Dear prospective faculty member,
 
We are so very grateful that you are taking the time to discern the possibility of engaging in the education and leadership development of future Harvest Workers. We believe that this program will give us a new avenue for equipping future leaders for Kingdom ministry and provide essential training for those who desire it but cannot feasibly receive it through other programs.
 
We anticipate that you may have many questions, so we have developed this information page for you to peruse as you begin your journey of discernment. If you have questions that are not answered here, please let us know. Feel free to contact Bryce Formwalt, Director of Mission Growth for LCMC Texas District who will be serving as our initial Program Director. You can reach Bryce at 512-942-7776 or bryce@harvestworkers.net. If you are ready to apply and submit a course proposal for the Academic Advisory Team to consider, please go to Faculty Application to do so.
 
Deadlines for Submission: If applying to teach a Foundational Studies Course in Bible or Theology, please apply by November 1, 2019. If applying to teach a Practical Studies Course in Mission and Ministry, please apply by February 1, 2020. If you are interested in teaching but need more time to develop a course proposal, please request an application extension by emailing bryce@harvestworkers.net.
 
May God bless you in your discernment. And we humbly request that you pray for us, and for our future students and faculty as this exciting new program gets off the ground. May we all faithfully respond to God’s gift of grace in praying for and raising up Harvest Workers.
 
Faithfully yours,
 
Harvest Workers Academic Advisory Team:
 
Bryce Formwalt
Georgetown, TX
 
David Mayer
Stonewall, TX
 
Jeremy Walloch
Mesa, AZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

HARVEST WORKERS MINISTRY CERTIFICATE COURSE OUTLINE:

FOUNDATIONAL:

Bible:
Bible Study Methods
Old Testament
New Testament
 
Theology:
Reformation & Lutheran Church History
Lutheran Theological Foundations

PRACTICAL*:

Mission & Ministry:
Ministry Apprenticeship**
Evangelism & Discipleship
Church Planting & Revitalization
Missional Leadership & Organization
Preaching
Worship
Youth & Children’s Ministry
Care & Counseling

Capstone:

New Testament Theology of Mission
*Positive Endorsement required prior to advancing to Practical coursework.          **Ministry Apprenticeship required for duration of Mission and Ministry courses.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

What is Harvest Workers?

Harvest Workers is a brand new, practical, missional ministry leadership training program. Classes are all online and on-demand and taught by experienced, mission-minded ministers who are called to mentor and teach next generation ministry leaders.
 

Who is Harvest Workers for?

Anyone who is seeking to take steps to answer God’s call to greater Kingdom ministry for whom traditional seminary instruction is impractical due to financial, geographic, and/or time constraints. Students may be called to serve as contract pastors, church planters, or other congregational ministry positions.
 

What’s the idea behind the name?

In Matthew 9, Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”  We believe that the harvest is still abundant and we desperately need women and men to be sent out into the harvest.  But we also realize that the harvest workers we are praying for need training that is accessible, faithful, and practical.  Therefore, we are equipping those whom Lord calls for the work that lies ahead of them.
 

How does the online classroom work?

All classes are taken as independent study courses through a personal online classroom. Each student works at his or her own pace through each course. Students can login to his or her classroom from any internet connected device to progress through each course. Each class will consist of 16-20 hours of video lessons which are prerecorded by the instructor. The personal online classroom will guide each student step by step through the entire course: required readings, video lectures, research and writing assignments, projects and even exams! Students can also upload assignments (papers, presentations, videos, etc.) to the instructor through the online classroom.
 

What sets this online classroom apart from others?

The core of Harvest Workers that sets it apart from most other programs is that faculty lectures are all prerecorded videos which simultaneously increases efficiency and flexibility. Utilizing the concept of the flipped classroom, you will video record his or her class lectures just one time from the comfort of your own office. Lectures will be filmed in 30-minute episodes which students can watch whenever it is most convenient. When your actually spend time with a student in what we are calling “conference time,” you will have the chance to interact with him or her personally and respond to any questions or any areas that need additional clarification in a personal way. You’ll never have to give a lecture more than once, unless, of course, it is time to update the material! We believe that harnessing the power of technology in this manner allows us to be better stewards of both faculty and student time.
 

Besides online and on-demand course delivery, what makes this program unique?

