CURRENT LIST OF ONLINE COURSES AND DESCRIPTIONS
Courses offered Fall 2011- Summer 2014
(last updated January 20, 2012)
Consult the official Fuller Seminary Course Schedule ,
by selecting "Fuller Online" from the last drop down, to see which
online courses are being offered in a particular quarter, and their respective
ECD's. Be sure you are ordering books from the ECD that corresponds to
the quarter in which you plan to register for the course.
501: Insights for Cultural Understanding.
This course addresses cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural competence for
building healthy relationships within diverse communities. Drawing upon
anthropological, sociological, biblical, and theological perspectives, students
gain basic principles and skills for researching and interacting among diverse
cultural and social groups.
MC 500: Church in Mission.
Provides a biblical and theological framework for understanding the Church and
the practical implications of its role in world mission.
MD 500: Globalization, the Poor, and
Christian Mission. This course examines the
globalization phenomenon as a deeply rooted historical change process that has
significant impact on the contemporary church and the poor. The course consists
of two parts. The first part of the course examines the political, economic,
and cultural dimensions of globalization with a view toward unraveling myth
from reality and applying biblical lenses to this assessment. Supporters and
skeptics are examined, as are the major global players who have the power to
shape the nature of globalization. The second part of the course will briefly
examine the impact of globalization on the church and global mission, but
primarily focus on the impact of globalization on the poor and a critical
examination of global proposals for eradicating poverty.
525: Transformational Development.
This course explores the challenges of empowering the poor in a world marked by
marginalization, disempowerment, abuse, and injustice. Topics to be covered
include worldview issues that influence our understanding of social
development; a biblical framework for transformational development;
understanding poverty biblically; overview of contemporary development theory;
Catholic social thinking of development; rights-based development and
livelihood/food security; the development practitioner; and Christian witness
through transformational development.
535: Ethical Issues in Cross-Cultural Ministry. The
purpose of the course is to explore the ethical nature of Cross-Cultural
Ministries. Its thesis is that all cross-cultural ministries have ethical
implications; these ministries change, modify or shift the religious beliefs,
worldview assumptions, myths and values of a culture. Christians who are
engaging in cross cultural ministries, then, must define and implement an
ethical framework for their work, empowering them to make ethical decisions as
they influence cultural change. This course is relevant for anyone who engages
in domestic or foreign cross-cultural ministries.
Ministering with Children Affected by HIV/AIDS.
Considers the multiple ways HIV & AIDS affects children, assesses strategic
short-term and long-term response strategies and looks at emerging issues
involving treatment and prevention of the disease as well as care and
assistance for those affected. Special
attention is given to the past and present role of the church in addressing
these needs and issues. Students will
propose and defend a plan for moving forward.
555: Research with Children.This course focuses
on how we can learn from and with children in order to inform ministry
practices and contribute to the understanding of issues related to mission with
children at risk. It explores some of the intercultural, ethical, legal,
methodological, and practical issues related to doing theoretical and applied
research with children. There is an emphasis
on how to conceptualize, design, implement and follow up effective research
with children, including themes of child participation, monitoring and
MD 556: Spectrum of Care for Orphans and Vulnerable
Children. The causes of and responses to
orphans and vulnerable children in the world are complex and
controversial. This course critically
examines traditional and contemporary approaches to orphan care, and proposes
spectrum of care models for orphan care. Topics addressed include orphan prevention,
delay, short- and long-term care, adoption, theological foundations, and the
role of Christian organizations and churches.
506: Communicating the Gospel Crossculturally.
Principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. Focus on
the relevance of incarnation as the model for intercultural communication of
ME 525: Worship and World Religions.
This course examines and analyzes
the religious worship practices and music expressions of five major world
religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity. Their
respective belief systems and worldviews are also discussed. In addition,
issues pertaining to hybridity with local and folk religious practices and
musical expressions, as well as implications for appropriate contextualization
of Christian worship in multireligious contexts are addressed.
