by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer
Registration is open for a new online course: “Stewardship and Scripture” taught by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
With the understanding that stewardship encompasses more than money, “Stewardship in Scripture” students will gain a rich and diverse understanding of biblical stewardship principles. Topics include theology of abundance, the importance of generosity, stewardship as transformation, stewardship of the Gospel, and more.
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You can participate in “Stewardship and Scripture” with only a web browser and a broadband connection. You can take the course from your home or office. You will participate in the course via the course's Virtual Classroom where you will have online access to all other students and the instructor. The Virtual Classroom forms a peer-learning community among all participants.
The course features four audio-graphic video sessions and four online forum discussion assignments. You will do one lesson per week and complete the work at your convenience and on your schedule. In the fifth week of the course, the course will culminate with a live class-wide conference call on October 29, 2014.
As a class textbook, we will be using Giving to God: The Bible's Good News about Living a Generous Life by Mark Allan Powell. Each of the four lessons will have a corresponding reading assignment from the textbook.
Brought to you by Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org, “Stewardship and Scripture” is the first in a series titled "Steward Leaders Engaging God’s Mission" consisting of a total of six courses. Students enrolled in the series will learn principles and practices relating to stewardship and leadership through studying Scripture, exploring holistic perspectives, critiquing culture, developing healthy relationships, and achieving financial health.
Register today! Online registration and the class are now open. You will get immediate access to the course's Virtual Classroom after registration. The first class assignment is due October 6, 2014. Late registration closes October 10, 2014.
The registration fee for the first course is just $79.99.
“Stewardship and Scripture” is taught by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For twenty-five years, he has led congregations in Ohio and Indiana in achieving high levels of financial support for local and global missions and he now shares his experience across the life of the whole church. Rev. Barkhauer is a graduate of Ohio University, Christian Theological Seminary, and did Doctor of Ministry studies at Ashland Theological Seminary.
As a Network for Growing Stewards, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center provides resources that encourage the development of generous giving and faithful stewardship as transformational spiritual practices for faith communities and their leaders. Twenty denominations and several stewardship-related organizations in the US and Canada are partners in ESC's mission and ministry. You can find them on the ESC website at www.stewardshipresources.org.
TransformingTheChurch.org is a state-of-the-art online resource that provides high-quality distance education for churches and congregations; both clergy and laity. For additional information about TransformingTheChurch.org, see: https://www.transformingthechurch.org/who-we-are