Below are courses pertinent to my goals that were taken at university and my rationale for taking them.
CRIJ 4313 – Drugs and Counseling
Description: This course is designed to present an overview of drugs, both legal and illegal, that impact society and our criminal justice system. History of drug use, theories as to why drugs are used, and preventive/treatment methods are also discussed.
Rationale: The act of evangelism today is quite different from other times. One cannot merely teach the Bible to individuals any longer. Sadly a large portion of our society has fallen victim to substance abuse. As a result, being able to help someone with a drug problem is often needed before one can help them to learn the gospel. My hope is that this course will help me to help individuals suffering with drug abuse and also to help teach other evangelists some basics regarding how to handle drug abuse in their evangelistic prospects.
COMM 3315 – Advanced Public Speaking
Description: An in-depth study of the principles and practices of public presentation. Recommended for majors taking teacher education.
Rationale: I have gained much experience in public speaking over my 18 years of doing so. However, the experience gained and the understanding achieved has been largely through hard knocks. I tend to know the how, but not the why. My hope is to gain technical understanding in the field of public speaking that I can correct remaining deficiencies in my presentation that I may well be unaware of currently.
COMM 3320 – Communicating in Families
Description: An examination of the ways in which family members communicate, make decisions, settle conflicts, and learn to relate to one another in contemporary American culture.
Rationale: Much of my work as an evangelist is counseling in nature. I counsel people in crisis, I counsel people at life choice junctures, and I counsel people in family interaction. I have gained much experience in this field over my 18 years preaching, but once again it comes much from hard knocks. My hope is that I will gain technical knowledge in counseling in my evangelist endeavors and also that I will be able to convey technical information regarding how to evangelize to families at the evangelistic summit to the other evangelists.
COMM 4340 – Organizational Communication
Description: An in-depth study of the dominant theories, principles and practices of communication within the organization through capstone course.
Rationale: I have worked with a church organization for nearly 20 years. There are many challenges to leading an organization. Many times these challenges can be hard to overcome absent technical training in how to recognize how an organization best operates and how best to communicate to that organization. I hope to gain understanding in how best to evangelize to my organization and also to convey to the other evangelists at the summit how they can take the same strategies and increase their evangelistic success at their respective home congregations.
COMM 3361 – Desktop Publishing
Description: Focuses on the use of computer technology to set type, design pages, and create camera-ready copy for newsletter, brochure, advertisements, and other publications..
Rationale: An evangelist must wear many hats in smaller churches. Much of my time is spent doing computer work and desktop publishing. It must be done well to get the most out of my evangelistic work. Published items must meet the approval and pique the interest of the community. I hope to learn better how to accomplish this task in this class. My hope is that an entire morning of the evangelistic summit can be spent on technical considerations in the work of an evangelist.
ENGL 3311 – Professional Writing
Description: Supervised preparation of professional reports according to standard usage recommended by professional societies..
Rationale: In order to complete all the writing assignments that will be part of the MDiv I must get to accomplish my goals, there will be much technical writing to be done. In addition to this, I will have to write a lengthy script of my lecture for the Florida College lectures and I will have to write a lengthy script for my lectures at the evangelistic summit. My hope is to gain further technical knowledge regarding professional writing so that these tasks will be done in the best way possible.