523: Mentoring. This course is an in-depth study of
the informal training model called mentoring. It is a flexible model that can
be used in organizations and churches or with individuals. Mentoring is a
relational experience in which one person (called the mentor) empowers another
person (called the mentoree) by a sharing of God-given resources (of many
kinds). This course is a must for anyone who wants to be trained in an
on-the-job situation and for anyone who anticipates training others in a
ML 524: Focused Lives. This course comparatively studies a number of Christian
leaders. These leaders, both men and women, were effective leaders who led focused
lives. Out of these studies has emerged the concept of a focused life comprised
of 4 components: (1) life purpose; (2) major role; (3) effective methodologies;
(4) ultimate contribution set. Students will study a number of historical case
studies and Biblical case studies, which illustrate focused lives concepts.
Each student will then produce a case study of his/her own life from a focused
life standpoint. As part of their personal case study, students will learn how
to construct their own Personal Life Mandate - a major decision making tool for
ministry and life. Students will find that they will be using these concepts in
their ministries the rest of their lives.
530: Lifelong Leadership Development.
Gives a biblical basis for the study of leadership selection processes.
Identifies patterns such as time lines, development phases, process items,
idealized time line, convergence, gift mix, spheres of influence, spiritual
authority, and leadership principles, all in the context of study of actual biblical,
historical and present-day leaders.
536: Value-Based Leadership in the New Testament. Examines New Testament perspectives on leadership elements
and styles, philosophical models, mentoring, change dynamics, etc. Studies
Peter, John, and Paul as leaders.
549: Partnership Development.
This course deals with the subject of developing collaborative,
inter-organizational approaches to Christian ministry. It focuses on
building a necessary background in the various factors directly affecting collaboration,
as well as identifying and developing the collaborative capacity of the
student’s own organization. This class is case study based wherein the
primary case study is the student’s own context of collaboration.
ML 584: Cross-cultural Dynamics of
Global Leadership. Today's Christian leaders are
increasingly called upon to understand and to negotiate with sensitivity the
complexities of ministering in a diverse global context and within
multicultural teams and organizations. Our ability to successfully navigate
cross-cultural partnerships in ministry has become an essential part of the job
description for the well-prepared leader. This course will offer (1) a deeper
understanding of how our cultural frameworks impact organizational dynamics,
leadership development, decision making, and conflict management; (2) an
opportunity to diagnose and explore possibilities for improving the
"climate" for cultural diversity in our own organizational contexts;
and (3) practical suggestions about how Christian leaders might learn to
leverage diversity to achieve positive change within their ministry contexts so
that the Gospel of the Kingdom can spread more effectively from all
peoples to all peoples.
MN 520: Encountering the City. We
live in a rapidly urbanizing world. We need to move toward understanding our
increasingly urban world, as well as understanding our own responses and fears
as we encounter this world. This course explores these dynamics, as well as
various themes related to urban mission: what can we learn from the history of
the church's relationship to the city, the importance of narrative in urban
evangelism, moving beyond charity in our relationship with the poor;
gentrification with justice; leadership in the city; approaches to community
transformation (including use of the arts); and the relationship between
globalization and urbanization.
MN 534: Complex Urban Environments. The rapid pace of urbanization in our world today makes
cities the primary focus of mission for the twenty-first century. This course
examines how macro forces such as urbanization, migration, and globalization,
as well as the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, shape and are
shaped by urban space. Utilizing this understanding, appropriate ministry responses
to effectively engage these dynamics will be explored.
MR 550: Introduction to Islam. An overview of Muslim faith and practice, with special
attention to comparisons with Christianity, varieties of expression, and their
implication for Christian witness
552: History of the Muslim-Christian Encounter. This course examines Muslim-Christian relations since the
inception of Islam to the present days, with examples from around the world.
Particular historical, ecclesiological and theological issues will be addressed
and guidelines for practical encounters will be formulated.
