G. K. Pennington, Instructor  

Office: 304-865-6128             gkpenn@juno.com

Office hours as posted or by appointment, Monday through Friday, in Room 318


Tentative Course Syllabus Spring 2006


Course Number: BIB 225

Course Title: Introduction to Ministry Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Time: 9:00 AM Tuesday and Thursday

Location: Room 309


Course Text:

Holy Bible, any translation.  Prefer NIV, ASV, or RSV.  Do not use a paraphrase.  A study bible would be appropriate.

North, Ira. Balance. Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate, 2001.

Lavender,Earl. The Church of God's Intent: Strategies for renewal. Lochland Press, 1993

Peterson, Eugene H. Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987.


Course Catalogue Description: 

BIB 225 Introduction to Ministry Seminar: (2 credits) - A practical study integrating Bible knowledge and understandings of ministry process with practical applications.  It will introduce students to different facets of ministry and should assist them in identifying the kinds of ministry for which they are best suited. 


1.     Integration of Faith and Learning:  We will gain insights into ministry through our study and discussions.  We will analyze ministry experiences and expectations as a lifelong process of spiritual learning and skill development.  This course approaches ministry as a growth process resulting from study of biblical principles, interaction with God, and nurturing of those affected by the brokenness of the world.  Our primary goal is to set a foundation for lifelong spiritual learning, personal development building relationships, and bringing the healing of God into the lives of those needing it.  

2.     Students should be able to define ministry and identify many of its facets.

·        Understand most of the primary tasks

·        Develop resources for future ministry

·        Reflect on their personal strengths and needs for growth

3.     Attention will be given to requirements for entrance in to the Bible Program

·        Introduction to the practicum experience required

·        Students will be encouraged to map out a plan for completing a degree program.

4.     Students and the instructor will practice the Ohio Valley College mission statement: At Ohio Valley College, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith and service to God and humanity.


Course Assessment Criteria:

1.     Class Participation:  The class may include lecture, questions and answers, large and small group discussions, field trips, and guest lecturers.  The teacher will be observing individual participation and contribution to each process.  Additional observation will be made concerning attendance, response in lecture/questions and courtesy to others in discussion. 

Reading of the textbooks for the purpose of class discussion is a key part of class participation and may be assessed by either observation or quizzes.  A significant amount of additional reading of materials provided by the instructor, from the library, or via the Internet may also be subject to quizzes and exams.

Some psychological testing may be part of the course.  Students will be expected to pay all fees for such testing.

Each class will begin with a spiritual thought.  (spiritual-growth scripture and thoughts) Each student will choose a passage of scripture related to spiritual development, share it with the class and explain why it is important and how it applies.  Where possible it would be appropriate to coordinate the thoughts with the topic of the day.  Every student will be expected to participate in this process several times.

2.     Development of a ministry portfolio:  It should be personal, professional and reflect your experience and strengths in ministry.  Who are you?  What have you done in the way of ministry?  A resume is important.  Include resources that you consider important to ministry. 

3.     Interviews and development of a “Ministry Principles” paper:  You will interview three people who have demonstrated significant growth in ministry process.  These should be people who are active in the field of ministry you think you are most likely to enter.  The class will develop criteria for the interview process as a group project.  You will turn in to the instructor a written summary of the interviews with an emphasis on “spiritual principles” these individuals have found important.  This summary should be about six pages in length.  Be prepared to report the results of your interviews to the class. 

4.     Reflection papers and exegesis of ministry and leadership text: 

·        You will prepare a 3-5-page reflection paper on a pericope of scripture that addresses spiritual growth and development.  A signup sheet of selected text will be provided.  You will be expected to exegete the text at the level of which you are personally capable.  As a part of the class participation you will be expected to share your findings with the class.  An example will be provided.

·        Other reflection papers will be assigned during the progress of the course.

5.     Midterm exam: These will be comprehensive, covering all reading, class discussion, and quizzes and any special material identified by the instructor.

6.     Final Exam: This will be a comprehensive exam covering all reading, class discussion and quizzes and any special material identified by the instructor. 


Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley College expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another’s work as one’s own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards. Students who engage in these behaviors will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, or being dismissed from the college. A student who believes that he or she is being treated unjustly may file an appeal with the Provost; the student must initiate the appeal within 48 hours after receiving notification of the consequence. Appeal procedures are available in the office of the Provost.



Course Calendar:


These dates may need to be modified to reflect the best time for the first two exams.

First day of class

January 10, 2005

Midterm Exam

February 28

Spring Break

March 6-10

Interview paper due

March 16

Ministry portfolio due

April 5

Final exam date and time

See exam schedule


Course Assessment:

Class Participation:



Development of a ministry portfolio



Book reports, reflection papers, homework and quizzes






Midterm exam:



Final Exam:





1000 Points



Course Assessment Criteria:

1.     Class Participation:  The class will include lecture, questions and answer, and large and small group discussions.  The teacher will be observing individual participation and contribution to each process.  Additional observation will be made concerning attendance, response in lecture/questions and courtesy to others in discussion.  Absences will weigh heavily against this part of your grade!! 

2.     Quizzes: These will cover all reading, class discussion, vocabulary, and any special material identified by the instructor, or a short essay.  There are no makeups on quizzes. 

3.     Book reports, reflection papers, and homework: Projects, essays, and assigned readings other than text will be included in this part of the grade. 

4.     Midterm exams This will be comprehensive, covering all reading, class discussion, and quizzes and any special material identified by the instructor.

5.     Final exam: This will be a comprehensive exam covering all reading, class discussion and quizzes and any special material identified by the instructor.  In keeping with school policy, no final exams will be given early.



1.     Unless indicated by the teacher as not required for a particular assignment, written assignments must be generated on a word processor using good form with proper grammar and spelling.  Be sure to have your work proofed by a competent person before handing it in for a grade.  It must have a cover sheet with your name on it.  If it is two or more pages in length it must be stapled.  The instructor will not accept the work unless it is completed in accordance with instructions for written work.

2.     Work not turned in on time will be reduced ten percent or one letter grade per class.  Do not miss class to finish a paper or project, as that will cost you in class participation points and the assignment’s grade reduction.

3.     Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during class.

4.     The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus.

5.     Bring your bibles and textbooks to class!

Grading Scale (% of possible points)

A-    90-100%

B-    80-89%

C-    70-89%

D-    60-69%

F-           <59%


A.         This is a ministry class and as such you are expected to be in class and on time.  In doing the work of ministry you will be expected to have developed these traits.  A weakness here will not allow you to be as effective in ministry as you other wise might be.  For this reason attendance will count heavily in grade consideration.

B.          Do not sign in for someone else or allow someone to do that for you.  This will be addressed at the same level of concern as cheating in any other form.

C.         Attendance at 75% of the scheduled class meetings is required to receive credit for the course.

D.         Any student who is absent from class in excess of a total of one week of class time may be dropped from the class.

E.          Being late for class three times without a valid excuse will count as one unexcused absence.  A student who arrives to class late is responsible for having the instructor mark him or her "present, but late."

F.          Leaving class early without the instructor’s knowing the reason will be treated as an absence.

G.         Absences for school activities, illness and other important reasons count in the total of absences.  It is your responsibility to make me aware of the reason for an absence.  If you want the class participation points for those days you need to complete assignments to augment the learnings missed.  It is up to the student to track and complete this work within three class periods. 


Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act:

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, notify your instructor, who will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.