Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Boston Campus

Courses are designated by a letter-number sequence which indicates the department(s) and the level at which the course is taught. Except where indicated, all courses at any level are open to all qualified students, subject to prerequisites, course limits and seniority provisions. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three semester hours of credit.

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         Apologetics
         Church History
         Counseling
         Educational Ministries
         Christian Ethics
         Evangelism
         Greek Language
         Integrative Seminar
         Ministry of the Church
         Mentored Ministry
         New Testament
         Oriental Languages
         Old Testament
         Pastoral Care/Psychology
         Preaching
         Research Languages
         Social Ethics
         Spiritual Formation
         Theology
         World Missions
         Youth Ministry
 

Apologetics (Division of Christian Thought)

AP602 Cultural Apologetics   A biblical examination of unbelief with attention to the anatomy and dynamics of idolatry as expressed in contemporary culture. Basic purpose is to equip students to effectively present the gospel to unbelievers in their own cultural setting.
        Last Offered: Spring 2009
 
AP760 Reading in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
AP860 Research in Apologetics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Church History (Division of Christian Thought)

CH501 The Church to the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH502 The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH502-I The Church since the Reformation   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present time. Offered through Semlink+.
 
CH503 American Evangelicalism   A study of the development of Protestant Evangelicalism in America, with background material from other European and American streams, comparing movements of evangelical awakening with other responses to Western secularization.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
CH/TH542 John Calvin and the Swiss Reformation   Life, work, and times of the consolidator of the Reformation: Geneva, Institutes, letters, theology, polity, pastoral issues.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
CH/TH601 History and Theology of the African-American Church   This course will explore the history of the African American Church, how we have known God through our social, political, economic, and religious context, review major themes in African Ameri­can theological reflection, and suggest areas for further reflection and praxis. Typcially taught in Boston.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
CH/TH/SF627 History and Theology of Prayer   The study of prayer will be approached from a variety of perspectives: 1) Historical—reading some of the great works on prayer throughout the centuries; 2) Devotional—discussing the discipline of prayer for the life of the believer and for the leader in ministry; 3) Liturgical—looking at the ways in which various traditions use prayer in public worship- and 4) Theological—approaching the topic of prayer as it fits into the Scriptures and into the whole of Christian experience.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH665 Women in the Early Church   Provides an overall understanding of women’s daily lives, activities and personal experience with Christ in the early church. This will include a consideration of attitudes toward women and their manifold ministries and achievements.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2009
 
CH760 Reading in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
CH860 Research in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
CH/TH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
 
CH991 ThM Thesis - Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
 
CH992 ThM Thesis - Part II   A continuation of CH 991.
        Prerequisite: CH991.
 
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Counseling (Division of Practical Theology)

CO500 Introduction to Counseling   An introduction to the basic skills necessary for effective counseling. A review of some of the basic counseling models.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CO/SF610 Advanced Developmental Psychology   An investigation of the major developmental issues across the life span. Integration and critique of these theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CO611 Theories of Personality   An understanding and critique of the historical and contemporary theories of personality development.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CO614 Family Systems Theory   A review of the major theories of family systems development with emphasis on a critical analysis of these theories from an orthodox Christian perspective.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CO699 Research Methods and Design   An overview of the basic approaches to research methods and design. Particular attention is given to the application of research in the counseling setting.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
CO710 Psychopathology   An overview of the basic theories, concepts and structures which form an understanding of psychopathology. Development of skills in using DSM-IV.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
CO/PC/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2012
 
CO/WM712 Cross-Cultural Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
CO714 Family Counseling/Therapy   A clinical course to develop basic skills in counseling families. Evaluation of the most applicable methods for counseling interventions with families.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500 and CO614.
 
CO/PC717 Counseling in Abuse and Domestic Violence   This is a course designed to discuss issues related to identification, intervention, and treatment of both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The approach and model is a comprehensive one, including: physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual factors. The method of instruction is an interactive, adult learning model.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
CO/PC/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
CO730 Psychological Testing - Cognitive Intellectual Evaluation   An outline of the basic theoretical and clinical foundations for cognitive/intellectual evaluation. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2010
 
CO732 Psychological Testing - Personality Evaluation   An introduction to the use of a variety of clinical assessments tools for evaluation of personality. An applied experience in the administration and scoring of tests and the writing of effective test reports.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500 and CO710.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
CO740 Career and Lifestyle Development   An overview of the process of evaluation and counseling persons in choosing a career path. A variety of evaluation instruments will be studied and utilized as the application component of this course.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
CO790 Professional Standards   A comprehensive review of the process of professional specialization in the counseling field. Topics include: professional organizations, ethical standards, legal responsibilities, etc.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500 and CO863A or CO863B.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CO801A Integrative Seminar   This seminar addresses the important issues of the relationship between biblical, theological and psychological perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Led by faculty from all three divisions of the seminary. CO801A is 1.5 semester hours.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CO801B Integrative Seminar   A continuation of CO801A, this seminar addresses the important issues of the relationship between biblical, theological and psychological perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Led by faculty from all three divisions of the seminary. CO801B is 1.5 semester hours.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CO863A Clinical Practicum 1   A specific clinical experience under individual supervision in a variety of settings throughout the community. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in these clinical settings to provide beginning level counseling experience.
        Must be taken with CO871A .
 