*MR554: Models of
Witness in Muslim Context. This course will focus on
various models of witness in Muslim contexts that are culturally relevant and
bearing fruit. Special emphasis will be given to case studies and recent
literature/research. Issues discussed in class include cultural adaptation of
cross-cultural workers, Muslim worldview, relationship building, women’s
issues, contextualization, power ministries, insider movements, intercessory
prayer, culturally relevant Bible translations, and the planting of new
congregations. As a part of the course, students will be expected to have
interaction with Muslims in the community.
556: Current Trends in Islam.
Examines the basic beliefs and practices that inspire and guide Islamic revival
today. Issues to be addressed include the impact of colonialism, Western ideas,
independence and petrodollars, the response to these stimuli, and their
implications for Christian witness.
MR 557: Women and the Family in
Islam. An examination of the identity and
role of women in historic and contemporary Islam as revealed by the Qur'an and Hadith
and throughout society, covering various cultural contexts.
MR 574: Muslim Peoples: A Sociological Approach. This
is a foundational course introducing students to sociological and
anthropological studies of Islam. They will explore factors other than religion
and common historical reference which influence and shape Muslim societies.
They will look at the social organization within Muslim societies and the
impact of culture on Muslim peoples. They will address issues such as “Is there
a Muslim Society?” or “Is the veil defining Muslim women?” After exploring the
ways early Islam interpreted cultural and social structures, students will
analyze various factors that help us understand Muslim peoples in the present
day, such as modernity, secularism, globalization, economic trends, local
customs, and social practices. As they study the work of anthropologists and
sociologists, students will become familiar with new methodologies for
observing Muslim peoples. They will also discover the diversity of Islamic
societies and the transformation they undergo. This class addresses as well the
advantages and disadvantages of integrating these approaches to Christian
mission and how they influence Christians’ respectful witness to Muslims.
MT 500: Biblical Theology of Mission. During the past fifty years, Christian thinkers have
examined and evaluated the theological presuppositions that underlie the
thought and practice of Christian mission. In this course students will have an
opportunity to learn from past mission thinkers and practitioners; hear from
one another; and reflect personally on what God’s mission means for the mission
of Christians and Christian churches in the rapidly changing, complex global
city/village of the twenty-first century. Students will be introduced to a
multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to missiological reflection
whereby the various components of Missiology (Word, church, personal spiritual
pilgrimage, and world/context) are brought together in an integrated
understanding of mission.
501: Introduction to Theology in a Global Context. This course provides a basic introduction to
theological reflection as this has developed in various places and is currently
emerging in multiple contexts. The goal is to provide the background and
terminology necessary for students to begin exploring theology as an expanding
conversation about the meaning of Scripture and the Christian life that extends
itself through history and around the world.
Formational Bible Study. Why is it so few laypeople
study the Bible on their own? Why does the “professional” in the ministry seem
to find it difficult to apply the Scriptures to his/her ministry and life? What
causes some people to become enthusiasts of the Word seeing new truth? What
does it take to teach others how to see the Scriptures as practical and a tool
for bringing understanding? This course is to equip you to do more effective
Bible study on your own, and to teach you how to teach someone else to study
the Scriptures from the English text. It is built around an inductive study of
the NASV English text of the Gospel of Mark. The course stresses direct
observations of the text, seeking to determine significant facts which combine
to give probable meaning and then application of those facts in a practical way
to the student’s personal life. The experience gained in this study is
preparation for leading others into Scripture in the same way. This is a course
designed to teach you to become adept at studying the Word of God for realizing
and responding to truth in everyday life.
