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Course Descriptions

Following are descriptions for all Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Diploma of Christian Theology courses. All courses are 3 credit hours. You can also download a PDF of the 2021 Academic Catalog containing course descriptions and program details.

Biblical Studies and Languages

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 531The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 531 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives. Prerequisite for 1st year students with no former biblical training.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience.

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament 1: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • BIB 536Biblical Theology

    The Old Testament, the Gospels, Acts, Paul’s Letters and the General Epistles combine to form what is called, “Biblical Theology.” BIB 536 gives an overview of the manner in which this disparate literature comes together to form a theology of the Triune God. The course emphasizes the context of the various sections and styles of the Biblical literature in order to demonstrate how Israel’s theology culminates in Jesus of Nazareth, and how the following New Testament epistles elaborate on that concept for student use.

  • BIB 537Justice and Righteousness in the Biblical Narrative

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s concern is for a people defined by righteousness and justice. Nevertheless, Israel failed over and over to walk in and exercise justice. BIB 537 introduces the student to the subjects of justice and righteousness in the Old Testament, and the reinterpretation of the concept by Jesus and Paul in the New Testament.

  • BIB 630Advanced Biblical Studies

    The advanced Bible course examines individual biblical books, types of biblical literature, or sections of scripture. The course covers text, interpretation, historical contexts, linguistic issues, theological themes, and ethical issues. The course content changes on a regular basis. Course may be repeated with content changes.

  • LAN 530Biblical Languages: Overview

    In a technologically advanced Western culture, where there are abundant computer programs available to the theology student, the need to master the biblical languages seems superfluous. However, an overview of the biblical languages is crucial for a basic understanding of interpreting scripture accurately. LAN 530 provides the overview and introduces several accessible computer programs.

  • LAB 1Language Lab 1: Hebrew

    Language Lab I meets each Friday of the term from 9am-noon for each of the three terms in the year. The lab studies Hebrew grammar and translation. The language lab is required for Master of Divinity students who need the biblical languages for ordination. This is a “fee only” course.

  • LAB 2Language Lab 2: Greek

    Language Lab II meets each Friday of the term from 9am-noon for each of the three terms in the year. The lab studies Greek grammar and translation. The language lab is required for Master of Divinity students who need the biblical languages for ordination. This is a “fee only” course.

  • LAN 531Introduction to Greek I

    Introduced in full in 2022. Introduction to Greek I introduces students to the Greek alphabet, Greek verb forms, and essential beginning vocabulary. The student will learn to translate simple passages from the New Testament.

  • LAN 532Introduction to Greek II

    Introduced in full in 2022. Introduction to Greek II introduces students to the Greek noun forms, participles, and conjunctions, and continues to build essential vocabulary. The student will continue to translate simple passages from the New Testament.

  • LAN 533Intermediate Greek

    Introduced in full in 2022. Intermediate Greek introduces students to more difficult verb and noun forms, as well as continuing to build vocabulary. The student will translate more complex passages of the New Testament.

  • LAN 534Hebrew I

    Introduced in full in 2022. Hebrew I introduces students to the Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew nouns and verb forms, and essential beginning vocabulary. The student will learn to translate simple passages from the Old Testament.

  • LAN 535Hebrew II

    Introduced in full in 2022. Hebrew II introduces students to more complex Hebrew nouns and verb forms, and continues with building vocabulary. The student will learn to translate simple passages from the Old Testament.

  • LAN 536Intermediate Hebrew

    Introduced in full in 2022. Intermediate Hebrew focuses on translation of Old Testament passages, and continues to add vocabulary. The student will translate more complex passages from the Old Testament, as well as unique Hebrew constructions.

  • LAN 630Advanced Language Readings

    In LAN 630 the student will translate and interpret more advanced passages in the Bible and extra-canonical writings. Course may be repeated with content changes.

Theological, Spiritual, and Cultural Studies

  • THEO 530Historical Theology I

    THEO 530 Historical Theology I is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century through the medieval Renaissance. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of Scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, the medieval papacy, and the formation of the schools at Paris and Oxford. The course gives the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 531Historical Theology II

    THEO 531 Historical Theology II is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the Reformation through the Enlightenment, early Evangelicalism, the 19th century, modern theology, and the postmodern turn. The course gives to the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • THEO 533Ethics: The Christian Life

    THEO 533 details how Christian theological belief manifests itself in the life – the actions and words – of the individual believer. The course covers the biblical, theological, and experiential aspects of Christian ethics. Application is made for clergy and lay people.

