Course Descriptions

Following are courses offered in YTI’s MATS and Diploma programs. Classroom experience is identical for both programs, although follow-up requirements are more rigorous for MATS students. All classes may also be audited.

Biblical Studies and Languages

BIB 530

Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural Details

In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological, and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree. (Credits: 3)

BIB 531

Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories Details

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. (Credits: 3)

BIB 532

Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry Details

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. (Credits: 3)

BIB 533

Old Testament Overview Details

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 Old Testament, and how they inform both the theology of Israel and the subtext of Christianity. (Credits: 3)

BIB 534

New Testament 1: From the Gospels to the Early Church Details

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. (Credits: 3)

BIB 535

New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation Details

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: Acts, Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, 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. (Credits: 3)

BIB 536

New Testament Overview Details

The New Testament contains the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the genesis and formation of the church, and, the consummation of history at the end of time. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the New Testament, and how they inform not only the story of Christ, but also the constitution and mission of the church. (Credits: 3)

BIB 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Bible electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

BIB 630

Advanced Biblical Studies Details

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.  (Credits: 3)

BIB 631

Thesis Details

Bible concentrations in the M.A.T.S program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in BIB 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis. (Credits: 3)

LAN 530

Introduction to Exegetical Tools (Logos© based) for Ministry Details

In today’s technology-based culture, it is becoming more expeditious to utilize exegetical computer programs in sermon and teaching preparation. This class introduces Logos© software tools to the student. (Credits: 3)

LAN 531

Introduction to Greek I Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 532

Introduction to Greek II Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 533

Intermediate Greek Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 534

Hebrew I Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 535

Hebrew II Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 536

Intermediate Hebrew Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LAN 620

Summer Experience Language Elective Details

Language electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

LAN 630

Advanced Language Readings Details

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.  (Credits: 3)

Theological, Cultural, and Spiritual Studies

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality. (Credits: 3)

SPR 531

Spiritual Formation: Merton, Nouwen, Rohr, Foster, and Peterson Details

SPR 531 studies the various methods of spiritual formation by specific 20th century authors, including Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Richard J. Foster, Richard Rohr, and Eugene Peterson. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

SPR 532

Natural Spirituality Details

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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 533

Christian Spiritual Theology Details

Expressions of Christianity have frequently veered into 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 Christian spiritual theology for today. (Credits: 3)

SPR 534

Discernment and Decision–Making Details

“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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 535

Personal Transformation and God Details

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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 536

Spiritual Direction I Details

Spiritual Direction I introduces students to the ministry of Christian spiritual direction. The course explores Biblical-theological perspectives on spiritual guidance, as well as practices prayerful listening. (Credits: 3)

SPR 537

Spiritual Direction II Details

Spiritual Direction II continues the exploration of Christian spiritual direction by examining Ignatian spirituality, including discernment, and responding to God’s prompting through various circumstances and seasons of life. (Credits: 3)

SPR 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Spirituality electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

SPR 630

Advanced Studies in Spirituality Details

This course examines advanced topics in Spirituality. Content changes regularly and may be repeated twice for credit. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

SPR 631

Thesis Details

Spirituality concentrations in the M.A.T.S program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in SPR 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis. (Credits: 3)

THEO 531

Introduction to Theology: History, Heresy, and Creed Details

Introduction to Theology is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims. (Credits: 3)

THEO 532

Christian Doctrines I Details

Christian Doctrine is developed from the seed of the early Christian creeds, and articulated in specific cultural contexts. Christian Doctrines I covers theological method and the following doctrines: Revelation, God, Creation, Sin, and Christ. (Credits: 3)

THEO 533

Christian Doctrines II Details

A continuation of Christian Doctrine I, Christian Doctrine II covers the following doctrines: Soteriology (Salvation), Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit), Ecclesiology (The Church), and Eschatology (Last Things – Consummation of Creation). (Credits: 3)

THEO 534

Theological Reflection Details

Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory and methodology 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. (Credits: 3)

THEO 535

The People of God: Sacramental, Pastoral, and Missional Details

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 535, covers in detail the genesis, nature, and function of the church as the “Body of Christ.” (Credits: 3)

THEO 536

Theology of Worship Details

THEO 536 constructs a theology of worship for the contemporary church. The course covers the nature of corporate prayer, liturgy, proclamation, witness, the power and role of music, and, personal worship. (Credits: 3)

THEO 537

The Holy Spirit Details

THEO 537 provides an in-depth understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in the person, church, and world. The course draws from biblical and theological sources, as well as personal narratives. The course traces the history of the Holy spirit’s activity and suggests ways in which the Spirit works in our lives, churches, and world. (Credits: 3)

THEO 538

Christian Doctrines Details

Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the Graeco-Roman context of the day. THEO 538 examines the earliest articulation of the Christian belief, and its evolution to the present day: from creed to system. (Credits: 3)

THEO 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Theology electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

THEO 630

Advanced Theological Studies Details

This course examines trends in theology with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. Examples of possible topics include “The Trinity,” “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.  (Credits: 3)

