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Is a Master of Ministry Really Necessary? 3 Arguments Debunked

January 3, 2019

Man standing in front of small group study

Is there value in pursuing further education in ministry? Is it worth the time and cost? Below we’ll look at three common arguments against starting graduate school in ministry, and discover why they just don’t hold up.

“I’ll just learn as I go.”

You will never be able to take the people you serve beyond where you have been. Apologetics, biblical theology, the nature of the church. These and many more are all things that people need to understand. You can’t teach what you don’t know. The accountability of the classroom will force you to think deeply about these issues. Don’t let the tyranny of the urgent distract you from pursuing the biblical, theological, and ministerial skills that will anchor your ministry. There is no replacement for learning from professors who have refined their understanding of the Scriptures in the furnace of practical ministry.

“I will lose touch with the people I’m ministering to.”

Granted … if you start teaching your middle schoolers or adult fellowship friends with lengthy quotes from Jonathan Edwards (because that’s what your theology professor did), you may not be doing it right. However, having a deep well from which to draw doesn’t stifle your creative juices; it guides them. Effective leaders will use their inherent talents and gifts and draw from a richly equipped tool belt. And although those tools can be acquired over time during ministry practice, graduate school provides a concentrated time of intentional equipping.

“I can’t fathom leaving my ministry.”

You don’t have to! Schools have become quite creative in the way they serve their students. For example, here at Cedarville University, we have designed a one-year, online ministry degree with courses in Bible, contemporary theology, biblical leadership, and biblical care and counseling. With the technology of our day, the classroom has never been more accessible. It’s never too late.

Visit our website for more information about the Cedarville University Master of Ministry.

Posted in MMin

5 Ways a Master of Business Administration Can Help Your Career

January 2, 2019

Man standing in front of business meetingPursuing a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a significant investment of time and money. Is it worth it? The answer is most definitely, yes. Among others, earning an M.B.A. offers you the following five professional and personal benefits.

New career paths. By choosing a specialization or concentration, you may open yourself to a whole new career field. For example, Cedarville University’s online Master of Business Administration offers five in-demand concentrations. While you’ll develop a sound business foundation, you’ll also be able to specialize with a master's in cybersecurity management or healthcare administration, opening up opportunities in new and exciting fields.

Increased earning potential. Salaries for professionals with an M.B.A. are significantly higher than those with just a bachelor’s degree, and even much higher than those with a different master’s degree. Your higher salary will cover your initial investment in your M.B.A. in two-three years’ time.

Improved professional skills. An M.B.A. will give you invaluable skills that are transferable to almost any industry. Skills such accounting, marketing, financial management, and organizational design will give you an advantage anywhere you go. As an added bonus, Cedarville University’s Christian M.B.A. offers all of this with a biblical worldview. You’ll study business through a biblical lens that emphasizes Christian ethics and servant leadership.

Greater job security. There is a high demand for professionals with an M.B.A. An M.B.A. can increase your job security with your current employer or within your industry. Most organizations see real value in hiring and retaining employees with an M.B.A.

Expanded professional network. You will have great networking opportunities as an M.B.A. student. Your cohort and professors instantly create a network of professionals with whom you can connect throughout your career.

Visit our website for more information about the Cedarville University online Christian M.B.A. program.

Posted in MBA

How to Find Clip Art in Word

How to find clip art in Word.

Each version of Microsoft Word below has slightly different steps for finding and inserting clip art. Follow the instructions for the Microsoft Word version you currently use.

For Word 2016 and 2013:

  1. Open the Word where you would like to insert the clip art.
  2. Click the [Insert] tab > From the "Illustrations" group, click [Online Pictures]. A pop-up will appear allowing you to search Office.com or Bing.
  3. In one of the search boxes, type a keyword for the clip art you would like to find (e.g., flowers) > press [Enter].
  4. From the resulting list of pictures, choose the one you would like to add > Click [Insert].

For Word 2010:

  1. Open the Word document where you would like to insert the clip art.
  2. Click the [Insert] tab > From the "Illustrations" group, click [Clip Art]. A clip art pane will open to the right of the document.
  3. In the "Search for" box, type a term or keyword for the clip art you would like to find (e.g., "flowers") > Click [Go]. The clip art will appear in the pane below.
  4. To insert the clip art, place your cursor where you would like to insert the clipart in your document and click the image from the clip art pane.

For Word 2007:

  1. Open the Word document where you would like to insert the clip art.
  2. Click the [Insert] tab > From the "Illustrations" group, click [Clip Art]. A clip art pane will open to the right of the document.
  3. Select "Organize Clips" on the bottom of the pane.
  4. In the left menu, double-click "Office Collections."
  5. Double-click any category that interests you.
  6. To insert the clip art, place your cursor where you would like to insert the clipart in your document and click the image from the clip art pane.

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Posted in Computer Help

How to Set or Remove Reminders in Outlook

Note:
Reminders are not the same as desktop alerts, which appear when you receive a new email. For information on changing the settings for desktop notifications, see the Desktop Alerts help page.

Set reminders for calendar appointments

  1. Go to Calendar in the navigation pane.
  2. Double-click on the desired appointment. The appointment will open.
  3. In the "Options" group in the ribbon, locate the "Reminder" drop-down box and select the time you want the reminder to display (i.e. "15 minutes" will display a reminder 15 minutes before the appointment begins.) Select "None" if you do not want a reminder for this appointment.
  4. Click [Save & Close].

Change or turn off the default reminders

Outlook automatically sets reminders for new appointments you create. You can change the default settings in Outlook so that no default reminder is set or to change the default time for reminders.

To change the default reminder time:

  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. Click the Calendar tab on the left side of the Outlook Options Window.
  3. Click the drop-down box next to "Default reminders" and select a new time.
  4. Click [OK] in the Outlook Options box to save the settings.

To turn off default reminders:

  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. Click the Calendar tab on the left side of the Outlook Options Window.
  3. Under "Calendar Options," clear the "Default reminders" checkbox.
  4. Click [OK] in the Outlook Options box to save the settings.

Set reminders for tasks

When you create a task, you can add a reminder to it so that Outlook will remind you that you need to complete that task by a certain date.

  1. Create a New Task or open an existing task that you wish to add an alarm to.
  2. In the "Tags" group in the "Task" tab, click "Follow Up" and select "Add Reminder."
  3. In the "Custom" box, make sure the box next to "Reminder" is checked.
  4. In the date and time menus below "Reminder," select the time at which you want the reminder to display.
  5. Click [OK]. A reminder has been added to your Task.
  6. Save and close the task to save these changes.

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Posted in Computer Help