  • THEO 534The People of God: Being the Church

    The church today is suffering a case of mistaken identity. Many Christian believers are unsure of what the church is, why it exists, and what its actual mission is. THEO 534 covers in detail the genesis, nature, and function of the church as the “Body of Christ.”

  • THEO 535Doctrine of Creation

    THEO 535 details the foundational doctrine of creation for the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. The course goes into great detail on the biblical creation texts, the human relationship to the rest of creation, as well as the role of humans as “apprentice creators” and what that role entails. Required of all Adventure and Arts majors.

  • THEO 536Eschatology: The Doctrine of Last Things

    Although much of Christian theology concerns what happened in the past, eschatology deals with the what lies ahead of us – in the future. THEO 536 details the Christian worldview concerning the future from Scripture, philosophy, theology, and experience. The course covers such topics as apocalypse, rapture, dispensations, millennialism, judgment, heaven, and hell.

  • THEO 537A Theology of Peace and Justice

    THEO 537 familiarizes the student with the biblical, theological, and cultural concepts of righteousness and justice. The course also discusses how a uniquely Christian theology of justice can be enacted.

  • THEO 538Introduction to the Wild God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    THEO 538 introduces the student to a “renewed” doctrine of the Trinity, describing the very nature of God — the nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — as well as their roles as described in the biblical revelation and in the experience of the church. It is an important, foundational course to understand how the Holy Spirit desires to work in the hearts and lives of believers, the church, and the world.

  • THEO 539Christology: The Life, Teaching, and Meaning of Jesus, the Christ

    THEO 539 covers the life, teaching, and meaning of Jesus for the church. It maintains the absolute centrality of Jesus Christ for the church and as the center and meaning of reality for the world.

  • THEO 630Advanced Theological Studies

    This course examines trends in theology with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. Examples of possible topics include “Protestant Theology,” “Reformed Theology,” “Wesleyan Theology,” “Pentecostal Theology,” “Christianity and Science,” “Christianity and Literature,” “Faith, Beauty and the Arts,” “Salvation in a Pluralistic World,” “American Theology,” etc. Course may be repeated with content changes.

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. Course may be repeated with content changes.

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

  • SPR 532Natural Spirituality

    19th century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins declared, “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Many people in the 21st century have turned away from organized religious practice and towards an understanding of spirituality that is focused on nature itself. This is not a new, or unique phenomenon. SPR 532 discusses the inherent nature of the human person; the nature of the relationship between person and the natural environment; the historic movements of natural spirituality; the 19th century Transcendentalists, and, details a legitimate Christian approach to natural spirituality.

  • SPR 533Christian Spiritual Theology

    Expressions of Christianity have frequently oscillated between one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of “piety” or “pietism” early on was seen as a reaction to this “spiritless” rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the origins of Christian piety, or spirituality, tracing it through the desert fathers and mothers to the medieval mystics, the German pietists, the Anabaptists, and the contemporary charismatic movements. Most importantly, it outlines a theology for Christian spirituality for today.

  • SPR 534Discernment and Decision–Making

    “To what is God calling me?” “How do I (we) discern God’s will?” “How do we make ‘godly’ choices in our community?” These questions (and similar ones) are reoccurring issues within the church and the Christian life. This class examines the rich tradition of Christian spiritual discernment and decision-making. It develops language that can be used to discuss the process of understanding God’s will and offers a paradigm for making good choices in individual Christian lives and within the church.

  • SPR 535Personal Transformation and God

    Personal Transformation & God develops a theology and praxis of Christian conversion as well as the ongoing transformation of individuals and communities by the gospel. The class examines historical models and modern paradigms of personal and community growth.

  • SPR 536Prayer

    SPR 536 discusses the nature, theology, and practice of prayer.

  • SPR 538Spiritual Anthropology: God, Self, and Society

    Spiritual Anthropology traces the genesis and trajectory of human beings, their relationships to God and others. Beginning with an examination of theological and scientific origins, the medieval spiritual quest, the detached modern self, and then progressing through to the postmodern deconstruction and parody of the modern person, the course directs the student to a healthy spiritual self-understanding.

  • SPR 539Faith: The Path to Knowing God

    Christianity, as well as any other religious expression that posits a Divine Being, relies upon the concept of “faith” to ground its religious belief as “truth.” In the post-Enlightenment modern era, “faith” was regarded as “nonsensical” and ridiculed. However, the postmodern era has undermined much of the modern era’s skepticism. SPR 539 seeks to articulate a clear understanding of faith as the epistemic grounding and motivation for Christian faith and practice.

  • SPR 630Advanced Studies in Spirituality

    This course examines advanced topics in Spirituality. Content changes regularly and may be repeated twice for credit. Course may be repeated with content changes.

