Ministry

 

MIN 5101 Pastoral Theology: Explores Pastoral Theology as a constructive practical theological enterprise focused on the religious care of persons, families and communities. As such, the course draws on interdisciplinary methods growing out of classical and contemporary theological traditions. It will draw and learn from theological conversation throughout the academy in order to enhance the students' future practice of ministry in both congregational and specialized settings, such as chaplaincies or counseling contexts. The role of the minister as pastor will be a central focus. As well as considering such activities as visitation, such issues as advising on marriage, parenthood and dealing with crises such as death or illness, the pastoral dimension of preaching, worship, leadership and of congregational development will be discussed. It will be assumed that all of a minister's tasks have a pastoral, that is, care of souls and of the community, dimension. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David.

MIN 5102 Worship and Liturgy: The course explores the role of liturgy and worship in the life of the congregation, as a tool for pastoral care, for spiritual growth, for invoking God's mystery, and also as a pedagogical activity. The history of the development of Christian worship will be surveyed. Variety of style and content across a range of contemporary denominations will be discussed. The role of Eucharistic worship in some traditions will be explored. Unification specific ceremonies will also be studied. The role of culture will also be noted, using case studies of different places where Christianity has spread, moving initially from its base in the Jerusalem Temple and in the Synagogue into numerous cultural contexts. What attracts and repels people will be identified. There will be an opportunity for students to create and present their own liturgies. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David.

MIN 5103 Church Growth and Evangelism: The missionary commission, Matt. 28:19-20, mandates Christians to teach and to baptize, with the result that churches grow in numerical size. Beginning with a survey of how the Christian movement did in fact grow, the course will examine how the Church Growth movement uses case study and social scientific analysis of why particular congregations grow while others do not, to develop strategies and tactics for ministers and evangelists to adapt for their own contexts. The contribution of the movements' founder, Donald McGavran, and of other contemporary and significant Church Growth theorists and leaders, such as Rick Warren, will be discussed alongside case studies of churches that have grown. Church Growth as inner spiritual develop­ment will also be considered, and some of the assumptions of the church growth movement will also be critiqued. A major concern will be the tension between the cultural concepts of church growth and the vision of a multi-cultural, multi-racial com­munity of believers. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs

MIN 5104 Homiletics: Homiletics is the art of preaching and theological communication. A primary duty of ministers is to proclaim God's word, and by doing so, to motivate, inspire, and educate members of their congregation and the wider society. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and delivery of sermons for a variety of audiences and occasions (wed­dings, funerals, children's sermons, etc.). Theories as well as the art of homiletics are studied, along with the role of preaching in worship. Students study the sermons of well-known preachers and critically reflect on their own sermons and those of their classmates. Various denominational patterns will be examined. Prerequisite: SCR 5131, SCR 5141 or SCR 5142. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David.

MIN 5105 Congregational Development: This course explores the minister's role as a servant leader (Mark 10:43-44). As the church's mission belongs to all its members, ministers are called to equip people for service within and outside the congregation. The minister is most successful when he or she enables others to lead, to serve and to be God's priests. This is how God's people grow spiritually and how the local congregation develops its own potential both for the nurture of its members and for mission to and in the world. One of the main ministerial tasks is to help members identify their gifts, and to organize the life and work of the church so that members can exercise these, through participation in such tasks as leading worship, teaching, preaching administration and evangelism. This liberates ministers to focus on their own strongest gifts. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David

MIN 5106 Ecumenism and Interfaith: This course explores issues and themes in the field of contemporary ecumenism and seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to dialogue ecumenically. The course will cover not only ecumenism within the Christian family, but also the 'wider ecumenism'—dialogue and cooperation among the world's religions. Students will explore historical and current ecumenical docu­ments, statements of contemporary faith and order commissions, and on-going dialogues sponsored by ecumenical councils and organizations. Students will learn how to organize inter-Christian and interfaith meetings with denominational leaders and ministers. Prerequisite: LTR 5131 Church History I. 3 credits. Dr. David.

