by Sandy Lindahl
The course consists of four audio-graphic video lectures plus two live conference call.
Ms. Sandy Lindahl, Principal at Lindahl Consultants
In the Relational Stewardship course, students will consider Christian models and practices for healthy relationships of various kinds, and the positive outcomes for individuals, congregations and communities. Students will consider a broad range of personal relationships ranging from God and self, family and friends to workplace and worship-place connections, and communal relationships that can bring new purpose and energy to congregations.
Students will consider how personal choices affect their own well-being and their connectivity with other beings and Creation.
Students will connect relationship concepts to current trends and events, bringing concepts and practices to bear on contemporary issues of "the other" such as racial tensions in communities, attitudes about immigration, debates about the 1% economic and class divisions, generational perspectives and other topics of interest to participants.
The class will examine how decisions to give of ourselves and our resources depend on relationships, emotional connections, trust and teaching. Students will review and discuss ways to integrate "fundraising" as a ministry integral to all that the Church does and is, and ways to engage people's energy and time productively in the church's mission.
Students will be able to identify actions that can build community in keeping with Christian teachings as alternatives to the dominant culture. Students will connect these concepts to their own environments, places of worship and communities.