual formation as a foundational element of Christian discipleship, ministry, and leadership. Through personal, experiential engagement and critical study and reflection, participants are encouraged to tend their own spiraling inward/outward journeys while gaining tools and resources to support others in spiritual growth and transformation.

    • CIMM3200Deep Listening
      CIMM3200 Deep Listening

      Deep Listening is at the heart of spiritual companionship. Though we “hear” every day, deep listening is a ministry gift and skill that tends to the presence of the Spirit in “all things”, people, and circumstances. Spiritual companions learn how to listen deeply to others, self, God, and the world around them. Deep Listening is also at the heart of discernment, a vital skill of spiritual leaders.

    • CIMM3300Contemplation and Action– Mystics and Movements of the Christian Tradition
      CIMM3300 Contemplation and Action– Mystics and Movements of the Christian Tradition

      Throughout the centuries, the mystics and spiritual leaders of the Christian tradition have emphasized that the greatest test of spiritual authenticity and integrity is transformation and compassionate action in everyday life. This course introduces participants to significant mystics (including their contributions to the Christian spiritual tradition) and movements throughout history that have shaped Christianity through the primary lens of an integrated life that embodies a rhythm of contemplation and action.

    • CIMM3400Discernment in Communities and Systems
      CIMM3400 Discernment in Communities and Systems

      Building on foundations from Deep Listening, learners will explore what discernment looks and feels like on a communal level as both participant and facilitator. Using a primarily Ignatian model of discernment, this course offers the experience of a discernment process, attention to group dynamics in discernment, and insights from systems theory that support communal and social change as disciples seek to follow God’s call in their lives and the world.

    • CIMM3500Integrated Leadership
      CIMM3500 Integrated Leadership

      This course will engage the “self” of the spiritual companion/leader through integration of self, calling, and vocation within one’s context. Participants will explore models of spiritual diversity, ministerial myths and narratives, and theories of spiritual and human development as part of a journey of discovering and living from “the true self in God.” The framework of the Benedictine Rule of Life will serve as a guide for everyday praxis of an integrated life and leadership style.

    • CIMM3600Companioning Diverse Communities and Contexts
      CIMM3600 Companioning Diverse Communities and Contexts

      The culminating course of SFCP focuses on application of skills, gifts, and callings into one’s own ministry context. Attention is given to spiritual facilitation, environment, ethics, and diversity of contexts. Participants explore a variety of ways they can live into the call to spiritual companionship and leadership through examples from previous cohorts, current opportunities in Community of Christ, and discernment of their own call to ministry.

    CIMM3100Spiritual Formation and Transformation CIMM3200Deep Listening CIMM3300Contemplation and Action– Mystics and Movements of the Christian Tradition CIMM3400Discernment in Communities and Systems CIMM3500Integrated Leadership CIMM3600Companioning Diverse Communities and Contexts
    Course Descriptions
    CIMM3100 Spiritual Formation and Transformation

    SFCP describes the process of Christian spiritual formation as a “transformative journey in the pattern of Christ for the sake of God’s shalom.” This course is both an introduction and an invitation into the study, history, practice, and integration of spiritual formation as a foundational element of Christian discipleship, ministry, and leadership. Through personal, experiential engagement and critical study and reflection, participants are encouraged to tend their own spiraling inward/outward journeys while gaining tools and resources to support others in spiritual growth and transformation.

    CIMM3200 Deep Listening

    Deep Listening is at the heart of spiritual companionship. Though we “hear” every day, deep listening is a ministry gift and skill that tends to the presence of the Spirit in “all things”, people, and circumstances. Spiritual companions learn how to listen deeply to others, self, God, and the world around them. Deep Listening is also at the heart of discernment, a vital skill of spiritual leaders.

    CIMM3300 Contemplation and Action– Mystics and Movements of the Christian Tradition

    Throughout the centuries, the mystics and spiritual leaders of the Christian tradition have emphasized that the greatest test of spiritual authenticity and integrity is transformation and compassionate action in everyday life. This course introduces participants to significant mystics (including their contributions to the Christian spiritual tradition) and movements throughout history that have shaped Christianity through the primary lens of an integrated life that embodies a rhythm of contemplation and action.