CO863B Clinical Practicum 2   A specific clinical experience under individual supervision in a variety of settings throughout the community. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in these clinical settings to provide beginning level counseling experience.
        Must be taken with CO871B.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
CO865A Mental Health Clinical Internship 1   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings.
        Must be taken with CO873A.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
CO865B Mental Health Clinical Internship 2   A continuation of clinical experience at a more advanced level under individual supervision. Approximately 20 hours per week in a variety of clinical settings.
        Must be taken with CO873B.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
CO871A Professional Practicum Seminar 1   For all counseling students. An opportunity to work in small groups with the clinical faculty to evaluate, integrate and develop insight into the professional aspects of counseling.
        Must be taken with CO863A.
 
CO871B Professional Practicum Seminar 2   For all counseling students. An opportunity to work in small groups with the clinical faculty to evaluate, integrate and develop insight into the professional aspects of counseling.
        Must be taken with CO863B.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
CO873A Mental Health Professional Internship Seminar 1   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO865A.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
CO873B Mental Health Professional Internship Seminar 2   For all Mental Health Counseling Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Mental Health Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO865B.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
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Educational Ministries (Division of Practical Theology)

EM502 Educational Ministry of the Church   This course provides a broad overview of the critical issues concerning the teaching ministry of the church. Students will be challenged to develop a philosophy of educational ministry with a focus on Christian formation.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
EM/EV/YM591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life , this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel-preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
EM604 The Teacher and the Teaching Task   This course examines both the person and the task of those who are called to teach. Attention is given to exploring issues of vocation and spirituality, as well as to understanding the opportunities and challenges teachers face in a wide variety of settings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
EM/MC605 Introduction to Theological Studies   Students will be introduced to new research and writing skills, in addition to building on those already acquired. Special emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of writing and documenting papers and library research, applying several research methods. All students are required to complete this course. Limited to 20 students.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
EM609 Christian Schools and Home Schooling   Compares the philosophy and practice of education in Christian schools with that of secular schools and explores the implications of each. Surveys the Home School movement as a development of Christian parental responsibility in education. Field trips to local Christian schools required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2009
 
EM611 Retreat and Camp Ministries   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
 
EM625 Preparing and Leading Creative Workshops and Seminars   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
EM650 Understanding Learners   The purpose of this course is to develop a biblically grounded understanding of those we are called to teach. Attention is given to biblical, theological, cultural and developmental understandings of who persons are and how they learn.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
EM654 Leadership in Ministry   Emphasis is given to equipping, leading, and supporting urban Christians in and for their various callings in home, community, church, and workplace through the educational ministry of the local congregation. Helps students to identify their own leadership opportunities, to consider their own leadership assets, and to develop others.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
EM656 Leadership Development   The course will help church leadership understand leaders in the church by analyzing church leader­ship roles, responsibilities and strategies for developing leaders in the church. Special attention will be given to leadership styles, group dynamics, listening skills and decision-making.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
EM/WM/YM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
EM/YM693 Understanding Youth Culture   This course looks at the Christ and culture issue and then studies key aspects of today’s digital and consumerist society, hip-hop, pop and Christian music and a few popular books and movies—asking how these may be integrated into relevant ministry.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
EM/EV/YM704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
EM710 Design for Learning   In this class, students explore issues of the curriculum of the teaching ministry. Two central questions are considered: “What is the church to teach?” and “How is the educational experience to be shaped?” Students will develop a major curriculum project. Available to MAEM student as a direct study any term upon petition.
        Prerequisite: ONE of the following: EM502, EM603, EM/WM657, EM687 or EM635.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
EM720 Project Course in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
        Prerequisite: EM502 or EM603 or equivalent ministry experience.
 