We envision that every course in this program will be taught from a multiplication perspective that emphasizes evangelizing the lost, discipling the found, and equipping leaders to multiply. This philosophy of ministry is an essential building block of Harvest Workers’ DNA. Most seminary programs emphasize an academic pursuit of biblical and theological studies with traditional, pastor-centered ministry education. Harvest Workers, while providing a faithful foundation in bible and theology, will emphasize practical ministry leadership methods for the present and future church that are faithfully grounded in biblical practices of evangelism, discipleship, and equipping ministries for multiplication.
 

What classes will you offer?

The program is broken down into three parts: Foundational Courses, Practical Courses, and Capstone. In total, there are 13 required courses and a Ministry Apprenticeship. Foundational Courses will include Bible Study Methods, Old Testament, New Testament, Reformation & Lutheran Church History, and Lutheran Theological Foundations. Practical Courses will include Evangelism & Discipleship, Church Planting & Revitalization, Missional Leadership & Organization, Preaching, Worship, Youth & Children’s Ministry, and Care & Counseling. In addition to these seven Practical Courses, students will also be enrolled in a Ministry Apprenticeship that will run concurrently for the duration of the Practical Courses. The Capstone is called New Testament Theology of Mission.
 

Can I teach more than one course?

While we certainly welcome potential faculty to apply to teach as many courses as you might be interested in teaching, it is our hope that we will identify 12 qualified faculty to each only teach one course. This will give students broad exposure to a diverse teaching faculty and builds in capacity for the program to grow. Students can select any faculty of their choice to advise them for their Capstone, but that is our only anticipated opportunity to teach a second class.
 

Who will the teaching faculty be?

We hope you, for one! It is our vision that all classes will be taught by faculty who are currently serving or formerly have served in ministry with excellence and have specific experience in the field he or she is teaching. Each should hold at least a master’s degree. Most importantly, it is essential that every instructor loves Jesus and his church and is called to invest in raising up future ministry leaders.
 

Will I ever meet my students in real time?

Virtually, yes! Each course will require 4 (and no more than 8) hours of one-on-one video conference time with your students. While each instructor may use conference time differently, generally it will be a time for students to ask any questions and for you to gauge how well each student grasps the material and his or her ability to verbally articulate and discuss its application. We hope that this learning process will foster mentor relationships between faculty and students.
 

Is this a Lutheran program? Will all of the students and faculty be Lutheran?

Harvest Workers is being founded by the Texas District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and we intend to teach in a manner that is consistent with the LCMC Statement of Faith. Potential Faculty are being invited from across LCMC as well as a select few from other church bodies. Students from other Christian backgrounds are welcome to enroll. All students will be asked to adhere to a common Christian profession of faith as well as make a commitment to pursue an active life of faith as a disciple of Jesus through personal devotion and participation in a local congregation. We ask all students to respect the Lutheran theological perspective from which we teach. In return, we ask all faculty to respect students from other Christian theological traditions. Above all else, we believe that we exist to be a part of God’s Kingdom building activity in the world.
 

What about practical ministry preparation? How does an online program provide any hands-on learning?

Each student will be assigned to a local congregation and supervisor for a Ministry Apprenticeship. This will provide each student the opportunity to observe and practice ministry in a context and be mentored by a supervising pastor. We envision that each Practical Course in Mission and Ministry will include assignments for students to both observe and reflect in context, as well as to practice basic ministry skills.
 

Since I am being recruited, does that mean I automatically have the job if I want?

Not necessarily. While it is true that we have been prayerfully discerning who to invite to teach and we are really excited about each potential faculty member, we are also having to cast a broad net as we recruit potential faculty. Therefore, we are inviting you to apply and be considered for a faculty position at this time. We are asking you to develop a course proposal that would give us an idea of how you might go about teaching a particular subject. If you are interested in teaching more than one course, please submit multiple course proposals for our consideration. All course proposals will be thoroughly and prayerfully reviewed by our Academic Advisory Team who will collectively make all faculty selections. The Academic Advisory Team will also provide oversight for all faculty.
 

What all should I include in my course proposal to be considered?

We have setup an online application for you to submit your basic information and course proposal. Be prepared to include lecture topics to be covered, required readings, and how you intend to assess student competency. We have already drafted course overviews for each class to help guide you. If you would like to recommended changes to the overview and/or objectives we’ve developed, we are open to new ideas! You can be as detailed as developing a full syllabus that outlines all 32-40 lectures and every assigned reading, writing, project or exam. Or you can be more broad and outline topics you’d cover and books you’d have students read and general thoughts and ideas on assignments and assessments.
 

