Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Hamilton 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)

AP601 Introduction to Christian Apologetics   The course examines models of apologetics found in Scripture and throughout church history in order to make application of them to contemporary challenges to the Christian faith.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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: January 2011
 
AP631 Religious Epistemology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
AP/WM644 Introduction to Confucianism and Taoism   An introductory course on two great religious traditions in China and East Asia. Their histories, beliefs, and shaping influences on Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures, societies, and daily life of the peoples will be explored and evaluated from Christian perspective. Special attention will be given to their contemporary revivals and growing influences in East Asia, the challenges they have and will pose to Christian missions, and possible Christian responses.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
AP/WM646 Introduction to Buddhism   In-depth survey of the main historical and theological themes of the Buddhist religion. Exposure to primary source materials, major Buddhist traditions, and current strategies being used to bring the gospel to Buddhists. Particular emphasis on the Chinese, Korean and Japanese experience of Buddhism. Not for students who have taken AP/WM649.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
AP/WM647 Introduction to Islam   An introduction to the Islamic faith with a special emphasis on communicating the gospel to Muslims who comprise over 1 billion adherents and is the second largest world religion. The whole of the Qu’ran is read in English.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
AP/WM649 Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism   An overview of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. We will examine their histories, beliefs, rites, and impacts upon various cultures and societies in Asia and other parts of the world. Efforts will be made to develop a Christian response to the traditions and appropriate missiological thinking and strategies. Not for students who have taken AP/WM645 or AP/WM646.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
AP/WM747 Critical Issues in the Christian Mission to Muslims   This course explores some of the major contemporary issues confronting those in ministry to Muslims as well as the church in the West. Some of the topics covered in this course are apocalyptic views of history in Islam and Christianity, the theological nature of Islam, Islam in the West, the relationship between Islam and the State, the influence of Radical Islam, Contextualization and Insider Movements, the status and role of women in contemporary Islamic societies, movements within Islam, theological misunderstandings, approaches to Muslims, dialogue between civilizations, and how modern Islamic societies are responding to secularization and pluralism.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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.
 
AP960 Research in Apologetics   Th.M .-level 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)

CH500 Survey of Church History   A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the present day . Designed to fulfill the basic church history requirement for all Master of Arts degree programs. This course is not a substitute for CH 501 or 502 and should be taken by M.A. students only.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
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: Fall 2014
 
CH501-I 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. Offered through Semlink+.
 
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 2015
 
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+.
 
CH513 Puritanism in America   A study of Puritanism in America with special reference to the events and personalities connected with New England.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH/SF591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ. May meet the Spiritual Formation requirement for M.Div., by petition. Petition not required if taking the course as an elective.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH/CO/ET602 Human Sexuality: Issues & Ethics in Ancient & Modern World   Examines Christian responses to sexual practices and values of the ancient world and contemporary society, beginning with a study of the early church’s relationship to standards and practices of its Jewish and Greco-Roman environments, and then investigating current evangelical views.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2013
 