CF505: Teaching the Bible. The Bible is meant to communicate! So how do we join God in
provoking conversations between twenty-first-century persons and this God who
sends his interpersonal messages via multiple first-century and earlier authors
who tell stories, write letters, record trips, admonish and encourage? How do
we communicate the faithfulness of this timeless message to today’s youth and
adults in such a way that they relate to this Communicator par excellence and
want His story to be their story? The course is intended for all who value this
message, want to understand it more fully, inhabit it more completely,
communicate it more effectively, and enable others to know God more
holistically. It includes a focus on interpreting what God is communicating,
recognizing how persons hear and learn, and becoming aware of ways we become
part of the teaching process in a learning situation.
560: Adult Formation and Discipleship.
A biblical focus on ministering to adults, with a survey of adult psychological
and developmental theories, goals in adult formation, developing adult learning
designs, and discipleship models of adult enablement. Recommended
500: Early Church History. A survey
of the early church from the post-apostolic fathers through the Council of
CH502: Medieval and
Reformation History. An introduction to the most important themes and
people in church history and historical theology from A.D. 500 to 1600.
504: Modern Church History. The
shaping of modern movements and churches from the Reformation to the Ecumenical
Movement and Second Vatican Council.
CH 506: American Church History. American Church History is a vibrant yet complex look at
the personages, organizations, and movements that comprise the religious milieu
of American history. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to
denominational formation, theological innovations, religious movements, and
social and political issues that arise out of the historic tensions in
America’s religious history. The role of slavery, immigration, politics, and
social movements arising out of the experience of Christianity in America will
be addressed, as well as alternate religious traditions’ interactions with
Christianity. Special attention will be given to persistent themes like
individualism, the search for community, religion and reform, and religious
CH 551: American Presbyterian
History and Programs. In
studying the history of the Presbyterian Church attention will be given to
important persons, ideas, and movements. The course will trace the roots of
Presbyterianism from Europe to the American colonies and its spread throughout
the States. A major focus will be the development of distinctive themes in
American Presbyterianism. Main themes in Presbyterian history will also be
related to current developments and programs in the denomination.
CN 535: Grief, Loss, Death and
Dying. End of life issues including human
suffering, death and dying, the place of God in suffering and death. A major emphasis
will be the dynamics of grief and loss and the challenges of pastoral ministry
in these critical situations. The personal growth needed for effective pastoral
presence and counseling will be a prime focus.
553: Pastoral Care and Abuse. This
class seeks to provide a comprehensive introduction to abuse—sexual, emotional,
physical, and spiritual. Several approaches to understanding abuse from a
theological perspective will be explored. The class will also explore practical
tools and skills needed for helpful pastoral responses to those who have been
CN568: Theological and Pastoral
Perspectives on the Contemporary Family.
This course examines perceptions of the family within the Christian tradition,
and their relationship to wider cultural concerns in a variety of historical
and contemporary settings.
DP 502: United Methodist Doctrine. The course is an overview of the United Methodist doctrinal
heritage. It will trace the development of doctrine from Wesley to the present
and indicate the usefulness of the doctrinal heritage today. It will acquaint
the student with the major doctrines of United Methodism.
DP 512: United Methodist Polity. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the
polity of the United Methodist Church with reference to its history, doctrine,
and worship. Subject matter will include: organization of the church at the
local, district, annual conference, jurisdictional and general conference
levels; sources of authority within those structures; how the church finds
expression through its structures; privileges and responsibilities of the
connectional system; ordination and the various forms of ministry; recent
trends in legislation; how leaders are selected; how decisions are made at all
levels of church life; unique theological contribution; relationship to other
communions. In addition, four worship services are analyzed and prepared.
ET 501: Christian Ethics. This basic introduction to ethics aims to develop a
systematic way of thinking about Christian morality, bringing biblically based
convictions to bear on important moral problems.
ET 520: Biblical and Practical
Peacemaking. The way of Jesus in the New
Testament centrally includes the way of peacemaking. We will seek to deepen our
understanding of that way and our ability to teach it and model it. We will
compare major present-day ethical positions—nonviolence, just war, and just
peacemaking—as they relate to overcoming terrorism, preventing nuclear war,
peace in the Middle East, and practical peacemaking in churches. We will
include role-playing conflict resolution for conflicts within churches. And we
will study how to begin inward/outward journey small groups in churches with a
mission of following Jesus in peacemaking.