How about pay? What can I expect in terms of compensation?

Rest assured, you will be compensated both for course development in addition to stipends for each student who takes your class. While we don’t anticipate any teaching faculty getting rich from teaching, we are expecting to provide compensation in recognition of your time and devotion to training future ministry leaders. Each faculty member will be compensated for developing a course. Payment will be issued once the course is fully online and ready to enroll students. In addition, you will receive a teaching stipend for each student who has completed a course. Stipends will be paid out quarterly for all students who had completed your class in that quarter. Please contact us for compensation details.
 

Tell me more about these video lectures. Do I have to understand technology and edit videos?

We are not expecting all teaching faculty to be technologically advanced. We will edit, process, and upload your videos into your classroom portal for you. We will provide you with a complete set of equipment and instructions to connect to a Windows or Mac computer for recording your videos. You will need to be able to provide your own computer and develop an outline of notes on PowerPoint slides to accompany your lectures. The slides will be used on-screen and are essential for the learning process. The equipment we send you will help provide a consistent, high quality of video across all courses. You will receive a High Definition web cam to mount to your monitor or laptop, a lapel mic for better audio, a desktop light kit to set on either side of your computer for good lighting, a large capacity USB drive for storing your videos, and a USB hub to connect all of the equipment to your computer. You will also receive a PowerPoint template for you to use to ensure a uniform look across all courses. Finally, we will provide complete instructions on how to connect the equipment and to record the raw video of the lectures. We just ask that you ensure that each segment is at least 25 minutes but not more than 35 minutes in length. Once all videos have been recorded simply save them on the USB drive and ship it off to us for editing.
 

How long will each student take to complete a course?

That largely depends on the student. The program is designed for a student to learn at his or her own pace. Each course should consist of 16-20 hours of video lectures plus 4-8 hours of one-on-one conference time. Total “class time” (lectures + conferences) should fall between 20-24 hours per course. In addition, instructors should assign an additional 20-48 hours outside of class time for reading and other class assignments. In theory, a full-time student taking one class at a time could finish a course in a week or two. In practice, this is highly unlikely. Students may be enrolled in two or three classes simultaneously and will be speed limited by scheduling periodic conferences with instructors as well as contextual assignments that will take place in the Ministry Apprenticeship. It is more likely that students will complete courses in anywhere from 6 to 16 weeks.
 

What about the entire program? How long will students take to graduate?

While each student can learn at his or her own pace, there are speed limiters. First of all, a student may only be enrolled in three classes at a time. In addition, students must complete the 5 Foundational Courses in Bible and Theology and receive a positive endorsement and be placed in a Ministry Apprenticeship before proceeding to the 7 Practical Courses in Mission and Ministry. Ministry Apprenticeships with an approved supervisor will be required for at least 9 months and continue until the student has completed all Mission and Ministry courses. The final course is a capstone project taught by the instructor of the student’s choice. All that being said, it may be possible for a full-time student to complete the program in 12 months. We anticipate, however, that most students will take 18-24 months for program completion.
 

When is the program going to be online? When will I need to have my course ready by?

It is our hope that our first courses will come online during the 1st quarter of 2020 and that we will add a course at least every 2 months thereafter. We are prioritizing the first 5 Foundational Courses in Bible and Theology which must be completed first before students can begin taking the 7 Practical Courses in Mission and Ministry. If you will be teaching a Foundational Course, we will want you to begin working on it ASAP. If you will be teaching a Practical Course, we will want you to begin production by the Fall of 2020. All courses should be online and the program fully developed by the 2nd quarter of 2022.
 

What if I get really busy in my church, or take a vacation, get sick, or go on sabbatical?

We understand that teaching will be side work for all active pastors and that life happens. We will be asking all faculty to typically turn around assignments within a 10 day window to provide you significant flexibility. If you are going away on vacation or have a planned time of absence, please communicate it with the program director and any currently enrolled students. If you need extended leave of more than 4-weeks due to travel, serious illness or sabbatical, please let us know. We will likely make arrangements for a substitute teacher to administrate your class while you are away.
 

If I am selected to teach a class, how long am I expected to teach for?

Due to the initial investment in developing the classes, we are asking all teachers to make a 3-year commitment to teach that begins as soon as the course goes online. The commitment can be extended by mutual agreement and will also extend for any leave of absence of 4 weeks or more.
 

