LA MIRADA, CA—Pastorate-bound seminarians are about to get some real world street smarts, as Biola University announced Wednesday that they will now offer students a graduate level course on advanced panhandling techniques and tactics aimed especially at future youth pastors.
“This new course will be life-changing,” said university President Barry Corey during the announcement. “Future youth pastors will leave our university fully equipped to juggle youth groups, teen counseling, and standing on the side of the road asking drivers to hand over their loose change.”
“They will feel more ready than ever before to tackle the demands of ministry while living below the poverty line,” he added.
Biola claims that this course is essential for any ministry-minded student as the 8-week curriculum teaches students how to influence both pedestrians and drivers, quickly overcome objections, create a sense of urgency, and convey an honest desperation as an impoverished Bible college graduate.
“Anyone can just go out into the middle of the road and beg for spare change. In this class we will go over the key tactics and techniques that empower an aspiring youth pastor to maximize their time spent pastoring and also eke the most out of passersby.”