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Courses are designated by a letter number sequence which indicates the department(s) and the level at which the course is taught. Except where indicated, all courses at any level are open to all qualified students, subject to prerequisites, course limits and seniority provisions. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three semester hours of credit.

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Greek Language Preaching
Church History Ministry of the Church Research Languages
Christian Leadership Mentored Ministry Social Ethics
Counseling New Testament Spiritual Formation
Educational Ministries Oriental Languages Theology
Christian Ethics Old Testament World Missions
Evangelism Pastoral Care/Psychology Youth Ministry

Apologetics (Division of Christian Thought)

AP601 Introduction to Christian Apologetics   The course examines models of apologetics found in Scripture and throughout church history in order to make application of them to contemporary challenges to the Christian faith.
        Last Offered: Fall 2015
AP/MC612 Practical Apologetics   The purpose of this course is to help students hone their apologetic skills, and build their confidence, by combining theory and praxis in a variety of secular settings (i.e. workplace, educational settings, the public square, etc.). Students will increase their awareness of various arguments for and against the existence of God; develop an appreciation for the art of rhetoric and build confidence in the efficacy of the Gospel in the “marketplace of ideas”.
        Last Offered: January 2019
AP/WM629 Radical Islam and Christian Responses   This course will study the genesis of Radical Islam from the early years of the Islamic community to the present. We will study the historical, theological and political contexts within which Radical Islamic movements have arisen. The role of the state, Islamic law, political ideology, and methods of interpretation will be investigated. This course will ask the question whether Radical Islam can function peacefully in modern, global, civil society. To give us a view from other Muslim perspectives we will also study contemporary hermeneutic theories of liberal Muslim scholars. This should help us to understand how Radical Islamic movements have constructed their interpretations of Islam. Developing an accurate understanding of Radical Islam’s theology and political ideology will be essential for developing an effective, thoughtful and biblical response to Muslims in the coming years.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
AP/WM647 Introduction to Islam   An introduction to the Islamic faith with a special emphasis on communicating the gospel to Muslims who comprise over 1 billion adherents and is the second largest world religion. The whole of the Qu’ran is read in English.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
AP/WM649 Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism   An overview of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. We will examine their histories, beliefs, rites, and impacts upon various cultures and societies in Asia and other parts of the world. Efforts will be made to develop a Christian response to the traditions and appropriate missiological thinking and strategies. Not for students who have taken AP/WM645 or AP/WM646.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
AP/MC687 The Bible and Race   The course is designed to lead students to a comprehensive theological understanding of the diversity of the human race and the accompanying ministry implications through a Biblical worldview.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
AP/WM747 Critical Issues in the Christian Mission to Muslims   This course explores some of the major contemporary issues confronting those in ministry to Muslims as well as the church in the West. Some of the topics covered in this course are apocalyptic views of history in Islam and Christianity, the theological nature of Islam, Islam in the West, the relationship between Islam and the State, the influence of Radical Islam, Contextualization and Insider Movements, the status and role of women in contemporary Islamic societies, movements within Islam, theological misunderstandings, approaches to Muslims, dialogue between civilizations, and how modern Islamic societies are responding to secularization and pluralism.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
AP760 Reading in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
AP860 Research in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
AP960 Research in Apologetics   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Church History (Division of Christian Thought)

CH500 Survey of Church History   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the present day.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CH501 The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CH501 I The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Offered through Semlink+.
CH502 The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CH502 I The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time. Offered through Semlink+.
CH/SF591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CH/WM603 History of Missions   This course provides an overview of the historical progress of the Christian missions from its inception to the present. It seeks to explore Christian missions from historical and missiological perspectives, and identify the different mission patterns or paradigms characteristic of different eras and regions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
CH/WM610 Advance of the Church in the Non Western World   The conventional approach to the global spread of Christianity is quite Euro centric. In this course, after surveying the global outreach and existence of churches in the ancient and medieval times, we will focus on modern worldwide missionary movement since the 19th Century and rise of the churches in the global south and east in the 20th Century. We will examine the characteristics of the rising churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and evaluate their profound implications and impacts on the global Christian community, and reflect on how we in the West respond and relate to these churches in the non western world.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CH/TH614 Jonathan Edwards   Surveys the work of America’s greatest theologian, exploring the biblical and philosophical roots of his thinking and evaluating his contributions to theology, history, aesthetics and spiritual renewal. Readings include: The Freedom of the Will, Original Sin, The Religious Affections and many shorter works.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
CH/SF616 Spiritual Autobiographies of Women   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CH/SF618 Medieval Spirituality   Medieval approaches to knowing God through mysticism, monasticism, popular piety, sacraments, worship, art, music, architecture, symbolism; exploring relevance to spirituality today.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CH/SF/TH619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life, between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CH/TH621 World Religions on the Silk Road   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CH/SF623 Spiritual Awakenings: Great Revivals from Edwards to Graham   Many of us have prayed that God would renew our lives and our churches through heaven sent revivals like those experienced in the 18th century Great Awakening. These past revivals have much to teach us, but most of us have not had the opportunity to examine with care the remarkable ‘seasons of refreshing’ that God has used to renew His people across the centuries. If you have ever longed to explore in depth the story of God’s renewing work in the pages of Scripture and throughout Christian history, then this course may be what you are looking for. It will challenge you to think biblically about spiritual awakening and to prepare for spiritual renewal.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
CH634 Prophets of the Civil Rights Movement   The Civil Rights Movement (1954 1968) has been hailed as the most effective social and spiritual movement in the history of the United States. Grounded within the Black Christian Experience and sustained by the Black Church, the Civil Rights Movement continued generations of fighting against social injustice, economic despair and political oppression. This course will examine the Civil Rights Movement through the contributions of ten prophets who were committed to the pursuit of “liberty and justice for all” by speaking “truth to power.” Using theological reflection, the prophetic voices of Martin Luther King, Jr., Septima Poinsette Clark, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Ella Josephine Baker, James Arthur Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gardner Calvin Taylor, Dorothy Irene Height, Bayard Rustin and Anna Pauline Murray, will be revealed, analyzed and interpreted through their leadership in the fight against segregation, jim & jane crow and the sins of racism, prejudice and discrimination. Further, we will explore the impact and influence of these prophets beyond the United States and beyond the 20th century movements such as #BringBackOurGirls, #BLM and others.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
CH/EM/TH635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
CH/TH638 Early Eastern Christianity beyond Byzantium   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2017
CH/TH639 Early Latin North African Christianity   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CH/TH641 I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
CH/TH642 John Calvin and the Swiss Reformation   Life, work, and times of the consolidator of the Reformation: Geneva, Institutes, letters, theology, polity, pastoral issues.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CH/TH643 Martin Luther   A seminar on the life, work, and times of Luther, pioneer of the Reformation. Attention will be given to his spiritual pilgrimage and to his development and influence as a leader, particularly through his debates and writings.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CH651 Protestant to Evangelical: Christianity in New World   This course covers the changes and continuities between Old World Protestantism of the first centuries after the Reformation as they came to the New World. Protestantism evolved in many ways in a ‘melting pot’ so familiar to many aspects of life in North America. Old fault lines became new partnerships between, for example, Puritanism and Pietism. Many of these changes were sped up by the democratic spirit of America, the rise of revivalism, and the breakdown of older establishment models of church government. What arose was a new brand of Evangelicalism, that still retained the essential qualities of Protestantism. Issues looked at include: slavery, revival, the rise of new denominations (e.g. Methodists, Baptists), and the theological struggles to define this new evangelical faith.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
CH/TH655 Great Confessions of the Faith   A seminar designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CH/TH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CH/TH657 Life and Theology of Karl Barth   This course presents Barth’s life and theology through lectures, readings and discussions in order to gain a critical understanding of the main themes in his theology and their relevance for our own understanding of Christian faith and ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CH/MC/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
CH/SF667 C.S. Lewis’ Life, Works, and Spirituality   Explores the writings and spiritual pilgrimage of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. From County Down to Cambridge University, through two World Wars and a wardrobe, to Narnia and Perelandra, the course follows the life and work of the myth loving medieval professor, apologist, children’s author, and Inkling.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CH/TH668 The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies   A detailed look at the two greatest doctrinal controversies of the patristic period. This course focuses on reading and discussion of primary sources from the Trinitarian and Christological controversies, in an effort to discern both the depth of the Church’s consensus on these crucial doctrines and the soteriology that lay beneath this consensus.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
CH/TH676 I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
CH/TH682 The Black Christian Experience: From Africa to the Americas   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CH760 Reading in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. At the Charlotte campus, CH760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: American Church History, Great Awakenings. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CH812 Historiography   A study of historiography and research methodology designed to prepare students for doctoral studies.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
CH860 Research in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CH891 Church History Thesis Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: Invitation from division.
CH892 Church History Thesis Part II   A continuation of CH891.
        Prerequisite: CH891.
CH/TH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CH960 Research in Church History   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CH991 ThM Thesis Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
CH992 ThM Thesis Part II   A continuation of CH 991.
        Prerequisite: CH991.

Christian Leadership (Division of Practical Theology)

CL/MC707 Transforming Leadership in the Local Church   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019

Counseling (Division of Practical Theology)

CO500 Introduction to Counseling   An introduction to the basic skills necessary for effective counseling. A review of some of the basic counseling models.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Co-requisite: CO790.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CO507 Clinical Counseling Skills   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair. Open to M.A. in Counseling Students only.   
Last Offered: Spring 2019

CO602 Human Sexuality   This course provides students with an overview of biological, psychological, behavioral, and theological material concerning human sexuality. Topics will cover the basics of theology of sexuality, human anatomy, sexual cycles/phases, sexual problems, dysfunctions, and treatments. Special topics may include sexual abuse, disability, aging, pornography, commercial sex, homosexuality, transgender, contraception, and pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, sex and the media, the connection between sexuality and spirituality, with considerations of theological perspectives on the preceding topics. Open to M.A. in Counseling Students only.

        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
CO/SF610 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling   This survey of major models of human development and life span includes integration and critique of related theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CO611 Theories of Personality   An understanding and critique of the historical and contemporary theories of personality development.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO614 Family Systems Theory   A review of the major theories of family systems development with emphasis on a critical analysis of these theories from an orthodox Christian perspective.
          Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO616 Cognitive Therapy   Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental processes underlying our ability to perceive the world, understand and remember our experiences, communicate with others, alter our feelings and control our behavior. The course deals with theoretical assumptions and practical aspects. Research and clinical practice are drawn and integrated into the concrete applications of cognitive psychology.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Fall 2015
CO635 Crisis and Trauma Counseling   This course addresses the impact of powerlessness experienced in crises, disasters, sexual assault and other trauma causing events on individuals and communities, as well as the treatment of trauma related disorders. Emphasis will be placed on providing clinical interventions in disaster, crisis, and traumatic situations. Special attention will be given to counselor self care as a prevention measure against vicarious traumatization; emphasis on wellness; suicide prevention, stress management and psychological first aid. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. 
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO/MC/SF642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CO/PC671 Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers   The goal of this course is to introduce the student to all relevant and basic aspects of suicide prevention for professional caregivers including counselors, chaplains and pastors. The emphasis is on helping the student develop understanding and skills needed to help suicidal individuals, individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, and the family members and a faith community following a suicide death. Special emphasis will also be on the importance of self care for the professional caregiver. Specific aspects of suicide prevention that will be emphasized will include the unique role of pastoral caregivers in suicide prevention and the development of a theology of suicide.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CO699 Research Methods and Design   An overview of the basic approaches to research methods and design. Particular attention is given to the application of research in the counseling setting.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO709 Counseling in Addictive Behaviors   This course will cover prevention and intervention with addictions, both neurobiological and behavioral. The course will address etiology, assessment and models of treatment, with an emphasis on Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CO710 Psychopathology   An overview of the basic theories, concepts and structures which form an understanding of psychopathology. Development of skills in using DSM IV.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO/PC/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
CO/WM712 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
CO714 Family Counseling/Therapy   A clinical course to develop basic skills in counseling families. Evaluation of the most applicable methods for counseling interventions with families.
        Prerequisite:  CO614.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CO716 Couples Counseling   Basic theories of marital therapy with particular attention to biblical and theological issues. The process of marital therapy is introduced by carefully constructed role play/feedback sessions.
       Prerequisite:  CO614.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO/PC717 Counseling in Abuse and Domestic Violence   This is a course designed to discuss issues related to identification, intervention, and treatment of both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The approach and model is a comprehensive one, including: physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual factors. The method of instruction is an interactive, adult learning model.
        Last Offered: January 2019
CO720 Counseling Children   Understanding the role and function of children as the focus for family therapy. Learning to develop appropriate intervention strategies in working with children in the context of the family.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
CO/PC/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
CO730 Psychological Testing Cognitive Intellectual Evaluation   An outline of the basic theoretical and clinical foundations for cognitive/intellectual evaluation. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CO732 Psychological Testing Personality Evaluation   An introduction to the use of a variety of clinical assessments tools for evaluation of personality. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500 and CO710.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
CO735 Assessment in Counseling   This study explores a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories as well as approaches to personal appraisal. Emphases are placed the collection and analysis of data, factors that influence validity and reliability, and the specific skills associated with administering and interpreting tests for personal characteristics. Prerequisites: CO 500 and CO 710.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CO740 Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development   An overview of the process of evaluation and counseling persons in choosing a career path. A variety of evaluation instruments will be studied and utilized as the application component of this course.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
CO/EM/PC741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2017
CO760 Reading in Counseling   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CO790 Professional Standards and Ethics   A comprehensive review of the process of professional specialization in the counseling field. Topics include: professional organizations, ethical standards, legal responsibilities, etc.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Co-requisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
CO801 Integrative Seminar   This seminar addresses the important issues of the relationship between biblical, theological and psychological perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Led by faculty from all three divisions of the seminary.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
CO860 Research in Counseling   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CO863 Clinical Practicum    A specific clinical experience under individual supervision in a variety of settings throughout the community. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in these clinical settings to provide beginning level counseling experience.
        Must be taken with CO871.
CO865B Clinical Counseling Internship 2   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings.
        Must be taken with CO873B.
CO865A Clinical Counseling Internship 1   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings.
        Must be taken with CO873A.
CO871 Professional Practicum Seminar   For all counseling students. An opportunity to work in small groups with the clinical faculty to evaluate, integrate and develop insight into the professional aspects of counseling.
        Must be taken with CO863.
CO873B Professional Internship Seminar 2   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO865B.
CO873A Professional Internship Seminar 1   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO865A.

Educational Ministries (Division of Practical Theology)

EM502 Educational Ministry of the Church   This course provides a broad overview of the critical issues concerning the teaching ministry of the church. Students will be challenged to develop a philosophy of educational ministry with a focus on Christian formation.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
EM/EV/YM591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life, this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: January 2018
EM603 Educational Ministry with Adults   The nature of educational ministry with adults is set forth with a focus on the local church. The special needs, developmental issues and potentialities of adults are considered, with a view to helping them toward genuine Christian maturity.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
EM/CH/TH635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
EM/WM657 Educational Ministry in Cultural Perspective   This course explores Educational Ministry in light of the cultural dimensions of life. Students will be challenged to consider how the cultural realities of both the teacher and the learner affect the various aspects of teaching decisions and strategies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2015
EM/MC668 The Practice of Worship: Adv Studies in Worship Planning…   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
EM687 Educational Ministry in Urban Settings   Participants explore the impacts of urbanization, economic deprivation and racism on the theory and practice of Educational Ministry in urban settings. Consideration is given to the development of educational strategies for the local urban church. Typically taught in Boston.
EM720 Project Course in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
        Prerequisite: EM502 or EM603 or equivalent ministry experience.
EM/CO/PC741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2017
EM760 Reading in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
EM860 Research in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Christian Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

ET501 Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
ET501 I Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society. Offered through Semlink+.
ET/CH/CO602 Human Sexuality: Issues & Ethics in Ancient & Modern World   Examines Christian responses to sexual practices and values of the ancient world and contemporary society, beginning with a study of the early church’s relationship to standards and practices of its Jewish and Greco Roman environments, and then investigating current evangelical views.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
ET642 Workplace Ethics   Building good individual character and organizational culture . . . discerning and doing the right thing in personal and organizational contexts . . . how does a robustly biblical ethics (method and content) guide us in this domain? It is partly about faithfully, effectively responding to ethical problems that arise in the workplace; it is mostly about proactively building mission driven, value embedded, principle guided ethically healthier individuals and organizations.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
ET643 Finance and Marketing in Christian Perspective   From Wall Street and Madison Avenue to Harlem, from bank headquarters to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a week of intensive study, discussion, site visits, and interviews exploring money, finance, profit, wealth and poverty, marketing, sales, and consumerism. How do biblical stewardship, honesty, truthfulness, diligence, creativity, and redemption play out constructively in this arena? ET643 meets in New York City.
        Open to MAR WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor’s approval.
        Last Offered: January 2015
ET644 Technology and Entrepreneurship in Christian Perspective   From Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and Costco to smaller scale enterprises, from manufacturing products to delivering services, from old establishments to cutting edge entrepreneurial start ups, how can we understand the nature, potential, and challenge of today’s technologies in a biblical theological and ethical perspective? What biblical themes and insights will salt these arenas and activities? ET644 meets in Seattle.
        Open to MAR WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor’s approval.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2015
ET645 Globalization and Development in Christian Perspective   Outside the economically modern context to a more traditional society, we will view the impacts, opportunities, and challenges of globalization and world trade, on manufacturing, labor, and food production. We will visit multinational manufacturing and farming along with newer micro enterprise development projects. How can the transnational Body of Christ contribute to a positive globalization? ET645 meets in Honduras.
        Open to MAR WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor’s approval.
        Last Offered: January 2016
ET646 Workplace Leadership in Church and Society   We will draw together our two years of study and focus on opportunities and strategies for leadership in mobilizing, equipping, and supporting a faithful Christian workplace presence. How can we lead our churches and Christian institutions and what can we do in the workplace itself, in companies and organizations, Christian and otherwise, to bear witness in word and deed to the Word of God for our work? To what role and strategy is God calling each of us?
        Open to MAR WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor’s approval.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2016
ET/TH648 Workplace Theology   We map out the workplace, its challenges, opportunities, arenas, topics, and trends. Then we build a biblical theology of work in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. We identify the starting points, backgrounds, perceived callings, and desired goals of each member of our cohort.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
ET655 Ethical Theory   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
ET681 Issues in Sexual Ethics and Bioethics   The complexities of our contemporary world raise ethical questions that the Church and Christians are often not equipped to tackle. This course will explore some of those issues in the areas of sexual ethics and bioethics, in light of God’s Word and a Christian world view. Among the issues to be addressed are: a theology of sexuality, premarital sex, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, abortion, stem cell research, genetic engineering, treatment termination, and euthanasia. Attention is given to how the Church and Christians can address these issues in secular, pluralistic contexts.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
ET760 Reading in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
ET860 Research in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
ET960 Research in Ethics   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Evangelism (Division of Practical Theology)

