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Lecture DH-01 - Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Postmodern Age

by Dick Hamm

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This five-session lecture helps us make sense of the new context in which we of the Church find ourselves, provides practical models by which to understand how our congregations need to change, describes a visioning process by which we can discover what God is calling the church to be and do now, and provides practical advice and counsel to those who provide leadership for change. The course is based on the book by Richard L. Hamm entitled, "Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Postmodern Age", TCP Leadership Series, Chalice Press, 2007, supplemented by up to date findings from recent consultations.

A New Special Low Price To Make The Course Accessible

We have made a special pricing of this non-credit version of this course to make this course available to individual people or groups of clergy, lay leaders, and congregants of churches in small study groups. TransformingTheChurch has endeavored to make this course as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many people as possible. Our goal is foster a broad understanding of personal finance as a basis for creating the capacity for generosity. We offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate. Group discounts are also available for study groups of three or more.

The special low price of this course also allows people to try our online courses without significant investment in their on-going adult education.

Part of Our Video Lecture Series

This course, "Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Postmodern Age," is one of our video-only courses consisting of five high-quality video lectures from Dick Hamm plus a bonus session featuring all of the workshop's music. All video lectures are delivered as streaming video to media players embedded into each lecture’s page in a dedicated Virtual Classroom.

  • Session 1: 36:29 (mm:ss)
  • Session 2: 91:54 (mm:ss)
  • Session 3: 43:15 (mm:ss)
  • Session 4: 42:09 (mm:ss)
  • Session 5: 45:40 (mm:ss)
  • Bonus Session 6: 36:09 (mm:ss)

We recommend that you also purchase the course’s textbook as part of your study of this subject. You will get the most out of this course by using the videos and the book together. Study both at your own pace.

For the price of registration, you will receive 120 days of unlimited access to this course’s Virtual Classroom and all of its included videos and other class materials. You may come and go into this course’s online Virtual Classroom as often as you wish.

An Ideal Course for Both Individuals and Small Groups

This course is designed for both individuals and small groups who wish to learn more about the wise management of person finance. The course makes an excellent small-group study or a church-wide study. The material is condensed enough to be taught in a half-day workshop format still allowing plenty of tie for group discussions. The price of the course is purposely low enough to allow each member of the group to purchase their own access to the course materials to study individually either before or after a group meeting.

Online Distance Leaning

This a distance-learning course that can be completed online without the need for travel; either across town or to another city. The course can be taken from a home, office or even a coffee shop. All you need is a web browser and a broadband Internet connection. The course can be successfully used by people with only the most basic of computer skills.

Use any Device From Anywhere

Access this course from anywhere; at home, at the office or when out on the run. You can access our course videos 24x7 from anywhere you choose; you can in complete control. We fully support desktop devices as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The responsive design of all of our web pages and video players will automatically size our materials and rearrange page regions to fit best the particular device you choose to use. Included in this support is our Adaptive Streaming technology that will automatically and dynamically adjust our streaming speed to fit best your particular broadband connection. Go as slow as 3G wireless connections or as fast as fiber-to-the-home connections allow. Rest assured that for any device or connection speed you elect to use, we will support it to the best possible quality the device allows.

Additional Information About This Personal Finance Course

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Course Instructor: Dr. Dick Hamm

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Richard L. Hamm was born in Indiana and raised in Florida. He returned to Indiana to attend Butler University (B.A. Religion, 1970) and Christian Theological Seminary (Dr. of Ministry, 1974). Dick is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served congregations for 25 years in Indiana, Kansas and Missouri. He received the "Model Minister" Award from the Indiana Region in 1990. He has served in rural, exurban, urban and suburban settings and has been an associate minister, founding pastor of a new church, and senior minister of a multiple staff. He has twice been recognized for mediating settlements in school districts and thus averting teachers' strikes.

Dick served as regional minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee (1990-1993) and was named "Tennessee Ecumenist of the Year" in 1993. He served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2003. He is the author of three books, 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and From Mainline to Front Line and Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Post-Modern Age. He lectures and teaches Disciples Polity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He served as a trustee of Christian Theological Seminary for ten years and recently completed service as a trustee of the Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley). He is chair of the National City Christian Church Foundation Board, He is the former Executive Director for Christian Churches Together in the USA, a new and very broad ecumenical organization that includes communions from five "families": Mainline Protestants, Historic Black Churches, Evangelicals/Pentecostals, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox as well as several Christian organizations including Bread For The World, Evangelicals for Social Action, Habitat For Humanity, Sojourners, World Vision, and the American Bible Society.