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Director of Christian Education Colloquy

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The DCE Colloquy program at Concordia University, St. Paul provides lay leaders with the knowledge and skills to serve within ministry settings as certified Directors of Christian Education.

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CLQ200 Introduction to Commissioned Ministry  1 undergraduate credit
Through class discussion, readings, presentations, and involvement field-based commissioned ministry, students will explore and consider the function of a Commissioned Minister in multiple settings.  The program portfolio is developed and made ready for program exit interviews.  Emphasis is placed on the development of a philosophy of ministry, personal mission statement, and professional ethics review. 

CLQ330 Theory and Practice in Christian Education 2 undergraduate credits
Students explore and analyze faith development theory, cultural and generational influences, curricular evaluation models, and strategies for the application of Law and Gospel within Christian education.  Students apply this theory on effective methods of teaching the Christian faith from the Lutheran perspective at the elementary and secondary levels.

CLQ576 Colloquy: Intro to DCE Ministry  3 graduate credits
Through class discussion, readings, presentations, and involvement with Directors of Christian Education, students grow in understanding the purpose and functions of a Director of Christian Education.

CLQ512 Colloquy: Gifts-Based Volunteer Ministry 3 graduate credits
Students will explore the theology of volunteer ministry; understand the connection of vocation and gifts-based volunteer ministry; explore best practices in volunteer management, including gift assessment, database creation and maintenance, job descriptions, recruitment, screening, training, supervision, evaluation, affirmation, and thanking volunteers; and apply learning to the design of a volunteer ministry program for a specific ministry site.

CLQ513 Colloquy: Ministry Teams in the Parish  3 graduate credits
This course explores a team approach to ministry with particular emphasis on collaborative leadership models that utilize an individual's gifts and have a strong link to the mission of the organization. Small group dynamics, life cycles of a group, roles, covenanting and personality styles will be explored in looking at how ministry teams are used in the Parish.

CLQ515 Colloquy: Teaching the Faith Across the Lifespan  3 graduate credits
This course will provide a study of Catechesis throughout the ages with particular attention to principles of Biblical interpretation from a Lutheran perspective. The participant will work toward a definition of Lutheran Catechesis that will incorporate an understanding of educational theory and practice, utilize tools and skills needed for appropriate Biblical study and teaching within a Lutheran framework while displaying an understanding of the relationship between Christian education and the worship and devotional life of the Church.

CLQ519 Colloquy: Teaching Strategies for Adults  3 graduate credits
Issues of motivating the adult learner, techniques for effective teaching, and educational implications of a variety of teaching methodologies are discussed. A review of available resources is included.

CLQ520 Colloquy: Leadership  3 graduate credits
This course presents a systematic study of the principles of administration for effective servant leadership. The foundations, roles, and functions of effective Christian team leadership will be discussed and practiced. Leadership styles and skills will be discovered and practiced.

CLQ572 Colloquy: Family and Youth Ministry  3 graduate credits
This course provides students with the necessary insights and skills to develop and facilitate a ministry with and for youth and families in a congregation. A relational approach to youth and family ministry emphasizes the need for peer and family support. Philosophical and practical aspects are emphasized to help students understand youth and family ministry as an integral part of the congregation's mission. A discussion of related subjects, resources and literature is included.

CLQ478 Colloquy Internship I  3 undergraduate credits
The Colloquy DCE Internship provides the colloquy DCE student a full-time supervised experience at the local ministry site. The colloquy student receives assessment of work being done at the ministry site with consultations for self-directed growth and assessment.

CLQ479 Colloquy Internship II  3 undergraduate credits
The course is a continuation of DCE Internship I where the Colloquy DCE Internship provides the colloquy DCE student a full-time supervised experience at the local ministry site. The colloquy student receives assessment of work being done at the ministry site with consultations for self-directed growth and assessment.

CLQ573 Colloquy: Role of the DCE  3 graduate credits
The roll of the Director of Christian Education as an educational minister is explored and considered. Calling and placement procedures, professional ethics and expectations, the constitution and by-laws of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the role of the DCE in Synod and District, and the role of the DCE in team ministry are examined.

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