CH/WM603 History of Missions   This course provides an overview of the historical progress of the Christian missions from its inception to the present. It seeks to explore Christian missions from historical and missiological perspectives, and identify the different mission patterns or paradigms characteristic of different eras and regions.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
CH608 The Social World of Early Christianity   Covering the time of the New Testament through the Patristic period, attention will be given to the political, economic, literary and social influences that shaped the development of the early church, with special reference to the Jewish and Greco-Roman cultural traditions.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
CH/WM610 Advance of the Church in the Non-Western World   The conventional approach to the global spread of Christianity is quite Euro-centric. In this course, after surveying the global outreach and existence of churches in the ancient and medieval times, we will focus on modern worldwide missionary movement since the 19th Century and rise of the churches in the global south and east in the 20th Century. We will examine the characteristics of the rising churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and evaluate their profound implications and impacts on the global Christian community, and reflect on how we in the West respond and relate to these churches in the non-western world.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH611 American Christianity   An analysis of the major themes in American religious history from colonial times to the present. Special attention will be given to the relation between the church and the social, economic and political context within which it seeks to minister.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
CH/TH614 Jonathan Edwards   Surveys the work of America’s greatest theologian, exploring the biblical and philosophical roots of his thinking and evaluating his contributions to theology, history, aesthetics and spiritual renewal. Readings include: The Freedom of the Will, Original Sin, The Religious Affections and many shorter works.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
CH/SF618 Medieval Spirituality   Medieval approaches to knowing God through mysticism, monasticism, popular piety, sacraments, worship, art, music, architecture, symbolism; exploring relevance to spirituality today.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH/SF/TH619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life , between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
CH/TH621 World Religions on the Silk Road   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
CH/SF623 Spiritual Awakenings: Great Revivals from Edwards to Graham   Many of us have prayed that God would renew our lives and our churches through heaven-sent revivals like those experienced in the 18th century Great Awakening. These past revivals have much to teach us, but most of us have not had the opportunity to examine with care the remarkable 'seasons of refreshing' that God has used to renew His people across the centuries. If you have ever longed to explore in depth the story of God's renewing work in the pages of Scripture and throughout Christian history, then this course may be what you are looking for. It will challenge you to think biblically about spiritual awakening and to prepare for spiritual renewal.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
CH/TH632 Augustine of Hippo   A study of the life and work of the greatest theologian of the early church. Attention is focused on Augustine’s historical context, including the philosophical and religious factors that shaped his early response to Christianity and colored his mature work.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
CH/EM/TH635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH/TH642 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/TH643 Martin Luther   A seminar on the life, work, and times of Luther, pioneer of the Reformation. Attention will be given to his spiritual pilgrimage and to his development and influence as a leader, particularly through his debates and writings.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH647 Anglican Church History   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
CH648 The English Reformation   Exploration of the complex motivations and achievements of Wycliffe, Tyndale and the English Bible, Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer; Thomas More, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth I.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH650 The Protestant Reformation   This course will explore the impact of key figures such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bucer, Munzer, Simons, and Cranmer on both the Continental and English Reformations.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
CH653 History of Liturgy   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
CH/TH655 Great Confessions of the Faith   A seminar designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
CH/TH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
CH/TH657 Life and Theology of Karl Barth   This course presents Barth’s life and theology through lectures, readings and discussions in order to gain a critical understanding of the main themes in his theology and their relevance for our own understanding of Christian faith and ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
CH/SF662 History of Christian Worship   Models including Old and New Testament, early church, Orthodox, Medieval, Reformation/Puritan, African-American, revival, renewal, feminist, international, seeker-sensitive and charismatic. Discerning the theological, organizing principles in various worship styles so as to lead worship in a biblical, integrated, and God-honoring way.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
CH/MC/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
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: Spring 2011
 
CH/SF667 C.S. Lewis' Life, Works, and Spirituality   Explores the writings and spiritual pilgrimage of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. From County Down to Cambridge University, through two World Wars and a wardrobe, to Narnia and Perelandra, the course follows the life and work of the myth-loving medieval professor, apologist, children’s author, and Inkling.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
CH/TH668 The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies   A detailed look at the two greatest doctrinal controversies of the patristic period. This course focuses on reading and discussion of primary sources from the Trinitarian and Christological controversies, in an effort to discern both the depth of the Church’s consensus on these crucial doctrines and the soteriology that lay beneath this consensus.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
CH/SF670 Spiritual Autobiographies: From Augustine to Spurgeon   A seminar course in which students will read and analyze the spiritual autobiographies of ten notable figures of Church History, including the writings of Augustine of Hippo, Theresa of Avila, John Bunyan, Charles G. Finney and C. H. Spurgeon.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
CH675 Readings in English Puritanism   A survey of the rise of English Puritanism and an examination of its character. Main emphasis falls on studies of Owen, Bunyan, Sibbes and Baxter. The method will be lecture/discussion with students’ papers used in a supportive role.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
CH676-I Lewis and Tolkien   The writings of Lewis and Tolkien shaped a critique of rationalistic materialism and the global wars of the early 20th century. Their writings continue to be sources of inspiration and deep thinking today, serving to influencing everything from apologetics to literature. The purpose of this course is to engage the writings and thinking in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to gain a better understanding of their views. The course will focus on the primary readings of both authors and will train the students in how to compare and contrast competing ideas between two thinkers who seem to have similar ideas. Offered through Semlink+.
 
