A Surprising Discovery

I have been teaching at Christian schools on the undergraduate level since 2010 (you can find my CV here). Most of the courses I have taught have been in the area of New Testament, although I have also taught apologetics and ethics.

There is a distinction among some in Christian scholarship between “real” academic subjects, such as biblical studies and theology, and the less serious ministry courses.

For example, if you get a Doctor of Ministry instead of a PhD, you might told you can “only” teach ministry courses. (What is the Difference Between a PhD and a DMin?)

Family MinistryWell, I recently had the opportunity to teach my first Christian ministry course at Tyndale University College. It was Introduction to Family Ministry. To be honest, I had no idea how it would go, as it is outside my formal training.

I absolutely loved it!

Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching biblical studies. But I am a pastor at heart and it was a joy to figure out together with my students how to do ministry in our contemporary world.

I’m embarrassed that I ever though of Christian ministry courses as “second-class.” I have grown to love what is called practical theology.

Done right, ministry courses should be deeply biblical and theological. My conclusion to the course was the challenge for family ministry to be biblically faithful and contextually relevant.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed teaching a ministry course and I hope I get the opportunity again.

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