Prayer & the Practice of Ministry

INSTRUCTOR:   Rev. Jim Horsthuis, Ph.D.

COURSE SYLLABUS: Download here.


This course will examine the mutual relationship between prayer and the practice of ministry. By exploring the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of prayer this course will develop a spiritual theology of prayer that both informs and is informed by the practice of ministry.

At its core this course will celebrate and reflect on the relational nature of the triune God and how both prayer and practice are defined by the rhythms of grace which originate within God’s being. Prayer excites participative action with God, finds stillness in contemplation on God, and pursues relational and spiritual communion with God. The biblical and Christian tradition of prayer will be drawn on to inform the mutuality of prayer and the practice of ministry. We will explore a variety of types of prayer such as adoration, lament, confession, and intercession and consider their relationship on the practice of ministry. In doing so students will discover how prayer and the practice of ministry informs what it means to be Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered and Mission-focused in all aspects of Christian life and ministry.