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Building a Spiritual Foundation

YTI’s Diploma of Christian Theology arms students with a thorough foundation for ministry. The program includes 30 hours of classes that will help students grow and deepen their faith. We offer students a variety of courses, including theological understanding and biblical knowledge. Diploma-focus subjects provide students with more depth in specific areas across their typical 18 months of study on campus or online.

Earn Your Diploma at YTI

The programs at Yellowstone Theological Institute are accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds as they explore their faith through hands-on classroom learning, community involvement and mentorship in ministry.

In many cases, the diploma program, with tuition at $250 per class, is an additional way that students can supplement an already-existing degree.

Diploma Program

Diploma Program

At YTI, our Diploma program is for students who want to expand their learning, enrich their educational specialty or enhance their ministry. Students who graduate with their Diploma from YTI serve in churches around the world or use what they have learned in business or in their daily lives.

9 Core Hours
21 Concentration Hours
9 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The program includes 30 hours of classes, with three core classes required for every diploma program. Meant to be flexible, it’s designed for students to be able to take as many or as few classes as they’d like, with classes available both in-person and online. Typically, the diploma program can be completed in 18 months.

Dozens of Challenging Classes

YTI has an extensive course catalog for its diploma program. Offerings include such classes as Biblical Languages, Spiritual Practice, Historical Theology, Natural Spirituality, Theology of Peace & Justice, and Adventure Studies. Many classes help provide a solid foundation in essential areas of biblical and theological knowledge.

 

Concentrations

YTI’s Diploma program provides students with the ability to identify and focus on an area of concentration, with the nine options included below.

Adventure Studies

YTI seeks to create culture where “Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” Adventure is one of the areas of human experience which enriches human life and growth, and adventure studies and outdoor leadership are increasingly important areas of ministry in the church. YTI’s adventure studies program fosters the ability to utilize our natural surroundings as a way of communicating the gospel and the Christian faith, and as a means of bringing a depth of meaning to life. Graduates of the program are equipped to lead others in this quest.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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.

Choose 1:

  • 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.

Choose 1:

  • 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.

Choose 1:

  • ADV 534Recreation Ministry: Planning & 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 & 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.)

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS courses

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration is designed for the student who wants a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This concentration allows the student to study not only the overall trajectory of Scripture, but also develop advanced historical, linguistic, theological, and contextual insights into the texts. The Biblical Studies concentration for the Diploma program exposes the student to these same insights, with a lighter work responsibility.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select any BIB course
  • Select any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS course

Christian Ministries

“Ministry,” in its most basic form, is service done for the sake of the “other” — “Other” in this sense includes, God, neighbor, family and even enemy. In Christian circles — including the church proper, as well as para-church ministries — ministry includes pastoral ministry, worship ministry, family ministries, as well as ministries to children, youth and senior adults. In the Christian Ministry concentration, a student can become better equipped for various ministry roles in the church.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.”

Choose 1:

  • 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.

Electives:

  • Select any COM course
  • Select any MIN course

Christian Theology

The Theological Studies concentration is designed for the student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of how human beings understand God, and specifically how Christians have constructed their theological positions over the last 2000 years. Additionally, the Theological Studies concentration gives students the tools through which to construct faithful theological systems for the contemporary context in which they finds themselves.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • THEO 530Historical Theology I

    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

    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 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 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.

  • 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.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS courses

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Today’s church often suffers from a lack of visionary leadership. The church, caught between long held assumptions about ministry and mission and a rapidly changing culture, often finds itself in steep numerical decline with a lack of both vision and the means by which to implement a new vision. The Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration provides an advanced education in contemporary leadership models and trends, as well as a method by which to create church “transition” models for the “turnaround” congregation that seeks to be relevant to the changing culture.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

Imagination and Theology

In this diploma program, students explore the relationship between imagination and theology from a historic perspective, while examining the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • THEO 533Contemporary Theological Reflection

    Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory, method and ethos necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where “theology” is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture.

  • 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 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 relation- ship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Select 1:

  • 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.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS courses

Peace and Justice Ministries

As the role of the church in culture becomes contested, the need for convicted people of faith to form movements and communities focused on cultivating peace and justice becomes crucial. Today, men and women called to ministry often bypass the church proper in order to more quickly engage in ministry that serves the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, the persecuted and the wounded. The Peace and Justice Ministries concentration gives the student the biblical and theological background, the community formations, and communication methods to create and sustain effective peace and justice ministries.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 relation- ship 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.

Spirituality

We live at a time in Western history where the fastest growing categories of religious practice are the categories called “Nones” and “Spiritual but Not Religious.” The former represents people who have no religious affiliation, and the latter represents those who affirm a form of “spirituality” but do not adhere to specific religious practice. The Spirituality concentration is for the student who desires to develop an informed approach towards the history of spirituality, spiritual practice, spiritual formation, natural spirituality, and Christian spiritual theology.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • WCT 538Imagination and Theology

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

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS courses

Theology and the Arts

Similar in effect to — yet different in process from — adventure, the fine and performing arts “feed the soul.” Music, art (painting, ceramics, sculpture), theatre, dance, film, literature and poetry serve the creative side of the human soul. They provide an outlet for expression where words often fall short. The early church used the arts extensively to communicate the messages of Scripture, including the life and teachings of Jesus. Students in the Theology and the Arts concentration will be equipped to lead arts ministries in the church, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the important relationship between the arts and our Creator.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Concentration Courses

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS courses

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