Faith, Politics, and Ministry in the Middle East
SB MIN 305 – 3 Credits*
Course Instructor and Meeting Times:
Course Leader: Philip Lanning DMin (ABD)
Instructors: Ten veteran ministry leaders from Israel and the Middle East: a worker in Lebanon, Joel Goldberg, Dr Petra Heldt, Danny Kopp, Jonathan Miles, David Pileggi, Dr. Ray Register, a worker in Turkey and Kurdistan, and another worker.
This 12-week course commences on Tuesday March 7th, 2023 and will finish on June 6th, 2023 and is planned to consist of 10 video lectures – each being two academic hours long. These lectures will be posted weekly to be viewed at the student’s leisure during that week. The 12 weekly live online sessions, on Tuesdays between 19:30 to 20:30 Israel time, are intended to summarize and allow for discussion with questions and answers.
Course summary description
In Israel and the Middle East, politics affect faith and ministry. How does this volatile combination play out on the ground? In this course, seasoned ministers living out this complex reality will share their knowledge, amazing experiences and insights on how to best serve the Lord, minister to Arabs and/or Jews, and live out their faith, all in the midst of both the Israel-Palestine conflict and religious rivalry.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Students will gain an overview of life and ministry in Israel, the West Bank/Gaza
and the Middle East.
• Students will gain insight and understanding of how to prepare for ministry and/or pray for the region.
• Students will gain the tools to develop a well-informed understanding of the
complex Middle East situation, both in regards to ministry and politics.
• Students will have a new appreciation of how God works in Israel, the West Bank
and the Middle East.
*Jerusalem Seminary (JS) courses are engagingly academic and taught by experts in their field living in Israel. While JS’ courses are not externally accredited, they can be taken for internal JS credit. Any internal JS credit will accrue and at a later time would hopefully, through articulation agreements and accreditation bodies, receive official accreditation; a process that JS has begun.