Bridge courses are one-credit courses on various topics that bridge academic theology and ministerial experience. Bridge Courses connect theology with other academic disciplines or address current concerns and vocational ministries. JST students, alumni, and community members can enroll in Bridge Courses to complement their academic programs or bolster their ministry skills. Each Bridge Course will include 15 class hours, variously scheduled. A course might be an intensive, condensed experience for a few days or lectures with discussion extending through 3-5 weekly meetings. Students seeking credit will be required to complete academic assignments. Most courses may be audited with the instructor's permission.
JST degree students taking courses for credit can find the Bridge Courses listed in the GTU Course Schedule for 2017-18. Registration for Bridges Courses is the same as the regular semester registration process. Tuition for Bridge Courses will be billed according to JST's published tuition and fees. Students whose registration exceeds full time status in one semester may contact the Business Office for scholarship assistance. JST non-degree students (those admitted as students but not yet enrolled in a degree program) may also take Bridge Courses for credit or to audit.
JST alumni, community members and friends interested in continuing education may attend Bridge Courses on a space available basis by registering HERE. The cost per credit will be $500. Continuing education participants will not be enrolled as JST students. They will not receive a transcript; and cannot transfer courses for graduate credit into any JST degree program.
Business of Ministry
Patrick Coogan - 1 credit - TUE 6:30pm-9:30pm This course provides a brief introduction to business and administration issues that ministers may encounter when working at any level of an organization. The assignments and lectures will help students they transition from the academic world to the workforce and understand how to connect their everyday work with their organizations’ stated missions. The course will explore the fundamentals of strategic planning, leadership and management, organizational structure, resource management, budgeting and financial reporting. Course meetings will include guest lecturers, case study discussions and role playing to familiarize students with questions and challenges they will encounter in everyday office settings. After completing this course, students should feel more comfortable accepting a professional ministry role to make impactful contributions toward the success of a mission-driven organization. It is suitable for any degree program as an elective offering.