  • WCT 531Apologetics: Speaking of Christ in a Pluralistic World

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

  • WCT 532World Religions

    WCT 532 gives an overview of the theology and practices of the primary monotheistic world religions, as well as the major “Eastern Religions” – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and affiliated expressions.

  • WCT 533World Religions: Historic and Marginalized Expressions

    WCT 533 gives an overview of the theology/philosophy, history and practices of the marginalized religions in history: Mormonism, Native Religions, Mevlevi Sufis, Zoroastrianism, Druze, etc.

  • WCT 534Making a Difference: Theology, Politics, and the Other

    Christianity in the “modern” world, became a sedate carrier of Western cultural values, and lost its zeal for Judeo-Christian justice in the political realm. The postmodern critique of modern assumptions changed how faith and society engage. WCT 534 serves as an introduction to political theology in the 21st century.

  • WCT 535Theology and Culture

    Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. WCT 535 examines different cultural models and the ways in which cultures are identified and interpreted (cultural hermeneutics) as well as the manner in which theology can be articulated in different cultural expressions.

  • WCT 536Christian Mission: Theology and Practice

    In the 21st century, the very nature and theology of the Christian mission is being revisited and revised. WCT 536 discusses the theology and practice of mission in local, national and international cultural contexts. Beginning with the nature of the gospel, this course enables the student to understand mission as the lifestyle, and cooperative effort of every Christian and church.

  • WCT 537Worldview

    What is a worldview? Most people in the world today have no concept through which to understand how other cultures view one another. The lens through which a person views others is called a “worldview.” WCT 537 discusses how a worldview is formed, maintained, adjusted and critiqued. Additionally, it discusses the worldviews of other cultures.

  • WCT 538Imagination and Theology

    The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 538 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

  • WCT 539Evangelism

    WCT 539 details the nature of evangelism – the sharing of the “good news” in our world. The course gives an overview of the “good news” and describes how it can be embodied and shared as a witness to the Christian faith.

  • WCT 630Advanced Cultural and Religious Studies

    This course covers a variety of subjects concerning culture, environment, science and theology, and world religions. The content rotates regularly. Course may be repeated with content changes.

Communication, Leadership, and Ministry

  • COM 531Introduction to Preaching and Teaching: From Text to Hearer

    This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles.

  • COM 532Advanced Preaching and Teaching

    This course examines advanced preaching styles such as narrative, exegetical, and conversational. Sermon construction is emphasized, including delivery of the message, with special attention given to context and hearers.

  • COM 534Missional Communication

    In a postmodern context, it has become important for the church to build good relationships with secular and government entities. Additionally, partnerships between congregations becomes more important as the nature of ministry changes. This course studies the communication styles, and substance required to create positive channels of communication between organizations outside the church, and between churches.

  • COM 630Advanced Communications Studies

    This course examines advanced communications issues in the areas of pastoral care, congregational communication, communications for diffusing congregational conflict.

  • LED 531Basic Leadership: A Servant and Collaborative Approach

    LED 531 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament, with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams.

  • LED 532Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or “entrepreneurial” leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia.

  • LED 533Leading Through Conflict

    LED 533 describes and gives the psychological, ideological and physical roots of the conflicts and ethical issues a local church leader will encounter. The course uses case studies to help the leader understand and practice how to resolve these conflicts and issues.

  • LED 534Organizing and Leading a Movement

    LED 534 is focused on acquiring the necessary skills to organize and lead a parachurch movement. The course covers design, organization, marketing, membership, organizational health, and longevity of the movement.

  • LED 630Advanced Leadership Studies

    This course examines advanced trends in leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. Course may be repeated with content changes.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. Core for all MA ministry majors.

  • MIN 531Introduction to Pastoral Care

    Introduction to pastoral care is an important aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness.

  • MIN 532Basic Church Care

    MIN 532 is an introductory course to pastoral ministry through studying its biblical-theological foundations and practical responsibilities. Students will learn how to shepherd and provide effective leadership in a local church or parachurch context.

  • MIN 533Stages of Faith Development

    MIN 533 explores the origins, development and maturation of Christian faith in the human life-cycle. This course emphasizes Fowler’s “Stages of Faith,” and seeks to give the student a better understanding when developing discipleship, missionary, and worship programs for the local church.

  • MIN 534Introduction to NexGen Ministries

    MIN 534 introduces the student to ministries for the “Next Generation” – young men and women from ages of 18-27. It includes a study of their cognitive processes, familial stresses, physical evolution, cultural orientation, political dispositions, and theological awareness.