THEO 631

Thesis Details

Theology concentrations in the M.A.T.S. program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in THEO 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis. (Credits: 3)

WCT 531

Apologetics: Speaking of Christ in a Pluralistic World Details

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. (Credits: 3)

WCT 532

World Religions: Monotheism Details

WCT 532 gives an overview of the theology and practices of the primary monotheistic world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (Credits: 3)

WCT 533

World Religions: Eastern Religions Details

WCT 533 gives an overview of the theology/philosophy, history and practices of the religions in India and Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and affiliated expressions. (Credits: 3)

WCT 534

World Religions: Historic and Marginalized Expressions Details

WCT 534 gives an overview of the theology/philosophy, history and practices of the marginalized religions in history: Mormonism, Native Religion, Mevlevi Sufis, Zoroastrianism, Druze, etc. (Credits: 3)

WCT 536

Theology and Culture Details

Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. WCT 536 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. (Credits: 3)

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology Details

The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction. (Credits: 3)

WCT 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

World Religion & Culture electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. (Credits: 2)

WCT 630

Advanced Cultural & Religious Studies Details

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.  (Credits: 3)

WCT 631

Thesis Details

World Religion and Culture concentrations in the M.A.T.S program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in WCT 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis. (Credits: 3)

Communication, Ministry, and Leadership

COM 531

Introduction to Preaching & Teaching: From Text to Hearer Details

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. (Credits: 3)

COM 532

Advanced Preaching & Teaching Details

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. (Credits: 3)

COM 534

Missional Communication Details

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. (Credits: 3)

COM 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Communication electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

COM 630

Advanced Communications Studies Details

This course examines advanced communications issues in the areas of pastoral care, congregational communication, and communications for diffusing congregational conflict. (Credits: 3)

LED 531

Entrepreneurial Leadership Details

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. (Credits: 3)

LED 532

Collaborative Leadership Details

LED 532 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. (Credits: 3)

LED 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Leadership electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

LED 630

Advanced Leadership Studies Details

This course examines advanced trends in leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

MIN 530

Christian Vocation Details

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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 531

Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling Details

Introduction to Christian Counseling is one 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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 532

Basic Church Care and Conflict Management Details

MIN 532 elucidates the simple, yet influential ways in which care for the local church manifests itself through individuals and groups. Basic Church Care and Counseling also highlights various ways that help local congregations maneuver through various types of conflict. (Credits: 3)

MIN 533

Introduction to Family Ministries Details

MIN 533 explores how generations might come together in the community of faith. This course considers the biblical case for family and how contemporary culture influences familial expression. Introduction to Family Ministries examines familial implications for the contemporary church, including programming strategies from birth to senior adults. (Credits: 3)

MIN 534

Introduction to Worship Ministries Details

MIN 534 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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 535

Worship and the Arts Details

MIN 535 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. Also listed as ART 534. (Cross credited MIN 204.)  (Credits: 3)

MIN 536

Worship Leadership Details

MIN 536 discusses the role of the “worship leader” in the variety of worship services offered in contemporary churches. The course give overviews of the role of the worship leader in traditional, contemporary, and ‘emerging’ worship services. (Credits: 3)

MIN 537

Basics of Mission: Local, Regional, and Global Details

MIN 537 introduces the student to the critical nature of mission for the local church. The student will learn to construct a “theology of mission,” as well as mission “plan” appropriate for the church in a specific context. The student will be introduced to the “nuts and bolts” of short-term mission planning, and the various mission agencies with which the local church can participate. (Credits: 3)

MIN 538

Pastor Self-Care Details

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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 539

Pastoral Recovery Details

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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Ministry electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

MIN 630

Advanced Ministry Studies Details

This course examines advanced trends in ministry with relevance for the contemporary church. (Credits: 3)

MIN 631

Mentored Ministry Project Details

In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. 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 MATS degree in the areas of communication, leadership or ministry will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report consisting of the following: A 3-page narrative of the ministry; a 2-page assessment of the biblical foundations of the ministry; a 3-page socio-theological analysis of the ministry and notable encounters during the ministry; and, a two-page conclusion that discusses the problems, potential solutions and potential future directions for the ministry. This is done for all three mentored ministry projects. At the end of the final project, the three different reports will be merged into one document, at the end of which the student will provided a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole and determining how these projects were together in ministry. (Credits: 3)

Arts and Adventure

ADV 531

Introduction to Adventure: Theology, Anthropology, and Kinesiology Details

ADV 531 introduces the student to the fundamental nature of “Adventure” ministry. It defines “adventure,” then touches on the biblical backgrounds for adventure ministry. It investigates the human understanding of adventure, and why humans actually need adventure. Finally, the course discusses the physical issues of adventure, and how adventure can negatively, or positively influence mind and body. (Credits: 3)

ADV 532

Theology of Adventure: Doing and Being Details

ADV 532 provides a theological base for Christian adventure. Drawing from sources as early as Plato and Aristotle, as well as more contemporary theologians, philosophers, psychologists, and anthropologists, ADV 532 seeks to reconfigure the very idea of adventure from a daring, somewhat hazard-laden activity, to a way of being-in-the-world. Students create their own theology of adventure at the end of the course, with implications for ministry. (Credits: 3)

