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Communication Media for Ministry

Course overview

If you’re involved in ministry, then you’re a professional communicator—and your job just got a lot harder.

You might feel overwhelmed when you think about engaging your church or community using digital tools. And it can be difficult to select and excel at the platform you choose. You should be focused on your message, not frustrated with technology.

This course will help. Communication expert Garth Pauley will be your guide as you develop a philosophy and a plan for using communication media and technology fruitfully, reverently, and professionally. You’ll leave feeling equipped and confident in the use of communication technology to reach those who depend on you for truth and guidance.

Course distinctives

Faith-based approach - At Calvin, we believe that communication in any medium should speak truth, inspire action, and respect the dignity of your audience.
Open to all - You don’t need to be a technology expert to take this course. In fact, you’ll get the most out of it if you’re not.
Practical for leaders - If you’re a pastor, church elder, worship leader, or student interested in ministry, you’ll gain a confident understanding of how media and technology can facilitate worship.

Course details

There is no set meeting time for this course. You will have opportunities for live collaboration with the professor and other students. If you choose to audit the course, plan to spend 10-14 hours over the course of three weeks reading, writing, watching videos, and having discussions. You won't be graded. If you are taking the course for academic credit, expect an additional 20 hours of course work. Credit-seekers are awarded a credit on a completed/not-completed basis without a letter grade.


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Garth Pauley

Garth Pauley is an expert in the rhetoric of the American civil rights movement and the theory and practice of preaching. He received his PhD in speech communiation from the Pennsylvania State University and teaches courses in public speaking, argumentation, communication technology, and ministry leadership. He is currently working on a book for Fortress Press’s Working Preacher series.

Basic information

IDIS 170
$400 for college credit (1 semester hour)
$200 to audit the course
June 22–July 10, 2020
Garth Pauley


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