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Practical Theology Course Description(s)

PRTH1250 Christian Ministry Retreat (1)

A fall retreat for all Christian ministry majors, with specific emphases in spiritual formation and the development of community among students. Typically scheduled during a September weekend. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH1440 Practical Theology (0)

A practicum designed to foster spiritual formation through reflection on personal spiritual reading (assigned weekly), sharing, accountability and prayer. This course will connect classroom learning about the Bible, theology, and ministry to local church practice (praxis) through weekly ministry experience in churches and other ministry situations. Required for all ministerial scholarship recipients.

PRTH1710 Introduction to Christian Ministry (1)

A study of the meaning of a call to vocational ministry. Topics include standards of character and service, demands and opportunities confronting the ministry, and guidance in planning college courses.

PRTH1900 Introduction to Parachurch Ministry (2)

An introduction to and study of vocational ministry outside traditional church or denominational contexts. Topics include the call to this type of ministry, working with local churches and governing boards, raising support, and developing an advisory committee.

PRTH2094 Topics in Evangelism (1)

An examination of some phase of evangelism not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit.

PRTH2400 Christian Missions (3)

An introduction to the study of Christian missions. Attention will be given to biblical and theological foundations, historical perspectives, and cultural dimensions of missions in a contemporary world setting. A field trip is a required part of the course. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross Cultural Experience if taken with PRTH2400CC Intercultural Lab 2. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH2440 Ministerial Scholarship Practicum (0)

A practicum designed to foster spiritual formation through reflection on personal spiritual reading (assigned weekly), sharing, accountability, and prayer. This course will connect classroom learning about the Bible, theology, and ministry to local church practice (praxis) through weekly ministry experience in churches and other ministry situations. Required for all ministerial scholarship recipients.

PRTH2600 Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry (1)

An exploration of the call to missionary service and how to prepare for such service. Aptitude for cross-cultural service and conflict management skills will be emphasized. Weekend seminar. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH2960 Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)

A study of practical applications in pastoral theology. In addition to the weekly class time, the student will be involved in some phase of Christian ministry in a local church or other appropriate ministry setting. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH1710

PRTH3094 Topics in Practical Theology (1)

An examination of some phase of practical theology not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit.

PRTH3210 Spiritual Formation (2)

A study of the theory and practice of spiritual formation and Christian discipleship. Attention will be given to the reflective discipline of one's individual journey with God and personal spiritual development. Further attention will be given to discipling through mentoring and in small groups. A spiritual formation weekend retreat is an integral part of this course and is required of all students. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH1710

PRTH3220 Worship Theory and Development (2)

A study of the principles of Christian worship. Attention will be given to the development of contextualized, theologically informed worship, and the rites and sacraments of Christian worship Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH3250 Worship Leadership and the Sacraments (2)

A study of the theology of worship and its integration into local contexts. Attention will be given to the creation, production, and implementation of Christian communal worship services. This course will also provide a theology and practice of the Christian sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism. Offered: Alternate years Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH3220

PRTH3400 Cross-Cultural Communication of the Gospel (2)

A study of cultural and strategic dimensions involved in cross-cultural communication of the gospel. Consideration will be given to assessment of cultural contexts and application of sound biblical and theological principles to strategies of communicating the gospel. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH2400, THEO2100

PRTH3440 Ministerial Scholarship (0)

A practicum designed to foster spiritual formation through reflection on personal spiritual reading (assigned weekly), sharing, accountability and prayer. This course will connect classroom learning about the Bible, theology and ministry to local church practice (praxis) through weekly ministry experience in churches and other ministry situations. Required for all ministerial scholarship recipients.

PRTH3710 Preaching (3)

A study of the preparation and delivery of sermons within the context of worship, includes preaching practice. Prerequisites: BIBL3110, BIBL3120, or instructor's approval.

PRTH3750 Compassionate Ministries (2)

A study of the theology of social holiness as expressed in a life of compassionate stewardship. The course will explore current literature and programs being developed by evangelical churches focusing on compassionate ministries. Special attention will be given to the urban compassionate ministry centers being developed by the Church of the Nazarene. A field trip is a required part of the course. Fulfills a General Education Level II Cross Cultural Experience if taken with PRTH3750CC Intercultural Lab 2. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH3880 Camping and Recreation Ministry (2)

An introduction to the philosophy, methods and skills necessary to plan, organize and administer camp and recreation ministries for the local church and/or other connected entities. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH3960 Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)

A study of topics in pastoral theology and their applicaton. In addition to the weekly class time, the student will be contracted for involvement in some phase of Christian ministry in local church or other appropriate ministry setting. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH2960

PRTH4440 Ministerial Scholarship Practicum (0)

A practicum designed to foster spiritual formation through reflection on personal spiritual reading (assigned weekly), sharing, accountability and prayer. This course will connect classroom learning about the Bible, theology and ministry to local church practice (praxis) through weekly ministry experience in churches and other ministry situations. Required for all ministerial scholarship recipients.

PRTH4710 Missional Growth and Health (2)

A study of the church's mission and development with special emphasis on church health and growth. Attention will be given to observation of church and community, both historical and contemporary. Students will describe the socialization and dynamics of the church to culture, and develop skills for effective ministry. A field trip is required. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH4820 Pastoral Leadership (3)

A study of leadership and administration in Christian ministries. Areas to be discussed will include: spiritual gifts; selecting, organizing, and maintaining a church staff; conflict management and professional ethics. Field trips to several churches will be included. Fees: Additional fee required.

PRTH4960 Internship in Christian Ministry (3)

A practical course, open only to seniors in the Department of Religion, involving ministry experience in areas which include preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, administration and missions. This experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor. May be repeated for credit. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PRTH1710, PRTH2960, PRTH3960, or instructor's approval.