How will we grade students?

The vision for Harvest Workers is to equip students to minister with competency. Therefore, we have decided to ask instructors to measure competency. While we encourage you to use a 100-point grading scale for all assignments, we will be refraining from using letter grades. Students below a 70 would receive a grade of NC (Not Yet Competent), those with a 70-89 would receive a grade of C (Competent), and students with a 90 or above would receive a grade of CD (Competent with Distinction). Since the goal is competency, students with scores below a 70 will be asked to redo assignments one time to be able to demonstrate developed competency.
 

What is endorsement?

Endorsement is a faculty review of student progress after taking the first five Foundational Courses in Bible and Theology. This is our opportunity to reflect on a student’s readiness to proceed to the next step in the program. It is important that we ensure that each student is setup for success in his or her Ministry Apprenticeship and the rest of the program. If faculty identify areas of concern regarding a student’s readiness, they may recommend a conditional endorsement and the Academic Advisory Team will develop a supplemental plan to help the student address those concerns before continuing. If concerns rise to the point of faculty not recommending a student proceed in the program, then the student will be dismissed from the program entirely. It is important that we protect the integrity of the program by only advancing students who demonstrate a spiritual, emotional, ethical, and intellectual readiness for Ministry Apprenticeship. In other words, would you be willing to have this student intern at your church?
 

Is Harvest Workers accredited or seeking accreditation?

Our program does not ever aspire to be an institution of higher education. Rather Harvest Workers is a ministry preparation certificate program administered by the Texas District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. While we have no formal educational accreditation, we strive to offer seminary-level ministry preparation for those seeking to grow in their ministry leadership capacity and serve as contract pastors, church planters, or other specialized ministry leaders.
 

What about admissions requirements? Will all students be required to have a bachelor’s degree?

Not necessarily. While we will not require any degree, the program is expecting master’s level work. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree will need to demonstrate college-level competency in reading and writing. In addition, pastoral and other character references will help inform our admissions decisions.
 

When a student completes the program, can he or she be certified as a pastor?

While every church body has different certification standards, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ requires a Master of Divinity degree or it’s equivalent. While our program certainly includes much of what is necessary to meet standards to be a certified pastor, additional education would be required. Any of our graduates who wish to be certified by LCMC will be invited to contact the LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry for more information about continuing his or her education through another seminary partner to fulfill all the Ministry Board’s requirements for certification. Graduates would, however, be eligible to serve as contract call pastors.
 

Is the program affordable for students?

The program is sponsored by LCMC Texas District who has underwritten the startup costs and is bearing most of the ongoing administrative burden to make this as affordable as possible. For students connected to a LCMC Texas congregation, each class will cost $250, which will be passed on to the instructor. For the entire program, we estimate tuition and fees to come to $3950. Other students will pay a slightly higher tuition of $300 per class ($250 to the instructor and $50 to LCMC Texas), with the program total at an estimated $4850. Students will pay as they go and can use any major credit or debit card to pay for the classes they are ready to take through our online course registration system. In addition to the tuition, students will be responsible for obtaining all required books for each class.
 

Can husbands and wives go through the program together?

We want to encourage spouses to go through the program together. We will discount one spouse’s tuition by 50% for every course enrolled in simultaneously. While both spouses will be expected to each complete assignments and assessments separately, conference time with instructors would be together. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, both spouses will receive a certificate. Faculty would receive a teaching stipend of $375 for a husband and wife team.
 

Will students ever have the opportunity to collaborate with one another?

One of the challenges of an online, on-demand ministry training program is the development of a learning community. While we can in no way guarantee students a connection with other students going through the same classes at the same time, we will do what we can to connect those students with one another if they have a desire to collaborate. In addition, we plan to host a special Winter Retreat in Concan, Texas annually, Friday night through Sunday afternoon the last weekend in January. Attendance for students and faculty is encouraged, but not required. While the retreat will be free for students and faculty to attend, travel to and from Concan, Texas will be the responsibility of the attendee.
 

More Questions?