EM760 Reading in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
EM/MC801 Leadership, Management and Strategy for Ministry   A triple workshop: Creative Life Planning, Management Theory and Plan for Future Ministry. Provides powerful small group experience and application of dynamic theory to future practice.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
EM860 Research in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Christian Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

ET501 Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision-making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
ET501-I Christian Ethics   An exploration of how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world. The course will examine: (1) the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; (2) the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; (3) the methods of moral discernment and decision-making; and (4) the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. Lectures, case studies, and discussion will be employed in an attempt to gain wisdom, understanding, character, and a prophetic voice relative to the moral issues in church and society. Offered through Semlink+.
 
ET/NT543 New Testament and Christian Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
ET/TH637 Workplace Theology   Work, calling, and related topics and issues in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. Thinking biblically about discipleship in the marketplace.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
ET638 Entrepreneurship in Church and Community   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
ET760 Reading in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
ET860 Research in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Evangelism (Division of Practical Theology)

EV/EM/YM591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life , this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel-preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
EV/WM665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
EV/EM/YM704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
EV720 Project Course in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
 
EV760 Reading in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
EV860 Research in Evangelism   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Greek Language (Division of Biblical Studies)

GL501 Basic Greek I   Students with little or no prior knowledge of Greek study the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer assisted instruction
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
GL502 Basic Greek II   Continues GL501 expanding grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Students continue in same format and small sections as GL501. Permits concurrent enrollment in NT 502.
        Prerequisite: GL501.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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Integrative Seminar (No Division)

IS521 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Word-Centered Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 1 explores approaching the Scriptures as Gods’ Living Word to each of us in the midst of challenging academic studies. The module and readings emphasize historical and contemporary spiritual practices that lead to deeper integration of faith and life through scripture. How can we approach the scripture as an act of worship and engage as students of the Word at the same time? Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
IS522 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Virtuous Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 2 links the development of the spiritual life with the development of Christian character and obedience. Students are invited to reflect on the connection between ministry preparation and personal holiness, so that we exemplify what we preach. Honesty about one’s weaknesses is an important aspect of spiritual maturity in the area of virtue, as well. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
IS523 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Compassionate Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 3 Emphasizes the importance of personal formation for fulfilling the mission of God in our communities and around the world via evangelism and service. One’s own spiritual vitality should be nurtured and guarded through the ups and downs of urban ministry. Module emphasizes the Spirit empowered life for sharing the good news with others. Living out Christ’s compassion concretely in society both fosters spiritual life and intimacy with God and also requires attention to self- care and self-reflection. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
IS524 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Spirit-Empowered Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 4 draws on the practices and theology of Pentacostalism as well as other expressions Christianity that emphasize the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Deepening our intimacy with God through abiding in the spirit is vital for pastoral ministry. Practices that nurture the Spirit Empowered Life will be explored. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
 
IS525 Spiritual Formation Seminar: Sacramental Life   This module constitutes one fifth of the Integrative Seminar, which is a non-credit graduation requirement across all degree programs at the Boston campus. Spread out over five semesters, this course provides materials and opportunity to integrate seminary life with the student’s personal formation as a disciple and leader. Module 5 In this module we will work on discovering practices for the Sacramental life, or, making present and visible the reign of the Spirit in everyday life. Prayer binds together all of the spritual disciplines introduced in this Seminar. Prayer, as conversation with God, allows us to enter into the Spirits presence all around us in everyday life. Integrative Seminars are zero credit hours.
 
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Ministry of the Church (Division of Practical Theology)

MC601E American Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the American Baptist churches in the USA. Also available as independant study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2011
 
MC/SE602 Church & Community: Introduction to the Public Ministry of t   This course introduces students to important strategies for social ministry, such as, congregation-based community organizing, community development, and others, designed to facilitate a holistic social ministry and prophetic role in the community and exploring as avenues towards gospel faith­fulness and shalom in the city. The biblical/theological bases for social responsibility are explored.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
MC/SE603 The Public Church   An examination of the church’s role in the arena of economic, political, educational, and social structures and powers: the public domain. An equal amount of time will be devoted to a survey of social theologies and a critique of contemporary ministry strategies.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
MC604 Seminar in Church Management and Administration   Systems thought will be utilized to analyze overall approaches to administration. Practical topics such as time management, planning and evaluation , budgeting and financial record keeping, conflict resolution, leadership styles, and legal aspects of ministry will be discussed, focusing on the concerns of the class members. Various guest speakers will address the class.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
MC/EM605 Introduction to Theological Studies   Students will be introduced to new research and writing skills, in addition to building on those already acquired. Special emphasis will be given to the practical aspects of writing and documenting papers and library research, applying several research methods. All students are required to complete this course. Limited to 20 students.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MC/PC606 Pastoral Care in Crisis Situations   How does one effectively minister in crisis situations? Course interactions will include case studies, discussions, and role playing.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
MC611 Healthy Relationships and Conflict Resolution in Christian O   To train leaders concerning the key elements for building healthy relationships in ministry as well as providing strategies for effectively handling conflicts.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
MC617 Teams and Team Building   The purpose of this course is to help students, as potential team members and leaders, to appreciate the theological and managerial rationale for the use of teams in ministry. In addition, they will acquire and develop the philosophy and skills needed to sustain an effective ministry team. Key principles, strategies and interaction will facilitate the learning process. Students will also be exposed to the functions of teamwork, recruitment, team formation, barriers to team building, and key principles of conflict management.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2013
 
