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Biblical Literature Course Description(s)

BIBL6094 Topics in Biblical Studies (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Biblical Studies of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

BIBL6540 Gospel & Culture (4)

This course approaches the biblical texts from a Christocentric narrative with special attention given to the role of culture on the biblical writers, as well as those who have interpreted Scripture in the past and present.

BIBL6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

BIBL6760 Old Testament Interpretation (3)

This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the Old Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the Old Testament.

BIBL7330 Youth, Children, Families & Faith Throughout Scripture (4)

This course will examine selected passages from the Bible [such as The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) and Paul's treatise on the Body (I Corinthians 12)] that deal specifically with issues pertaining to young persons, families, and the formation of faith, character and community. This course will also give attention to broader issues of biblical interpretation that are concerned with reading the Bible in formative ways that gain expression in various forms of Christian practice.

BIBL7580 Biblical Interpretation for Life & Ministry (4)

This course seeks to upgrade students' use of scripture in personal spiritual formation in their ministry by focused attention to several critical tasks involved in biblical interpretation. This interpretive work will aid in the development of the spiritual discipline of "listening to the text."

BIBL7760 New Testament Interpretation (3)

This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the New Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the New Testament.

BIBL8090 Advanced Biblical Exegesis (3)

An in-depth exegetical study of an Old Testament and/or New Testament book(s). The course will emphasize the historical occasion, purpose, and theological message of the selected biblical books. It will survey relevant contemporary biblical hermeneutics. It will utilize inductive, grammatical, historical-critical, literary, and reader-oriented exegetical methods. The course will self-consciously focus on interpretation within and for the believing community. Prerequisites: BIBL6000 or BIBL7000 level course.

Christian Education Course Description(s)

CHED6094 Topics in Christian Education (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Christian Education of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

CHED6160 Congregational Education & Formation (3)

The course provides a Wesleyan approach to Christian discipleship by integrating Wesleyan theology and current developmental theories. The course explores how pastors can develop educational ministries that foster faith formation and Christian discipleship in local congregations. Particular attention is given to the role congregations play in forming faith disciples through teaching, worship, and congregational life.

CHED6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

Church History Course Description(s)

CHIS6094 Topics in Church History (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Church History of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

CHIS6540 Wesleyan Tradition in Context (4)

This course explores how John Wesley's historic vision for the practice of Christian ministry engaged his cultural context. Students will also assess how Wesley's approach to theology and practice may serve as a foundation for missional ministry engagement today.

CHIS6560 History of Christianity I (3)

A study of the historical development of Christianity from 150-1500 C.E. from the Patristic period through pre-Reformation. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will have opportunity to read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.

CHIS6580 Sources for Western Spirituality (4)

This course is designed to provide a historical underpinning for spiritual formation by examining Wesley's theological sources. Particular attention will be given to how these sources have contributed to Wesley's understanding of the spiritual disciplines and the means of grace.

CHIS6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

CHIS6960 History of Christianity II (3)

A study of the historical development of Christianity from 1500-present, C.E. from the Reformation through the 20th century. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.

Philosophy Course Description(s)

PHIL6094 Topics in Philosophy (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Philosophy of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

PHIL6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

PHIL7330 Postmodern Culture & Families (4)

This course will involve readings in modern and postmodern philosophy in an effort to understand how these important philosophical shifts have affected families. Students will be expected to demonstrate how postmodernity has affected the traditional family, given rise to significant changes in the definition of family, and how to minister to families based on this understanding.

PHIL7540 Premodern, Modern & Postmodern Philosophies (4)

This course examines the breadth of human thought across the history of philosophy. Special attention will be given to the ways in which these philosophical perspectives have shaped or been shaped by the Christian message.

PHIL7560 Philosophical Foundations of Ministry (3)

This course will provide the fundamentals for logical reasoning, review the philosophical foundations of theology, explore contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion, and develop methods for making ethical decisions within the framework of Christian values.