Contact Program Director Bryce Formwalt at 512-942-7776 or bryce@harvestworkers.net with any questions you may have.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Bible Study Methods

Purpose:
To help students develop a foundation of how to study the Bible for both personal devotion as well as preaching and teaching preparation. The course will inspire a passion for the Bible in students, and teach them how to extract its treasures.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Practice of personal devotional study for faith enrichment
2. Able to study scripture in preparation for preaching or teaching
3. Understand various methods of teaching others how to study the Bible, including the inductive bible study method
4. Grasp of how to use various tools and resources available for the student of the Bible 5. Able to lead a bible study lesson

 

Old Testament

Purpose:
To help students understand the Old Testament as the Word of God: rich in content, diverse in style and purpose, necessary to understanding the backdrop of the New Testament, and useful for personal faith and ministry. The course will develop student confidence in the Old Testament highlighting its treasures in history, wisdom, and prophecy.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Understand the broad historical narrative of the whole Old Testament
2. Grasp of the variety of books, their genre and purpose, including its application to Christian life today
3. Articulate faithful understanding of creation and the nature and the consequence of the Fall
4. Explain the idea of covenant, law, and grace in the Old Testament
5. Able to use the Old Testament as a resource for preaching, care and counseling, and worship
6. Comprehend the connections between the Old and New Testaments in history, theology, and prophecy

 

New Testament

Purpose:
To inspire student confidence in the New Testament through exploration of its witness to the goodness of God, the nature of the Kingdom of God, the incarnation, life and mission of Jesus, the centrality of the Cross, and the Christian life. This course will present the New Testament in a way that develops students’ wonder of the love and work of God to bring salvation to this world through Jesus. Students will not only have a foundation of knowledge but also should develop a passion to make disciples who make disciples.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Articulate Jesus as historical person, as true God (doing what only God can do), and as true man (doing what every Spirit-filled believer can do)
2. Understand the mission and message of Jesus
3. Explain the Kingdom of God, Jesus’ miracles, Jesus and the demonic, hell and salvation
4. Grasp the work of the Holy Spirit and describe the triune God as revealed in the New Testament
5. Comprehend the early church and its mission
6. Articulate Christian living, understanding both sin and sanctification
7. Develop a biblical understanding of human sexuality

 

Reformation & Lutheran Church History

Purpose:
To help students better understand our Christian faith and how our theology was shaped and clarified through history. Through exploring the life of Martin Luther, as well as Reformation and post-Reformation Lutheran Church history, the aim is to discover how biblically faithful theological positions were developed and how these ideas are helpful today for living and sharing the Christian faith.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Basic understanding of Church history leading up to the Reformation
2. Describe Martin Luther’s life in historical context and his primary concerns which lead to the Reformation
3. Working knowledge of Lutheran theological development on basic tenets of the faith
4. Familiarity with Post Reformation Lutheran Church History, the history of the Lutheranism in the American context, and Lutherans in global mission

 

Lutheran Theological Foundations

Purpose:
To build a working knowledge of Lutheran theology by exploring the treasures of the Small and Large Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession, and other Confessional writings as a resource for practical theology and faith. Through this course, students will come to understand Lutheran theology not as a point of separation between Christians but as a treasure that is meant to enrich the whole church and the Christian life.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Use of the Small and Large Catechisms for devotional and instructional purposes
2. Understanding of the Augsburg Confession and basic Lutheran positions on important topics
3. Familiarity with writings of the Book of Concord, their purpose and usefulness in teaching and sharing the faith today
4. Articulate Lutheran theological understandings on salvation, the sacraments, scripture, law and gospel, saint and sinner, and church authority and how they apply in the American context today.
5. Articulate the distinctively Lutheran contributions to the Church universal and what Lutherans can learn from other Christians

 

Ministry Apprenticeship:

Purpose:
To give students an opportunity to observe and practice mission and ministry in a supervised setting in order to facilitate spiritual and pastoral formation in addition to ministry skill development. Through Ministry Apprenticeship, students will develop spiritually and emotionally and grow into their identity as ministers of the Gospel.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Working knowledge of how a congregation is organized, makes decisions, and carries out ministry
2. Effectively share faith with an unbeliever and teach others to do so
3. Effectively disciple a new believer and teach others to do so
4. Able to lead a new ministry of outreach, recruiting and equipping others to minister and lead
5. Preach and clearly communicate the Gospel
6. Teach Bible study lesson for children, youth, and adults
7. Minister and teach and lead others to minister to those who are sick or in need of care
8. Plan and lead a worship service

 