MC621 Living Systems in the Urban Context I   Treats problems of communication in the city, using models of cross-culturalism from cultural anthropology. The city is discussed as a complex system, and significant urban social problems are highlighted. Specialists in various areas of the urban environment will address the class. Courses meet in Boston.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
MC622 Living Systems in the Urban Context II   Forms of Christianity in the city are discussed. Examines the unique concerns of the urban pastor and the process involved in church growth. Special attention given to goal-setting, evaluation and planning of ministry. Courses meet in Boston.
        Prerequisite: MC621.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
MC/WM667 Urban Ministry and its Ethnic Reality   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
MC670 Working with the Marginalized Poor   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
MC683 Compassionate and Holistic Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MC720 Project Course in Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
 
MC760 Reading in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
MC/EM801 Leadership, Management and Strategy for Ministry   A triple workshop: Creative Life Planning, Management Theory and Plan for Future Ministry. Provides powerful small group experience and application of dynamic theory to future practice.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
MC860 Research in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
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Mentored Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

MM649 Field-Based Mentored Ministry   A capstone practical theology course required for MDiv and MA students on the Boston campus. Students learn broad based urban ministry leadership skills. The semester is divided into a series of thematic workshops followed by a field based ministry project that will be addressed by a small group and an assigned mentor. Students practice leadership skills, strategic planning, collaboration and community development principles along with pastoral discernment. Spiritual formation goals are integrated into all aspects of the course. MM649 is 6 semester hours. This course may be repeated for credit.
        Prerequisite: MC621 and at least 12 courses completed
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MM650 Field-Based Mentored Ministry   A specialized capstone practical theology course offered on the Boston campus for developing urban ministry skills. The semester is divided into a series of thematic workshops followed by a field based ministry project that will be addressed by a small group and an assigned mentor. Students practice leadership skills, strategic planning, collaboration and community development principles along with pastoral discernment. Theogical reflection on praxis and spiritual formation are integrated into all aspects of the course. MM650 is 6 semester hours. This course may be repeated for credit based on specialization interests.
        Prerequisite: MM649 or MC621, EM/MC801, and MC683 and at least 12 courses completed
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
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New Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

NT501 New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
NT501-I New Testament Survey   Introduction to the field of New Testament studies, highlighting central New Testament themes, issues, events, and persons. Offered through Semlink+.
 
NT502 Interpreting the New Testament   Attention given to a variety of methods of interpretation (textual, lexical, grammatical, historical, literary) and bibliographic tools. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Greek text.
        Must complete OT500, NT501, and GL502 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2013
 
NT503 The Life of Jesus   A study of the complementary portraits of Jesus in the four gospels to determine the events of his life, the content of his message, and his understanding of his own person and mission.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
NT504 Paul and His Letters   Paul’s pastoral and missionary understanding of the Christian faith is examined by assessing the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts.
        Last Offered: Spring 2009
 
NT/SE507 Philippians: The Joy of Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
NT513 Studies in the Book of Mark   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
NT519 Studies in Acts   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
NT/TH525 A Biblical Theology of Marriage   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
NT527 Galatians in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
NT528 Studies in the Book of Ephesians   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
NT/ET543 New Testament and Christian Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
NT556 John in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2012
 
NT562 Ephesians in Depth   Provides the student with sufficient knowledge of Greek and Hebrew to use research tools and do Greek and Hebrew word studies. An exegetical method is explained and then applied in a careful study of the epistle to the Ephesians. Addresses questions of both Paul’s original meaning and contemporary application.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
NT566 Hebrews in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
NT569 Revelation in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
NT/SE590 Moral Life, Spiritual Life: The Msg of James for Urban Life   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
NT/OT593 Angels, Demons & the Holy Spirit   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2010
 