  • MIN 535Focus: Ministry to Youth

    Building on the foundation of MIN 533, MIN 535 familiarizes the student with the various forms of ministry to youth (ages 12-18). No other stage of a human being’s life witnesses the physical, emotional, and spiritual life changes as does the “youth” category. This sub-group of the Next-Generation are a crucial demographic when regarding the future of the local church. The course builds on the knowledge of MIN 533, and focuses on the student’s creation of meaningful ministry for these young men and women.

  • MIN 536Ministry to Adults

    MIN 536 introduces the student to ministries for adults and senior adults. Adulthood is concerned with a very different set of developmental issues than the youth and young adult stages. Issues such as marriage, career, debilitating illness, retirement, and aging, to name only a few of the issues, radically influence the ministries for adults and senior adults. A healthy, well-discipled adult generation in any congregation brings stability and wisdom to a congregation.

  • MIN 537Ministry to Children

    MIN 537 introduces the student to children’s ministries – young boys and girls from birth to age 11. Childhood is the stage of human life where physical and intellectual growth are at a peak. Additionally, the child’s spiritual development is at its peak. For the children’s minister, the spiritual development of the child’s imagination is of paramount concern.

  • MIN 538Clergy Self-Care

    MIN 538 introduces the student to the crucial importance of self-care in ministry. The course discusses the stress-causing situations of ministry, and a variety of strategies to effectively cope with these situations.

  • MIN 539Clergy Rehabilitation and Recovery

    MIN 539 focuses on the pastor or minister who has either been fired, or resigned from an abusive church situation. The course focuses on the wounded soul and suggests a variety of means by which the abused can find wholeness, and recapture a healthy faith.

  • MIN 630Advanced Ministry Studies

    This course examines advanced trends in ministry with relevance for the church. Course may be repeated with content changes.

Adventure and the Arts

  • ADV 531Introduction to Adventure Studies

    ADV 531 introduces the student to the fundamental nature of “adventure” ministry, as grounded in a basic theology of adventure. It defines “adventure,” then touches on the biblical, theological, and anthropological backgrounds for ministries that embrace the outdoors. It investigates the human understanding of adventure and why humans actually need adventure. Finally, the course discusses how a renewed theology of adventure can influence mind and body. Students will develop their own theology of adventure with implications for ministry with people of all ages and stages of life, including people with disabilities.

  • ADV 532Foundations for Church Recreation Ministry

    ADV 532 provides a practical philosophy for church recreational ministry and examples of how recreation can and should operate within the church and also as an evangelistic tool for the church. ADV 532 seeks to reconfigure recreation ministry from a youth activity, or an afterthought, to an integral part of the church’s ministry and mission in contemporary culture. Group games, camping, hiking, fishing, and select sports will be covered. Students will develop their own proposals for recreation ministries in their context.

  • ADV 533Foundations for Church Sports Ministry

    ADV 533 provides a practical philosophy for church sports ministry and examples of how sports can act as an evangelistic tool for the church and as a community service ministry. The student will learn to assess the abilities and opportunities of his or her congregation in order to formulate and establish sports ministries, as well as utilize the talents and gifts of its members. Students will also develop their own proposals for church sports ministries in their context.

  • ADV 534Recreation Ministry: Planning and Implementation

    ADV 534 details the planning and implementation process for recreation ministries. It covers application / waiver forms processing for participants, insurance needs, specific planning items for events, first aid, and other incidental issues. It also addresses appropriate “theological/spiritual” curriculum planning for specific types of events with certain objectives in mind, and how to evaluate the results and effectiveness of these events. Students must be physically able to participate in the various events to complete the course.

  • ADV 535Sports Ministry: Planning and Implementation

    ADV 535 details the planning and implementation process for church-based sports ministries. It covers application / waiver forms processing for participants, insurance needs, specific planning items for sports events, first aid, and other incidental issues. It also addresses appropriate “theological/spiritual” curriculum planning for specific types of events with certain objectives in mind, and how to evaluate the results and effectiveness of these events. Students must be physically able to participate in the various events to complete the course.

  • ADV 630Advanced Adventure Studies

    This course examines advanced trends in adventure studies with relevance for church-based camping ministry, sports ministry, adventure therapy, and careers in adventure or recreational leadership.Course may be repeated when content changes.

  • ART 531Introduction to Theology and the Arts

    Why do human beings experience attraction to the fine and performing arts? Why is art such a powerful representative of the human experience, including its experience of the Divine? Introduction to Theology and the Arts presents a history of the integration of belief and artistic creation. In this process, the student will come to understand the role of the imagination as the conduit for aesthetics in human understanding; the role of the arts in social commentary and social justice; and, develop a rudimentary theology of the arts.