ET 522: Christian Ethical Traditions:
African-American, Evangelical, and Emergent. Do you know your
ethical tradition? How have various Christian traditions understood what it
means to practice the faith in the face of political
and moral challenges and responsibilities? This course will examine parts of
the Christian ethical landscape, with a particular focus on African-American
traditions, some of the denominations that reside under the “evangelical”
umbrella (e.g., Anabaptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal), and seek to
discover the ethical framework associated with emergent church conversation.
This course presents students with the opportunity to identify their ethical
tradition and a generous understanding of other perspectives.
ET 533: Christian Discipleship in a
Secular Society. A study of urgent ethical issues in
the church's ministry to persons caught in the cross-pressures of secular
society with concentration on Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship, family ethics,
the economic debate and welfare reform, racism, nationalism, Christian
community and an authentically transformationist understanding of the church's
mission in the world.
500: The Art of Evangelism. A
foundational course which explores evangelism from a biblical, theological,
historical, and practical vantage point as it seeks to equip students for
creative and effective outreach in a variety of settings.
514: Urban Evangelism.
Concentrates on the city as the locus for ministry at the close of the century.
Emphasis will be placed on the peculiar ethos of the city, the church's
approach to the urban milieu, and models of current ministry in urban settings.
Includes field trips and exposure to persons from urban ministries.
EV 525: Contemporary Culture and
Evangelism. By blending together communication
theory and cultural analysis, the process of evangelism is considered from the
point of view of the one being evangelized. Reaching baby boomers and
Generation X will be a special focus
EV 532: Recovery Ministry in the
Local Church. This course will examine the
theological foundations of recovery ministry as well as the personal dynamics
of recovery and practical considerations for developing recovery ministries in
the local church.
NE 502: Exegetical Method and
Practice. Basic principles and practice of
exegesis in the Greek New Testament, with attention to methodological and
NE 506: New Testament Exegesis
(Greek text). Advanced exegetical study of the
Greek text of a New Testament book or books or portions of a New Testament
book. Prerequisites: LG512 and NE502. NS500 or NS501 may be required for
NE 561: Luke and the American Road
Movie. This course will pursue a dialogue
between the biblical journey motif in Luke and the American road movie,
engaging such shared themes as pilgrimage, dislocation, race, gender, wealth,
family, community, and reconciliation. The course will (1) study the chief
passages and theological themes found in the extensive journey motif in the
Gospel of Luke, (2) view and discuss selected American road movies, (3)
facilitate a cultural and theological dialogue between the two, and (4) foster
interpretive skills for biblical narrative and contemporary film.
NE 567: New Testament Exegesis
(Modern text). Exegetical study of the text of a
New Testament book or books or portions of a New Testament book in a modern
language (check Registrar Course List for book; usually either Romans,
Ephesians or Revelation of John).
NS 500: New Testament 1: Gospels. An introduction to the literature of the four Gospels,
including attention to the background, critical issues, and theological motifs.
(If student takes NS500, they should not take NT500.)
NS 501: New Testament 2: Acts-Revelation. An introduction to the literature of Acts
through Revelation, including attention to the background, critical issues, and
theological motifs. (If student takes NS501, they should not take
NS 539: Early Christologies. The course will study the gospel as formulated
christologically. It will start with an investigation into Jesus’
self-revelation and into the rise of the apostolic kerygma, and then it will
proceed (1) to expound the meanings of various kerygmatic formulae with various
christological titles; (2) to appreciate some important models of Christology
in the NT; and (3) to reflect systematically on the person and work of Christ.
It will conclude with an appreciation of the development of the trinitarian
conception of God.