CH/ET/TH677 History of Christian Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
CH/TH679 Patristic Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2013
 
CH/PR706 The Life and Preaching of A.J. Gordon   This course is designed to enable the student to understand the life and ministry of A.J. Gordon, nineteenth-century evangelical leader and shared founder of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of his birth. Students will become familiar with Gordon’s life, theology, publications and preaching as set in the ferment of late nineteenth-century evangelicalism.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
CH760 Reading in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
CH812 Historiography   A study of historiography and research methodology designed to prepare students for doctoral studies.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
CH860 Research in Church History   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
CH891 Church History 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: Invitation from division.
 
CH892 Church History Thesis - Part II   A continuation of CH891.
        Prerequisite: CH891.
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
CH960 Research in Church History   Th.M .-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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 2014
 
CO/CH/ET602 Human Sexuality: Issues & Ethics in Ancient & Modern World   Examines Christian responses to sexual practices and values of the ancient world and contemporary society, beginning with a study of the early church’s relationship to standards and practices of its Jewish and Greco-Roman environments, and then investigating current evangelical views.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 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: Fall 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 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
CO615 Sociology of the Family   An examination of the social, cultural, religious, educational, economic and family lifestyle patterns as a preparation for effective counseling in varied settings.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
CO616 Cognitive Psychology   Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental processes underlying our ability to perceive the world, understand and remember our experiences, communicate with others, alter our feelings and control our behavior. The course deals with theoretical assumptions and practical aspects. Research and clinical practice are drawn and integrated into the concrete applications of cognitive psychology.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
CO/MC/SF642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
CO709 Counseling in Addictive Behaviors   This course will cover prevention and intervention with addictions, both neurobiological and behavioral. The course will address etiology, assessment and models of treatment, with an emphasis on Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
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 2015
 
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 2014
 
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: Spring 2015
 
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.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
CO716 Marital Therapy   Basic theories of marital therapy with particular attention to biblical and theological issues. The process of marital therapy is introduced by carefully constructed role-play/feedback sessions.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500 and CO614.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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: Fall 2014
 
CO720 Children in Therapy   Understanding the role and function of children as the focus for family therapy. Learning to develop appropriate intervention strategies in working with children in the context of the family.
        Open to M.A. in Counseling students only. Prerequisite: CO500.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
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: Fall 2014
 
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: Spring 2014
 
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: Spring 2015
 
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 2014
 
CO/EM/PC741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
CO760 Reading in Counseling   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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: Summer Session 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 2015
 
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
 
CO860 Research in Counseling   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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 .
 
CO864A Marriage and Family 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 CO872A.
 
CO864B Marriage and Family 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 CO872B.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
CO872A Marriage and Family Professional Internship Seminar 1   For all Marriage and Family Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Marriage and Family Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO864A .
 
CO872B Marriage and Family Professional Internship Seminar 2   For all Marriage and Family Track students. A small group experience with the clinical faculty to clarify issues and develop advanced understanding of the role of the Marriage and Family Counselor.
        Must be taken with CO864B .
 
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 .
 
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 .
 
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Educational Ministries (Division of Practical Theology)

EM/MM501 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 1   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. EM/MM501 is an orientation unit of Mentored Ministry and does not require field work. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
 
EM/MM502 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 2   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. EM/MM502 is the first field unit of Mentored Ministry. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM501 as well as EM502, EM604, or MC/SF501 before or during this course.
 
