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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.

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.

BIBL7290 Grounded in the Living Word: Scripture and the Christian Life (4)

This course explores the dynamics and power of Scripture in spiritual formation, personal transformation, and the Christian life. A key aspect of this course is an understanding and development of biblical hermeneutical principles and practices that focus not only on the biblical text's content but also on its potential effects as part of the church's Scripture. In addition to learning about life with God from Scripture, successful students can gain competence in listening to the spirit of the text, move from informational reading to transformational reading, and learn to engage Scripture in ways that grasp and change one's being and doing.

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 Old Testament or New Testament books. 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 and 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.

CHIS6290 Founded on Embodied Tradition: Church History and the Christian Life (4)

This course is designed to provide an historical underpinning for the practice of ministry in the Wesleyan tradition. Emphasis is placed on Wesley's theological sources (Early Church, Medieval, Reformation, Anglican), his theological methodology, his theology of spiritual formation, and his ability to engage his cultural context. Particular attention is given to how students can pursue personal and social holiness, and develop effective and dynamic missional approaches to leadership.

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.

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.

PHIL7290 Reflecting on Character: Philosophy and the Christian Life (4)

This course explores Christian ethics from a philosophical perspective. Students engage in biblical, theological and philosophical reflection, study dominant approaches to ethical thinking, and examine contemporary moral problems. Particular emphasis is placed on developing critical reflection skills, rather than finding answers to various ethical questions. This course also facilitates a deeper understanding of character formation and sharpens one's discernment as to how theological and philosophical reflection helps shape Christian practice.

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.

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, and also includes the completion of the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), which students will discuss in PRTH6000L, as well as a required criminal background check. Grade of Pass/Fail. Corequisites: PRTH6000L

PRTH6000L Personal Development Lab (0)

Students in this lab meet online with a participant in NNU"s graduate counseling program for the interpretation of their California Psychological Inventory (CPI) results and a formative assessment of their personal development with respect to theological studies and vocational ministry. Students who enroll in PRTH6000 must complete PRTH6000L as a lab during the eight-week session following their OnRamp Orientation course. Grade of Pass/Fail. Fees: Additional fee required. Corequisites: PRTH6000

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 of 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 and 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 and 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. Participants will consider the place of spiritual direction within their own ministries and, with their mentor, explore facets of giving and receiving spiritual direction. A reflective journal will be required.

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.

THEO6290 Engaging with Prophetic Voices: Theology and the Christian Life (4)

Students reflect theologically on life and ministry by exploring various sources of theological reflection. In particular, dominant themes and figures in contemporary theology are explored, especially voices and perspectives that are often overlooked. In this exploration, students compare and contrast distinctive characteristics of Wesleyan theology, including various understandings of holiness, with issues found in contemporary theology. This course explores issues of holiness and justice and how the Church can better live into the Kingdom of God for all and not just those in power.

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.

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.

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 and Family Ministry Course Description(s)

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

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

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

This course focuses on developing one's personal vision and practice of youth, children and 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.

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 that addresses Christian care and evangelism with unbelieving young people and families.

YCFM7930 Developmental and Spiritual Formation of Youth, Children and 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.