NS 547: The Old Testament in the New. This
course will explore several great biblical themes that span both the Old and
New Testaments. These will include God, creation, salvation, Israel,
leadership, the kingdom of God, eschatology, and ethics. We will note the
themes in their original contexts in the Old Testament, their development in
Second Temple Judaism, and their development in early Christian theology.
563: Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament. This online course develops a biblically-based, theological
approach to identity by exploring the relationship between racial identity,
ethnic identity, and Christian identity. Lectures and discussions about
selected NT passages and secondary literature about identity help students
understand the biblical worldview, Greco-Roman thought, and modern and
postmodern trends on the subject of racial and ethnic identity. Students will
be ex posed to theoretical approaches that will be used to construct a uniquely
Christian ethic about issues in race relations in U.S. society.
NT500: New Testament Introduction. New Testament Introduction orients students to the
literature of the New Testament in its various literary, historical, and
theological contexts and to New Testament interpretation in service of
Christian practice. (If student takes
NT500, they should not take NS500 and NS501)
OT 500: Writings as
Introduction to the Old Testament. The
course introduces study of the Old Testament as the Word of God, a work of
literature, a work emerging out of Israel's history, and a work that needs to
be studied critically to grasp its significance. It focuses on the third
section of the Jewish canon, the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, the Scrolls
(Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther), Daniel, Ezra,
Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
501: Pentateuch. The contents and theology of the
first five books of the Old Testament. Primary attention will be given to
literary nature and structure and theological message. Theories of origin and
genetic development will also be covered.
OT 502: Hebrew Prophets. The content and literary qualities of the Former and Latter
Prophets in light of their historical background and their developing
OT 567: OT Exegesis (English Text):
Amos. This course will provide an overview
of the historical context, literary forms and theological themes of the book of
Amos, introduce the student to a variety of critical approaches to the text,
and study the book chapter-by-chapter.
PH 508: Philosophical Issues in
Apologetics. An examination of assorted
challenges to Christian belief, and a survey of resources for meeting those
challenges. Sample topics: the problem of evil, challenges from science, the
plurality of religions and worldviews.
514: Topics in Philosophy of Religion.
An examination of three major areas in philosophy of religion: (1) faith and
reason (including epistemology, the justification of religious belief,
theological method); (2) the relation between Christianity and science
(including historical issues, evolution and creation, the apologetic value of science);
and (3) the nature of the human person (dualist and physicalist accounts,
religious experience, life after death).
500: Spiritual Traditions and Practices. Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions
which, in turn, often emerge from the life and experience of spiritual
pioneers. This course will deal with a number of representative figures, such
as Benedict, Francis & Clare of Assisi, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, John
Wesley, William Seymour, Mother Teresa, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the
spiritual traditions they founded (or influenced). Within each tradition a
spiritual practice will be examined (and sometimes experienced) with an eye to
its place in the postmodern church. All this will be set in the context of the
broad sweep of the history and theology of Christian spirituality.
508: The Spiritual Disciplines.
An introduction to the classic disciplines of the Christian life, set in the
context of spiritual theology and the history of spirituality with an emphasis
on understanding and practicing these disciplines.
501: Systematic Theology I: Theology and Anthropology. The doctrines of revelation and Scripture. The doctrines of
God, God's attributes, and God's trinitarian mode of existence. The doctrines
of creation and providence. The origin and nature of humankind; the doctrines
of the fall and sin. Also taught in Spanish. M.Div. core: STB.
502: Systematic Theology II: Christology and Soteriology. The doctrine of divine election, the covenant of grace, the
person and work of Christ the Mediator. The doctrines of divine calling,
regeneration, repentance, faith, justification, adoption and sanctification. Also
taught in Spanish. M.Div. core: STB.
ST 503: Systematic Theology III:
Ecclesiology and Eschatology.
The doctrine of the church, its nature and authority. The worship of the
church, the sacraments and prayer. The doctrine of last things, death and
resurrection, the final judgment, heaven and hell.