EV/EM/YM591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life, this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: January 2018
EV665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
EV701 Evangelism & Discipleship Through the Local Church   Practical theological foundation for the practice of evangelism and for evangelistic leadership in the church. Includes content and communication of the gospel within cultural context at home and abroad. Preparation in class, followed by community experience. Prayer is primary throughout.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
EV705 Church Revitalization   Congregations go through predictable stages in their history. While the birth stage and growth stages review lots of attention, it is common for most congregations to go through a plateau, and then into a decline. At those points the congregation need special leadership to be helped back toward vitality. This course examines both the reasons for decline and malaise in congregations, and poses solutions to get those congregations back on track. This course is an intersection of ecclesiology, evangelism, leadership, preaching, sociology, and pastoral ministry.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
EV720 Project Course in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
EV760 Reading in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
EV860 Research in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Greek Language (Division of Biblical Studies)

GL501 Basic Greek I   Students with little or no prior knowledge of Greek study the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer assisted instruction
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
GL502 Basic Greek II   Continues GL501 expanding grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Students continue in same format and small sections as GL501. Permits concurrent enrollment in NT 502.
        Prerequisite: GL501.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2019
GL503 Forgotten Greek: An Accelerated Review of Basic Greek   Builds vocabulary and rapid reading skills by covering relatively large blocks of New Testament text. Assigned passages reflect a variety of authors and literary styles. Some attention to grammatical analysis, but emphasis on reading and translation. Not for students whose degrees require GL501 and GL502.
        Prerequisite: Prior transcripted study of Greek and professor approval.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
GL601 Intermediate Greek   Systematic study of Greek beyond GL 502, combined with close reading and detailed grammatical analysis of several complex passages in the New Testament. Emphasis on grammatical analysis, not full exegesis, of passages.
        Prerequisite: GL502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
GL710 Advanced Reading in Greek   Reading course in differing genres of extra biblical literature, with special attention to grammatical, syntactical, and lexical forms not ordinarily found in the New Testament. Intermediate Greek strongly recommended. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: GL502 with permission of the professor.
GL711 Independent Reading in a New Testament Language   A minimum number of passages appropriate to full course credit will be required, with appropriate examination at the conclusion. Language reading may be undertaken at either the beginning or the advanced level. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisites: GL502.
GL860 Research in Greek Language   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: GL502.
GL901 Intermediate Greek (ThM Level)   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
GL914 Biblical Greek:Advanced Concepts   Advanced language students examine the place of Koine Greek within the history of the language, and selected problems in Greek lexicography and grammar. Special emphasis on Septuagint studies and Semitic background of New Testament. Offered at the ThM level.
        Prerequisite: GL502, NT502 and either GL601 or at least one course in NT exegesis or Greek readings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018

Ministry of the Church (Division of Practical Theology)

MC/SF501 Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
MC/SF501 I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
MC520 Communication for Ministry and Career   Effective communication in professional and ministry settings—public speaking, seminars, small groups, meetings, blogging, and podcasting. Application of communication theory to praxis.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC/TH525 I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.
MC601 Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Denom Stds   Polity and standards of the C.C.C.C. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
MC601D United Church of Christ Denominational Standards   Policy and standards for the U.C.C. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
MC601E American Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the American Baptist churches in the USA. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Fall 2001
MC601F Conservative Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the Conservative Baptist Association. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail..
MC601G Baptist General Conference Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the Baptist General Conference. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
MC601I Christian and Missionary Alliance Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the C.M.A. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
MC601K Reformed Ecclesiology and Polity   “The Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us; to that flesh is joined the church, and there is made Total Christ, head and body.” St. Augustine. This course seeks to construct an ecclesial and pastoral theology in conversation with the historic reformed tradition together with its practical relevance to contemporary issues and ministry. The various topics are studied as an investigation in ascension Christology applied, or Augustine’s Totus Christus thesis through the reformed trajectory and qualifications. More than a source of missions, the temple church is considered as a locus of mission, or Christ vis à vis history, in in our search for a missional ecclesiology and polity. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
MC601L Advent Christian Denominational Standards   A study of the organizational structure, standards and ministry procedures of the Advent Christian denomination. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
MC601M Church of God of Prophecy History   Polity and standards for the COGOP. Graded pass/fail.
MC601N Evangelical Presbyterian Church Denominational Standards   Polity and standards for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
MC610 Growing in Ministry Leadership   To build a biblical foundation concerning effective leadership as well as cover the critical keys necessary for a leader to be effective both personally and organizationally.
        Last Offered: Fall 2004
MC/AP612 Practical Apologetics   The purpose of this course is to help students hone their apologetic skills, and build their confidence, by combining theory and praxis in a variety of secular settings (i.e. workplace, educational settings, the public square, etc.). Students will increase their awareness of various arguments for and against the existence of God; develop an appreciation for the art of rhetoric and build confidence in the efficacy of the Gospel in the “marketplace of ideas”.
        Last Offered: January 2019
MC629 Gospel, Culture and Cities   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2015
MC631 Ministry Leadership   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2015
MC634 Conflict Management in Life and The Church   This course focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal conflict management, with principles broadened to the larger context of the church. Reflection on a biblical survey of conflict scenarios will be provided as well as discussion of a variety of effective (biblical) and ineffective (unbiblical) conflict styles. An interdisciplinary approach will include an introduction to systems theory, identifying various patterns of relating and formulating strategies for conflict management and/or resolution. Students will craft their own strategies for creating a culture of peace in their contexts, acquiring skills in conflict prevention and management, with the goal of interpersonal and group reconciliation.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
MC/WM638 Spiritual Power in Mission and Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
MC/CO/SF642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
MC/SE/TH651 Proj. of Reconciliation: Intersectionality, Church & Culture   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
MC/CH/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
MC/EM668 The Practice of Worship: Adv Studies in Worship Planning…   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC/AP687 The Bible and Race   The course is designed to lead students to a comprehensive theological understanding of the diversity of the human race and the accompanying ministry implications through a Biblical worldview.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC701 Pastoral Ministry   Examines the roles and functions of pastoral work as designated in Scripture and various traditions. Ministerial identity and foundational pastoral tasks are discussed. Emphasizes practical aspects of pastoral ministry.
        Last Offered: January 2019
 
MC/CL707 Transforming Leadership in the Local Church   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
MC/NT/TH710 Biblical Theological Ministry   Employs lectures, case studies, readings, interaction among participating professors, and class discussion to acquaint students with the challenges and opportunities associated with biblically based ministry in the coming decades.
        No prerequisites, but familiarity with exegetical method and systematic theology are presumed.
MC720 Project Course in Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
MC760 Reading in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
MC860 Research in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Mentored Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

MM: General Focus of Mentored Ministry   Mentored Ministry includes the field education portion of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. There are 4 field units for MDiv students (MM502, 601 602, 701), plus an orientation to Vocational Formation (MM501) and a Capstone reflection on Vocational Formation (MM 702). MAEM students will also complete the orientation to Vocational Formation (MM/EM501),but only three field units (MM502, 601 602). Each MM unit is one credit hour.
MM501 Mentored Ministry Unit 1   MM501 is an orientation unit of Mentored Ministry and does not require field work. The focus of this first unit is on Vocational Formation. Students will reflect on their sense of calling and to what they may be called. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
MM502 Mentored Ministry Unit 2   MM502 is the first of four field units of Mentored Ministry. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MC/SF501 and MM501 before or with MM502.
MM601 Mentored Ministry Unit 3   A continuation of MM502. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM502 before or with MM601.
MM602 Mentored Ministry Unit 4   A continuation of MM601. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM601 before or with MM602.
MM701 Mentored Ministry Unit 5   A continuation of MM602. There will be an optional theological integration seminar as part of this course. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM602 before or with MM701.
MM702 Mentored Ministry Capstone Unit   This will be a capstone course of the Vocational Formation portion of Mentored Ministry. Focus will be on how the sense of call has been shaped by 4 field units. There will be attention to the skills and written pieces necessary for the search for a call. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM701 before or with MM702.

New Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

NT501 New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT501 I New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons. Offered through Semlink+.
NT502 Interpreting the New Testament   Attention given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Greek text.
        Must complete OT500, NT501, and GL502 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT503 Life of Jesus   An in depth study of the complementary portraits of Jesus in the four gospels, focusing on the events of His life, the content of His message, and His understanding of His own person and mission.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
NT504 Paul and His Letters   An in depth study of Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith. Students assess the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT504 I Paul and His Letters   An in depth study of Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith. Students assess the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts. Offered through Semlink+.
NT571 The Hellenistic World of the New Testament   Reading and analysis of primary documents in Graeco Roman religious and philosophical thought germane to New Testament literature and theology.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT572 The Jewish World of the New Testament   In order better to interpret the New Testament, the course will survey the history, literature and practices of Judaism from the Maccabean revolt (175 BC) to the great revolt under Hadrian (AD 135).
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
NT575 New Testament Theology   Special attention given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, inaugurated eschatology and related themes. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme. NT575 does not require knowledge of Greek.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
NT577 Biblical Theology: New Testament Focus   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT582 Suffering and Joy in the New Testament   Why do people suffer? The New Testament (with some attention to the Old Testament) gives reasons and responses to suffering which relate to God’s nature. A practical foundation for dealing with people in difficult circumstances.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT586 New Testament Basis for Women in Ministry   A study of crucial New Testament passages will assist in developing an understanding of the role of women and men in ministry and in marriage. Exemplary women and couples in the New Testament will be studied.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT591 Tolkien’s Apocalyptic Imagination   An in depth exploration of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien from a biblical and theological perspective. Special attention will be given to the relationship between Tolkien’s imaginative world and apocalyptic literature in the Bible.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT611 Exegesis of Matthew   An exegetical study of the Greek text of Matthew, focusing on the structure and theology of Matthew’s gospel as a literary unit.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
NT613 Exegesis of Mark   This exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark gives special attention to the person of Jesus and his mission.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2019
NT615 Exegesis of Luke   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context, and application of Luke.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT617 Gospel of John   Exegesis of the Greek text, with special focus on John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT619 Exegesis of Acts   An exegesis of the Greek text in light of the ancient Greco Roman and Jewish world with attention to the exegesis of narrative, historical accuracy and context, theological themes, structure, and application.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT620 Exegesis of Romans   Exegesis of the Greek text with examination of principal theological themes in the context of Paul’s apostolic mission and his relationship to the church in Rome.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT622 Exegesis of First Corinthians   An exegetical study of the Greek text of I Corinthians with special reference to Paul’s self understanding as an apostle and the major theological themes of his ministry as they are expressed in relationship to the problems of the Corinthian church.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT626 Exegesis of Galatians   A detailed analysis of the Greek text of Galatians, with special attention given to Paul’s apostleship, his relationship with the Jerusalem church, his understanding of the law, justification and the role of the Spirit.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
NT628 Exegesis of Ephesians   An exegetical study of the epistle to the Ephesians in the historical and theological context of Paul’s apostolic ministry. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
NT630 Exegesis of Philippians   Paul’s unique relationship and message to the Philippians will be discovered. The course also examines the historical context of the letter. Major emphases are the translation, exegesis and application of the Greek text.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT631 Exegesis of Colossians and Philemon   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
NT632 Exegesis of the Thessalonian Epistles   A detailed analysis of the Greek text of the Thessalonian epistles. Special attention is given to the life setting at Thessalonica as well as to the theological motifs of the letters.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
NT635 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles   A study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique themes, structure, historical context, and application of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. In depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three letters.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
NT639 Exegesis of James   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, images, structure, historical context of James, and application to today.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
NT642 Exegesis of the Johannine Epistles   An exegetical study of the three Johannine epistles in their relationship to each other and to the gospel of John. Emphasis will be placed on I John.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2016
NT649 Exegesis of Revelation   Exegesis of the Apocalypse in its historical setting and Old Testament context, interpreting its meaning in both the first century and today. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT/PR655 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons in 10 12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self critique.
        Prerequisites: NT502 and PR601.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
NT675 New Testament Theology   Special attention given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, inaugurated eschatology and related themes. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
NT680 Pauline Theology   An introduction to both the primary and secondary literature related to Paul’s theology. Special attention given to questions of methodology and the quest for the “center” of Paul’s thought.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
NT760 Reading in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
NT860 Research in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
NT891 New Testament Thesis Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: Invitation from division.
NT892 New Testament Thesis Part II   A continuation of NT891.
        Prerequisite: NT891.
NT/OT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology).
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT/OT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
NT/OT/TH910 I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.
NT913 Exegesis of Mark   This exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark gives special attention to the person of Jesus and his mission.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2019
NT915 Exegesis of Luke (ThM Level)   (ThM Students Only) An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context, and application of Luke.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT917 Gospel of John   Exegesis of the Greek text, with special focus on John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT918 New Testament Missions   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        NT Exegesis
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
NT919 Exegesis of Acts   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT920 Exegesis of Romans (ThM Level)   (ThM Students Only) Exegesis of the Greek text with examination of principal theological themes in the context of Paul’s apostolic mission and his relationship to the church in Rome.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT922 Exegesis in First Corinthians   An exegetical study of the Greek text of I Corinthians with special reference to Paul’s self understanding as an apostle and the major theological themes of his ministry as they are expressed in relationship to the problems of the Corinthian church.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT928 Exegesis of Ephesians (ThM Level)   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT930 Exegesis of Philippians (ThM Level)   Paul’s unique relationship and message to the Philippians will be discovered. The course also examines the historical context of the letter. Major emphases are the translation, exegesis and application of the Greek text.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT949 Exegesis of Revelation   Exegesis of the Apocalypse in its historical setting and Old Testament context, interpreting its meaning in both the first century and today. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT950 Jesus’ Death and Resurrection   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisites: GL502 & NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
NT960 Research in New Testament   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
NT970 Advanced New Testament Research: Sources and Methods   Introduction to the primary sources, the secondary literature, and the major issues related to advanced New Testament studies, including scholarly editions of Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and Greek texts (Old and New Testament, Jewish literature, Greco Roman literature, inscriptions, papyri), the lexicons, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries which scholars use to interpret these texts, and the major issues and methods of New Testament research. Designed for Th.M level and third year M.Div students.
        Prequisite: NT502 (recommended OL502).
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
NT975 New Testament Theology   Special attention given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, inaugurated eschatology and related themes. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
NT991 ThM Thesis Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: NT/OT901 and an invitation from the division.
NT992 ThM Thesis Part II   A continuation of NT991.
        Prerequisite: NT991.
NT993 The Old Testament in the New   An integrative course with a focus on the distinctive uses and applications of Old Testament themes and texts in the New Testament. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017

Oriental Languages (Division of Biblical Studies)

OL501 Hebrew I   Introduces basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, emphasizing the importance of Hebrew language for understanding the Old Testament.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OL502 Hebrew II   Continuation of OL 501 with sustained emphasis on mastery of grammar and vocabulary. OL 502 will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament with introduction of some rudiments of exegetical method.
        Prerequisite: OL501.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2019
OL503 Forgotten Hebrew: An Accelerated Review of Basic Hebrew   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair. Not for students whose degrees require OL501 and OL502.
        Prerequisite: Prior transcripted study of Hebrew and professor approval.
OL710 Independent Reading in the Hebrew Bible   A minimum of 30 chapters of prose or 25 chapters of poetry is normally required. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
OL711 Independent Reading in a Near Eastern Language   A minimum number of passages appropriate to full course credit will be required, with appropriate examination at the conclusion. Language reading may be undertaken at either the beginning or the advanced level. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
OL860 Research in Oriental Languages   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
OL910 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar   An intensive study of Hebrew grammatical issues through a direct study of the Hebrew Bible and interaction with the secondary literature.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OL912 Aramaic   A study of the grammar of biblical Aramaic, followed by a reading of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel, as well as short extra biblical Aramaic texts.
        Recommended Prerequisite: OL502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OL913 Targumic Aramaic   A study of the grammar of Targum Onqelos, followed by reading from a variety of biblical passages in the major Targums. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL912.
OL914 Syriac   A study of the grammar of Syriac, followed by a reading of selected Syriac texts from the Bible and early Christian history. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL912.
OL915 Advanced Hebrew Grammar   In addition to solidifying components of grammar learned at the introductory level and at the 600 level exegesis, the course introduces students to advanced principles of grammar and to some of the current debates in the field. By the end of the course, students should have developed competence in addressing complex grammatical issues in the text. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on building skills to assess the import of a particular grammatical inquiry in the exegetical process.
        Prerequisite: OL610, OL710, or any 600 level OT course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
OL941 Ugaritic   Study of Ugaritic grammar with reading of selected materials that are important for Old Testament interpretation.
        Prerequisite: OL502
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
OL943 Akkadian   Introduces the Akkadian language, using readings from the Code of Hammurabi. Students will master a basic list of Neo Assyrian signs and the elements of Old Babylonian vocabulary and grammar. Emphasis upon benefits of this study for interpretation of Old Testament.
        Prerequisite: OL502
        Last Offered: Fall 2019