PHIL7580 Theoretical Foundations for Spiritual Formation (4)

This course explores the theoretical foundations, or basic assumptions, of spiritual formation. The course will be primarily concerned with issues related to human anthropology and the development of the self. This will include study in the following areas: critical reasoning, human psychology, and character development.

Practical Theology Course Description(s)

PRTH6000 OnRamp Program Orientation (0)

This course orients the student to the resources, procedures, electronic operations, and expectations of the program.

PRTH6094 Topics in Practical Theology (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Practical Theology of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

PRTH6140 Introduction to Ministry & Culture (4)

This course introduces students to the discipline and challenge of missional leadership today. As the first course in the program, this course offers extensive examination of the nature and scope of missional leadership, and deeper understanding of the cultural contexts in which students live and serve.

PRTH6180 Introduction to Spiritual Formation (4)

This course gives an intensive examination of the discipline of spiritual formation. Particular emphasis will be given to the examination and practice of the fourteen disciplines of spiritual formation with the purpose of helping students in their personal spiritual formation.

PRTH6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

PRTH6760 Spiritual & Personal Formation (3)

This course examines spiritual formational practices with particular emphasis on the personal and spiritual formation of the minister. Students will gain personal spiritual formational practices for the purposes of developing them holistically.

PRTH6840 Missional Discipleship (4)

This course recognizes a holistic approach for uniting discipleship and evangelism by examining what it means to be faithful disciples of the gospel in light of the nature of the Church and its mission to the world. Students explore how culture shapes an understanding of Gospel, Church, and ministry and integrate theological insights in developing a missional discipleship strategy to inform a ministry response to their own local context.

PRTH6880 Nurturing the Inner Life (4)

This course explores the lifelong processes and goals of Christian spiritual formation from biblical, theological, psychological, and historical perspectives. Students practice historic Christian disciplines as means of grace to promote intimacy with God, healthier physical and emotional habits, maturing character, and love for others.

PRTH6960 Missiology & Contextualization (3)

This course provides a study of the challenge and complexity of mission within the cultural diversity of today's world. Students will review the historical dimensions of missiology, develop biblical and theological foundations for missional ecclesiology, and strategize for cross-cultural communication of the gospel.

PRTH6990A Supervised Ministry (2)

Under the direction of a ministry mentor, students will be involved in practical ministry experience in a local ministry context. Special attention will be given to preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, and administration. The experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor. A grade will not be issued for this course until completion of PRTH6990B.

PRTH6990B Supervised Ministry (2)

This course is a continuation of PRTH6990A and must be completed before a grade will be issued for PRTH6990A. Prerequisites: PRTH6990A

PRTH7540 Missional Practicum (4)

This course at the beginning of a student's second year of study includes an optional multiple-day on-site practicum with his or her colleagues through interactions with a variety of leading edge missional pastors and churches. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH7560 Pastoral Leadership (3)

This course will help to equip ministers to lead and manage churches and mission agencies. Special attention will be given to the student's ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, and vision for ministry and assist the student in developing the strategic means to realize that vision.

PRTH7580 Spirituality & Soul Care (4)

This is a course designed to give a small-group, intensive experience in which the relationship between spiritual formation and ordained ministry is considered. The course includes examination of the minister as person, professional, and practitioner. The small group will be located in the locale of the student. It will be made up of ministers and laypersons who will provide an optimum group experience.

PRTH7940 Community, Context & Transition (4)

In this course, students develop a ministry project from their own cultural context, assessing their own leadership, church structures, and community needs and developing strategies for more effective missional ministry implementation.

PRTH7960 Preaching & Worship (3)

An advanced study of the methods of homiletics as well as application of principles of biblical interpretation to worship and preaching. A major focus of the course will be on practical application to selected biblical passages through the writing and preaching of expository sermons as well as a study of the Christian practices of the Church including baptism, funerals, weddings, and the Eucharist.

