I had the wonderful privilege of taking Jim Singleton’s Pastoral Ministry course this semester at Gordon-Conwell. As a Th.M. student in Homiletics I wasn’t supposed to take anything outside my field, but I convinced my advisor that this class was a good idea for me in preparation for pastoral ministry. It was a true gem of a course.
As a Th.M. student I had some extra requirements to fulfill to elevate the M.Div. level course to Th.M. caliber. One of these requirements was to preach a funeral sermon to the class as an example for us to assess and talk about in the context of death in the church. I have yet to do a funeral so this was great practice for thinking about the importance of the message and what word of hope could be offered to those who are present.