Old Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

OT500 Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary level studies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT500 I Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary level studies. Offered through Semlink+.
OT501 Theology of the Pentateuch   General introduction to the topic, including: creation as foundational to all further revelation; the image of God and its implications for the nature of God’s kingdom and temple presence; the primacy of covenant in all of God’s dealings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT502 Introduction to the Old Testament   General introduction to issues in Old Testament study, including: inspiration and canonicity, interpretation (including classical and modern critical approaches), languages and original sources, archaeology, history, cultural contexts, chronology, and geography.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
OT505 Christ in the Old Testament   A survey of selected Old Testament messianic prophecies, as well as messianic types which are identified in the New Testament as fulfilled in Christ. The emphasis will be on the interpretation of these texts within their Old Testament context.
        Last Offered: January 2019
OT511 Interpreting the Old Testament   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Must complete OT500, NT501, and OL502 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT523 Study Seminar in Israel and Jordan   Two week travel seminar to major archaeological sites and geographical regions of Israel and Jordan. Historical geography and biblical archaeology are primary emphases, though some traditional sites are included in itinerary.
        Last Offered: January 2019
OT577 Biblical Theology: Old Testament Focus   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT595 Old Testament Ethics   Beginning with the theory and practice of how moral decisions are made, the heart of the course focuses on key ethical passages in the Old Testament and how these give direction in today’s complex world of contemporary ethical choices.
        Last Offered: January 2008
OT626 Exegesis in Genesis   Emphasis upon the fundamentals of Old Testament exegesis, reading select Hebrew passages of Genesis and the study of issues raised in scholarly literature, including Genesis in historical criticism, the structure of Genesis, and the nature of its narrative and theology.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT627 Exegesis in Exodus   Students will be introduced to the objectives, methods and tools of Hebrew exegesis and principles of hermeneutics. Emphasis upon the Plague Narratives, Passover, Covenant, Decalogue, Tabernacle and the great moment of redemption in the Old Testament.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT631 Exegesis in Joshua   Translation and study of select portions of Joshua, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: warfare theology.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
OT635 Exegesis in Judges   An exegetical study of Judges designed to introduce the methods of OT exegesis and hermeneutics. Attention will be given to the book’s literary structure, dominant biblical theological themes and various legal ethical issues.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
OT637 Exegesis in Conquest Narratives   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT646 Exegesis in the Historical Books   The basics of Hebrew exegesis, including its objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages from the historical books. Students are exposed both to the general characteristics and applicability of interpretation of various individual books.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT647 Exegesis in Elijah Elisha Narratives   Translation and study of the narratives, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: signs and wonders.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT750 Old Testament Prophetical Books   A study of the institution and contribution of the prophets, including: critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.
        Prerequisite: OT 600 level exegesis course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT/PR755 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons in 10 12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self critique.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
OT760 Reading in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
OT765 OT Exegesis: The Promise of Zion   The course focuses on the development of exegetical skills to interpret Hebrew poetry from select texts in prophecy (major and minor prophets) and poetry (Psalms and Wisdom Literature). In addition to building upon methodology learned in OT 511 and 600 level exegesis, the course emphasizes a particular theme in biblical theology (e.g. “the promise of Zion”) and/or other topics deemed appropriate by the instructor.
        Prerequisite: OT 600 level exegesis course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT770 Old Testament Poetical Books   A study of the nature and techniques of Old Testament poetry, including: metrics, line and strophic structure, historical grammatical exegesis and text criticism. Special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms.
        Prerequisite: OT 600 level exegesis course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT860 Research in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
OT891 Old Testament Thesis Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: Invitation from division.
OT892 Old Testament Thesis Part II   A continuation of OT891.
        Prerequisite: OT891.
OT/NT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology).
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT/NT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
OT/NT/TH910 I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.
OT926 Exegesis of Genesis   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT927 Exegesis in Exodus (ThM Level)   Students will be introduced to the objectives, methods and tools of Hebrew exegesis and principles of hermeneutics. Emphasis upon the Plague Narratives, Passover, Covenant, Decalogue, Tabernacle and the great moment of redemption in the Old Testament.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT935 Exegesis in Judges (ThM Level)   An exegetical study of Judges designed to introduce the methods of OT exegesis and hermeneutics. Attention will be given to the book’s literary structure, dominant biblical theological themes and various legal ethical issues.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
OT937 Exegesis in Conquest Narratives (ThM Level)   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT946 Exegesis in the Historical Books   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT947 Exegesis of Elijah Elisha Narratives   Translation and study of the narratives, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: signs and wonders.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT950 Old Testament Prophetical Books   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OT960 Research in the Old Testament   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: OL502 and OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2000
OT965 OT Exegesis: The Promise of Zion (ThM Level)   The course focuses on the development of exegetical skills to interpret Hebrew poetry from select texts in prophecy (major and minor prophets) and poetry (Psalms and Wisdom Literature). In addition to building upon methodology learned in OT 511 and 600 level exegesis, the course emphasizes a particular theme in biblical theology (e.g. “the promise of Zion”) and/or other topics deemed appropriate by the instructor.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT970 Old Testament Poetical Books (ThM Level)   A study of the nature and techniques of Old Testament poetry, including: metrics, line and strophic structure, historical grammatical exegesis and text criticism. Special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms.
        Prerequisite: OT511. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
OT975 Methods and Developments in Old Testament Study   Students become familiar with major developments, methodologies, viewpoints and resources in the modern scholarly study of the Old Testament, 1850 present. Taught partly in pro seminar format. Appropriate for those planning on advanced formal Old Testament study.
        Prerequisite: OT750 or OT770.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
OT981 History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East   This course is an introduction to the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt and the Levant from the rise of cities (ca. 3000 B.C.) to the Achaemenids (ca. 330 B.C.). Relevant points of connection with biblical events and peoples will be highlighted with a view to situate the biblical text within its larger socio historical and theological framework for the period under consideration.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
OT991 ThM Thesis Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: OT/NT901 and invitation from division.
OT992 ThM Thesis Part II   A continuation of OT991.
        Prerequisite: OT991.

Pastoral Care/Psychology (Division of Practical Theology)

PC511 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
PC511 I Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting. Offered through Semlink+.
PC621 Clinical Pastoral Education   An intensive pastoral clinical experience in a hospital setting under the supervision of an approved ACPE supervisor. Requirements vary depending on location and credits received. Students may be eligible to receive a limited amount of credit for mentored ministry when registered concurrently. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions and a description of credit options. PC621 is 3 semester hours.
PC622 Clinical Pastoral Education   A continuation of PC 621. PC622 is 3 or 6 semester hours.
PC623 Clinical Pastoral Education   Same as PC 621/622 except that it is a five day per week commitment for 12 weeks. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions. PC623 is 9 semester hours.
PC/CO671 Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers   The goal of this course is to introduce the student to all relevant and basic aspects of suicide prevention for professional caregivers including counselors, chaplains and pastors. The emphasis is on helping the student develop understanding and skills needed to help suicidal individuals, individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, and the family members and a faith community following a suicide death. Special emphasis will also be on the importance of self care for the professional caregiver. Specific aspects of suicide prevention that will be emphasized will include the unique role of pastoral caregivers in suicide prevention and the development of a theology of suicide.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
PC/CO/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
PC/CO717 Counseling in Abuse and Domestic Violence   This is a course designed to discuss issues related to identification, intervention, and treatment of both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The approach and model is a comprehensive one, including: physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual factors. The method of instruction is an interactive, adult learning model.
        Last Offered: January 2019
PC720 Project Course in Pastoral Care and Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
PC/CO/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PC/CO/EM741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2017
PC760 Readings in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
PC860 Research in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Preaching (Division of Practical Theology)

PR601 Preaching: Princ. & Pract. in Prep. Relevant Biblical Sermns   An introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage by stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: NT502 or OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
PR602 Preaching for Modern Listeners   Building on PR601, students will interact with the biblical material to prepare sermons that relate to a modern audience. Students will preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: PR601.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
PR/NT655 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons in 10 12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self critique.
        Prerequisites: NT502 and PR601.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
PR701 Preaching for Special Occasions   Students will construct and practice expository sermons for special occasions, in addition to introductions of speakers and after dinner speeches. Not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2019
PR703 Advanced Seminar in Preaching   Advanced preaching students will build on the foundation of constructing and practicing expository sermons learned in the foundation courses of homiletics and biblical studies. Students will be actively involved in the exegesis, the homiletical considerations, and the preaching of sermons.
        Prerequisite: PR601 and PR602.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
PR712 SAMS Visiting Professor:   The Burnett H. and Dorothy F. Sams Visiting Professor of Preaching course is taught by a renowned homilitician recognized for contributing to the field and to the life of the local church. The holder changes from year to year. See announcements from the Registration Office. This course is not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: January 2019
PR717 Cultural Exegesis for Preaching   This course is designed to train students to exegete various types of listeners in today’s culturally changing church context for the purpose of effective sermon construction and delivery. Students will obtain theoretical and practical methods to begin exploring a number of sub cultures that exist within congregations (e.g., faith development, worldviews, gender, age groups, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, race and ethnicity, among others) and to learn how to preach biblically and culturally informed sermons to listeners who come from diverse cultural backgrounds and life situations.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR720 Project Course in Preaching   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
PR721 Narrative Preaching   Expository preachers pay attention to what the text says and how it says it. This course takes content and form seriously. Using a literary/rhetorical approach to the interpretation of biblical narrative, this course unlocks the dynamics of the text and shows how to incorporate those dynamics into our own preaching.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR722 Preaching, Persuasion, and Leadership   Examines the nature and place of persuasion in communication and homiletics. Appreciation of rhetorical theory as a tool for analyzing and improving preaching. Students assess their own ethos and preach persuasive messages. Consideration of the ethics of persuasive preaching. Lectures, reading, discussion, and exercises.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
PR724 Evangelistic Preaching   This course will instruct students in the art of planning, preparing, and preaching evangelistic sermons. Lectures, reading, and exercises will comprise the course. Prerequisite: PR 601. PR 602 is advised but not required.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2015
PR734 Reclaiming Evangelistic Preaching   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2017
PR735 Great Preachers Seminar   In seminar format, this course humbly critiques strengths and weaknesses of famous contemporary preachers. The goal is to better understand the theory and practice of homiletics and to improve our own preaching.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
PR738 Apologetic Preaching   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
PR740 Christ Centered Preaching   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2018
PR741 Preaching Christ in a Multi Faith World   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2017
PR742 Preaching on Controversial Topics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
PR743 Preaching Reconciliation   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2018
PR744 Preaching Difficult Topics and Texts   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2019
PR/OT755 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons in 10 12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self critique.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
PR901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Preaching   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for preaching and writing. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing and discussion. Required for all students in the Master of Theology in Preaching.
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR903 Advanced Seminar in Preaching   Advanced preaching students will build on the foundation of constructing and practicing expository sermons learned in the foundation courses of homiletics and biblical studies. Students will be actively involved in the exegesis, the homiletical considerations, and the preaching of sermons.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
PR905 Preachers and Preaching: Homiletical Theories and Methods   Students will study various homiletical theories and methods by examining different authors and by listening to sermons preached by those who advocate a given perspective. Not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
PR912 Sams Visiting Professor:   The Burnett H. and Dorothy F. Sams Visiting Professor of Preaching course is taught by a renowned homilitician recognized for contributing to the field and to the life of the local church. The holder changes from year to year. See announcements from the Registration Office. This course is not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: January 2019
PR917 Cultural Exegesis for Preaching   This course is designed to train students to exegete various types of listeners in today’s culturally changing church context for the purpose of effective sermon construction and delivery. Students will obtain theoretical and practical methods to begin exploring a number of sub cultures that exist within congregations (e.g., faith development, worldviews, gender, age groups, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, race and ethnicity, among others) and to learn how to preach biblically and culturally informed sermons to listeners who come from diverse cultural backgrounds and life situations.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR924 Evangelistic Preaching   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2015
PR926 The Preacher and the Message Part II   A continuation of PR 926A. PR926B is 1.5 semester hours. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Only students who have completed PR926A may register for PR926B.
        Prerequisite: PR926A.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
PR926A The Preacher and the Message Part I   As a unique mentoring component of the Master of Theology in Preaching program, students will meet with the preaching faculty and occasional guests to discuss what it means for the preacher to interact with his or her congregation, people, spouse, and ministry priorities. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Students who register for PR926A must take PR926B in the following session in order to receive any credit for the course. PR926A is 1.5 semester hours.
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR930 Teaching Preaching   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
PR942 Preaching on Controversial Topics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
PR960 Research in Preaching   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Research Languages (Division of Christian Thought)

RL510 Theological German   A single course introduction to German, with initial emphasis on conversation, reading and writing, leading to representative readings from German Bible and German theologians, including Luther, Bonhoeffer and Barth. Not for students who have taken RL511 or RL512.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2016

Social Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

SE571 Christian Ethics & Social Issues   Seeks to develop the student’s theological ethical reflections, social analysis, and types of action for ministering to crucial social issues. Our three step approach will be: 1) clarification, 2) conceptualization, and 3) confrontation. Issues include: urbanization, economic justice, and environmental ethics.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
SE630 Redeeming Capitalism   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
SE632 Ethnic Identities and Reconciliation   Multiethnic and interactive class examines racism in terms of a black and white paradigm. A multidisciplinary analysis of this major social problem. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
SE/MC/TH651 Proj. of Reconciliation: Intersectionality, Church & Culture   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
SE735 Biblical Global Justice   A survey of pre biblical and biblical sources explores the innate desire for justice as well as the mire of dysfunction among human beings. While working though various definitions and theories of justice, additional engagement with relevant media supports an intentional consideration of the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
SE760 Reading in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
SE860 Research in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
SE960 Research in Social Ethics   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Spiritual Formation (Division of Practical Theology)

SF/MC501 Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
SF/MC501 I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
SF/CH591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
SF/CO610 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling   This survey of major models of human development and life span includes integration and critique of related theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
SF/CH616 Spiritual Autobiographies of Women   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
SF/CH618 Medieval Spirituality   Medieval approaches to knowing God through mysticism, monasticism, popular piety, sacraments, worship, art, music, architecture, symbolism; exploring relevance to spirituality today.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
SF/CH/TH619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life, between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
SF/CH623 Spiritual Awakenings: Great Revivals from Edwards to Graham   Many of us have prayed that God would renew our lives and our churches through heaven sent revivals like those experienced in the 18th century Great Awakening. These past revivals have much to teach us, but most of us have not had the opportunity to examine with care the remarkable ‘seasons of refreshing’ that God has used to renew His people across the centuries. If you have ever longed to explore in depth the story of God’s renewing work in the pages of Scripture and throughout Christian history, then this course may be what you are looking for. It will challenge you to think biblically about spiritual awakening and to prepare for spiritual renewal.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
SF/CO/MC642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
SF/CH667 C.S. Lewis’ Life, Works, and Spirituality   Explores the writings and spiritual pilgrimage of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. From County Down to Cambridge University, through two World Wars and a wardrobe, to Narnia and Perelandra, the course follows the life and work of the myth loving medieval professor, apologist, children’s author, and Inkling.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
SF/CO/PC711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
SF/TH962 Reading and Research: The History of Christian Spirituality   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Theology (Division of Christian Thought)

TH501 Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH501 I Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin. Offered through Semlink+.
TH502 Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology.
        Prerequisite: TH501. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH502 I Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology. Offered through Semlink+.
        Prerequisite: TH501. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
TH504 Systematic Theology I   A study of theological method, general and special revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, and canonicity of scripture; existence, attributes, and triune nature of God.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
TH/MC525 I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.
TH/WM602 Theology of Mission   A biblical theological introduction to missions. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, the relationship of social action to evangelism, mission and development, and the relation of Christianity to other religions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH605 Systematic Theology II   A study of creation, providence, the image of God, human nature, original and actual sin, and the person and work of Christ.
        Prerequisite: TH504. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH606 Modern Theology   From the end of the Reformation period, representative figures and movements are studied in order to better understand current orientations to theology and to the theological task. Focus is on the development of Protestant theology in the context of modern European thought and culture; including Protestant Orthodoxy, Deism, Protestant Liberalism, and Neo Orthodoxy.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH607 Systematic Theology III   A study of conversion, justification, sanctification, perseverance, the work of the Holy Spirit, church, sacraments, and eschatology.
        Prerequisites: TH504 and TH605.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
TH611 Recent Theories of the Atonement   The various interpretations of the work of Christ are assessed in light of their historical context. While some attention is given to traditional models (ransom, satisfaction/substitution, moral example), the class focuses on recent proposals (nonviolent atonement, feminist critiques, Eastern Orthodox approaches, scape goat theories etc.).
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
TH613 Christology: Biblical/ Theological Perspectives   This course examines the person and work of Jesus Christ across the breadth of the biblical canon as well as key episodes in the church historical development of Christological doctrine.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
TH/CH614 Jonathan Edwards   Surveys the work of America’s greatest theologian, exploring the biblical and philosophical roots of his thinking and evaluating his contributions to theology, history, aesthetics and spiritual renewal. Readings include: The Freedom of the Will, Original Sin, The Religious Affections and many shorter works.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
TH/CH/SF619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life, between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH/CH621 World Religions on the Silk Road   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
TH624 Theological Anthropology   This course seeks to consider 1) What it means to be made in the image of God reviewing Scripture, theology, and church history. 2) The impact of the Fall and Christ’s redemption upon God intended human functioning. How does sin affect human thought and behavior? What difference does or should the Holy Spirit have upon the same? 3) A Scriptural understanding of what our theological identity ought to be as followers of Christ and to determine ways we can solidify, encourage, and further develop that understanding. 4) Scientific and philosophical challenges and contributions to human identity and the constitution of the human person (dualistic vs. monistic positions) and weigh these against historic biblical views.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH/WM626 Evangelical Perspectives on Roman Catholicism & E. Orthodoxy   Analyzes essential theological distinctives, ecclesiastical structures, developments, and principal expressions of spirituality of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Issues of church state relations, ecumenical concerns, biblical and liturgical renewal, and missions and evangelism will be given special attention.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH632 The Problem of Evil   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
TH/CH/EM635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
TH636 Religious Epistemology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
TH/ET637 Workplace Theology   Work, calling, and related topics and issues in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. Thinking biblically about discipleship in the marketplace.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
TH637 Doctrine of Sin   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/CH638 Early Eastern Christianity beyond Byzantium   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2017
TH/CH639 Early Latin North African Christianity   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
TH/CH641 I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
TH/CH642 John Calvin and the Swiss Reformation   Life, work, and times of the consolidator of the Reformation: Geneva, Institutes, letters, theology, polity, pastoral issues.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH/CH643 Martin Luther   A seminar on the life, work, and times of Luther, pioneer of the Reformation. Attention will be given to his spiritual pilgrimage and to his development and influence as a leader, particularly through his debates and writings.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH644 Readings in Thomas Aquinas   The aim of this course is to guide students through a reading of sections from the Summa Theologiae and the Summa contra Gentiles of Thomas Aquinas. The focus is going to be on Aquinas’ contributions to topics in philosophical theology such as the knowledge of God, the existence of God, metaphysical attributes, divine action in the world, natural law and providence, and Christology. The bulk of the class will be dedicated to guided discussions of select readings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/ET648 Workplace Theology   We map out the workplace, its challenges, opportunities, arenas, topics, and trends. Then we build a biblical theology of work in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. We identify the starting points, backgrounds, perceived callings, and desired goals of each member of our cohort.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH/MC/SE651 Proj. of Reconciliation: Intersectionality, Church & Culture   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH654 The Theology of Black Music: from Spirituals to Hip Hop   Black Music is a complex system of musical expressions that flows from the African continent through the channels of an ever increasing Diaspora. Within the United States, Black Music has spanned from the moans, groans, cries and guttural utterances of the first displaced Africans to expressions of justice, liberty and equality rich with social commentary, political critique, economic commentary and cultural expressions in all subsequent formulations. Often missing from the discussion and analysis is the revelation of a theology of Black Music. This course will explore the expressions of Black Music through a theological and biblical lens.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/CH655 Great Confessions of the Faith   A seminar designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/CH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
TH/CH657 Life and Theology of Karl Barth   This course presents Barth’s life and theology through lectures, readings and discussions in order to gain a critical understanding of the main themes in his theology and their relevance for our own understanding of Christian faith and ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH658 Women and the Church   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2019
TH/WM659 Evangelical Theology and World Religions   A study of five of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions. Instructional methods will include readings, lecture, discussion, and audiovisual media.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH/CH/MC664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
TH/CH668 The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies   A detailed look at the two greatest doctrinal controversies of the patristic period. This course focuses on reading and discussion of primary sources from the Trinitarian and Christological controversies, in an effort to discern both the depth of the Church’s consensus on these crucial doctrines and the soteriology that lay beneath this consensus.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
TH/CH676 I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
TH/CH682 The Black Christian Experience: From Africa to the Americas   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
TH731 Sem in Pneumatology: Person & Work of the Holy Spirit   This course will be an in depth examination of the biblical, patristic, and modern understandings of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, with special focus on developments since the modern Pentecostal revival, and current attempts in constructive pneumatology. Attention will be given to the relationship between the doctrines of the Holy Spirit and Trinitarian theology, and to the implications of this study for ministry in the church and personal spirituality.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH760 Reading in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH808 Contemporary Analytic Christian Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: TH501 or TH504. TH502 or TH605 and TH607 are advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
TH860 Research in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH891 Theology Thesis Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: Invitation from division.
TH892 Theology Thesis Part II   A continuation of TH891.
        Prerequisite: TH891.
TH/CH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
TH/NT/OT910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/NT/OT910 I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.
TH914 Attributes of the Trinitarian God   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2016
TH/SF962 Reading and Research: The History of Christian Spirituality   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH963 Reading and Research in Trinitarian Theology   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH964 Reading and Research in Pneumatology   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH991 ThM Thesis Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
TH992 ThM Thesis Part II   A continuation of TH991.
        Prerequisite: TH991.