ADV 533

Theology & Dis/Ability Details

What does it mean to be “able” or, to be “disabled”? Does a “disability” mean that someone is not able to experience adventure? ADV 533 provides a theological base for adventure in the life of the “disabled” person. It provides the student with a robust understanding of adventure, that is inclusive of disabled persons. The course will enable the student to create a theology of “disability” as well as a ministry plan for the disabled and adventure. (Credits: 3)

ADV 534

Adventure Ministry: Planning Adventures Details

ADV 534 gives an overview of the planning process for adventure ministries. It covers the application process for participants, insurance needs, specific planning items for camping, fishing, hiking, trail riding, whitewater rafting, and similar events. It covers appropriate curriculum planning for specific types adventure events. (Credits: 3)

ADV 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Adventure electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 2)

ADV 630

Advanced Adventure Studies Details

This course examines advanced trends in adventure studies with relevance for the contemporary church. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

ADV 631

Final Project Details

Adventure studies concentrations in the M.A.T.S program are required to submit a final project of between 15,000-20,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The project will contain: 1) a theology of adventure (7,000-10,000 words); 2) Two different adventure projects and 3) an adventure project for the disabled (see student handbook for details). The project is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in ADV 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her project. (Credits: 3)

ART 531

Introduction to Theology and the Arts Details

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. (Credits: 3)

ART 532

Theology of the Arts: Making and Being Details

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. (Credits: 3)

ART 533

Discipleship and the Arts Details

“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. (Credits: 3)

ART 534

Worship and the Arts Details

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. Also listed as MIN 535. (Credits: 3)

ART 620

Summer Experience Elective Details

Arts electives on special topics are offered on occasion during the summer session. Due to a lighter work load, the course is offered for 2 credits. (Course may be repeated with content changes. Two 610 courses can be substituted for any 620 course in the same track.)  (Credits: 2)

ART 630

Advanced Theology and the Arts Details

This course examines advanced trends in theology and the arts studies with relevance for the contemporary church. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

ART 631

Final Project Details

Theology and the Arts study concentrations in the M.A.T.S program are required to submit a final project of between 15,000-20,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The project will contain: 1) a theology of the imagination, beauty and the arts (10,000-15,000 words); 2) Two different arts projects – to be chosen from painting, poetry, sculpture, music, dance and story (chose one of each category) 3) an arts project for the disabled (see student handbook for details). The project is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in ADV 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her project. (Credits: 3)

Summer Track

HSR 531

Introduction to the Wild God: The Trinity Details

HSR 531 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. (Credits: 3)

HSR 532

Word and Spirit Details

HSR 532 Introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of revelation: “Word” and “Spirit.” As Christians, how are we to understand revelation? How do we understand the Bible as “God’s Word?” How do we understand “Words of Knowledge,” or “Prophecy” in our contemporary context? (Credits: 3)

HSR 533

The Holy Spirit: Fruits, Gifts, and Filling Details

HSR 533 discusses the various manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, the church and world. The course discusses the reception of the Spirit at conversion, the ‘infilling’ of the Spirit, the work of the Spirit in personal sanctification, in missional empowerment, in the witness and mission of the church, and, testimony to the world. (Credits: 3)

HSR 534

The Holy Spirit and You Details

HSR 534 discusses the baptism, infilling and transformation of the Christian, in, by and through the Holy Spirit. The course describes how the Holy Spirit calls you to, and then empowers, your conversion. It then describes the what, why and how of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the individual Christian. (Credits: 3)

HSR 535

The Spirit-Driven Church Details

HSR 535 discusses the manner in which the Spirit leads, affirms and empowers the mission of the church in the world. Often, this instantiation of the church is called, “the Presence-Driven Church.” The course discusses the role of the Spirit in biblical leaders from the Old and New Testaments, during the Post-Nicene years, and, from the Reformation to the contemporary church. Additionally, the course compares what the Spirit-Driven church looks like in comparison to the traditional, and contemporary church in North America. Finally, the course constructs a picture of the Spirit Driven church for a quickly evolving 21st century. (Credits: 3)

HSR 536

Holy Spirit Ministries Details

HSR 536 investigates, and details the manner in which a robust theology of the Holy Spirit informs the church: its teachings, leadership, fellowship, internal ministries, and external mission. As culture continues to change rapidly in this century, it is the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the church that will guarantee its relevance. (Credits: 3)

HSR 630

Holy Spirit Ministries: Advanced Workshop Details

HSR 630 is an advanced study in the Holy Spirit: its history in religious revelation, its integral relationship with the People of God in the Bible, and its relevance for the church today. More specifically, the course will serve as a workshop for engaging the Spirit, and the rewiring of the Christian or non-Christian life in light of that exposure, ‘infilling’ and consequent empowerment and vision. (Credits: 3)

*NOTE: All programs subject to change.*

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