Evangelism & Discipleship

Purpose:
To teach faithful and practical methods of sharing faith and discipling believers. Beginning with biblical foundations for evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development, students will explore current best practices in ministry. This course will help students develop practical skills to effectively minister in each area personally and how to lead a missional community to evangelize and disciple.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Articulate the biblical mandate for evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development
2. Articulate the basic principles of multiplication
3. Develop a faithful and effective model for sharing faith personally and teach others how to share faith personally
4. Develop a faithful and effective model for discipling followers of Jesus (i.e. discipleship pathway) and teach others how to disciple others
5. Develop a faithful and effective model for leadership development (i.e. leadership pipeline)
6. Understand how to leverage groups (micro, small, midsize) for evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development
7. Develop a plan to integrate evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development into congregational life

 

Church Planting & Revitalization

Purpose:
To understand fundamental entrepreneurial and leadership principles behind organizing and leading a faithful church plant or revitalization and to develop core competencies of thinking missionally, contextually, and creatively about starting something new. Students will be introduced to a comprehensive system for guiding discernment for contextual application as well as be exposed to the practical skills often needed to effectively plant or revitalize a church in America today.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Articulate a biblical and logical foundation for church planting in the American context today
2. Grasp importance of churches planting churches
3. Understand a variety of church planting models
4. Comprehend a variety of funding models and able to develop a personal financial plan for supporting a church plant or revitalization
5. Self-awareness of spiritual gifts and practical skills and how they may be best used in church planting or revitalization efforts
6. Able to craft and communicate a clear and concise vision and mission for a church plant or replant
7. Familiarity with common, practical challenges church planters face and potential solutions
8. Describe helpful parallels between church planting and revitalization

 

Missional Leadership & Organization

Purpose:
To introduce students to best practices for leading and organizing groups to succeed in their mission. Students will learn about avoiding common leadership pitfalls, how to address unhealthy patterns in established congregations, and how to leverage their influence to help move people towards God’s agenda.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Understand basic principles of servant leadership following the example of Jesus
2. Articulate identity as missional leader with proper respect to both Jesus, the head, and his body, the church
3. Able to recognize and understand how healthy and effective church systems and organizational structures can lead to accomplished mission
4. Comprehends best practices for leading change in a congregation
5. Grasps fundamentals of healthy team dynamics including good communication and conflict reconciliation strategies
6. Basic understanding of how churches function and are administrated
7. Recognizes unhealthy patterns and behaviors in leaders and has a plan to be accountable and avoid common leadership pitfalls

 

Worship

Purpose:
To help students to understand the role of worship in developing and sustaining our relationship with God through thanksgiving and praise, the celebration of grace, prayer, the proclamation of the Word, and our response in faith to follow Jesus in daily life. Students will learn about various forms of worship in Christian history and today and will discover guiding principles for planning and leading faithful and effective worship for the American context today.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Basic understanding of worship in the Old and New Testaments
2. Able to articulate what makes worship Lutheran and the great freedom that Article 7 of the Augsburg Confession allows
3. Thoughtfully and faithfully articulate the development of a worship plan for a specific context that is attentive to flow and movement
4. Understands and has a strategy to address “worship wars”
5. Understands worship’s function for both evangelism and discipleship
6. Basic awareness of and ability to plan special services (i.e. baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, etc.)
7. Can articulate the importance of the sacraments in worship as the celebration of grace
8. Able to lead public prayer extemporaneously
9. Able to comfortably lead worship without reading or memorizing a liturgy

 

Preaching

Purpose:
To introduce students to faithful methods for effective proclamation of the Gospel and to help students hone skills and develop their personal style as a preacher of the Word. Students will learn how to develop and craft a sermon that makes a point and serves a purpose. Students will also be able to grow through delivering sermons for evaluation and feedback.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Familiar with examples of proclamation in the Old and New Testaments
2. Acquainted with resources for preaching and how to use them appropriately
3. Able to use a primary scripture as foundation for message as well as other biblical passages in support
4. Understanding of a variety of models of preaching
5. Articulate a faithful purpose of preaching for the hearers
6. Develop a style of preaching that is faithful, effective, and authentic to the preacher
7. Comprehends the power of story, humor, and congregational engagement
8. Can preach from notes or a brief outline
9. Familiar with issues and opportunities of preaching for special services (e.g. weddings, funerals, civic ceremonies, etc.)