MIN 5190 Field Education Internship: The Field Education Internship offers the student an opportunity to experience ministry in a given community or location. Through a prolonged immersion in the particular ministry chosen by the student, he/she comes to see the real needs, challenges, issues, and components of an effective and fulfilling ministry. For non-native English speakers, the course provides a rich environ­ment in which to develop their English language skills and understanding of American culture. Supervisors skilled or focused on the particular ministry are a critical component of all Internships because students develop a mentor-apprentice type of relationship with their supervisor. A 3-hour orientation class is required before commencing the internship. Students are encouraged to wait to take their Internships until at least their second or third semester on campus. 1‑5 credits @ 120 hours per credit. Dr. David.

MIN 5303 Small Group Ministry: Equips students with the knowledge and insight to develop small groups that interconnect and enhance the broader church ministry. Skills addressed include the development of cell churches, identifying potential small group leaders, training leaders, and assessing the health of the community. The role small groups play in church life will also be studied. 3 credits. Faculty.

MIN 5311 Ministry in a Postmodern World: The purpose of the course will be to prepare students to identify and familiarize themselves with the major shifts in Ministry in a Postmodern World. These shifts do not simply represent a short-term threat to churches in ministry, but also represent the boundary lines that separate two very different religious worlds. The course will cover the paradigm shift in religious and church mission, its structures, leadership emergence, mentoring, worship, spirituality and evangelism. Students will also examine how one builds capacity and establishes organizational leadership to include vision, mission, goals and futuristic objectives suitable to thinking in the postmodern era. 3 credits. Faculty.

MIN 5322 Women's Voices in Ministry: Ministry has traditionally been the arena of men. However, over the past two decades, women have not only sought ordination, but have become involved in diverse forms of ministry. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to not only research the women who have pioneered ministry but also to look at the impact of gender in ministry. Students will investigate the unique contribu­tions and gifts that women bring to contem­porary global ministry. Finally, this course will allow students to investigate some of the controversies and issues involved in opening ministry to women. 2 credits. Dr. Hickman.

MIN 5331 Clergy Assessment and Career Development: Clergy assessment is needed to inform both personal and institutional decision making regarding personnel. Students will study assessment procedures, comparing and contrasting the ways various denominations prepare aspiring clergy and evaluate practicing clergy. Clergy assessment will be set in the context of a career development perspective. Clergy development refers broadly to all the career-related changes a pastor makes across his life, from preparation through retirement. Fitness, competence, readiness and effectiveness will be examined through the course of a pastor's development. The diversity of clergy types and the culture, gender, age and other biases that may influence assessment will also be examined. 3 credits. Dr. David.

MIN 5332 Analysis and Assessment of Ministry: In an era of assessment, learning how to analyze and assess one's ministry is important. What determines an effective ministry? We study the development and assessment of clergy. So how does that differ from assessment of ministry itself? These are a few of the questions that will be investigated through this course. Students will study possible methods and tools that can be utilized and develop the means to apply these methods to their own ministerial contexts. 3 credits. Rev. Carolina.

EDU 5311 Spiritual Development: See Religious Education listings.

MIN 5412 Missions in Contemporary Context: The course examines missionary activity in light both of its inherent purpose and its cultural contexts. It encourages students to identify the essential elements of their 'gospel' and to evaluate whether the missionary's activities overlay or obscure it with non-essential elements. Through doing case studies in seminar-style format, students identify cultural features in America and overseas that need to be addressed by their 'gospel' and they consider how best to address them. Theological depth is provided through study of historically representative thinkers as well as of contemporary missio­lo­gical reflection and action. The course also includes cultural studies of local com­mu­nities to ascertain the most effective means of evangelizing them. 3 credits. Faculty.

MIN 5421 Servant Leadership: This course is an examination of the principles essential to preparation for Christian leadership and the difference between kingdom leadership and world leadership concepts. As members of the body of Christ, students will discover their role as leaders and mentors of future church leaders as they study Jesus' teachings and modeling of servant leadership as a foundation. 3 credits. Dr.Odell Davis.

MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership: The course aims to provide the theoretical and applied foundations neces­sary for the successful management of interreligious activities, and the creation of informed strategies for the advancement of interreligious ideals. Students learn both the internal dynamic of interreligious relations as well as how they relate to other areas of life including politics, media, science, the academy, and arts and leisure, from both domestic and international perspectives. Through lectures and off-campus interfaith experiences, students move beyond their pre-existing ideas to see new possibilities for religion, society and human flourishing. 2 credits. Dr. Kaufmann or Dr. Brown.