ST 510: Introduction to Black
Theology. This course is designed to introduce
students to the nature of theological study, developing a structure of divine
revelation as fundamental to understanding how African Americans have developed
a systematic theology in America. This course will trace the development of
African American theology along with its African origins. This course will also
bring Womanist thought and theology to the center of the discussion and
understanding of African American/Black Theology.
ST 511: Orientation to Theological
Studies. This course is designed as an
introduction to theological research tools for incoming students. Research
methods along with scholarly presentations will be discussed in an attempt to
assist students as they appropriate and develop their own theological insights
ST555: Latino(a)/Hispanic Theology. This
course introduces the student to the major themes and specialized disciplines
that deal with U.S. Latino(a)/Hispanic communities. The approach is practical
and intends to forge a critical environment for interpreting religious
practices, culture, ministry models, and social structures that so far have
shaped the contours of Latino living. The end product is a critical
ecclesiology for churches whose constituency is the Latina community or whose
intention is to embrace such a community and issues at some point. (Spanish
TC 500: Theology and Culture. This course is an introduction to contemporary culture, its
philosophies and practices, and the challenges and opportunities it presents to
effective Christian ministry and mission.
*TC 509: Theology
and Pop Culture. This multi-disciplinary course will engage students in
a two-way dialogue between pop culture and theology, with emphasis upon music,
movies, TV, art, fashion, and sports. Students will develop a biblical,
theological, and sociological understanding of these art forms and a critical
understanding of the advertising, consumerism, and globalization that drives
516: Theology, Worship, and Art.
This course is an introduction to Christian reflection and practice in the
visual arts. Emphasis will be on developing a Christian perspective on the arts
and aesthetics that is informed by biblical, historical and theological
resources and that is familiar with ways the major Christian traditions have
made use of the arts. By lectures, discussions, projects and museum visits,
students will engage with significant examples of art as a way of developing a
critical appreciation and a Christian appropriation of this dimension of
life--with respect to its value for worship and witness.
521: Theology and Contemporary Literature.
This course will explore (1) modern and post-modern attitudes toward the
"spiritual/transcendent/God" found in selected American literature
and (2) a variety of means for theological dialogue with these works. Writings
by Kesey, Updike, O'Connor, DeVries, Potok, Morrison, Robbins, Kingsolver, and
Lamott, as well as selected essays in critical theory will be read. While
debunking or listening, symbolizing or secularizing, arguing or affirming,
American fiction over the last fifty years is often found interacting with the
religious/spiritual currents that pervade our culture. As such, it invites
dialogue from a theological perspective.
TC 530: Theology and Film. This course will consider one particular aspect of a
theology of culture, theology and film. The course will view and discuss
selected films, provide the student the critical skills helpful for film
interpretation, and explore possible theological approaches to film criticism.
TC 581: Worship, Theology, and the
Arts Touchstone. This course is the introductory
course for all students entering the Worship, Theology and the Arts (WTA)
concentrations in the Master’s level. This course introduces the students in
the WTA concentration to the methodology that will under gird their theological
study of Christian worship, along with narrative, performing and plastic arts.
Beginning with Augustine’s philosophy of language and learning as introduced
and developed in De Magistro and De Doctrina Christina, and his
assertion that all we have to communicate with are signs words and gestures,
this course will explore methods of exegeting signs and gestures to supplement
the exegesis of words. The course will be divided into modules, each one
focusing on the application of this method to Christian worship and two art
forms. One module will also focus on the topic of the Brehm Lectures which the
students will be required to attend.
TH 550: World Religions in Christian
Perspective. The purpose of this
course is twofold. First it will provide an overview of the world’s major
religions—Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Sikhism—focusing on their emergence
and history, core beliefs and practices, religious texts and interpretations,
as well as contemporary influence and expres sions. Second, this course
introduces various approaches on how Christianity relates to other religions
and religious pluralisms, technically known as the “theology of religions.” We
will critically discuss Catholic and Protestant proposals and responses and
attempt an outline of Evangelical approach. Case studies will be conducted
regarding Islam-, Hindu-, Buddhist-, and Sikh-Christian encounters.