    CIMM3400 Discernment in Communities and Systems

    Building on foundations from Deep Listening, learners will explore what discernment looks and feels like on a communal level as both participant and facilitator. Using a primarily Ignatian model of discernment, this course offers the experience of a discernment process, attention to group dynamics in discernment, and insights from systems theory that support communal and social change as disciples seek to follow God’s call in their lives and the world.

    CIMM3500 Integrated Leadership

    This course will engage the “self” of the spiritual companion/leader through integration of self, calling, and vocation within one’s context. Participants will explore models of spiritual diversity, ministerial myths and narratives, and theories of spiritual and human development as part of a journey of discovering and living from “the true self in God.” The framework of the Benedictine Rule of Life will serve as a guide for everyday praxis of an integrated life and leadership style.

    CIMM3600 Companioning Diverse Communities and Contexts

    The culminating course of SFCP focuses on application of skills, gifts, and callings into one’s own ministry context. Attention is given to spiritual facilitation, environment, ethics, and diversity of contexts. Participants explore a variety of ways they can live into the call to spiritual companionship and leadership through examples from previous cohorts, current opportunities in Community of Christ, and discernment of their own call to ministry.

CEU Schedules

January 9 – March 4, 2023

  • CIMM0301 – Ministry of the Disciple – Facilitator: Apostle Janne Grover, MAR
  • CIMM0100 – Introduction to Pastors Ministry – Facilitator: David Lloyd, MAR

March 6 – April 29, 2023

  • CIMM0300 – Introduction to Priesthood Ministries – Facilitator: David Lloyd, MAR
  • CIMM0306 – Ministry of the Seventy – Facilitator: Seventy Quorum 3 Education Officer, Bethany Lloyd, MSCI
  • CIMM0303 – Ministry of the Teacher – Facilitator: David Lloyd, MAR

May 8 – July 1, 2023

  • CIMM0400 – Introduction to Scripture – Facilitator: Apostle Art Smith, MAR
  • CIMM0309 – Ministry of the Bishop – Facilitator: Stassi Cramm, First Presidency, PhD
  • CIMM0450 – Child and Youth Worker Core Training – Facilitator: (TBA)

July 3 – August 26, 2023

  • CIMM0307 – Ministry of the High Priest – Facilitator: David Anderson, DMin
  • CIMM0308 – Ministry of the Evangelist – Facilitator: Presiding Evangelist, Jane Gardner, MS
  • CIMM0450 – Child and Youth Worker Core Training – Facilitator: (TBA)

August – October, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM0300 – Introduction to Priesthood Ministries – Facilitator: President, Steve Veazey, MAR
  • CIMM0304 – Ministry of the Priest – Facilitator: Richard Betts, MAR
  • CIMM0305 – Ministry of the Elder – Facilitator: David Lloyd, MAR

October-December, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM0400 – Introduction to Scripture – Facilitator: (TBA)
  • CIMM0302 – Ministry of the Deacon – Facilitator: (TBA)
  • CIMM03 – Children and Youth Worker Core Training – Facilitator: (TBA)

January 9 – March 4, 2023

  • CIMM1100 – Introduction to Christian Theology – Instructor: David Anderson, DMin

March 6 – April 29, 2023

  • CIMM1410 – Peace and Justice – Instructor: Nancy Ross, PhD

May 8 – Jul. 1, 2023

  • CIMM1200 – Introduction to New Testament – Instructors: Tony Chvala-Smith, PhD and Charmain Chvala-Smith

July 3 – August 26, 2023

  • CIMM1300 – Spiritual Formation – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c

August – October, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM1450 – Contextual Theology and Contemporary Culture – Instructor: (TBA)

October-December, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM1150 – Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures – Instructor: (TBA)

January 9 – March 4, 2023

  • CIMM0110 – Discerning Leadership – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: January 14, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

March 6 – April 29, 2023

  • CIMM0120 –Discernment as Process: Preparing the Community and Entering the Process – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: March 11, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

May 8 – Jul. 1, 2023

  • CIMM0130 – Discernment as Process: Staying with What is Unfolding – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: May 13, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

July 3 – August 26, 2023

  • CIMM0140 – Discernment as Process: Identifying and Living the Next Faithful Steps – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: July 8, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

August – October, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM0150 – Facilitating Communal Discernment: An Adaptive Leadership Practice – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: September 9, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

October-December, 2023 (TBA)

  • CIMM0160 – Practices and Resources for Discernment Facilitators – Instructor: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin-c
    • Live ZOOM: November 11, 2023 – 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
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