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CMLE 763/863W

The Turnaround Church: Inspirations and Tools for Life-Sustaining Change, Winter 2011

Rev. Dr. Mary Lou Gifford

Despite the fact that many mainline Protestant churches have been in decline for decades, I start with the premise that not all dying churches should or must die. Although there is no cookie-cutter solution to reversing this widespread decline, under specific conditions, some churches can be brought back to a joyful life, filled with vitality. Through intentional changes in worship, stewardship, and leadership, some churches can and do succeed in turning around with a feeling of renewed spiritual energy. It takes fresh eyes and deep abiding faith to lead people through the wilderness of change and into new ways of being a church. Since many seminary graduates will be called to serve congregations in these declining churches, this course will serve to prepare them for the actual practice of ministering under these current conditions. Prerequisite: A basic Ministerial Leadership course (CMLE 6xx) or relevant theoretical knowledge of institutional leadership.

Winter - January 3-14, 9:00 am - noon

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.