TH 544: The African Roots of Black Theology.
This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of theological
study, developing a structure of divine revelation as fundamental to
understanding how African theology influenced the development of an organized,
coherent, relevant theology in the African Diaspora. This course will trace the
relationship of African American theology with its African origins by focusing
on ancient African theology
Worship Ministry on the Lord's Day. This
course explores both the practical and theological dimensions of worship leadership
and examines issues relating to the planning and implementing of worship on the
Lord's Day (Sunday or Sabbath) in various Christian traditions. A significant
part of the course will be devoted to the careful theological planning of
worship on the Lord's Day. Students will be introduced the histories and
theologies of Christian worship through time and around the globe.
Students will also be exposed to the worship life of an actual congregation,
and plan worship for that church. Further, the course gives opportunity to
develop skills in crafting various elements for worship; application of
pastoral care to worship; musical selection and leadership.
*YF 500: Foundation of Youth Ministry. This
course gives an overview of contemporary culture, especially as it affects
youth ministry, and provides historical and theological youth ministry concepts
and grounding. In addition, a broad spectrum of ministry programs and issues
will be addressed, such as “youth ministry as practical theology,” the changing
family, organizing a ministry program, missions and service, and ministering in
a multi-cultural, multi-contextual world.
YF 502: Leadership in Youth Ministry. The
purpose of this course is to teach students the calling, roles, and
responsibility of Christian leadership in any context, but especially youth
ministry. Issues discussed are: the meaning of being a Christian leader; how to
develop a volunteer leadership program, how to recruit, initiate, train,
nurture and care for volunteer leadership, the necessity for encouraging people
in their giftedness, and how to lead, equip and best utilize interns and paid
YF 503: Youth Outreach and
Evangelism. This course explores the biblical
mandate to "go and make disciples" as it relates to the adolescent
subculture. Students will learn how to articulate and pass on to others the
biblical and theological view of evangelism and outreach. Through readings,
lecture, projects, and discussion, students will learn how to design an
incarnational as well as relational ministry program which takes seriously
Christian care and evangelism with unbelieving students. Issues covered are:
the content and message of the Gospel as it relates to an age-specific
population, contemporary models of youth evangelism, and the partnership and
networking of local parishes and the para church.
YF 506: Urban Youth Culture. This
course is an in-depth examination of the unique and complex dynamics of urban
youth culture in the United States, with a particular focus on the values,
attitudes, norms and rituals of several subcultures found in urban contexts.
The significant role of popular culture in shaping U.S. urban youth culture
will also be explored, notably in regard to the entertainment industry. The
emanative impact of U.S. urban youth culture on young people around the globe
will also be considered, as well as globalization's impact on urban youth
culture in the U.S. Global urban youth issues will also be discussed.
YF 518: Theological Foundations for Mission and Ministry: The
Apostles' Creed as a Template. The Apostles’ Creed uniquely teaches the
theological basis for both faith and ministry and therefore offers an effective
template to educate, inspire and empower those ministering. We will look at each of the Creed’s tenets in
order to understand what they affirm and how these affirmations might inform
our lives and ministries.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (SOP)
FS 510: Human Development in
Context. This course provides an integrated
overview of the process of human development in various social contexts. We
will address psychological, cultural, and theological perspectives on the
nature of personal and social development as we seek to answer the question,
“What is God’s intention for persons to develop into?” Development will be
explored from the poles of flourishing and languishing as informed by
humankind’s origin in God. A life-span approach will explore core areas of
identity development including moral/faith, gender and sexuality, family, and
cultural/ethnicity. Students will also reflect on their own life experiences in
light of the course content.
FS 529: Ministry Issues in Human
Sexuality. This course focuses on sexuality
issues relevant to persons in Christian ministry by considering the spiritual,
psychological, sociological, and physiological aspects of human