Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU

Critical Components of Effective and Lasting Pastors

Course Summary

The purpose of this course is to provide pastors with the important components of having an effective and long-lasting ministry in the local church setting. This course looks at preaching, pacing, and qualities of an effective pastor. This course has great content for the pastor in need of knowing how to be more effective, or take better care of his own personal spiritual and emotional health during ministry.

What do I need to know?

After watching the videos, completing course learning materials, completing the learning activities, and taking short multiple choice quizzes, you’ll earn 1 continuing education units (CEU) and a training certificate.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you will understand a method for preparing a sermon, understand the theology for sermons, be convinced of the necessity of centralizing prayer in your ministry, understand differentiation and how that affects your emotional health in ministry, be able to identify your own level of anxiety, understand a basic approach to coping with critics and criticism, understand some tools needed to pastor for the long haul, be convinced to make connecting with God the center of your ministry, be able to recognize the role of father as being equally important as pastor, understand the 6 major areas the father should impact his children in his home, and understand some factors that will contribute toward better pastoral self-care.

About the Instructor

Micheal Goetz is lead pastor at the Campion Adventist Church on the campus of Campion Academy in Loveland, CO. ( He began ministry serving as a police chaplain and pastoral ministry before joining the team as an associate pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. Micheal has his degree in theology from Montemorelos University in Mexico. Graduate studies include a Master of Divinity (MDiv.) and a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin.) in Homiletics from Andrews University. Oregon is his home state and enjoys running, mountain climbing, and reading. His musically gifted wife Melanie, also a runner, is a dental hygienist. Daughter, Cana, just celebrated her 4th birthday and son, Micahl, is 2 years old. Twitter at @michealgoetz. Craig Carr is a husband, father, and disciple of Jesus. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Denver Seminary and enjoys staying current on issues of church, culture, and pastoral leadership. He currently serves as Vice President for Administration in the Washington Conference. Following more than 20 years of successful pastoral work, S. Joseph Kidder has been teaching at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological seminary at Andrews University for the last 15 years. He travels extensively, teaching people and churches how to have a vibrant and authentic walk with God. Dr. Kidder has written several bestselling books and numerous articles on Worship, Church Growth and Spiritual Growth. The main thing about Dr. Kidder is that he loves Jesus and wants everyone to love Him. Ivan L. Williams, Sr. is super-passionate about pastoral ministry and soul winning. He serves as the director of the Ministerial Department for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. The NAD ministerial team serves and supports over 4,200 pastors and over 100 ministerial directors and associates in Bermuda, Canada, the United States, and the Guam-Micronesia Mission. Prior to this, he served as the Ministerial Director for the Northern California Conference. Williams was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 13 while working in a evangelistic meeting, Pastor Williams sensed God’s call to ministerial service through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore in preparation for full time ministry, he pursued educational training at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he graduated with degrees in Communications and Theology. He also graduated from Andrews University Theological Seminary, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a Masters of Divinity degree, and from Claremont School of Theology, in Claremont, California with a Doctor of Ministry degree. His project-dissertation dealt with pastoral burnout and renewal in Seventh-day Adventist ministry. His pastoral ministry has spanned over twenty-four years, and has included many churches in the South Atlantic, the Southeastern California, and the Northern California Conferences. Dr. Williams serves on numerous boards and committees inside and outside of the church, striving to make a difference for Christ. In addition to pastoral ministry, Williams also served eight years as a Chaplain for the California State Assembly in Sacramento, California. He currently serves as a United States Air Force Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Maryland Air National Guard, and is the president of Brighter Hope Ministries, Inc., which can be seen and heard on various radio and television stations. He enjoys family time, media and broadcasting, reading, preaching, barbering, athletics, sharing hope, and teaching people to live a balanced life through Jesus Christ. He has been able to be all he can be with the unconditional love and support of His Heavenly Father, faithful wife Kathleen, and their two children, Imani and Ivan, II. Karl is the teaching pastor at the Kettering SDA Church and works with the Kettering Health Network in the Spiritual Mission department. He’s the husband of Cherié and daddy of Lindsey and Claire. He travels tons, runs lots, and reads everything that John Ortberg writes. He is the award-winning author of a bunch of good books and writes regularly for a variety of periodicals. He’s got two BA degrees, two Master’s Degrees and a Ph.D.


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Adventist Learning Community
1.0 CEU
Self-paced course