Courses during the 1819-40 term
The course offers an introduction to Christianity as a truly worldwide movement today. We study factors that contributed to and sustain Christianity?s current shape, reach, and impact and examine key cultural, ethical, interreligious, and theological challenges facing mission and ministry in a world church.
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill the learning goals described by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for fulfillment of the Polity requirement. We will focus on the broader ecology of the ecclesiological forms, governance configurations, membership and orders as they are expressions of the United Methodist expression of Christian mission. The student?s use and growing familiarity with the Book of Discipline (2012 edition) and Book of Resolutions is an essential requirement and expectation of the course.
This course is designed to make the student familiar with the theology of John Wesley by becoming familiar with his sermons, a doctrinal standard in the United Methodist Church. This will become a starting point for understanding Methodist theology in general, which is characterized by a theological method that seeks to contextualize the Christian faith in a connectional structure of the church.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the origins of the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in The United Methodist Church. It explores the roots of the movement in the Anglican Church and the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and the history of the institutional and theological development of American Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren tradition through the beginning of the 21st century.
Contemporary BiblicalInterpretation for Preaching
Focuses on the varieties of Christian spiritual practice, experience with that practice, and the process of Christian formation.Direction Module Three: Spiritual Direction, Therapy, and Pastoral Counseling
Developments within United Methodism, as related to the ecumenical movement, world mission, personal evangelism, and social justice. Evolution of polity, theology, and denominational structure.
Advanced study of literary units and theological themes. Emphasis on analytical and synthetic interpretive skills.Prereq: BIBHB500 or equivalent. May be repeated.