MIN 5442 Chapel Choir: Developing a student's internal visual and musical senses to transmit the song message is one focus; developing the ability to conduct and perform in a choir is the second. 1 credit. Faculty

MIN 5451 Spirit-Filled Preaching: This course is designed to help students become familiar with understanding the concept of "Spirit-Filled" or "Spirit-Led" preaching. The course also seeks to prepare the student theologically and quip them to engage the theological task constructively as homileticians in their own right. Students will discuss how spirit-filled preaching has developed in communities of hardship and economic challenge as a distinct form. The course also examines the traditions and trajectories for theologies of preaching that have emerged out of the African-American experience and how this has influenced Christian thought and homiletic practice today. Included in the conversation will be tele-evangelists and how such developments have shaped theologies of preaching in our day. 3 credits. Faculty.

THE 5402 Christian Ethics: See Theology listings.

MIN 5701 The Urban Church and Community Development: Churches in the urban context can thrive through offering community development programs that address problems in the community while at the same time attracting socially committed people to the congregation. This course will introduce students to community development strategies that lead to church growth and health while investigating how these strate­gies interface with social justice issues, racial/cultural/religious diversity and inter­agency cooperation. These are strategies to build a caring, compassionate and prophetic ministry. 3 credits. Rev. Hardaway.

MIN 5702 Ministry of Social Service: This course allows students to study the importance of current ministries of com­passion and service as they seek to fill real needs in today's global communities. Students will investigate the history and development of diverse ministries committed to social service as well as how these ministries fulfill the biblical command to love and serve one another. The course will consider the issues faced by social service ministries and help students develop their own ministries of service and compassion. 3 credits. Faculty.

MIN 5703 Ministry and Criminal Justice: This course is an introduction to the vocation of Prison Chaplain and ministry to ex-convicts as they cope with the difficult challenges of re-entry into society. Students will also look at the challenges of ministering to the families and children of incarcerated persons, ministry to these families after the incarcerated person has been released and returns home, and ministry to the victims of crime and their families. This work includes supporting this population in finding jobs, gaining access to social services, gaining treatment for drug abuse, and reintegration into the community. 3 credits. Faculty.

PAS 5721 Issues in Urban-Based Pastoral Counseling: Pastors often counsel individuals who have problems coping with the challenges of life, particularly in the contexts of poverty and the pain caused by social inequality, racism and the criminal justice system. Students will study resources for pastoral care counseling as well as the limitations of these caregivers in such contexts. Students will identify resources for healing and shalom. 3 credits. Dr. Hickman.

MIN 5722 Intercultural Communication and Conflict Transformation: The intent of this course is to understand how people of different cultures manage conflict by communicating and building relationships. The course examines scriptural principles and case studies drawn from Asian, Islamic and Western cultures to highlight practical models for conflict management. Themes are examined such as forgiveness, reconciliation, restorative justice, and religion and statecraft. The aim is to increase awareness of the range of appropriate conflict strategies and their appropriate use, and to clarify the students' own preferred styles. 3 credits. Dr. McLean.

MIN 5723 Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement: Interfaith in Action: This is a 7-day travel course, with stops in Georgia, Alabama, and Washington, DC to study primary source materials and meet with on-site resource providers regarding the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,. and the American Civil Rights Move­ment. A particular focus is the interfaith influences on King—including Thoreau, Gandhi, Heschel, Tich Nhat Hanh and Malcolm X; and the multi-faith coalition that he assembled which was a high-water mark in U.S. Christian-Jewish relations. 1 credit. Faculty.

MIN 5771 Ocean Ministry and Global Justice: This course explores the nexus between environmentalism and man's activities on the ocean, through the prism of Rev. Moon's oceanic activities and outreach. The Unificationist ideals of interdependence, mutual prosperity, and universally shared values are examined against the background of current environmental philosophy, including deep ecology, land ethics, and ecofeminism. Particular attention is given to marine environmental philosophy. The course offers students limited experi­ence in oceanic activities. 2 credits. Dr. Noda.

MIN 5801 Divinity Colloquium: The Divinity Colloquium provides guidance for students writing the Divinity Thesis, from formulating the initial Proposal to presenting the results of research to peers. Taught over the two semesters prior to graduation. 0 credits. Dr. Isaacs.

MIN 5390 Independent Study in Ministry: 1‑3 credits. Faculty.

MIN 6390 Thesis/Project in Ministry: 4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.