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  • How Sunday Viewers Become Doers: Mobilizing Christ-Followers

    Meet Larry Peabody, your Professor of Record!

    Dr. Larry Peabody has taught the Theology Of Work for the Bakke Graduate University since 2012. After planting a church, he served as its senior pastor for 21 years. His books include Serving Christ in the Workplace; Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work; and Curing Sunday Spectatoritis: From Passivity to Participation in Church. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Lacey, WA.

  • Lesson 1: Priests: Who Are They? What Do They Do?

    You will begin this week by reading an article by Dr. Levi PQuir,Executive Minister of Davao City Alliance Gospel Church. In “21st Century Theology of a Transformational Ministry as Rooted in the Biblical Priesthood of  Believers,” PQuir says, “In the modern Era, the use of the titles such as ‘Reverend’ or ‘Clergy’ and like terms are still common. . . . Continued adherence to such traditional titles to some extent inhibits believers from affirming their status as priests.” 

    A 12-minute video, “A Brief History of Priesthood,” traces the biblical account of priesthood, starting with Melchizedek, the first priests mentioned in Scripture. The video quotes Greg Ogden (The New Reformation) as saying, ““The believers’ priesthood is one which the Reformers clearly envisioned, but which we have yet to appropriate fully.”

  • Lesson 2: All-Believer Priesthood: What Hinders It?

    This week you’ll read Chapter Six from The Priesthood of All Believers, by Milt Rodriguez. Looking back to Exodus, Rodriquez asserts, “God’s original intention was that all of the children of Israel would be priests, not just a select few.” He closes his chapter by noting many of the reasons Christians today offer as to why they gather—none of which fit God’s intention for his Church.

    In both an article, “The Great Divide,” and a brief video, “The Sacred-Secular Divide,” Mark Greene identifies one of the main wrong ideas that keeps Christians today from practicing the priesthood of all believers.

    John Zens, puts his finger on another hindrance to an all-believer priesthood in his article, “The “‘Clergy/Laity’ Distinction: A Help or a Hindrance to the Body of Christ?” He offers eight practical steps church leaders can take to begin addressing this unbiblical distinction.

    Assignment: You will email five Christians (not on church payrolls), asking them to respond to this question: “When you hear the word ‘priest,’ what comes to mind?” After receiving their responses, you will write a two-paragraph summary of what you learn from what they said. Write your two-page journal entry.

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  • Lesson 3: Equipping Believer-Priests to Serve the Gathered Church

    Nita Kotigua serves as pastor of spiritual growth, connectedness, and prayer in the Westview Bible Church in Quebec, Canada. On Sundays, attendance averages about 450. You will read her role description, which differs dramatically from the usual job description for pastors. Next, you will watch a video in which Nita describes how she equips believer-priests to serve one another when they meet as a congregation.

    This week’s reading will involve a case study on how a pastor in New Hope Church handled the sendoff of a short-term mission team.

    Assignment: After reading the case study, you will write 1-page response describing the unspoken messages his actions sent both to the team and to the congregation and how the occasion might have been used to further all-believer priesthood. Write your two-page journal entry.

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  • Lesson 4: Equipping Believer-Priests to Serve the Scattered Church

    Nearly every Sunday, those in Northwood Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota, hear what they call “FaithStories” from others in the congregation. This week, you will watch a video in which Brian Doten, who serves as Northwood’s pastor, explains why they put such an emphasis on these testimonies and how they help Christians prepare them.

    You will also read the FaithStory coaching guidelines used by Northwood church leaders. And you will listen to an audio recording in which Rachel Bichler presents her five-minute FaithStory.

    Assignment: With this Northwood Church experience as background, you will write your own plan for coaching Christians to share their Faith-Stories in your church during congregational meetings. Write your two-page journal entry.

  • Lesson 5: Transitioning Your Church to All-Believer Priesthood

    How can you help your church move toward all-believer priesthood? This week, you will read Chapter 7 from Curing Sunday Spectatoritis: From Passivity to Participation in Church. This chapter discusses a variety of teaching topics that will likely be needed to prepare a congregation to move in that direction from a traditional-church model.

    You will also read “Our Journey in Implementing Participatory Church Meetings,” by Brian Anderson, who currently serves as pastor in The Bridge Church, Rancho Cordova, California. Then you’ll watch a video interview in which Brian describes the process he followed in the transitional journey.

    Assignment: You will write a letter to the members of your Personal Learning Community describing what from this certificate course you will implement in your own church. Write your two-page journal entry.

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