NT611 Exegesis of Matthew   An exegetical study of the Greek text of Matthew, focusing on the structure and theology of Matthew’s gospel as a literary unit.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
NT613 Exegesis of Mark   An exegetical study of the structure, theology and probable setting of Mark, with special attention given to the person of Jesus and his mission.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
NT615 Exegesis of Luke   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context, and application of Luke.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
NT617 Gospel of John   Exegesis of the Greek text, with special focus on John’s portrayal of Jesus, the divine family, and the formation of the new family of believers.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
NT626 Exegesis of Galatians   A detailed analysis of the Greek text of Galatians, with special attention given to Paul’s apostleship, his relationship with the Jerusalem church, his understanding of the law, justification and the role of the Spirit.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
NT628 Exegesis of Ephesians   An exegetical study of the epistle to the Ephesians in the historical and theological context of Paul’s apostolic ministry. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
NT638 Exegesis of Hebrews   A study of the Greek text of the “Letter to the Hebrews” with special attention given to the occasion, purpose , structure and theological content of the letter, and to the author’s use of the Old Testament .
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
NT760 Reading in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2010
 
NT860 Research in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
NT/OT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology).
        Th.M. students only
 
NT/OT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
 
NT991 ThM Thesis - Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: NT/OT901 and an invitation from the division.
 
NT992 ThM Thesis - Part II   A continuation of NT991.
        Prerequisite: NT991.
 
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Oriental Languages (Division of Biblical Studies)

OL501 Hebrew I   Introduces basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, emphasizing the importance of Hebrew language for understanding the Old Testament. Students with unusual difficulty in language acquisition may petition Director of the Hebrew Language program for tutorial program to fulfill basic Hebrew.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
OL502 Hebrew II   Continuation of OL 501 with sustained emphasis on mastery of grammar and vocabulary. OL 502 will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament with introduction of some rudiments of exegetical method.
        Prerequisite: OL501.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
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Old Testament (Division of Biblical Studies)

OT500 Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
OT500-I Old Testament Survey   Introduces history, literature and thought of Old Testament as reflected in its major divisions and individual books. Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary-level studies. Offered through Semlink+.
        Last Offered: Fall 2008
 
OT501 Theology of the Pentateuch   General introduction to the topic, including: creation as foundational to all further revelation; the image of God and its implications for the nature of God’s kingdom and temple presence; the primacy of covenant in all of God’s dealings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
OT502 Introduction to the Old Testament   General introduction to issues in Old Testament study, including: inspiration and canonicity, interpretation (including classical and modern critical approaches), languages and original sources, archaeology, history, cultural contexts, chronology, and geography.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
OT511 Interpreting the Old Testament   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Must complete OT500, NT501, and OL502 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
OT521 Biblical Archaeology   Introduction to archaeology’s contributions to our understanding of the political, cultural and religious history of ancient Israel. Slides and artifacts will complement the lectures. Emphasis on the use of archaeology and historical geography in church ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
OT546 Studies in the Historical Books   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
OT551 Genesis in Depth   Introduces the student to exegetical tools used for the interpretation of the Bible. The student will learn how to do Hebrew and Greek word studies, using key texts in Genesis as examples. The course will focus on the narrative of Genesis, tracing important redemptive themes and showing how Genesis contributes to the larger redemptive story.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
OT552 Exodus in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
OT556 Joshua in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
OT558 I & II Samuel in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
OT560 Restoring the City: Ezra/Nehemiah in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2009
 
OT562 Isaiah in Depth   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
OT/NT593 Angels, Demons & the Holy Spirit   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2010
 
OT626 Exegesis in Genesis   Emphasis upon the fundamentals of Old Testament exegesis, reading select Hebrew passages of Genesis and the study of issues raised in scholarly literature, including Genesis in historical criticism, the structure of Genesis, and the nature of its narrative and theology.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
OT631 Exegesis in Joshua   Translation and study of select portions of Joshua, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study , and sermon preparation. Special emphasis: warfare theology.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
OT635 Exegesis in Judges   An exegetical study of Judges designed to introduce the methods of OT exegesis and hermeneutics. Attention will be given to the book’s literary structure, dominant biblical-theological themes and various legal-ethical issues.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
OT644 Exegesis in Old Testament Narratives   Preliminary aspects of Hebrew exegesis, including objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages from the historical books for preaching and teaching. Emphasis upon introductory issues important to the proper interpretation of various individual books.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
OT646 Exegesis in the Historical Books   The basics of Hebrew exegesis, including its objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages from the historical books. Students are exposed both to the general characteristics and applicability of interpretation of various individual books.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
OT682 Exegeting the Old Testament   Translation and study of select prose passages, with regard to such exegetically related matters as: dictionary usage, grammar, textual criticism, word study, historical and literary context study, and sermon preparation.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2010
 