PRTH7980 Spiritual Direction (4)

This course explores the meaning, place, models, and dynamics of the ministry of spiritual direction through an intensive experience. Participants will be mentored by a spiritual director, receive feedback on their own ministry of offering spiritual direction, and consider the place of spiritual direction within their own ministries. A reflective journal of spiritual direction will be required. The spiritual mentor will be someone located in the locale of the student.

Theology Course Description(s)

THEO6094 Topics in Theology (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Theology of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

THEO6580 Readings in Western Spirituality (4)

Students will read contemporary theological works and explore their relation to spiritual formation. Critical analysis of the different theologies will provide the student with an understanding of contemporary issues in spiritual formation.

THEO6594 Introduction to Biblical & Theological Studies (3)

A foundational study of the Wesleyan tradition as it relates to Scripture and theology. Designed as an independent study for online graduate students in the School of Theology & Christian Ministries who have been admitted provisionally due to a lack of prerequisite course work in Bible, Theology, and/or Western Philosophy.

THEO6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

THEO7130 Theological Foundations of Christian Education (4)

The course is designed to provide an underpinning for Christian education by examining John Wesley's theological sources. Particular attention will be given to how theology informs Christian educational ministry practices.

THEO7560 Christian Theology I: Central Issues (3)

Students will explore the theological issues pertaining to the classical doctrines of the Wesleyan tradition. This exploration will focus upon the main characteristics of the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the human person, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the Church and sacraments, and eschatology.

THEO7940 Theology of Leadership (4)

This course explores the implications of how a missional understanding of God shapes followers of Christ and faith communities, as well as how various theologies relate to our understanding of God. Special attention will be given to evangelism, church structure, and ecclesiology.

THEO7960 Christian Theology II: Holiness and Contemporary Theology (3)

Students will reflect theologically on life and ministry by exploring various sources of theological reflection. In particular, dominant themes and figures in contemporary theology will be explored. In this exploration, students will compare and contrast distinctive characteristics of Wesleyan theology, including various understandings of holiness, with issues found in contemporary theology.

Youth, Children & Family Ministry Course Description(s)

YCFM6094 Topics in Youth, Children & Family Ministry (3-4)

This course introduces interdisciplinary material in Youth Ministry of particular relevance to the core curriculum. Topics may vary. May be repeated for a different topic.

YCFM6130 Foundations of Youth, Children & Family Ministry (4)

This course focuses on developing one's personal vision and practice of youth, children & family ministry and gives attention to the foundational and diverse elements of this ministry. It will explore the biblical and theological foundations of ministry with young people and families. Special attention will be given to those in early to late adolescence (11-29 years of age). Attention will be given to the church's responsibility to young people in and beyond congregations. This course emphasizes incarnational and missional approaches to the gospel, as well as young people's own agency as participants in the total mission of the church.

YCFM6230 Family Ministry in Practice (4)

This course will explore the nuts and bolts of creating a ministry plan from nursery through senior adulthood. Issues such as scope and sequence will be addressed as well as contextualization.

YCFM6530 Leadership in Ministry (4)

This course covers recent literature written about both secular and ecclesiastic leadership. Students will be shepherded through a process of honing their own philosophy of leadership in the Church. Attention will be given to case studies and the formation of a practical theology of leadership.

YCFM6599 Independent Study (3-4)

Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Approval of department director required.

YCFM6730 Missional Ministry (4)

This course explores the biblical mandate to follow the call to "go to all nations," especially as it relates to young people and families. Students will learn how to articulate and pass on to others the biblical and theological view of evangelism and outreach. Through readings, lecture, projects, and discussion, students will learn how to design an incarnational as well as relational ministry program which takes seriously Christian care and evangelism with unbelieving young people and families.

YCFM7930 Developmental & Spiritual Formation of Youth, Children & Families (4)

This course will survey the key developmental periods of a young person's life. Attention will be given to puberty (transition from childhood) and how adolescents grow into adults, stages of family life, and family systems theory.