World Missions (Division of Christian Thought)

WM601 The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
WM601 I The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. Offered through Semlink+.
WM/TH602 Theology of Mission   A biblical theological introduction to missions. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, the relationship of social action to evangelism, mission and development, and the relation of Christianity to other religions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM/CH603 History of Missions   This course provides an overview of the historical progress of the Christian missions from its inception to the present. It seeks to explore Christian missions from historical and missiological perspectives, and identify the different mission patterns or paradigms characteristic of different eras and regions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
WM/CH610 Advance of the Church in the Non Western World   The conventional approach to the global spread of Christianity is quite Euro centric. In this course, after surveying the global outreach and existence of churches in the ancient and medieval times, we will focus on modern worldwide missionary movement since the 19th Century and rise of the churches in the global south and east in the 20th Century. We will examine the characteristics of the rising churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and evaluate their profound implications and impacts on the global Christian community, and reflect on how we in the West respond and relate to these churches in the non western world.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
WM619 Global Pentecostalism   The course is an overview of global Pentecostalism and will address the dynamics that led to the rise of the Pentecostal movement around the world. The lenses through which this course will be examined include the history, sociology, theology, and globalization of Pentecostalism.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
WM621 Missions in China   A survey and interpretation of the Christian presence in China from the 7th century to the present. Different mission theologies and approaches in Chinese context will be discussed and presented as a case study for the Christian movement in East Asia. The Church’s encounters with Chinese culture and society and developments (The Three self Patriotic Movement and house church) after 1949 will receive special attention. Efforts will be made to highlight the dynamics and characters of Christianity in China today, their implications for global Christian movement, and the relevant missionary strategies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
WM624 Christian Faith in the World of Violence & Clashing Civs   This interdisciplinary course will examine the role of Christian missions in situations of conflict and violence, with particular attention paid to the recent unexpected renaissance of religion(s) and their increasing influence on geo political developments and international relations. Models of holistic missionary practice, transformative engagement of the church(es), faith based diplomacy and the ministry of reconciliation will be proposed and examined.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
WM/TH626 Evangelical Perspectives on Roman Catholicism & E. Orthodoxy   Analyzes essential theological distinctives, ecclesiastical structures, developments, and principal expressions of spirituality of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Issues of church state relations, ecumenical concerns, biblical and liturgical renewal, and missions and evangelism will be given special attention.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
WM628 Christian Approaches to Islam   The goal of this course is the development of biblical strategies for communicating the Gospel with Muslims, both in light of historical contexts and contemporary strategies. Major topics include contextualization, church planting, Islamic theology, various methods and strategies of approaches to Muslims, apologetics, and principles of witness.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
WM/AP629 Radical Islam and Christian Responses   This course will study the genesis of Radical Islam from the early years of the Islamic community to the present. We will study the historical, theological and political contexts within which Radical Islamic movements have arisen. The role of the state, Islamic law, political ideology, and methods of interpretation will be investigated. This course will ask the question whether Radical Islam can function peacefully in modern, global, civil society. To give us a view from other Muslim perspectives we will also study contemporary hermeneutic theories of liberal Muslim scholars. This should help us to understand how Radical Islamic movements have constructed their interpretations of Islam. Developing an accurate understanding of Radical Islam’s theology and political ideology will be essential for developing an effective, thoughtful and biblical response to Muslims in the coming years.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
WM/MC638 Spiritual Power in Mission and Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
WM/AP647 Introduction to Islam   An introduction to the Islamic faith with a special emphasis on communicating the gospel to Muslims who comprise over 1 billion adherents and is the second largest world religion. The whole of the Qu’ran is read in English.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
WM648 Cross Cultural Church Planting   This course presents a comprehensive foundation for starting new churches among people of other cultures. Roughly 2 billion people in our world today live in 5,235 people groups where the church is not yet established. Pioneer church planting among these unreached people groups remains an urgent task and formidable challenge. The task of planting churches in cross cultural settings involves a wide array of topics, skills, and challenges. This course will examine and evaluate contemporary models of church and CP methodologies in order to identify biblical and missiological principles and practices.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM/AP649 Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism   An overview of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. We will examine their histories, beliefs, rites, and impacts upon various cultures and societies in Asia and other parts of the world. Efforts will be made to develop a Christian response to the traditions and appropriate missiological thinking and strategies. Not for students who have taken AP/WM645 or AP/WM646.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
WM/EM657 Educational Ministry in Cultural Perspective   This course explores Educational Ministry in light of the cultural dimensions of life. Students will be challenged to consider how the cultural realities of both the teacher and the learner affect the various aspects of teaching decisions and strategies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2015
WM/TH659 Evangelical Theology and World Religions   A study of five of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions. Instructional methods will include readings, lecture, discussion, and audiovisual media.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM661 Missions and the Local Church   Covers the position, roles, and responsibilities of the local church with respect to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Special attention given to the concept of the local church as the primary, God ordained organism for the recruitment, training and sending of missionaries.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
WM662 NGOs and Development in Mission   The course is an overview of the role of non governmental agencies (NGOs) and development in Christian mission. It covers biblical, theological, historical, and current perspectives on the global trend toward integration of development and mission. The course also looks at the role of globalization in the spread of the gospel. It examines plans made by Christians to alleviate social problems.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
WM684 Trends in Global Christianity   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM/CO712 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
WM720 Overseas Missions Practicum Orientation   Orientation for students planning to minister inter culturally with the Overseas Missions Practicum and is a prerequisite for WM721. Topics include: Biblical theological basics; language study; cultural anthropology; and the history, culture, etc. of the country/group among whom the student plans to minister.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
WM721 Overseas Missions Practicum   Students travel to an area of evangelistic need and engage in at least six weeks of evangelistic ministry and service. Mentored Ministry credit also available through OMP and course can apply as both WM course credit and Mentored Ministry credit.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2019
WM722 Applied Anthropology for Missions   In this course students consider the implications of cultural anthropology for practical problems in missions. Students read case studies, participate in discussions which emphasize the application of insights from anthropology to missions contexts.
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM725 The Theology of Islam & Implications for Ministry to Muslims   This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theology of Islam. Focus will be on both the theological worldview of Muslims in their own context as well as what that context tells them about Christianity, with a view to construct a biblical strategy for Christian ministry to Muslims.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
WM726 Ministry to Folk Muslims   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair. Available only as a direct study upon petition.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
WM740 Contemporary Missiology   Using primarily a seminar format, this course deals with major issues in missiological discussions during late 20th Century and early 21st Century. Topics include: Missio Dei, missional church, contextualization, the rise of world Christianity, religious pluralism, the new challenges of evangelism (immigration, urbanization, unreached people groups, and “insider movement”).
        Must complete WM601, TH/WM602, or CH/WM603 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
WM/AP747 Critical Issues in the Christian Mission to Muslims   This course explores some of the major contemporary issues confronting those in ministry to Muslims as well as the church in the West. Some of the topics covered in this course are apocalyptic views of history in Islam and Christianity, the theological nature of Islam, Islam in the West, the relationship between Islam and the State, the influence of Radical Islam, Contextualization and Insider Movements, the status and role of women in contemporary Islamic societies, movements within Islam, theological misunderstandings, approaches to Muslims, dialogue between civilizations, and how modern Islamic societies are responding to secularization and pluralism.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
WM760 Reading in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
WM860 Research in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
WM/CH/TH901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
        Last Offered: Fall 2019
WM960 Research in World Missions   Th.M. level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
WM991 ThM Thesis Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
WM992 ThM Thesis Part II   A continuation of WM991.
        Prerequisite: WM991.

Youth Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

YM/EM/EV591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life, this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: January 2018
YM720 Project Course in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
YM/CO/PC725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
YM760 Reading in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
YM860 Research in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
Boston Campus

Course Descriptions

Courses are designated by a letter-number sequence which indicates the department(s) and the level at which the course is taught. Except where indicated, all courses at any level are open to all qualified students, subject to prerequisites, course limits and seniority provisions. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three semester hours of credit.

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Apologetics (Division of Christian Thought)

AP/MC612 Practical Apologetics   The purpose of this course is to help students hone their apologetic skills, and build their confidence, by combining theory and praxis in a variety of secular settings (i.e. workplace, educational settings, the public square, etc.). Students will increase their awareness of various arguments for and against the existence of God; develop an appreciation for the art of rhetoric and build confidence in the efficacy of the Gospel in the “marketplace of ideas”.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

AP760 Reading in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

AP860 Research in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

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Church History (Division of Christian Thought)

CH501 The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

CH501-I The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Offered through Semlink+.

CH502 The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

CH502-I The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time. Offered through Semlink+.

CH503 American Evangelicalism   A study of the development of Protestant Evangelicalism in America, with background material from other European and American streams, comparing movements of evangelical awakening with other responses to Western secularization.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

CH/TH601 History and Theology of the African-American Church   This course will explore the history of the African American Church, how we have known God through our social, political, economic, and religious context, review major themes in African Ameri­can theological reflection, and suggest areas for further reflection and praxis. Typcially taught in Boston.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

CH/TH641-I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.

CH/MC/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

CH/TH676-I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+ .

CH760 Reading in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. At the Charlotte campus, CH760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: American Church History, Great Awakenings. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

CH860 Research in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

CH/TH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM). Open to Th.M. students only.

CH991 ThM Thesis – Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.

CH992 ThM Thesis – Part II   A continuation of CH 991.
Prerequisite: CH991

 

Counseling

CO500 Introduction to Counseling   An introduction to the basic skills necessary for effective counseling. A review of some of the basic counseling models. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

CO/SF610 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling   This survey of major models of human development and life-span includes integration and critique of related theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

CO611 Theories of Personality   An understanding and critique of the historical and contemporary theories of personality development. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

CO614 Family Systems Theory   A review of the major theories of family systems development with emphasis on a critical analysis of these theories from an orthodox Christian perspective. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

CO699 Research Methods and Design   An overview of the basic approaches to research methods and design. Particular attention is given to the application of research in the counseling setting. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

CO710 Psychopathology   An overview of the basic theories, concepts and structures which form an understanding of psychopathology. Development of skills in using DSM-IV. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Prerequisite: CO500
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CO/PC/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CO/WM712 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

CO714 Family Counseling/Therapy   A clinical course to develop basic skills in counseling families. Evaluation of the most applicable methods for counseling interventions with families. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Prerequisite: CO500 and CO614
Last Offered: Spring 2019

CO/PC/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

CO730 Psychological Testing – Cognitive Intellectual Evaluation   An outline of the basic theoretical and clinical foundations for cognitive/intellectual evaluation. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Prerequisite: CO500
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

CO732 Psychological Testing – Personality Evaluation   An introduction to the use of a variety of clinical assessments tools for evaluation of personality. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Prerequisite: CO500 and CO710
Last Offered: Summer Session 2017

CO790 Professional Standards and Ethics   A comprehensive review of the process of professional specialization in the counseling field. Topics include: professional organizations, ethical standards, legal responsibilities, etc. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Prerequisite: CO500 and CO863A or CO863B
Last Offered: Spring 2018

CO801 Integrative Seminar   A continuation of CO801A, this seminar addresses the important issues of the relationship between biblical, theological and psychological perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Led by faculty from all three divisions of the seminary. CO801B is 1.5 semester hours. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Co-requisite: Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

CO801A Integrative Seminar   This seminar addresses the important issues of the relationship between biblical, theological and psychological perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Led by faculty from all three divisions of the seminary. CO801A is 1.5 semester hours. Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
Co-requisite: Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

CO863 Clinical Practicum 2   A specific clinical experience under individual supervision in a variety of settings throughout the community. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in these clinical settings to provide beginning level counseling experience. Must be taken with CO871B.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

CO863A Clinical Practicum 1   A specific clinical experience under individual supervision in a variety of settings throughout the community. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in these clinical settings to provide beginning level counseling experience. Must be taken with CO871A.

CO865 Clinical Counseling Internship 2   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings. Must be taken with CO873B.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

CO865A Clinical Counseling Internship 1   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings. Must be taken with CO873A.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

CO871 Professional Practicum Seminar 2   For all counseling students. An opportunity to work in small groups with the clinical faculty to evaluate, integrate and develop insight into the professional aspects of counseling. Must be taken with CO863B.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

CO871A Professional Practicum Seminar 1   For all counseling students. An opportunity to work in small groups with the clinical faculty to evaluate, integrate and develop insight into the professional aspects of counseling. Must be taken with CO863A.

CO873 Professional Internship Seminar 2   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor. Must be taken with CO865B.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

CO873A Professional Internship Seminar 1   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor. Must be taken with CO865A.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

 

Educational Ministries (Division of Practical Theology)

EM502 Educational Ministry of the Church   This course provides a broad overview of the critical issues concerning the teaching ministry of the church. Students will be challenged to develop a philosophy of educational ministry with a focus on Christian formation.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

EM/MC508 MEPP Critical Thinking and Writing   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: January 2019

EM/MC605 Introduction to Theological Studies   Students will be introduced to new research and writing skills, in addition to building on those already acquired. Special emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of writing and documenting papers and library research, applying several research methods. All students are required to complete this course. Limited to 20 students.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

EM611 Retreat and Camp Ministries   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.

EM654 Leadership in Ministry   Emphasis is given to equipping, leading, and supporting urban Christians in and for their various callings in home, community, church, and workplace through the educational ministry of the local congregation. Helps students to identify their own leadership opportunities, to consider their own leadership assets, and to develop others.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

EM656 Leadership Development   The course will help church leadership understand leaders in the church by analyzing church leader­ship roles, responsibilities and strategies for developing leaders in the church. Special attention will be given to leadership styles, group dynamics, listening skills and decision-making.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

EM/WM/YM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2016

EM/YM693 Understanding Youth Culture   This course looks at the Christ and culture issue and then studies key aspects of today’s digital and consumerist society, hip-hop, pop and Christian music and a few popular books and movies—asking how these may be integrated into relevant ministry.
Last Offered: Fall 2010

EM/EV/YM704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
Last Offered: Fall 2006

EM720 Project Course in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
Prerequisite: EM502 or EM603 or equivalent ministry experience.

EM760 Reading in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

EM/MC801 Leadership, Management and Strategy for Ministry   A triple workshop: Creative Life Planning, Management Theory and Plan for Future Ministry. Provides powerful small group experience and application of dynamic theory to future practice.
Last Offered: January 2019

EM860 Research in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

Christian Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

ET501-I Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision-making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society. Offered through Semlink+.

ET638 Entrepreneurship in Church and Community   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

ET642 Workplace Ethics   Building good individual character and organizational culture . . . discerning and doing the right thing in personal and organizational contexts . . . how does a robustly biblical ethics (method and content) guide us in this domain? It is partly about faithfully, effectively responding to ethical problems that arise in the workplace; it is mostly about proactively building mission-driven, value-embedded, principle-guided ethically healthier individuals and organizations.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

ET/TH648 Workplace Theology   We map out the workplace, its challenges, opportunities, arenas, topics, and trends. Then we build a biblical theology of work in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. We identify the starting points, backgrounds, perceived callings, and desired goals of each member of our cohort.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

ET760 Reading in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

ET860 Research in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

Evangelism

EV/WM665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2014

EV665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

EV/EM/YM704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
Last Offered: Fall 2006

EV720 Project Course in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.