OT750 Old Testament Prophetical Books   A study of the institution and contribution of the prophets, including: critical backgrounds, a survey of the prophets, and exegesis of selected passages in the prophetic literature. Special interest: eschatological patterns and themes.
        Prerequisite: OT 600-level exegesis course .
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
OT760 Reading in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
OT770 Old Testament Poetical Books   A study of the nature and techniques of Old Testament poetry, including: metrics, line and strophic structure, historical-grammatical exegesis and text criticism. Special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms .
        Prerequisite: OT 600-level exegesis course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
OT860 Research in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
OT/NT901 Seminar in Biblical Theology   A seminar focusing on the theological message of the Bible with a survey of critical issues in contemporary scholarship and instruction on research methods and writing. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Biblical Studies Division (NT, OT, Biblical Theology).
        Th.M. students only
 
OT/NT/TH910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
 
OT991 ThM Thesis - Part I   Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Biblical Studies Division.
        Prerequisite: OT/NT901 and invitation from division.
 
OT992 ThM Thesis - Part II   A continuation of OT991.
        Prerequisite: OT991.
 
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Pastoral Care/Psychology (Division of Practical Theology)

PC521 Pastoral Counseling in Urban Ministry   Application of the unique task of pastoral care and counseling in the context of the urban church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
PC542 Marriage Counseling   Basic preparation for assessing and counseling married couples in the context of the congregation. Emphasis is upon marriage as a covenant relationship.
        Last Offered: January 2013
 
PC/MC606 Pastoral Care in Crisis Situations   How does one effectively minister in crisis situations? Course interactions will include case studies, discussions, and role playing.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
PC621 Clinical Pastoral Education   An intensive pastoral clinical experience in a hospital setting under the supervision of an approved ACPE supervisor. Requirements vary depending on location and credits received. Students may be eligible to receive a limited amount of credit for mentored ministry when registered concurrently. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions and a description of credit options. PC621 is 4.5 semester hours.
 
PC622 Clinical Pastoral Education   A continuation of PC 621. PC622 is 4.5 semester hours.
 
PC623 Clinical Pastoral Education   Same as PC 621/622 except that it is a five day per week commitment for 12 weeks. Contact the Mentored Ministry Office for detailed instructions. PC623 is 9 semester hours.
 
PC/CO/SF711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2012
 
PC/CO717 Counseling in Abuse and Domestic Violence   This is a course designed to discuss issues related to identification, intervention, and treatment of both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The approach and model is a comprehensive one, including: physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual factors. The method of instruction is an interactive, adult learning model.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
PC720 Project Course in Pastoral Care and Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
 
PC/CO/YM725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
PC760 Readings in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
PC860 Research in Pastoral Psychology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Preaching (Division of Practical Theology)

PR500 Introduction to Preaching   This course is designed to enhance the preacher who has had little or no formal theological training . Students will gain a basic background of the history and theology of preaching, including the role of great preachers in shaping the history of the church. In addition, students will be exposed to rudi­mentary exegetical methods as it contributes to the homiletical task.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
PR601 Preaching: Princ. & Pract. in Prep. Relevant Biblical Sermns   An introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: NT502 or OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
PR602 Preaching for Modern Listeners   Building on PR601, students will interact with the biblical material to prepare sermons that relate to a modern audience. Students will preach with critique by the professor.
        Prerequisites: PR601.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
PR720 Project Course in Preaching   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
 
PR901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Preaching   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for preaching and writing. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing and discussion. Required for all students in the Master of Theology in Preaching.
        Th.M. students only
 
PR926A The Preacher and the Message Part I   As a unique mentoring component of the Master of Theology in Preaching program, students will meet with the preaching faculty and occasional guests to discuss what it means for the preacher to interact with his or her congregation, people, spouse, and ministry priorities. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Students who register for PR926A must take PR926B in the following session in order to receive any credit for the course. PR926A is 1.5 semester hours.
        Th.M. students only
 
PR926B The Preacher and the Message Part II   A continuation of PR 926A. PR926B is 1.5 semester hours. PR926A and PR926B together constitute one course. Only students who have completed PR926A may register for PR926B.
        Prerequisite: PR926A.
 