 

Youth & Children’s Ministry

Purpose:
To study the dynamics and methods of reaching, teaching, and equipping youth and children to follow Jesus. It is our aim to inspire students to raise up the importance of youth and children’s ministries as priorities in missional communities and to equip students to lead ministries that are both faithful and effective in discipling young people in the American context.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Able to lead children and youth to understand the faith into which they were baptized
2. Can articulate the role of parents and the church in the spiritual development of children and youth
3. Basic understanding of human development by age and implications for ministry
4. Able to develop a children’s and youth ministry plan
5. Comprehends the importance of developing a team or teams to lead youth and children
6. Understands the value of and strategies for developing intergenerational ministries.
7. Acquainted with best practices for first communion and confirmation instruction
8. Can teach and minister to children and youth of all ages in age-appropriate ways

 

Care & Counseling

Purpose:
To study the various kinds of care and spiritual guidance areas within a faith context, including ways and tools to be effective in this ministry. It is our aim that students will gain insight as to how to think about, act, and lead care and counseling ministries in a missional community.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Understands the biblical foundations for care and counseling ministries today
2. Articulate that care and counseling ministries belong to the priesthood of all believers and the healthy roles for ministry leaders to take
3. Able to effectively visit and pray for the sick and shut-in, as well as administer Holy Communion
4. Can express ideas for how to go about training and leading a missional community to better care for one another
5. Understands the challenges and has a plan in place to minister and lead ministry in times of crisis and significant tragedy
6. Comprehends the basic foundations of marriage, pre-marriage, baptismal, and other spiritual counseling and where to turn for additional resources
7. Has a plan for developing small groups that become centers of mutual care and spiritual guidance
8. Able to lead prayer and develop prayer ministries that teach others to pray and lead a missional community to connect with God through the power of prayer
9. Understands appropriate boundaries and best practices in care and counseling to avoid common pitfalls

 

New Testament Theology of Mission

Purpose:
To give each student the freedom to apply the biblical, theological and practical knowledge and skills learned and developed through Harvest Workers to a specific project in an area of ministry to which the student believes God is calling him or her. The aim is to help students to ground their specific calling in ministry to our Lord Jesus whom we meet in the New Testament, and in the church and its developed theology down through the ages.
 
Expected Demonstrated Competencies:
1. Mastery of ministry skills for particular area of calling
2. Theological and biblical grounding for your specific area of calling
3. Articulate how your ministry is faithfully and effectively evangelizing the lost, discipling the found, and equipping new leaders to multiply
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andrew Cave

Faith Lutheran Church,
Seguin, TX
 
“Harvest Workers will help me be a better youth & family minister and will also prepare me for the next chapter of ministry as a pastor, if God calls me to that role.”
 
 
 
 

Chris Meyer

St. John Lutheran Church,
Thrall, TX
 
“Harvest Workers will allow me to be equipped to serve God with practical skills that prepare me to raise others up so we can take the Gospel to all people… and do so in a way that is affordable for my family.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elizabeth Calderon

Bethel Lutheran Church,
Laredo, TX
 
“Harvest Workers will help me to gain the skills and education needed to become a harvest worker for our Lord.”
 
 
 
 

Chris Koehne

St. John Lutheran Church,
Thrall, TX
 
“I feel the Holy Spirit encouraging me to be more active in my Christian faith. I pray that Harvest Workers will equip me to study and understand God’s Word in a manner that will be beneficial in bringing some clarity to what God is calling me to do now and in the future.”
 

 

 

 
 

Ready to Submit a Course Proposal?

Be sure to review the Course Overview for the class you’d like to apply to teach. You will be asked to share a Course Outline, Required Readings, as well as Assignments and Assessments. You may wish to outline these in a separate document first from which you can copy and paste into the form below.
 
Simply let us know more about you, why you’d like to teach with Harvest Workers, and what you have in mind for how you’d teach your course.  There are 5 pages to the form:
 
  1. Basic Information
  2. Academic Experience
  3. Ministry Experience
  4. Course Proposal
  5. References
 
Deadlines for Submission:  If applying to teach a Foundational Studies Course in Bible or Theology, please apply by November 1, 2019.  If applying to teach a Practical Studies Course in Mission and Ministry, please apply by February 1, 2020. If you are interested in teaching but need more time to develop a course proposal, please request an application extension by emailing bryce@harvestworkers.net.
 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Contact Program Director Bryce Formwalt at 512-942-7776 or bryce@harvestworkers.net. We look forward to receiving your proposal!