EV760 Reading in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

EV860 Research in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

Greek Language (Division of Biblical Studies)

GL501 Basic Greek I   Students with little or no prior knowledge of Greek study the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer assisted instruction.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

GL502 Basic Greek II   Continues GL501 expanding grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Students continue in same format and small sections as GL501. Permits concurrent enrollment in NT 502.
Prerequisite: GL501
Last Offered: Spring 2019

 

Integrative Seminar (No Division)

IS521 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Word-Centered Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 1 explores approaching the Scriptures as Gods’ Living Word to each of us in the midst of challenging academic studies. The module and readings emphasize historical and contemporary spiritual practices that lead to deeper integration of faith and life through scripture. How can we approach the scripture as an act of worship and engage as students of the Word at the same time? Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

IS522 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Virtuous Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 2 links the development of the spiritual life with the development of Christian character and obedience. Students are invited to reflect on the connection between ministry preparation and personal holiness, so that we exemplify what we preach. Honesty about one’s weaknesses is an important aspect of spiritual maturity in the area of virtue, as well. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

IS523 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Compassionate Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 3 Emphasizes the importance of personal formation for fulfilling the mission of God in our communities and around the world via evangelism and service. One’s own spiritual vitality should be nurtured and guarded through the ups and downs of urban ministry. Module emphasizes the Spirit empowered life for sharing the good news with others. Living out Christ’s compassion concretely in society both fosters spiritual life and intimacy with God and also requires attention to self- care and self-reflection. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

IS524 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Spirit-Empowered Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 4 draws on the practices and theology of Pentacostalism as well as other expressions Christianity that emphasize the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Deepening our intimacy with God through abiding in the spirit is vital for pastoral ministry. Practices that nurture the Spirit Empowered Life will be explored. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

IS525 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Sacramental Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 5 In this module we will work on discovering practices for the Sacramental life, or, making present and visible the reign of the Spirit in everyday life. Prayer binds together all of the spritual disciplines introduced in this Seminar. Prayer, as conversation with God, allows us to enter into the Spirits presence all around us in everyday life. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

IS526 Practices in Practical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

 

Ministry of the Church (Division of Practical Theology)

MC/SF501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.

MC/EM508 MEPP Critical Thinking and Writing   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: January 2019

MC520 Communication for Ministry and Career   Effective communication in professional and ministry settings—public speaking, seminars, small groups, meetings, blogging, and podcasting. Application of communication theory to praxis.
Last Offered: January 2019

MC/TH525-I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.

MC601E American Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the American Baptist churches in the USA. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2016

MC/SE602 Church & Community: Introduction to the Public Ministry of t   This course introduces students to important strategies for social ministry, such as, congregation-based community organizing, community development, and others, designed to facilitate a holistic social ministry and prophetic role in the community and exploring as avenues towards gospel faithfulness and shalom in the city. The biblical/theological bases for social responsibility are explored.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

MC/SE603 The Public Church   An examination of the church’s role in the arena of economic, political, educational, and social structures and powers: the public domain. An equal amount of time will be devoted to a survey of social theologies and a critique of contemporary ministry strategies.
Last Offered: January 2014

MC/EM605 Introduction to Theological Studies   Students will be introduced to new research and writing skills, in addition to building on those already acquired. Special emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of writing and documenting papers and library research, applying several research methods. All students are required to complete this course. Limited to 20 students.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

MC/PC606 Pastoral Care in Crisis Situations   How does one effectively minister in crisis situations? Course interactions will include case studies, discussions, and role playing.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

MC/PC608 Pastoral Care in the Urban Church   This seminar will seek to help the urban pastor to discern some of the chronic problems and conflicts confronted by youth, adults, and senior citizens as they struggle for survival amid tension, frustration, and change in the daily, inner-city experience of living and how to deal creatively and constructively with such problems.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2017

MC/AP612 Practical Apologetics   The purpose of this course is to help students hone their apologetic skills, and build their confidence, by combining theory and praxis in a variety of secular settings (i.e. workplace, educational settings, the public square, etc.). Students will increase their awareness of various arguments for and against the existence of God; develop an appreciation for the art of rhetoric and build confidence in the efficacy of the Gospel in the “marketplace of ideas”.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

MC621 Living Systems in the Urban Context   Treats problems of communication in the city, using models of cross-culturalism from cultural anthropology. The city is discussed as a complex system, and significant urban social problems are highlighted. Specialists in various areas of the urban environment will address the class. Courses meet in Boston.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

MC622 Living Systems in the Urban Context II   Forms of Christianity in the city are discussed. Examines the unique concerns of the urban pastor and the process involved in church growth. Special attention given to goal-setting, evaluation and planning of ministry. Courses meet in Boston.
Prerequisite: MC621
Last Offered: Spring 2013

MC/CH/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

MC670 Empowering Marginalized Church Groups & the Urban Poor   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
Last Offered: Spring 2017

MC683 Compassionate and Holistic Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

MC720 Project Course in Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.

MC760 Reading in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

MC/EM801 Leadership, Management and Strategy for Ministry   A triple workshop: Creative Life Planning, Management Theory and Plan for Future Ministry. Provides powerful small group experience and application of dynamic theory to future practice.
Last Offered: January 2019

MC860 Research in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
Last Offered: Summer Session II 2017

 

Mentored Ministry  (Division of Practical Theology)

MM649 Field-Based Mentored Ministry   A capstone practical theology course required for MDiv and MA students on the Boston campus. Students learn broad based urban ministry leadership skills. The semester is divided into a series of thematic workshops followed by a field based ministry project that will be addressed by a small group and an assigned mentor. Students practice leadership skills, strategic planning, collaboration and community development principles along with pastoral discernment. Spiritual formation goals are integrated into all aspects of the course. MM649 is 6 semester hours. This course may be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: EM/MC801 and any EM or MC course.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

MM650 Field-Based Mentored Ministry   A specialized capstone practical theology course offered on the Boston campus for developing urban ministry skills. The semester is divided into a series of thematic workshops followed by a field based ministry project that will be addressed by a small group and an assigned mentor. Students practice leadership skills, strategic planning, collaboration and community development principles along with pastoral discernment. Theogical reflection on praxis and spiritual formation are integrated into all aspects of the course. MM650 is 6 semester hours. This course may be repeated for credit based on specialization interests.
Prerequisite: EM/MC801 and any EM or MC course. MAUML students must have completed MM649.
Last Offered: Spring 2013

 

New Testament  (Division of Biblical Studies)

NT501 New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

NT501-I New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons. Offered through Semlink+.

NT502 Interpreting the New Testament   Attention given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Greek text. Must complete OT500, NT501, and GL502 before or during this course.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

NT503 The Life of Jesus   A study of the complementary portraits of Jesus in the four gospels to determine the events of his life, the content of his message, and his understanding of his own person and mission.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

NT504-I Paul and His Letters   Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith is examined by assessing the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts. Offered through Semlink+.

NT/SE507 Philippians: The Joy of Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

NT511 Studies in the Book of Matthew   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

NT513 The Book of Mark In Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

NT/OT517 Interpreting the Bible   An introduction to essential bibliographical tools necessary for Bible study and an orientation to the key issues in the field of hermeneutics.
Last Offered: January 2019

NT530 Exegesis of Philippians   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

NT556 John in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

NT562 Ephesians in Depth   Provides the student with sufficient knowledge of Greek and Hebrew to use research tools and do Greek and Hebrew word studies. An exegetical method is explained and then applied in a careful study of the epistle to the Ephesians. Addresses questions of both Paul’s original meaning and contemporary application.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

NT569 Revelation in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NT/OT593 Angels, Demons & the Holy Spirit   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

NT611 Exegesis of Matthew   An exegetical study of the Greek text of Matthew, focusing on the structure and theology of Matthew’s gospel as a literary unit.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Fall 2018

NT613 Exegesis of Mark   This exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark gives special attention to the person of Jesus and his mission.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Spring 2014

NT615 Exegesis of Luke   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context, and application of Luke.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Summer Session 2014

NT617 Gospel of John   Exegesis of the Greek text, with special focus on John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Fall 2016

NT626 Exegesis of Galatians   A detailed analysis of the Greek text of Galatians, with special attention given to Paul’s apostleship, his relationship with the Jerusalem church, his understanding of the law, justification and the role of the Spirit.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Spring 2015

NT628 Exegesis of Ephesians   An exegetical study of the epistle to the Ephesians in the historical and theological context of Paul’s apostolic ministry. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

NT630 Exegesis of Philippians   Paul’s unique relationship and message to the Philippians will be discovered. The course also examines the historical context of the letter. Major emphases are the translation, exegesis and application of the Greek text.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Spring 2019

NT642 Exegesis of the Johannine Epistles   An exegetical study of the three Johannine epistles in their relationship to each other and to the gospel of John. Emphasis will be placed on I John.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Spring 2015

NT649 Exegesis of Revelation   Exegesis of the Apocalypse in its historical setting and Old Testament context, interpreting its meaning in both the first century and today. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502
Last Offered: Spring 2018

NT760 Reading in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2010

NT860 Research in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

NT/OT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology). Th.M. students only.

NT/OT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.

NT/OT/TH910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.

NT991 ThM Thesis – Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
Prerequisite: NT/OT901 and an invitation from the division.

NT992 ThM Thesis – Part II   A continuation of NT991.
Prerequisite: NT991

 

Oriental Languages  (Division of Biblical Studies)

OL501 Hebrew I   Introduces basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, emphasizing the importance of Hebrew language for understanding the Old Testament.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OL502 Hebrew II   Continuation of OL 501 with sustained emphasis on mastery of grammar and vocabulary. OL 502 will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament with introduction of some rudiments of exegetical method.
Prerequisite: OL501
Last Offered: Spring 2019

 

Old Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

OT500 Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

OT500-I Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies. Offered through Semlink+.
Last Offered: Fall 2008

OT511 Interpreting the Old Testament   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office. Must complete OT500, NT501, and OL502 before or during this course.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

OT/NT517 Interpreting the Bible   An introduction to essential bibliographical tools necessary for Bible study and an orientation to the key issues in the field of hermeneutics.
Last Offered: January 2019

OT525 Urban Archaeology of Ancient Israel   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OT535 Judges in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

OT546 Studies in the Historical Books   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

OT552 Exodus in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

OT558 I & II Samuel in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OT572 The Book of Psalms In Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

OT/NT593 Angels, Demons & the Holy Spirit   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

OT635 Exegesis in Judges   An exegetical study of Judges designed to introduce the methods of OT exegesis and hermeneutics. Attention will be given to the book’s literary structure, dominant biblical-theological themes and various legal-ethical issues.
Prerequisite: OT511
Last Offered: Fall 2017

OT644 Exegesis in Old Testament Narratives   Preliminary aspects of Hebrew exegesis, including objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages from the historical books for preaching and teaching. Emphasis upon introductory issues important to the proper interpretation of various individual books.
Prerequisite: OT511
Last Offered: Fall 2015

OT645 Exegesis in I & II Samuel   This exegetical study of selected passages in Samuel is designed to introduce the methods of Old Testament exegesis and hermeneutics with special attention to the book’s text-critical and synoptic problems, literary structure and biblical-theological themes.
Prerequisite: OT511
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OT750 Old Testament Prophetical Books   A study of the institution and contribution of the prophets, including: critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.
Prerequisite: OT 600-level exegesis course.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

OT760 Reading in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

OT770 Old Testament Poetical Books   A study of the nature and techniques of Old Testament poetry, including: metrics, line and strophic structure, historical-grammatical exegesis and text criticism. Special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms.
Prerequisite: OT 600-level exegesis course.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

OT860 Research in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

OT/NT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology). Th.M. students only.

OT/NT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.

OT/NT/TH910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. levelOffered through Semlink+.

OT991 ThM Thesis – Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
Prerequisite: OT/NT901 and invitation from division.

OT992 ThM Thesis – Part II   A continuation of OT991.
Prerequisite: OT991

 

Pastoral Care/Psychology (Division of Practical Theology)

PC511-I Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting. Offered through Semlink+.

PC521 Pastoral Counseling in Urban Ministry   Application of the unique task of pastoral care and counseling in the context of the urban church.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

PC542 Marriage Counseling   Basic preparation for assessing and counseling married couples in the context of the congregation. Emphasis is upon marriage as a covenant relationship.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

PC/MC606 Pastoral Care in Crisis Situations   How does one effectively minister in crisis situations? Course interactions will include case studies, discussions, and role playing.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

PC/MC608 Pastoral Care in the Urban Church   This seminar will seek to help the urban pastor to discern some of the chronic problems and conflicts confronted by youth, adults, and senior citizens as they struggle for survival amid tension, frustration, and change in the daily, inner-city experience of living and how to deal creatively and constructively with such problems.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2017

PC621 Clinical Pastoral Education   An intensive pastoral clinical experience in a hospital setting under the supervision of an approved ACPE supervisor. Requirements vary depending on location and credits received. Students may be eligible to receive a limited amount of credit for mentored ministry when registered concurrently. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions and a description of credit options. PC621 is 4.5 semester hours.

PC622 Clinical Pastoral Education   A continuation of PC 621. PC622 is 4.5 semester hours.

PC623 Clinical Pastoral Education   Same as PC 621/622 except that it is a five day per week commitment for 12 weeks. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions. PC623 is 9 semester hours.

PC/CO/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

PC720 Project Course in Pastoral Care and Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.

PC/CO/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

PC760 Readings in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

PC860 Research in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

Practical Theology (Division of Practical Theology)

PT910 Approaches to Practical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session II 2016

PT925 Practical Theology and Method I   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: January 2017

PT926 Practical Theology and Method II   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session II 2017

PT935 Integrative Research in Practical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.

PT945 Academic Writing for Practical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.

PT952 ThM PT Residency II: Method I & Issues in Leadership II   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
Last Offered: Spring 2017

 

Preaching (Division of Practical Theology)

PR501 Preaching; Principles & Practice   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

PR601 Preaching: Princ. & Pract. in Prep. Relevant Biblical Sermns   An introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor.
Prerequisites: NT502 or OT511
Last Offered: Fall 2018

PR602 Preaching for Modern Listeners   Building on PR601, students will interact with the biblical material to prepare sermons that relate to a modern audience. Students will preach with critique by the professor.
Prerequisites: PR601
Last Offered: Spring 2019

PR720 Project Course in Preaching   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.

PR901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Preaching   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for preaching and writing. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing and discussion. Required for all students in the Master of Theology in Preaching. Th.M. students only.

PR926 The Preacher and the Message Part II   A continuation of PR 926A. PR926B is 1.5 semester hours. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Only students who have completed PR926A may register for PR926B.
Prerequisite: PR926A

PR926A The Preacher and the Message Part I   As a unique mentoring component of the Master of Theology in Preaching program, students will meet with the preaching faculty and occasional guests to discuss what it means for the preacher to interact with his or her congregation, people, spouse, and ministry priorities. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Students who register for PR926A must take PR926B in the following session in order to receive any credit for the course. PR926A is 1.5 semester hours. Th.M. students only.

 

Social Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

SE/NT507 Philippians: The Joy of Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

SE571 Christian Ethics & Social Issues   Seeks to develop the student’s theological-ethical reflections, social analysis, and types of action for ministering to crucial social issues. Our three-step approach will be: 1) clarification, 2) conceptualization, and 3) confrontation. Issues include: urbanization, economic justice, and environmental ethics.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

SE/MC602 Church & Community: Introduction to the Public Ministry of t   This course introduces students to important strategies for social ministry, such as, congregation-based community organizing, community development, and others, designed to facilitate a holistic social ministry and prophetic role in the community and exploring as avenues towards gospel faith­fulness and shalom in the city. The biblical/theological bases for social responsibility are explored.
Last Offered: Spring 2019

SE/MC603 The Public Church   An examination of the church’s role in the arena of economic, political, educational, and social structures and powers: the public domain. An equal amount of time will be devoted to a survey of social theologies and a critique of contemporary ministry strategies.
Last Offered: January 2014

SE630 Redeeming Capitalism   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

SE632 Ethnic Identities and Reconciliation   Multiethnic and interactive class examines racism in terms of a black and white paradigm. A multidisciplinary analysis of this major social problem. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho-social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

SE700 Theology and Ethics for Urban Ministry   This course is an examination of the rich theological and ethical teaching of scripture for urban ministry. Students will develop a theology of context, a theology of mission/ministry, and a theology of spirituality.
Last Offered: Spring 2014

SE760 Reading in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
Last Offered: Spring 2014

SE860 Research in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

Spiritual Formation (Division of Practical Theology)

SF/MC501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.

SF/CO610 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling   This survey of major models of human development and life-span includes integration and critique of related theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

SF/CO/PC711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

 

Theology (Division of Christian Thought)

TH501 Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

TH501-I Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin. Offered through Semlink+.

TH502 Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Prerequisite: TH501
Last Offered: Fall 2018

TH502-I Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology. Offered through Semlink+. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Prerequisite: TH501

TH504 Systematic Theology I   A study of theological method, general and special revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, and canonicity of scripture; existence, attributes, and triune nature of God.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

TH/MC525-I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.

TH/CH601 History and Theology of the African-American Church   This course will explore the history of the African American Church, how we have known God through our social, political, economic, and religious context, review major themes in African Ameri­can theological reflection, and suggest areas for further reflection and praxis. Typcially taught in Boston.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

TH603 Contemporary Theology and Theologians   This course examines contemporary theology through the work of several contemporary practitioners of theology. Of particular interest is the discipline of theology in the last 30 years.
Last Offered: Summer Session II 2018

TH605 Systematic Theology II   A study of creation, providence, the image of God, human nature, original and actual sin, and the person and work of Christ. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Prerequisite: TH504
Last Offered: Fall 2017

TH605-I Systematic Theology II   A study of creation, providence, the image of God, human nature, original and actual sin, and the person and work of Christ. Offered through Semlink+. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
Prerequisite: TH504

TH607 Systematic Theology III   A study of conversion, justification, sanctification, perseverance, the work of the Holy Spirit, church, sacraments, and eschatology.
Prerequisites: TH504 and TH605
Last Offered: January 2018

TH/CH641-I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.