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Social Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

SE/NT507 Philippians: The Joy of Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
SE571 Christian Ethics & Social Issues   Seeks to develop the student’s theological-ethical reflections, social analysis, and types of action for ministering to crucial social issues. Our three-step approach will be: 1) clarification, 2) conceptualization, and 3) confrontation. Issues include: urbanization, economic justice, and environmental ethics.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
SE/NT590 Moral Life, Spiritual Life: The Msg of James for Urban Life   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
SE/MC602 Church & Community: Introduction to the Public Ministry of t   This course introduces students to important strategies for social ministry, such as, congregation-based community organizing, community development, and others, designed to facilitate a holistic social ministry and prophetic role in the community and exploring as avenues towards gospel faith­fulness and shalom in the city. The biblical/theological bases for social responsibility are explored.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
SE/MC603 The Public Church   An examination of the church’s role in the arena of economic, political, educational, and social structures and powers: the public domain. An equal amount of time will be devoted to a survey of social theologies and a critique of contemporary ministry strategies.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
SE/YM632 Ethnic Identities and Reconciliation   Multiethnic and interactive class examines racism in terms of a black and white paradigm. A multidisciplinary analysis of this major social problem. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho-social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions. Typically taught in Boston.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
SE700 Theology and Ethics for Urban Ministry   This course is an examination of the rich theological and ethical teaching of scripture for urban ministry. Students will develop a theology of context, a theology of mission/ministry, and a theology of spirituality.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
SE/TH702 Pentecostalism   Through class discussions and field visits the course explores the fastest growing religious movement in the world today; its appeal to poor and marginalized people, the role of women, its history and theology, healing and glossolalia, and the emergence of a Pentecostal social theology.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2009
 
SE760 Reading in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
SE860 Research in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Spiritual Formation (Division of Practical Theology)

SF/CO610 Advanced Developmental Psychology   An investigation of the major developmental issues across the life span. Integration and critique of these theories from a biblical and theological perspective.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
SF/CH/TH627 History and Theology of Prayer   The study of prayer will be approached from a variety of perspectives: 1) Historical—reading some of the great works on prayer throughout the centuries; 2) Devotional—discussing the discipline of prayer for the life of the believer and for the leader in ministry; 3) Liturgical—looking at the ways in which various traditions use prayer in public worship- and 4) Theological—approaching the topic of prayer as it fits into the Scriptures and into the whole of Christian experience.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
SF/CO/PC711 Group Process   Application in theory and practice of the use of groups and group process. Class members become part of an active group for the purposes of an effective learning process.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2012
 
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Theology (Division of Christian Thought)

TH501-I Theology Survey I   A study of theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature; original and actual sin. Offered through Semlink+.
 
TH502-I Theology Survey II   A study of the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; eschatology. Offered through Semlink+.
        Prerequisite: TH501. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
 
TH504 Systematic Theology I   A study of theological method, general and special revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, and canonicity of scripture; existence, attributes, and triune nature of God.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2014
 
TH/NT525 A Biblical Theology of Marriage   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
TH/CH542 John Calvin and the Swiss Reformation   Life, work, and times of the consolidator of the Reformation: Geneva, Institutes, letters, theology, polity, pastoral issues.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
TH/CH601 History and Theology of the African-American Church   This course will explore the history of the African American Church, how we have known God through our social, political, economic, and religious context, review major themes in African Ameri­can theological reflection, and suggest areas for further reflection and praxis. Typcially taught in Boston.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
TH/WM602 Theology of Mission   A biblical-theological introduction to missions. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, the relationship of social action to evangelism, mission and development, and the relation of Christianity to other religions.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
TH603 Contemporary Theology and Theologians   This course examines contemporary theology through the work of several contemporary practitioners of theology. Of particular interest is the discipline of theology in the last 30 years.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH605 Systematic Theology II   A study of creation, providence, the image of God, human nature, original and actual sin, and the person and work of Christ.
        Prerequisite: TH504. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH607 Systematic Theology III   A study of conversion, justification, sanctification, perseverance, the work of the Holy Spirit, church, sacraments, and eschatology.
        Prerequisites: TH504 and TH605.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
TH/CH/SF627 History and Theology of Prayer   The study of prayer will be approached from a variety of perspectives: 1) Historical—reading some of the great works on prayer throughout the centuries; 2) Devotional—discussing the discipline of prayer for the life of the believer and for the leader in ministry; 3) Liturgical—looking at the ways in which various traditions use prayer in public worship- and 4) Theological—approaching the topic of prayer as it fits into the Scriptures and into the whole of Christian experience.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
TH/ET637 Workplace Theology   Work, calling, and related topics and issues in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. Thinking biblically about discipleship in the marketplace.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
TH/SE702 Pentecostalism   Through class discussions and field visits the course explores the fastest growing religious movement in the world today; its appeal to poor and marginalized people, the role of women, its history and theology, healing and glossolalia, and the emergence of a Pentecostal social theology.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2009
 
TH760 Reading in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH860 Research in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH/CH/WM901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
 
TH/NT/OT910 Theological Hermeneutics   A discussion of main theories and concepts of hermeneutics, with particular attention being paid to the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology; contextual and missional issues. Offered at the Th.M. level.
 