  • ART 532Theology of the Arts: Making and Being

    Of all the animal beings in creation, human beings are “artists” – admirers and makers of meaningful beauty. Indeed, quite often human beings find it easier to articulate a feeling, a belief, a love, a beautiful experience, or unpleasantness, through artistic rendering, rather than simply through words. ART 532 explores a theology of the arts that enables the student to understand why humans are profoundly influenced by art, and, how art has a greater connection to the Divine than previously realized. Students will study the topics of imagination, creativity, art forms and theologies of beauty.

  • ART 533Discipleship and the Arts

    “Discipleship” is the ongoing process of Christian theo-ethical, or spiritual, formation in the believer. Educational theorists have long posited the necessity of imagination and the arts as a crucial element in education. Similarly, ART 533 posits the importance of imagination and the arts to spiritual formation, or discipleship. In the first 1000 years of the church’s existence, pictures, signs and symbols were crucial to the discipleship of Christians who were illiterate. The course explores how the imagination processes both words and images as communication, and how the fine and performing arts are important to the discipleship of the individual believer.

  • ART 534Worship and the Arts

    ART 534 introduces the student to the role of the fine arts, and performing arts in worship settings, and other community gatherings. The course studies the biblical backgrounds of the worship arts in both the Old Testament and New Testament, as well as the varieties of documented contemporary usage.

  • ART 535Introduction to Worship Arts Ministry and Leadership

    ART 535 introduces the student to the various forms of worship ministries in the local church, including worship service planning (liturgies); the role of music; the roles of other fine, or performing arts; the role of responsive readings; the nature of corporate prayer; and the incorporation of the sermon. Additionally, the course gives overviews of the role of the worship leader in traditional, contemporary, and “emerging” worship services. Finally, the course gives overviews of the role of the worship leader in traditional, contemporary, and “emerging” worship services.

  • ART 630Advanced Theology and the Arts

    This course examines advanced trends in theology and the arts studies with relevance for the contemporary church. Course may be repeated with content changes.

Master of Theology

  • THM 501Research Methods Colloquy

    The art and process of conducting research for a postgraduate degree is an important aspect of the degree program. The course covers the following issues: how to construct a viable thesis statement; how to construct a research program around the thesis; the importance of chapter outlines and general structuring of the paragraph, to the section, to the chapter and to the paper itself; and how to use databases in research. Non-credit. Meets for one 3-hour session. Cross-listed as CSC 501.

  • THM 530Readings for Advanced Studies

    THM 530 is a core course for the Master of Theology degree. The course reads and discusses one pivotal book in theology, history, or philosophy each week of the term for a total of eight books. The readings give the student a basic platform from which to conduct postgraduate thesis studies. Offered biennially.

  • THM 631Thesis

    The final accomplishment of a Master of Theology student is the writing of a thesis, as the outcome of his or her research program. The thesis will answer a primary research question, and is to be no less than 50,000 words, and no more than 75,000 words.

Capstone Courses

  • CSC 501Research Methods Colloquy

    The art and process of conducting research is an important aspect of a master’s degree program. The course covers the following issues: how to construct a viable thesis statement; how to construct a research program around the thesis; the importance of chapter outlines and general structuring of the paragraph, to the section, to the chapter and to the paper itself; and how to use databases in research. Non-credit. Meets for one 3-hour session. Cross-listed as THM 501.

  • CSC 530Capstone Seminar

    CSC 530 is a capstone course for Master of Divinity students. The course revisits the key elements of the Master of Divinity program in order to enable the student to synthesize his or her education in service ofo the church. The course ends with capstone paper and faculty interview. Offered biennially.

  • CSC 631Mentored Ministry Project

    Students with concentrations in Adventure Ministry, Christian Ministries, and Peace and Justice Ministries must complete a series of term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. Students in Biblical Studies, Christian Studies, Christian Theology, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Spirituality, and Theology and the Arts may also complete a Ministry Project in lieu of a thesis. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in Adventure Ministry, Christian Ministries, Entrepreneurial Leadership, or Peace and Justice ministries, or who earns the MDiv degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry. MA students enroll in CSC 631 for one term; MDiv students enroll in CSC 631 for three terms.

  • CSC 632Thesis

    Rather than choosing a mentored ministry project, the student who desires to pursue graduate studies at the doctoral level may write a research thesis. The thesis will answer a primary research question, and is to be no less than 15,000 words, and no more than 20,000 words. The student will propose a supervisor the term before the thesis commences. The student will enroll in CSC 632 for a minimum of two consecutive terms, and may enroll for up to four terms.

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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