TH/ET648 Workplace Theology   We map out the workplace, its challenges, opportunities, arenas, topics, and trends. Then we build a biblical theology of work in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. We identify the starting points, backgrounds, perceived callings, and desired goals of each member of our cohort.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

TH/CH/MC664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

TH/CH676-I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+ .

TH760 Reading in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

TH860 Research in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

TH/CH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM). Th.M. students only.

TH/NT/OT910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.

TH/NT/OT910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.

TH991 ThM Thesis – Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.

TH992 ThM Thesis – Part II   A continuation of TH991.
Prerequisite: TH991

 

World Missions (Division of Christian Thought)

WM601 The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

WM601-I The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. Offered through Semlink+.

WM628 Christian Approaches to Islam   The goal of this course is the development of biblical strategies for communicating the Gospel with Muslims, both in light of historical contexts and contemporary strategies. Major topics include contextualization, church-planting, Islamic theology, various methods and strategies of approaches to Muslims, apologetics, and principles of witness.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

WM661 Missions and the Local Church   Covers the position, roles, and responsibilities of the local church with respect to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Special attention given to the concept of the local church as the primary, God-ordained organism for the recruitment, training and sending of missionaries.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

WM/EV665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2014

WM671 Holistic Mission   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: January 2017

WM/EM/YM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2016

WM/CO712 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

WM760 Reading in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

WM860 Research in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

WM/CH/TH901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM). Th.M. students only.

WM991 ThM Thesis – Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.

WM992 ThM Thesis – Part II   A continuation of WM991.
Prerequisite: WM991

 

Youth Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

YM582 Juvenile Justice Ministry: The Role of the Minister   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

YM681 Effective Juvenile Justice Aftercare Models   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2015

YM682 Juvenile Delinquency and Its Contributing Factors   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: January 2014

YM/EM/WM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2016

YM690 Ministering to Troubled Youth   What pushes youth at extreme risk toward suicide and homicide? How can youth workers and society respond? Basic skills of intervention and advocacy.
Last Offered: Spring 2011

YM/EM693 Understanding Youth Culture   This course looks at the Christ and culture issue and then studies key aspects of today’s digital and consumerist society, hip-hop, pop and Christian music and a few popular books and movies—asking how these may be integrated into relevant ministry.
Last Offered: Fall 2010

YM695 Effective Relationships, Healing and Growth in Youth Ministr   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2017

YM/EM/EV704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
Last Offered: Fall 2006

YM720 Project Course in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.

YM/CO/PC725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

YM760 Reading in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

YM781 Juvenile Justice Institutional Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
Last Offered: Summer Session 2014

YM860 Research in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
Last Offered: Fall 2006

 

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Charlotte Campus

Course Descriptions

Courses are designated by a letter-number sequence which indicates the department(s) and the level at which the course is taught. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three semester hours of credit.


APOLOGETICS COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

AP 601 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS
The course examines models of apologetics found in Scripture and throughout church history in order to make application to contemporary challenges to the Christian faith.

AP 602 CULTURAL APOLOGETICS
This biblical examination of unbelief focuses attention on the anatomy and dynamics of idolatry as expressed in contemporary culture. The basic purpose is to equip students to effectively present the gospel to unbelievers in their own cultural setting.

AP 625 CRITIQUES OF CHRISTIANITY
The course examines several major critical assaults on the Christian faith in the 19th and then the 20th centuries with a particular eye to discovering the patterns of the critiques in our own time.

AP 760 READING IN APOLOGETICS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

AP 860 RESEARCH IN APOLOGETICS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

CHURCH HISTORY COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

CH 501 THE CHURCH TO THE REFORMATION
This is a general survey of the history of the Christian Church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. It is designed to fulfill one of the two Church History requirements for the Master of Divinity degree program.

CH 502 THE CHURCH SINCE THE REFORMATION
This is a general survey of the history of the Christian Church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the Sixteenth Century to the present time. It is designed to fulfill one of the two Church History requirements for the Master of Divinity degree program.

CH/MC 591 DYNAMICS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE
This study focuses on the theology of the Christian life. Readings include major works by Calvin, Luther, John of the Cross, Owen, Edwards, Forsyth, Bonhoeffer and others.

CH 611 AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
This course presents an analysis of the major themes in American religious history from colonial times to the present. Special attention will be given to the relation between the church and the social, economic and political context within which it seeks to minister.

CH/TH 614 THE THEOLOGY OF JONATHAN EDWARDS
This study surveys the work of America’s greatest theologian, exploring the biblical and philosophical roots of his thinking and evaluating his contributions to theology, history, aesthetics and spiritual renewal. Readings include The Freedom of the Will, Original Sin, The Religious Affections and many shorter works.

CH 626 POPULAR RELIGION IN 19th CENTURY AMERICA
One of the central themes in American Christianity has been its democratic or populist orientation. Understanding popular religion will give insight into the American Church scene of today.

CH/TH 643 MARTIN LUTHER
This seminar details the life, work, and times of Luther, pioneer of the Reformation. Attention will be given to his spiritual pilgrimage and to his development and influence as a leader, particularly through his debates and writings.

CH 645 LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION
This introduction to the life, theology, ministry, and spirituality of Martin Luther focuses upon the thematic reading, discussion, and evaluation of selected writings of Luther. This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Lutheran Studies Track.

CH 646 AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH HISTORY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Lutheran Studies Track.

CH 647 ANGLICAN CHURCH HISTORY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican Studies Track.

CH 650 THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION
This course explores the impact of key figures such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bucer, Munzer, Simons, and Cranmer on both the Continental and English Reformations.

CH 653 HISTORY OF LITURGY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican Studies Track.

CH 654 MODELS OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
This course studies a variety of approaches to the dynamics of Christian spirituality.

CH/TH 655 GREAT CONFESSIONS OF THE FAITH
This seminar is designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian Church.

CH/TH 669 SOTERIOLOGY IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY
This examination of the Christian Church of the last 20 centuries focuses on the various ways salvation has been expressed. Students are encouraged to learn from past expressions of soteriology in order to formulate a theology of salvation that is comprehensive, consistent, and powerful for preaching and ministry today.

CH/TH 681 CHRISTIAN THOUGHT & CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
This course examines the changing relationship between Christian thought and Western philosophy up to the time of Kant in the late 1700s in order to help students understand Christian thought more fully and express it more cogently in our world today.

CH 760 READING IN CHURCH HISTORY
At the Charlotte campus, CH760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: American Church History, Great Awakenings. Other subjects are available by independent study, any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

CH 860 RESEARCH IN CHURCH HISTORY
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

CH 891, 892 CHURCH HISTORY THESIS I & II
This course is offered any term by petition.

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

CL 503 FOUNDATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP
This course is designed to equip individuals to serve effectively as leaders, as agents of change, as facilitators of mission and as administrators in the parish or in other related vocational settings. Systems theory is utilized as the major theoretical/ theological approach to the foundation of leadership.

CL/NT/OT 574 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
See description under OT/NT/CL574.

CL 620 DEFINED ROTATION IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
1 credit hour.

CL 621 DEFINED ROTATION IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
1 credit hour.

CL 622 DEFINED ROTATION IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
1 credit hour.

CL 630 THE PERSON OF THE CHRISTIAN LEADER
This course helps the student examine the integrity and spiritual vitality necessary to be a godly leader. Various areas such as family, marriage and the “dark” side of leadership will be discussed.

CL 640 MANAGING CONFLICT
This course trains leaders to facilitate change in an organization and resolve the conflict associated with that change in a healthy manner. Key skills and strategies will be discussed and developed for healthy conflict resolution.

CL 650 THE CHRISTIAN LEADER AS COMMUNICATOR
The purpose of the course is to address the essential elements of leadership communication. Key principles and models will be presented for leadership communication.

CL 660 CHURCH AND NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT
This course is designed to help leaders develop and manage healthy organizational structures. Creative problem solving, systems thinking, managing human resources, administrative effectiveness, staff development and other key issues will be addressed.

CL 670 TEAM AND TEAM BUILDING
The purpose of this course is to help students develop the theological and managerial rationale for the use of teams in ministry. In addition, the student will acquire and develop the skills needed to build and sustain an effective team ministry.

CL 720 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PROJECT
This course is designed to help the student integrate all of his/ her previous studies through a leadership action research project. The course should be taken in the student’s last semester.

CL 740 LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Inspired by the findings from the Center of the Development of Evangelical Leadership, this course examines, in a dialog-discussion format, the character, calling and competence of Christian Leadership. Prerequisite: CL503.

CLINICAL COUNSELING COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

CO 501 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING RESEARCH
In this 1 credit hour course, students focus on the learning objectives of CT500 with the addition of learning proper citation formats in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Students also focus on the integration of Counseling and Theology. Required of all counseling students during their first year of academic study at Gordon Conwell. Offered fall, spring, and summer. All MACC students must take this course during their first year of study and preferably in or before their first semester or term.

CO 502 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING AND SYSTEMS THEORY
This course provides an introduction to the counseling profession with a survey of the basic theoretical approaches to counseling and an introduction to theological integration in counseling. This course also aids students in beginning the process of professional identity development as a counselor.

CO 540 HELPING RELATIONSHIPS
This course covers the theological ground for helping relationships, counseling theories and application for helping relationships, including skills in listening, attending, and empathy needed in consultation and bringing about change.

CO/SF 610 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELING
This survey several of the major models of human development and life-span includes integration and critique of related theories from a biblical and theological perspective. Counseling strategies related to major developmental milestones are covered.

CO 614C FAMILY SYSTEMS THEORY
This review of the major theories of family systems development places emphasis on a critical analysis of these theories from an orthodox Christian perspective.

CO 699 RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN
This overview of the basic approaches to research methods and design gives particular attention to the application of research in the counseling setting and prepares the student for program design and assessment.

CO 710 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
This course provides an overview of the basic theories, concepts and structures that form an understanding of psychopathology. Special emphasis is given to the development of skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, using the DSM-5 and ICD.

CO 712 MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY IN COUNSELING
This course provides an opportunity to develop sensitivity, insight, and multicultural awareness when conducting counseling with individuals and families. Strategies needed to work effectively with issues of race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status will be addressed alongside a theological framework for developing self-awareness and engaging diversity. Emphasis will be given to the roles, structures, functions, systems, behaviors, values, and environmental factors that affect individual and family systems. Prerequisite: CO502.

CO 713 FOUNDATIONS OF PLAY THERAPY
This course provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications, and skills. A theological foundation for engaging children through play will be emphasized, along with an experiential component focused on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity sensitive practice. Pre-requisites: CO500/502, CO507 or 540, and CO610.

CO 714 FAMILY COUNSELING/THERAPY
This clinical course helps students to develop basic skills in counseling families and to evaluate the most applicable methods for counseling interventions with families. Prerequisite: CO614.

CO 715 ADVANCED PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
This advanced course in the theories, concepts and structures that form an understanding of psychopathology focuses on enhancing usage of the DSM-5 and understanding of psychopharmacology. Prerequisite: CO710.

CO 716 COUPLES COUNSELING
This course focuses on basic theories of couples counseling with particular attention to biblical and theological issues. The process of couples counseling is introduced by carefully constructed role play/feedback sessions. Pre- or co-requisite: CO614.

CO/PC 718 GROUP DYNAMICS
This course is designed to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the use of groups and group process. Each member will also become part of an active group to provide an experiential instruction to the nature of group process.

CO 719 HUMAN SEXUALITY
This study provides an overview of biological, psychological, behavioral, and theological material concerning human sexuality; it also includes DSM diagnostic categories and treatment options.

CO 720 COUNSELING CHILDREN
This course gives special attention to understanding the role and function of children as the focus for family therapy and learning to develop appropriate intervention strategies in working with children in the context of the family. Prerequisite: CO610.

CO 735 ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING
This course explores a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories as well as approaches to personal appraisal. Emphases are placed on the collection and analysis of data, factors that influence validity and reliability, and the specific skills associated with administering and interpreting tests for personal characteristics. Prerequisites: CO500/502 and CO710.

CO/PC 750 COUNSELING FOR CRISIS AND ADDICTIONS
This course focuses on counseling methods of prevention and intervention with addictions, both neurobiological and behavioral, and in crisis scenarios. Biblical and theological perspectives are integrated with social studies focusing on healing processes. Various crises will be studied and etiology, assessment and models of treatment will be addressed.

CO 770 LIFESTYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The student will explore theoretical approaches that provide a broad understanding of career development theories, occupational and educational information sources and systems, career and leisure counseling, educational guidance, and lifestyle and career decision-making.

CO 790C PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS FOR COUNSELORS
This course offers a comprehensive review of the process of professional specialization in the counseling field. Topics include professional organizations, ethical standards, legal responsibilities, etc. Pre- or co-requisite: CO867.

CO 850 ADVANCED CHRISTIAN COUNSELING MODELS & PRACTICE
Taken in the final semester/year, this seminar-format course focuses on integration and consolidation of students’ model of therapy, integrating theory, practice and theology. This course is taken in the final Spring semester before graduation.

CO 867 CLINICAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM
The clinical practicum is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the practice of counseling in a variety of settings. Individual and group supervision will be an integral part of this learning experience. Students are required to obtain 150 hours of counseling practice, including 60 hours of direct client contact. Individual and group supervision are required. Prerequisites: CO 500/502, CO540, CO 710, one additional counseling course. Pre- or Co-requisite: CO 790. Co-requisite: CO875.

CO 868 CLINICAL COUNSELING INTERNSHIP I
The clinical internship I follows the clinical practicum experience. Students are expected to function in a clinical setting and carry a client load. During CO 868 and 869, students will accrue 600 hours of counseling experience, including 240 direct client contact hours. Individual and group supervision will be an integral part of this learning experience. Prerequisite: CO867. Co-requisite: CO875.

CO 869 CLINICAL COUNSELING INTERNSHIP II
This internship is a continuation of the clinical experience at a more advanced level. During CO 868 and 869, students will accrue 600 hours of counseling experience, including 240 direct client contact hours Individual and group supervision will be an integral part of this learning experience. Prerequisite: CO 868. Co-requisite: CO875.

CO 870 CLINICAL COUNSELING INTERNSHIP III
This internship is a continuation of the clinical experience at a more advanced level, or in special situations requiring students to obtain additional hours. Individual and group supervision will be an integral part of this learning experience. Assignments and requirements are determined with the clinical training coordinator and/or program director. Pre-requisite: CO869. Co-requisite: CO875. Course Fee: $500. Non-credit course.

CO 875 CLINICAL COUNSELING SUPERVISION
This is a group supervision experience with a faculty supervisor. Students are required to meet an average of 1.5 hours per week (or 3 hours bi-weekly) in a group setting with a faculty supervisor during each clinical counseling placement (CO867, CO868, CO869, CO870). Non-credit course.

CHRISTIAN THOUGHT COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

CT 490 WRITING SKILLS WORKSHOP
This course is designed to enhance students’ writing skills so as to increase their chances for success in graduate school. The course includes sophisticated, thorough instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, conciseness, word usage, clarity, verb tenses, points of view, parallelism, paragraph structure, summarizing other’s viewpoints, rhetoric, and persuasive writing. The course requires daily practice exercises and short weekly writing assignments, which prepare students to write a two-page persuasive essay. One credit hour. Certain students are required as a condition of admission to take this course prior to CT500 or CO501.

CT 500 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
This course provides a foundational understanding of academic research including knowledge of research and writing standards, proper citation and use of sources, understanding and avoiding plagiarism, and introduction to theological reflection as part of the research process. One credit hour. Offered every fall, spring, and summer. All non-MACC students must take this course during or before their first semester or term unless they take CT490 Writing Skills Workshop. (In that case, they must take CT500 during their second semester or term.)

CT 630 CONFESSIONS I
This course is an historical and theological examination of the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as normative expressions of the rule of faith, including both an overview of the content of the creeds and consideration of their origin and multiple functions within the life of the Church. It is a required course for those in the M.Div. Lutheran Studies Track.

CT 631 CONFESSIONS II
This study is a continuation of CT630 Confessions I. It is a required course for those in the M.Div. Lutheran Studies Track.

CT 760 READING IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
At the Charlotte campus, CT760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: Patristic Theology, Augustine of Hippo. Other subjects are available by independent study, any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

CT 860 RESEARCH IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

EM 502 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
The course provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to Christian formation within the Church. It is designed to prepare pastors, church leaders and Christian educators in fostering the educational development and formation of the church congregation into a vibrant, productive community of faith. The course focuses on the nature of congregational life as a dynamic spiritual eco-system whose component practices and activities synergistically work together to promote Christian identity, character, and maturity while engaging the broader context in mission. Specific attention will be on the role of the family, small groups, liturgy, Christian education, digital media, practices and developmental relationships in supporting and sustaining individual and congregational formation into the image of Christ.

EM 604 THE TEACHER AND THE TEACHING TASK
This course is designed to prepare pastors and Christian educators for the ministry of teaching within the Church and formal academic contexts. The course focuses on the nature of educational ministry to adults and the important role the teacher plays in the process of teaching/learning. The course provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to teaching/learning including the effective development and delivery of instruction in class situations and other formats. The course utilizes a practical theology framework that sees teaching/ learning as a dynamic process involving interaction of theological, personal, educative, and contextual dimensions. Pre-requisite: NT/OT517, OT511 or NT502.

EM/MC 616 MINISTRY AMONG EMERGING GENERATIONS
This course is designed to equip the Christian leader to minister more effectively in an ever changing world. We observe from history and present-day life how God turns seemingly cultural crises into opportunities for the church to thrive and the gospel to move forward. We will focus on four key elements of ministry: spiritual formation, ministry structure, leadership and witness. From this focus the course participants are prepared to develop vital ministry strategies in their own ministry contexts in the midst of cultural change.

