Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry
Memphis Theological Seminary is pleased to have the Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry. This certificate program is designed for persons who are active in congregational life, but not interested in pursuing a Masters level degree. This certificate program aspires to prepare Christian leaders (lay and clergy) to offer competent leadership in congregational life. This program provides high-level theological education for associate ministers, Sunday School teachers, committee chairpersons and others who serve the church.
This is a six-course, eighteen-hour, certificate program taught by regular and adjunct faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary.
Spring Session Courses
Understanding the New Testament
(March 1 – April 12 – Tuesday’s 5:30pm – 8:30pm)
The New Testament provides Christians with the history, rubrics, and theology of a God who seeks to redeem humanity using the earthly life of the Divine Son. What are the various divisions of the New Testament, who are the writers and what are the background issues that inform some of the parables of Jesus, speeches of Paul and unfolding mystery of the Revelation of John.
(March 4 – April 15 – Friday’s 5:30pm – 8:30pm)
As the “chaplain in chief”, the pastor has a monumental task in caring for the spiritual health of the congregation. There are times when members are admitted into hospitals and other places of care and there seems to be limited time to do it all. Pastors are grateful to the members who are able to fill the visitation gap but provide effective and efficient ministry –as though the pastor were present. This class prepares the laity to provide visitation and provide the presence of the Church while leaving room for the shepherd to be effective when he/she arrives.
Mission and Outreach
(March 5 – April 16 – Saturday’s 9:00am – 12:00pm)
What is our mission as church? How do we identify and promote the mission of our church? How might our mission include a variety of ministries? In this course, we will consider the theological foundations for church mission, varieties of church outreach, and the practical skills necessary for engaging in outreach.
Rev. Melissa Malinoski
Director of Admissions
Melissa graduated from Bethel University in 1999 and from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002. As an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Melissa has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. She is married to Rev. T.J. Malinoski. They are the parents of a son, Morgen and a daughter, Madeline.
Joanna completed her undergrad from Southwest Baptist University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry in 2013 from Memphis Theological Seminary. She has worked and served in youth ministry since 2007. Missouri CP Presbytery certified her as a Youth Minister in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband Neal moved from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2015 and love living in the Midtown area.
Jeremy graduated from The University of Memphis with a masters in Strategic Leadership in 2014. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Communications, Broadcasting & Electronic Media in 2002. Jeremy has worked in Urban Youth Ministry in Memphis since 2005 and has been on world missions trips to Indonesia (2005) and South America (2007). Jeremy has 9+ years in higher education experience in Enrollment Services, Special Academic Programs and Business & Finance. Jeremy is married with 3 children.