Introduction to Communications
Introduction to Communications (3 credits)
Instructor: Steve Elzinga (B.A.; M.Div.)
Overview: This class shares insights on effective communication that will aid you in your communication skills as a Christian Leader.
Introduction: Communication is a necessary part of relationships and leadership. A fundamental way that God communicates with us is His Word, the Bible. Communication was vital to what Jesus did during the three years of His earthly ministry. If you are a leader, a pastor, a Christian business leader, then you need the principles of communication discussed in this course.
- Identify major insights of communication that can be applied to leadership in ministry settings.
- Apply principles of team building, motivation, delegation, communication, and integrity.
- Discern how to be a godly change agent through the use of healthy communication.
- Understand and practice tactful and compelling communication.
Resources: This class includes resources from many books and articles. All required materials are posted here.
Assignments: View all online lectures and read all articles on each topic. CLI computer tracks whether you do this. After viewing all the lectures for the unit, take the quiz based on the lectures (100% of grade).
A 95-100% A- 90-94% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average grade for all assignments in the class must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no course credit.
Accessibility: The videos in this course have slides available and versions with subtitles.
Note: You must complete all work by the final deadline of the course. If you are not done by that date, you will have to take the class again to receive credit.
Conclusion: Watch the presentations. Read the attached readings. Take the quizzes. But most importantly, start putting the principles that you learn into practice in your relationships.
Day 1 - 10
Day 11 - 20
Tools of Effective Communication
Day 21 - 30
More Tools of Effective Communication
Day 31 - 40
Further Communication Tools
Day 41 - 50
Day 51 - 60
Day 61 - 70
Day 71 - 80
Day 81 - 90
Communication Objectives: Comfort, Challenge, Encouragement
Day 91 - 100
Communication Objectives: Persuasion, Inspiration, Team Building
Day 101 - 110
Communication Objectives: Problem-solving, the sermon, how to ask questions
Day 111 - 120
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Communication Killers, Personality Types, and Conversation
Day 121 - 150
The course has ended. Please make sure all quizzes have been completed. If your work is incomplete, it is considered a drop, and you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit.
Day 151 - 180
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