CHRISTIAN ETHICS COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

ET 501 CHRISTIAN ETHICS
This study focuses on methodology in Christian ethics, marriage and divorce, birth control, abortion, treatment of the terminally ill, homosexuality, capital punishment, civil disobedience, environmental issues, and just war.

ET 503 ANGLICAN ETHICS & MORAL THEOLOGY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican/Episcopal Studies Track.

ET 510 CHRISTIAN ETHICS TODAY
Various topics in Christian personal and social ethics are addressed, particularly those that will enhance pastoral leadership in Christian community.

ET/NT 647 BIBLICAL ETHICS
This course explores ethics within Scripture, both Old and New Testament. Biblical topics such as the following are considered: sexual ethics, marriage, women’s roles, slavery, violence, wealth and poverty, justice, care for those in need, unity and division, and the ethics of ministry. The ethics of particular authors or groupings of texts are also considered, such as ethics in the Pentateuch, ethics in the prophets, the ethics of Matthew, the ethics of Luke-Acts, and the ethics of Paul. The relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament is examined with respect to the Law and Spirit. Prerequisites: OT500, NT501, and either NT/OT517, NT502 or OT511.

ET 650 INTERPRETATION IN CHRISTIAN ETHICS
Facility in critical interpretation in Christian ethics is gained through readings in classical works of Christian ethics. Prominent writings throughout the history of Christian ethics are chosen for reading and analysis in this interpretation course.

ET/TH 653 THEOLOGICAL ETHICS
Central themes of theological ethics are approached by examining key scriptural texts from Paul on the Christian life as viewed through the eyes of the early history of exegesis.

ET 760 READING IN ETHICS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

ET 860 RESEARCH IN ETHICS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

EVANGELISM COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

EV 510 EVANGELISM: THEORIES AND PRACTICE
This study focuses on the theoretical foundations of evangelism. Topics include the nature and transmission of the gospel message, persuasion theory and evangelism, liturgical evangelism, kingdom evangelism, and evangelism and social responsibility.

EV/PC 572 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
This course explores spiritual experience from a practical psychological perspective and gives special attention to conversion, religious expression and religious development and lifestyles. Special emphasis is placed on implications for pastoral ministry and guided discovery through a variety of assignments.

EV/WM 665 CHURCH PLANTING & GROWTH
This practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches concentrates on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches that will equip members for ministry to their communities and for continued planting of new churches.

EV 670 URBAN EVANGELISM
This course addresses the personal preparation needed to evangelize as well as the development of specific strategies for urban evangelism.

EV 672 ETHNIC COMMUNITIES AND CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
This study explores the multicultural fabric of society and the impacts of racism, urbanization, and various forms of deprivation as they pertain to Christian ministry in urban settings.

EV 760 READING IN EVANGELISM
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

EV 860 RESEARCH IN EVANGELISM
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

GREEK LANGUAGE COURSES (DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES)

GL 501 BASIC GREEK I
Students with little or no prior knowledge of Greek study the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer-assisted instruction.

GL 502 BASIC GREEK II
This course continues GL501, expanding grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Students continue in same format and small sections as GL501. Prerequisite: GL501.

GL 860 RESEARCH IN GREEK LANGUAGE
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

MC/SF 501 SPIRITUAL FORMATION FOR MINISTRY
This course seeks to develop a working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Special emphasis is given to spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in ministry.

MC 506 ASCETICAL THEOLOGY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican/Episcopal Studies Track.

MC 512 DISCIPLESHIP AND DISCIPLE-MAKING
This course provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to Christian formation and discipleship. It is designed to prepare pastors, church leaders, and Christian educators in fostering the discipleship, formation, and educational development of the church congregation into a vibrant, productive community of faith. The course focuses on the nature of congregational life and the promotion of Christian identity, character, and maturity while engaging the broader context in mission.

MC/PC 513 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN MINISTRY
An introduction to pastoral self-awareness and relationship awareness and understanding relational health for the purpose of cultivating personal and professional relationships for ministry effectiveness and personal and corporate spiritual development.

MC 540 URBAN MINISTRY
The course’s primary objectives are to identify and analyze the challenges with which urban dwellers are faced and the effectiveness of governmental programming and ministry offerings targeted at urban dwellers. This course also strives to foster racial and cultural awareness, facilitate sensitivity to the peculiar needs of urban dwellers, and strategize effective models of ministry for the urban center.

MC 585 THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATOR
The Christian Communicator is a survey course designed to equip persons to serve as effective and authentic communicators in the contemporary Church, related Christian ministries and in daily secular life. The course includes a comprehensive and holistic overview of factors inherent to the communications process on the interpersonal and congregational levels. Researched-based theories and models of communications will be presented, discussed and evaluated from biblical-theological and cultural perspectives. MC585 includes a significant developmental and practical component to enable participants to enhance their abilities to communicate through personal conversations, oral presentations, and public communications.

MC 601C PC (U.S.A.) DENOMINATIONAL STANDARDS
This course provides students preparing for ordination with an understanding of Presbyterian polity and standards, as described in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., the Book of Confessions, and the Book of Order; this course will only satisfy a general elective.

MC 601L ADVENT CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONAL STANDARDS
In order to prepare students for ordination, this study focuses on the organizational structure, standards and ministry procedures of the Advent Christian denomination as reflected in the Advent Christian Manual, Minister’s Service Book and Resource and Guide to Uniform Standards of Ordination; this course will only satisfy a general elective.

MC 660 INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTRY
This course helps students understand the trends of innovative strategies and develop a framework for discerning the right strategies that will best serve their ministry contexts. Students take a deep dive into the role big data plays in informing and equipping the church and have opportunities to explore ministries on the leading edge of strategic innovation.

MC 679 MINISTRY AS MISSION
This course will tackle theological and everyday leadership issues posed by ministry in the post-Christian West, in light of a renewed understanding of the biblical identity of the church as missional. The primary goal of this course is to equip ministers to think and act biblically, theologically and practically as they accept their leadership role as chief missiologist leading a band of missionaries on a mission field, in their local context. Students will learn to re-cast the pastoral/ministerial vocation through the lens of mission, in every major role and responsibility.

MC 686 RACE, GENDER AND THE AMERICAN CHURCH
This course will explore places of pain within the American Church related to race and gender roles. Learning how to engage in discussions at the intersection of church, gender and race is integral to Christian leadership in our world today. With emphasis on in-depth discussion and critical analysis, students will have an opportunity to apply the relevance of the Gospel in divisive times. This course is designed to strengthen a Biblical framework for justice and reconciliation.

MC 704 PASTORAL LITURGY/PRIESTLY FORMATION
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican/Episcopal Studies Track.

MC 705 ANGLICAN ETHOS AND IDENTITY
This is a required course for those in the M.Div. Anglican/Episcopal Studies Track.

MC 720 PROJECT COURSE IN MINISTRY
This course is available any semester, by petition only. See description under Project Courses.

MC 730 CHRISTIAN FORMATION: PARADIGMS FOR FORMING COMMUNITIES OF CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
Paradigms for accomplishing formation as indicated in the history of the Church and in contemporary theories form the theoretical basis for designing an approach to the formation of communities of Christian character in pastoral ministry.

MC 740 CHRISTIAN MINISTRY SEMINAR
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to examine various ministry issues in a dialog-discussion format.

MC 750 CHRISTIAN WORSHIP
This course focuses on the theology and psychology of worship, on forms of worship, on the language of space and the language of time, on etiquette in worship, on expressions of worship, on patterns of worship, and on the sacraments. Representatives from various denominations will present a worship service that is congruent with denominational guidelines for worship.

MC 760 READING IN MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

MC 850 READINESS FOR MINISTRY EXIT SEMINAR
This course focuses on integrating key aspects of seminary education with Christian ministry to prepare graduating students for vocational ministry. The course goals are to exegete the concept of pastoral ministry and integrate these findings into a personal statement of ministerial practice.

MC 860 RESEARCH IN MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

MC 880 INTEGRATIVE PAPER
This course is available any term by petition.

MC 881 INTEGRATIVE PROJECT
This course is available any term by petition.

MENTORED MINISTRY ROTATIONS (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. Mentored Ministry rotations are 1 credit hour.

MM 620 Minister as Church Planter
MM 621 Minister a Missionary
MM 622 Minister as Proclaimer of the Scriptures and Prophet of God
MM 623 Minister as Scholar and Teacher
MM 624 Minister as Healer
MM 625 Minister as Helper, Counselor, and Comforter
MM 626 Minister as Administrator
MM 627 Minister as Worship Prompter
MM 628 Minister as Example of the Godly Life
MM 629 Student Defined Rotation for Ministers
MM 630 Church Planting, Growth, and Nurture
MM 631 Church and Cross-Cultural Ministry/Missions
MM 632 Church and Culture
MM 633 Church and Discipleship/Nurture
MM 634 Church and Healing
MM 635 Church & Min. of Help, Counseling, Comforting
MM 636 Church and Governance
MM 637 Church as Worshipping Community
MM 638 Church as Community of Christian Character
MM 639 Student Defined Rotation for Church Ministry

NEW TESTAMENT COURSES (DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES)

NT 501 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
This introduction to the field of New Testament studies highlights central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons.

NT 502C INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT
Attention is given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Greek text. Prerequisites: GL501, GL502, OT500, NT501.

NT 503 LIFE OF JESUS
An in-depth study of the complementary portraits of Jesus in the four Gospels, focusing on the events of His life, the content of His message, and His understanding of His own person and mission. The first of a three-part sequence in place of NT501.

NT 504 PAUL AND HIS LETTERS
An in-depth study of Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith. Students assess the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts. The second of a three-part sequence in place of NT501.

NT 506 THE APOCALYPSE AND APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE
In this course, students read the Apocalypse of John in its context with other Jewish and Christian writings in the apocalyptic genre and in light of OT prophecy with a view towards understanding its content, hermeneutical issues, structure, and theology.

NT/OT 517 INTERPRETING THE BIBLE
This introduction to essential bibliographical tools necessary for Bible study also provides an orientation to the key issues in the field of hermeneutics. Prerequisites: OT500 or NT501. Co-requisites: OT500 or NT501.

NT 525 THE GENERAL EPISTLES AND REVELATION
An in-depth introduction to the content of the General Epistles and Revelation, their historical-cultural background, and their theology and implications for the Church. The course provides an intentional balancing of these three dimensions and offers general and contextually-specific guidelines for biblical interpretation. The third of a three-part sequence in place of NT501.

NT/OT/CL 574 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
See description under OT/NT/CL574

NT 575 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
Special attention is given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, and related themes. The course may focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme. NT575 does not require knowledge of Greek.

NT/OT 583 WORLD OF THE BIBLE
See description under OT/NT583

NT 610 NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS IN THE GOSPELS & ACTS
This introduction and orientation to New Testament exegesis uses the narratives in the Gospels and the Book of Acts as a basis. Preliminary aspects of Greek exegesis, including objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages.

NT 611 EXEGESIS OF MATTHEW
This exegetical study of the Greek text of Matthew focuses on the structure and theology of Matthew’s gospel as a literary unit.

NT 613 EXEGESIS OF MARK
This exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark gives special attention to the person of Jesus and His mission.

NT 615 EXEGESIS OF LUKE
This exegetical study of the Greek text focuses attention on the unique theological themes, structure, historical context, and application of Luke.

NT 617 GOSPEL OF JOHN
This exegesis of the Greek text gives special focus to John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.

NT 619 EXEGESIS OF ACTS
This exegesis of the Greek text in light of the ancient Greek-Roman and Jewish worlds pays special attention to the exegesis of narrative, historical accuracy and context, theological themes, structure, and application.

NT 620 EXEGESIS OF ROMANS
This study provides exegesis of the Greek text with examination of principal theological themes in the context of Paul’s apostolic mission and his relationship to the church in Rome.

NT 622 EXEGESIS OF FIRST CORINTHIANS
This exegetical study of the Greek text of I Corinthians gives special reference to Paul’s self-understanding as an apostle and the major theological themes of his ministry as they are expressed in relationship to the problems of the Corinthian church.

NT 635 EXEGESIS OF THE PASTORAL EPISTLES
A study of the Greek text, this course focuses attention on the unique themes, structure, historical context, and application of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. In-depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three letters.

NT 638 EXEGESIS OF HEBREWS
In this study of the Greek text of the “Letter to the Hebrews,” special attention is given to the occasion, purpose, structure and theological content of the letter and to the author’s use of the Old Testament.

NT 639 EXEGESIS OF JAMES
An exegetical study of the Greek text, this course focuses attention on the unique theological themes, images, structure, historical context of James and application to today.

NT 640 EXEGESIS OF FIRST PETER
In this exegetical study of the Greek text, attention is given to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context of I Peter, and its application to today. The ancient Roman background and literary devices are studied.

NT 680 PAULINE THEOLOGY
This is an introduction to both the primary and secondary literature related to Paul’s theology. Special attention is given to questions of methodology and the quest for the “center” of Paul’s thought.

NT693 THE OLD TESTAMENT IN THE NEW
This integrative course focuses on the distinctive uses and applications of Old Testament themes and texts in the New Testament.

NT 760 READING IN NEW TESTAMENT
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

NT/OT 795 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR
See description under OT/NT795.

NT 860 RESEARCH IN NEW TESTAMENT
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

NT 891, 892 NEW TESTAMENT THESIS I & II
This course is available any term by petition, provided an invitation to write a thesis has been extended by the Biblical Studies division.

ORIENTAL LANGUAGE COURSES (DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES)

OL 501 HEBREW I
Students experience an introduction to basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, emphasizing the importance of Hebrew language for understanding the Old Testament.

OL 502 HEBREW II
This course is a continuation of OL501 with sustained emphasis on mastery of grammar and vocabulary. OL502 will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament. Prerequisite: OL501.

OL 710 INDEPENDENT READING IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
The class requires a minimum of 30 chapters of prose or 25 chapters of poetry. Any term by petition.

OL 912C ARAMAIC
A study of the grammar of biblical Aramaic, followed by a reading of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel, as well as short extra-biblical Aramaic texts. Prerequisite: OL502.

OLD TESTAMENT COURSES (DIVISION OF BIBLICAL STUDIES)

OT 500 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
Students experiences an introduction to the history, literature and thought of the Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies.

OT 501 THEOLOGY OF THE PENTATEUCH
This course is a general introduction to the topic, including: creation as foundational to all further revelation; the image of God and its implications for the nature of God’s kingdom and temple presence; the primacy of covenant in all of God’s dealings.

OT 502 INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
Students gain a general introduction to issues in Old Testament study, including: inspiration and canonicity, interpretation (including classical and modern critical approaches) languages and original sources, archaeology, history, cultural contexts, chronology and geography.

OT 511 C INTERPRETING THE OLD TESTAMENT
Attention is given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Hebrew text. Prerequisites: OL501, OL502, OT500, NT501.

OT 513 THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES
An in-depth introduction to the literature, historical and cultural background, and theology of the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy). The first of a three-part sequence in place of OT500.

OT/NT 517 INTERPRETING THE BIBLE
This introduction to essential bibliographical tools is necessary for study of the English Bible and an orientation to the key issues and methods in the field of hermeneutics. Prerequisites: OT500 or NT501. Co-requisites: OT500 or NT501.

OT/NT 518 CHRIST IN SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION
This class is an introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures, which prepared believers for the coming of the Messiah, and the New Testament Scriptures, which understand Jesus as that Messiah. This course will enlarge the student’s understanding of God’s plan of redemption from the beginning of time. It is designed to center our faith, evangelism and worship in the incarnation.

OT 521 BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
This course provides an introduction to archaeology’s contributions to our understanding of the political, cultural and religious history of ancient Israel. Slides and artifacts will complement the lectures. Emphasis on the use of archaeology and historical geography in church ministry.

OT 523 STUDY SEMINAR IN ISRAEL, JORDAN, EGYPT AND THE SINAI WILDERNESS
Two-week travel seminar gives students access to major archaeological sites and geographical regions of Israel, Jordan, Egypt and/or the Sinai. Historical geography and biblical archaeology are primary emphasis though some traditional sites are included in itinerary.

OT 544 THE HISTORICAL AND POETIC BOOKS
An in-depth introduction to the literature, historical and cultural background, and theology of the Old Testament’s pre-exilic Historical (Joshua – 2 Chronicles) and Poetic/Wisdom books (Job – Song of Songs). The second of a three-part sequence in place of OT500.

OT 553 THE PROPHETIC AND RESTORATION BOOKS
An in-depth introduction to the literature, historical and cultural background, and theology of the Old Testament’s Prophetic (Isaiah – Malachi) and Restoration books (Ezra – Esther). The third of a three-part sequence in place of OT500.

OT/NT/CL 574 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
This course explores the foundational teachings and primary metaphors of leadership in the Bible. These teachings and metaphors are understood in the context of God’s larger calling on the covenant community in redemptive history. Some attention is also given to contemporary metaphors for ministry. Prerequisites: OT500, NT501. Co-requisite: NT/OT517.

OT/NT 583 WORLD OF THE BIBLE
This introduction to the cultural world of the Old and New Testaments gives special attention to the geographical, historical, religious, social, economic, political, military and ideological contexts of the Bible.

OT/NT 594 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
This English Bible course explores the unity and diversity of Scripture both methodologically and through various themes (e.g., covenant, kingdom, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and mission). Prerequisites: OT500, NT501, NT/OT517.

OT 626 EXEGESIS IN GENESIS
Emphasis is upon demonstrating fundamentals of Old Testament exegesis, reading select Hebrew passages of Genesis and studying issues raised in scholarly literature, including Genesis in historical criticism, the structure of Genesis, and the nature of its narrative and theology.

OT 627 EXEGESIS IN EXODUS
Students will be introduced to the objectives, methods and tools of Hebrew exegesis and principles of hermeneutics. Emphasis is placed upon the Plague Narratives, Passover, Covenant, Decalogue, Tabernacle and the great moment of redemption in the Old Testament.

OT 631 EXEGESIS IN JOSHUA
Emphasis is placed upon translation and study of select portions of Joshua, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: warfare theology.

OT 633 EXEGESIS IN DEUTERONOMY
Emphasis is placed upon translation and study of select portions of Deuteronomy, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: covenant theology.

