Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
—Dietrich Bonhoffer, 1906-1945
Focus of Teaching Ministry
In addition to in-depth Biblical interpretation, my teaching ministry focuses on Christian spirituality and spiritual leadership. There is a growing spiritual hunger in our world, and ongoing need for helpful guidance for seekers and mature Christians alike to go deeper in their relationship with God. Many people want to experience God more powerfully as they grapple with their purpose in life. Many are seeking greater meaning personally, and guidance for a host of significant relational and social issues. Nearly everyone wishes they had more spiritual resources to work through conflicts and challenging issues in their life.
In my teaching ministry, I address these spiritual and personal longings from a solid biblical base and extensive personal reflection and experience. I draw on helpful spiritual practices, academic knowledge and research, and pastoral and nonprofit leadership experience. A grounding piece for all of my teaching is my own ongoing journey to know, love and serve God more fully.
Seminars, workshops and classes
In one to five day seminars and workshops, and other special engagements, I focus on spiritual renewal and effective spiritual leadership. The sessions are highly interactive, informative, and practical. They are also well grounded in biblical principles and proven leadership practices, building on the material found in The Spirit-Led Leader (Alban, 2005). I also offer Bible Study classes and studies in church and conference settings.
Teaching Topics include the following:
- Spirit-Led Leadership
- Spirit-Led Living
- Spiritual Depth for Life and Leadership
- Real Transformation in Pursuit of God
- Talking about Jesus in a Pluralistic World
- Philippians for Ministers and Ministry
- Numerous other Bible and Topical Studies
No matter what the specific topic, my teaching ministry always seeks to foster life transformation. I utilize a variety of pedagogical tools and methods to engage participants so that their learning can be deeply personal, relevant, and usable. My prayer is always that students and participants will experience God in my classes and seminars in life-affirming and life-changing ways. I seek to help others keep moving forward on their own personal spiritual journey as they seek to fulfill their God-given dreams and purpose in life.
Qualifications and experience
I am an ordained Christian minister with a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. I have extensive teaching and leadership experience in a wide range of contexts. My teaching ministry moves back and forth from graduate level academic settings to professional and practical conferences, seminars and classes. I see myself as a bridge between the academic world of New Testament and Spirituality and the practical world of ministry, spiritual formation, and leadership.
Much of my life has been devoted to reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible, learning about personal and spiritual transformation, ministering to others, teaching and consulting. Key academic and professional qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree (AB), psychology major, Wheaton College
- Master of Divinity (MDiv), Princeton Theological Seminary
- Ordained pastor, American Baptist Churches
- Master of Theology in Biblical Studies (ThM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC)
Over the years my ecumenical teaching ministry has broadened significantly to include a wide variety of Christian denominations. I have taught in many different academic, professional and church settings, including the following:
- Churches of many different denominations (including Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal)
- Colleges (Hamline, Bethel in St. Paul)
- Seminaries (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, University of St. Thomas and Luther Seminary in St. Paul)
- Nonprofit organizations
- Christian management conferences
- Seminars and retreats for pastors and church leaders
A full curriculum vitae is available upon request.
Spiritual and biblical grounding
My teaching ministry is grounded in my own relationship with God, my spiritual gifts of teaching, wisdom and encouragement, and the indispensable, unique testimony and teaching of the Bible. From the biblical text, we find powerful testimony and teaching on how God is present in the world and works in human lives. We also find unparalleled guidance on how we may enjoy a deep relationship with God and can experience a full and fruitful life of meaningful relationships, work and service. We also are introduced to God as Loving Creator, Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and the Holy Spirit as the divine presence within us.
Fees vary considerably depending on context, length of engagement, and ability of group to pay. Please contact Tim directly to discuss your particular needs and situation.