TH991 ThM Thesis - Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
 
TH992 ThM Thesis - Part II   A continuation of TH991.
        Prerequisite: TH991.
 
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World Missions (Division of Christian Thought)

WM601 The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
WM601-I The World Mission of the Church   Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. Offered through Semlink+.
 
WM/TH602 Theology of Mission   A biblical-theological introduction to missions. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, the relationship of social action to evangelism, mission and development, and the relation of Christianity to other religions.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
WM661 Missions and the Local Church   Covers the position, roles, and responsibilities of the local church with respect to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Special attention given to the concept of the local church as the primary, God-ordained organism for the recruitment, training and sending of missionaries .
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2013
 
WM/EV665 Church Planting and Growth   A practical and biblical-theological perspective on planting and development of churches. Research projects concentrate on sharpening skills in planning, establishing and nurturing churches which will equip members for ministry to their communities, and for continued planting of new churches.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
WM/MC667 Urban Ministry and its Ethnic Reality   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
WM671 Holistic Mission   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2010
 
WM/EM/YM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
WM/CO712 Cross-Cultural Counseling   Overview of considerations in conducting therapy with those of different cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is given to family roles, structures and functions, and to the context in which individuals develop and relate.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
WM745 Intercultural Mission   Deals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and beliefs needed to live and declare the gospel in intercultural situations. Topics include: theories of intercultural communications and skills for culture learning. Course work includes reading, instructional simulation and written assignments.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2011
 
WM760 Reading in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
WM860 Research in World Missions   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
WM/CH/TH901 Th.M. Research Seminar in Christian Thought   The seminar is designed to instruct students in the area of research skills for Christian thought. The course will consist of lectures, reading, writing, and discussion. Required of all Th.M. students with a concentration in the Christian Thought Division (CH, TH, WM).
        Th.M. students only
 
WM991 ThM Thesis - Part I   Any session by petition. Intensive research into a topic leading to the production of a thesis under the guidance of a thesis director. By invitation of the Christian Thought Division.
        Prerequisite: CH/TH/WM901 and invitation from division.
 
WM992 ThM Thesis - Part II   A continuation of WM991.
        Prerequisite: WM991.
 
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Youth Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

YM520 Family and Youth Ministries   This course integrates social science and biblical principles using an ecological approach with systems thinking aiming at contextual, holistic and systemic transformational ministry. It presents several current views in the transition from segregated youth ministry to family-integrated ministries.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
YM581 Engaging High Risk Youth: Transformational Approaches   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2013
 
YM582 Juvenile Justice Ministry: The Role of the Minister   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2012
 
YM/EM/EV591 Theology and Principles of Dynamic Youth Ministry   Beginning with a look at the ministry of Jesus and your own life , this course presents an overview of youth ministries today and then works though necessary ministry support bases, community research and networking, contacting youth and families, activities, counseling, Gospel-preaching, discipleship formation, recruiting volunteers and sustaining ministries.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
YM593 Understanding Youth Culture   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
YM/SE632 Ethnic Identities and Reconciliation   Multiethnic and interactive class examines racism in terms of a black and white paradigm. A multidisciplinary analysis of this major social problem. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho-social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions. Typically taught in Boston.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
YM681 Effective Juvenile Justice Aftercare Models   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
YM682 Juvenile Delinquency and Its Contributing Factors   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2014
 
YM/EM/WM689 Theological Issues and Models of Urban Youth Ministry: U.S.   This overview stresses the inner city context, how poverty and racism produce street culture and a code of the streets. Emphasis on topical and community research, a relevant and holistic collaborative approach.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
YM690 Ministering to Troubled Youth   What pushes youth at extreme risk toward suicide and homicide? How can youth workers and society respond? Basic skills of intervention and advocacy.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
YM/EM693 Understanding Youth Culture   This course looks at the Christ and culture issue and then studies key aspects of today’s digital and consumerist society, hip-hop, pop and Christian music and a few popular books and movies—asking how these may be integrated into relevant ministry.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
YM695 Effective Relationships, Healing and Growth in Youth Ministr   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
YM/EM/EV704 Communicating the Gospel to Youth   Communication workshop looks at one-on-one and small group process and then stresses public speaking to larger groups. After a consideration of Good News in today’s postmodern context, students give gospel speeches in story form.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
YM720 Project Course in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on project courses.
 
YM/CO/PC725 Counseling the Adolescent   A review of the basic issues in adolescent development with a particular focus on understanding the adolescent in the family context. Development of introductory skills in the counseling of adolescents and their families.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
YM760 Reading in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
YM781 Juvenile Justice Institutional Ministry   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
YM860 Research in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Last Offered: Fall 2006
 
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