OT 635 EXEGESIS IN JUDGES
This exegetical study of Judges is designed to introduce the methods of OT exegesis and hermeneutics. Attention will be given to the book’s literary structure, dominant biblical-theological themes and various legal-ethical issues.

OT 644 EXEGESIS IN OLD TESTAMENT NARRATIVES
Preliminary aspects of Hebrew exegesis, including objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages from the historical books for preaching and teaching. Emphasis focuses on introductory issues important to the proper interpretation of various individual books.

OT 645 EXEGESIS IN SAMUEL
This exegetical study of selected passages in Samuel is designed to introduce the methods of Old Testament exegesis and hermeneutics with special attention to the book’s text-critical and synoptic problems, literary structure and biblical-theological themes.

OT 655 EXEGESIS OF GREAT DOCTRINAL PASSAGES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Emphasis placed upon exegeting the Hebrew text and preparing that text for proclamation using major Old Testament texts on the great doctrines of the faith to demonstrate exegetical methodology and how to teach and preach from the Old Testament.

OT 750 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETICAL BOOKS
This study of the institution and contribution of the prophets includes critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.

OT 760 READING IN OLD TESTAMENT
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

OT 765 THE PROMISE OF ZION: EXEGESIS IN PROPHETIC AND POETIC TEXTS
The primary objective of the course is to develop exegetical skills to interpret Hebrew poetry from select texts in the Prophets and Wisdom Literature. In addition to building upon exegetical methodology learned at the 600-level and OT511, class times will be devoted to an examination of the theme of the Promise of Zion against its historical and biblical-theological backdrop.

OT 770 OLD TESTAMENT POETICAL BOOKS
The study of the nature and techniques of Old Testament poetry includes metrics, line and strophic structure, historical-grammatical exegesis and text criticism. It provides special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms.

OT/NT 795 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR
This seminar focuses on the primary themes and fundamental issues shared by both Testaments. Students present papers for formal critique and discussion on relevant topics within the discipline of Biblical Theology. Prerequisites: NT502 or OT511.

OT 860 RESEARCH IN OLD TESTAMENT
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

OT 891, 892 OLD TESTAMENT THESIS I & II
This course is available any term by petition, provided an invitation to write a thesis has been extended by the Biblical Studies division.

PASTORAL CARE, PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

PC 511 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL COUNSELING
This course provides basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting.

PC/EV 572 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
See description under EV/PC572.

PC 621, 622 CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE)
This course involves an intensive pastoral clinical experience in a hospital setting under the supervision of an approved ACPE supervisor. Lectures by hospital staff are supplemented by group dynamics and interpersonal relationships, seminar discussion and verbatim reports on visits with patients. Individuals desiring to earn three credit hours through CPE should register for PC621 (satisfies either three rotations of Mentored Ministry, CO867 or one Ministry Elective), and those seeking to earn six credit hours should register for PC621 and PC622 (satisfies three rotations of Mentored Ministry and one Ministry Elective).

PC 760 READING IN PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

PC 860 RESEARCH IN PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

PREACHING COURSES (DIVISION OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY)

PR 550 PREACHING THE ENGLISH BIBLE
This course, intended for students who are not studying the biblical languages, provides an introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor. Prerequisite: NT/OT517.

PR 601 PREACHING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN PREPARING RELEVANT BIBLICAL SERMONS
This course provides an introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor. Prerequisite: NT/OT517, OT511 or NT502.

PR 602 PREACHING FOR MODERN LISTENERS
Building on PR601, students will interact with the biblical material to prepare sermons that relate to a modern audience. Students will preach with critique by the professor. Prerequisite: PR601.

PR xxx PREACHING TO EMERGING GENERATIONS
The purpose of this course is to equip the preacher to speak to critical issues cross-generationally. Often the preacher is now speaking to upwards of four generations in a single message. Preaching relevantly and applying the scripture across generations is one of the biggest challenges of preaching today. Understanding the critical values of each generation and their felt needs will be addressed in this course as well as the “core” needs that are similar in each generation. An expositional and topical methodology will be applied with the use of various methods of illustrations appropriate in reaching current and most especially emerging generations.

PR 725 PREACHING AS COUNSELING
The purpose of this course is to equip the preacher to utilize and integrate biblical and psychological principles in his/her preaching to address contemporary counseling issues in the lives of their parishioners. Expositional and Topical expositional methods of preaching will be defined and developed to be a part of the preacher’s repertoire in order to preventively and to some extent correctively help their hearers address contemporary life issues and mental health issues.

THEOLOGY COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

TH 501 THEOLOGY SURVEY I
This study focuses on the theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature, and original and actual sin.

TH 502 THEOLOGY SURVEY II
In this study, attention is given to the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the Church; sacraments, and eschatology. Prerequisite: TH 501; Co-requisite: OT500, NT501.

TH 603 CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS
This course examines contemporary theology through the work of several contemporary practitioners of theology. Of particular interest is the discipline of theology in the last 30 years.

TH 604 MODERN THEOLOGY: AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM
This course examines the history of modern American evangelical theology from its emergence in the eighteenth century to the recent neo-evangelical resurgence.

TH 606 MODERN THEOLOGY
From the time of the Enlightenment, representative figures are studied in order to grasp current hermeneutical methodologies and the development of biblical criticism. This course surveys the spectrum of Protestant and Catholic thought, including evangelicalism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy and existentialist, process and liberation theology.

TH/CH 614 THE THEOLOGY OF JONATHAN EDWARDS
See description under CH/TH614.

TH/CH 643 MARTIN LUTHER
See description under CH/TH643.

TH/CH 645 CLASSICS OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
Works such as the following are read and discussed: Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word; Augustine’s Confessions; Aquinas’ On Spiritual Creatures; Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian; Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion; et al.

TH/ET 653 THEOLOGICAL ETHICS
See description under ET/TH653.

TH/CH 655 GREAT CONFESSIONS OF THE FAITH
See description under CH/TH655.

TH/CH 669 SOTERIOLOGY IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY
See description under CH/TH669.

TH/CH 681 CHRISTIAN THOUGHT & CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
See description under CH/TH681.

TH 760 READING IN THEOLOGY
At the Charlotte campus, TH760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: Postmodernism, Issues in Salvation, Issues in Trinitarian Theology, Contemporary Theology. Other subjects are available by independent study, any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

TH 860 RESEARCH IN THEOLOGY
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

TH 891, 892 THEOLOGY THESIS I & II
This course is offered any term by invitation.

WORLD MISSIONS COURSES (DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT)

WM 510 WORLD MISSIONS: PARADIGMS AND PRACTICE
This course offers an historical overview of paradigms for Christian missions, critiquing them from biblical, theological, and practical perspectives. Each student will form his or her own theology and strategy for the world missions of the Church.

WM 601 WORLD MISSION OF THE CHURCH
Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide Biblical mandate are also considered.

WM 603 HISTORY OF MISSIONS
This history of the Christian Church is from the perspective of the global expansion of the Church. Case studies in historic patterns of church growth as well as ethnographic studies of particular mission settings will be explored.

WM/EV 665 CHURCH PLANTING AND GROWTH
This practical and biblical-theological perspective on the planting and development of churches concentrates on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches that will equip members for ministry to their communities and for continued planting of new churches.

WM 733 REACHING UNREACHED PEOPLES FOR CHRIST
This course considers strategies for reaching the more than one-third of the world’s population where there are no Christians as yet. Anthropological, sociological and linguistic approaches for successful trans-cultural communication will be studied.

WM 760 READING IN WORLD MISSIONS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.

WM 860 RESEARCH IN WORLD MISSIONS
This independent study is available any term by petition. See section on Reading and Research Courses in Student Handbook.


Jacksonville Campus

Course Descriptions

Courses are designated by a letter-number sequence which indicates the department(s) and the level at which the course is taught. Except where indicated, all courses at any level are open to all qualified students, subject to prerequisites, course limits and seniority provisions. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three semester hours of credit.

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Apologetics (Division of Christian Thought)

AP601 Introduction to Christian Apologetics   The course examines models of apologetics found in Scripture and throughout church history in order to make application of them to contemporary challenges to the Christian faith.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
AP/MC687 The Bible and Race   The course is designed to lead students to a comprehensive theological understanding of the diversity of the human race and the accompanying ministry implications through a Biblical worldview.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
AP760 Reading in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
AP860 Research in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Church History (Division of Christian Thought)

CH501 The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
CH501-I The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Offered through Semlink+.
CH502 The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CH502-I The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time. Offered through Semlink+.
CH/SF591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CH/TH641 Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2015
CH/TH641-I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
CH647 Anglican Church History   This is a required course for those in the M.Div Anglican/Episcopal Studies Track.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CH/TH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
CH/MC/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CH/TH676 Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2016
CH/TH676-I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+ .
CH760 Reading in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. At the Charlotte campus, CH760 is typically offered on the following subjects on a scheduled basis: American Church History, Great Awakenings. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
CH860 Research in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Christian Leadership (Division of Practical Theology)

CL/MC503 Foundations for Leadership/Ministry   This course is designed to equip individuals to serve effectively as leaders, as agents of change, as facilitators of mission, as administrators in the parish or in other related vocational settings. Systems theory is utilized as the major theoretical/theological approach to the foundation of leadership.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
CL630 The Person of the Christian Leader   This course helps the student examine the integrity and spiritual vitality necessary to be a godly leader. Various areas such as family, marriage and the “dark” side of leadership will be discussed.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
CL640 Managing Conflict   This course trains leaders to facilitate change in an organization and resolve the conflict associated with that change in a healthy manner. Key skills and strategies will be discussed and developed for healthy conflict resolution.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
CL670 Team and Team Building   The purpose of this course is to help students develop the theological and managerial rationale for the use of teams in ministry. In addition, the student will acquire and develop the skills needed to build and sustain an effective team ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017

Christian Thought (Division of Christian Thought)

CT620 Christianity, Politics, and Culture   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

Educational Ministries (Division of Practical Theology)

EM760 Reading in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
EM860 Research in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Christian Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

ET501 Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision-making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
ET501-I Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision-making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society. Offered through Semlink+.
ET642 Workplace Ethics   Building good individual character and organizational culture . . . discerning and doing the right thing in personal and organizational contexts . . . how does a robustly biblical ethics (method and content) guide us in this domain? It is partly about faithfully, effectively responding to ethical problems that arise in the workplace; it is mostly about proactively building mission-driven, value-embedded, principle-guided ethically healthier individuals and organizations.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
ET681 Issues in Sexual Ethics and Bioethics   The complexities of our contemporary world raise ethical questions that the Church and Christians are often not equipped to tackle. This course will explore some of those issues in the areas of sexual ethics and bioethics, in light of God’s Word and a Christian world view. Among the issues to be addressed are: a theology of sexuality, premarital sex, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, abortion, stem cell research, genetic engineering, treatment termination, and euthanasia. Attention is given to how the Church and Christians can address these issues in secular, pluralistic contexts.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
ET760 Reading in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
ET860 Research in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Evangelism (Division of Practical Theology)

EV510 Evangelism: Theories and Practice   This study focuses on the theoretical foundations of evangelism. Topics include the nature and transmission of the gospel message, persuasion theory and evangelism, liturgical evangelism, kingdom evangelism, and evangelism and social responsibility.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
EV760 Reading in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
EV860 Research in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Greek Language (Division of Biblical Studies)

GL501 Basic Greek I   Students with little or no prior knowledge of Greek study the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer assisted instruction
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
GL502 Basic Greek II   Continues GL501 expanding grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Students continue in same format and small sections as GL501. Permits concurrent enrollment in NT 502.
        Prerequisite: GL501.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
GL860 Research in Greek Language   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: GL502.

Ministry of the Church (Division of Practical Theology)

MC/SF501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
MC/CL503 Foundations for Leadership/Ministry   This course is designed to equip individuals to serve effectively as leaders, as agents of change, as facilitators of mission, as administrators in the parish or in other related vocational settings. Systems theory is utilized as the major theoretical/theological approach to the foundation of leadership.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
MC/SF506 Ascetical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC/TH525-I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.
MC609 Book of Common Prayer/Liturgics   MC 609 Book of Common Prayer/Liturgics: The purpose of this course is to equip students with knowledge of the theology, history and practices of Christian liturgy, with a particular focus on the Anglican tradition, and to assist in their formation as liturgical leaders who are both knowledgeable and capable. The course begins with the emergence of the Book of Common Prayer and covers the basics of liturgics and liturgical theology of Anglicanism in history and present practice. Participants will increase their vocabulary in Anglican worship and understand the theology of the Book of Common Prayer.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
MC/CH/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
MC/AP687 The Bible and Race   The course is designed to lead students to a comprehensive theological understanding of the diversity of the human race and the accompanying ministry implications through a Biblical worldview.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC/TH692 Violence, Sexual Abuse, and the Gospel   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
MC760 Reading in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
MC850 Readiness for Ministry Exit Seminar   This course focuses on integrating key aspects of seminary education with Christian ministry to prepare graduating students for vocational ministry. The course goals are to exegete the concept of pastoral ministry and integrate these findings into a personal statement of ministerial practice.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
MC860 Research in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

New Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

NT501 New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
NT501-I New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons. Offered through Semlink+.
NT502 Interpreting the New Testament   Attention given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Greek text.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
NT504-I Paul and His Letters   Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith is examined by assessing the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts. Offered through Semlink+.
NT611 Exegesis of Matthew   An exegetical study of the Greek text of Matthew, focusing on the structure and theology of Matthew’s gospel as a literary unit.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
NT613 Exegesis of Mark   This exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark gives special attention to the person of Jesus and his mission.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2016
NT617 Gospel of John   Exegesis of the Greek text, with special focus on John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
NT620 Exegesis of Romans   Exegesis of the Greek text with examination of principal theological themes in the context of Paul’s apostolic mission and his relationship to the church in Rome.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2016
NT622 Exegesis of First Corinthians   An exegetical study of the Greek text of I Corinthians with special reference to Paul’s self-understanding as an apostle and the major theological themes of his ministry as they are expressed in relationship to the problems of the Corinthian church.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
NT760 Reading in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
NT/OT795 Biblical Theology Seminar   A seminar on the primary themes and fundamental issues shared by both Testaments. Students present papers for formal critique and discussion on relevant topics within the discipline of Biblical Theology.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
NT860 Research in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
NT/OT/TH910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.

Oriental Languages (Division of Biblical Studies)

OL501 Hebrew I   Introduces basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, emphasizing the importance of Hebrew language for understanding the Old Testament.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
OL502 Hebrew II   Continuation of OL 501 with sustained emphasis on mastery of grammar and vocabulary. OL 502 will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament with introduction of some rudiments of exegetical method.
        Prerequisite: OL501.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OL860 Research in Oriental Languages   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: OL502.

Old Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

OT500 Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT500-I Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies. Offered through Semlink+.
OT511 Interpreting the Old Testament   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
OT627 Exegesis in Exodus   Students will be introduced to the objectives, methods and tools of Hebrew exegesis and principles of hermeneutics. Emphasis upon the Plague Narratives, Passover, Covenant, Decalogue, Tabernacle and the great moment of redemption in the Old Testament.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
OT637 Exegesis in Conquest Narratives   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2015
OT750 Old Testament Prophetical Books   A study of the institution and contribution of the prophets, including: critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.
        Prerequisite: OT 600-level exegesis course .
        Last Offered: Fall 2017
OT760 Reading in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
OT/NT795 Biblical Theology Seminar   A seminar on the primary themes and fundamental issues shared by both Testaments. Students present papers for formal critique and discussion on relevant topics within the discipline of Biblical Theology.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
OT860 Research in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
OT/NT/TH910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.

Pastoral Care/Psychology (Division of Practical Theology)

PC511 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018
PC511-I Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting. Offered through Semlink+.
PC760 Readings in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
PC860 Research in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Preaching (Division of Practical Theology)

PR601 Preaching: Princ. & Pract. in Prep. Relevant Biblical Sermns   An introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: NT502 or OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
PR602 Preaching for Modern Listeners   Building on PR601, students will interact with the biblical material to prepare sermons that relate to a modern audience. Students will preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: PR601.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019

Social Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

SE760 Reading in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
SE860 Research in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Spiritual Formation (Division of Practical Theology)

SF/MC501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
SF/MC506 Ascetical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
SF/CH591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2018

Theology (Division of Christian Thought)

TH501 Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin.
        Last Offered: Fall 2018
TH501-I Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin. Offered through Semlink+.
TH502 Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology.
        Last Offered: Spring 2019
TH502-I Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology. Offered through Semlink+.
        Prerequisite: TH501. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
TH/MC525-I Faith, Work and Economics   An introductory survey of scriptural, historical, and theological understandings of Stewardship and Economics. Special emphasis will be given to the church’s role in enabling systems of human flourishing, and the Christian Minister’s responsibility for stewardship in personal and ministry life. Offered through Semlink+.
TH605-I Systematic Theology II   A study of creation, providence, the image of God, human nature, original and actual sin, and the person and work of Christ. Offered through Semlink+.
        Prerequisite: TH504. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
TH/CH641 Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2015
TH/CH641-I Theology of Luther and Calvin   The writings of Luther and Calvin shaped the earliest years of the Protestant Reformation and continue to inform and influence Protestantism to this day. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking and a number of denominations draw direct influence from one or both of these men. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin to gain a better understanding of their theology. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
TH652 Anglican Doctrine and Practice   An overview of the Anglican Articles of Religion and how the Anglican Church uses Scripture, Tradition, and Reason to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The course will also explore how the Anglican understanding of theology continues to shape its polity and practice as it relates to governance, worship, and discipleship.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2017
TH/CH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
TH/CH/MC664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office.
        Last Offered: Spring 2018
TH/CH676 Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2016
TH/CH676-I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+ .
TH/MC692 Violence, Sexual Abuse, and the Gospel   Course description not available. Please contact Dean’s Office .
        Last Offered: Spring 2017
TH760 Reading in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH860 Research in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
TH/NT/OT910-I Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level. Offered through Semlink+.

World Missions (Division of Christian Thought)

WM601-I The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. Offered through Semlink+.
WM760 Reading in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
WM860 Research in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

Youth Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

YM760 Reading in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
YM860 Research in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.

 

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