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 2011
 
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 2009
 
EM/MM601 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 3   A continuation of EM/MM502. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM502 before or with EM/MM601 .
 
EM/MM602 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 4   A continuation of EM/MM601. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM601 before or with EM/MM602 .
 
EM603 Educational Ministry with Adults   The nature of educational ministry with adults is set forth with a focus on the local church. The special needs, developmental issues and potentialities of adults are considered, with a view to helping them toward genuine Christian maturity.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
EM/MC619 Congregational Leadership Development   In this course, students develop competencies in leading and administering programs, especially in the local church. Students explore such issues as: training others for leadership; organizing, supervising and evaluating programs; basic financial management.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
EM/CH/TH635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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: Spring 2012
 
EM/WM657 Educational Ministry in Cultural Perspective   This course explores Educational Ministry in light of the cultural dimensions of life. Students will be challenged to consider how the cultural realities of both the teacher and the learner affect the various aspects of teaching decisions and strategies.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
EM687 Educational Ministry in Urban Settings   Participants explore the impacts of urbanization, economic deprivation and racism on the theory and practice of Educational Ministry in urban settings. Consideration is given to the development of educational strategies for the local urban church. Typically taught in Boston.
 
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: Fall 2007
 
EM/SF715 Worship and Christian Formation   The focus of this course is on the relationship between two of the church’s central tasks: worship and Christian formation. Students will consider the theology and practice of worship and will participate in the design of worship experiences.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
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.
 
EM/CO/PC741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
EM760 Reading in Educational Ministries   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
EM/MC810 Integrative Seminar in Ministry Formation   Readings and discussions of leadership theory and practice, and a strengthening examination of your own leadership, will prepare you to interview for, or to initiate, ministries in various forms. Available to MAEM student as a direct study any term upon petition.
        Prerequisite: A minimum of 10 seminary courses (at least 4 of them in Educational Ministries) must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2009
 
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 2014
 
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/CH/CO602 Human Sexuality: Issues & Ethics in Ancient & Modern World   Examines Christian responses to sexual practices and values of the ancient world and contemporary society, beginning with a study of the early church’s relationship to standards and practices of its Jewish and Greco-Roman environments, and then investigating current evangelical views.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2013
 
ET/SE625 Conservative Social Thought   Reading and discussion of conservative social theorists including Thomas Sowell, Paul Johnson, Michael Novak, Peter Berger, P.T. Bauer, Charles Murray, George Gilder, Julian Simon, Samuel Huntington, and others. Topics include free market economics, limited government, and issues of race, gender, education, and the environment.
        Last Offered: Fall 2005
 
ET631 Business and Professional Ethics   A study in applied, practical Christian ethics. What biblically are the purposes, values, and ethical guidelines appropriate to business and the professions (e.g., law, medicine, the pastorate)? How can Christians faithfully respond to the ethical challenges and opportunities arising in these domains today?
        Last Offered: Spring 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: Fall 2014
 
ET641 Workplace Theology   We map out the workplace, its challenges, opportunities, arenas, topics, and trends. Then we build a biblical theology of work in the perspective of Creation, Fall, Providence, Incarnation, Redemption, and Fulfillment. We identify the starting points, backgrounds, perceived callings, and desired goals of each member of our cohort.
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2014
 
ET642 Workplace Ethics   Building good individual character and organizational culture . . . discerning and doing the right thing in personal and organizational contexts . . . how does a robustly biblical ethics (method and content) guide us in this domain? It is partly about faithfully, effectively responding to ethical problems that arise in the workplace; it is mostly about proactively building mission-driven, value-embedded, principle-guided ethically healthier individuals and organizations.
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2014
 
ET643 Finance and Marketing in Christian Perspective   From Wall Street and Madison Avenue to Harlem, from bank headquarters to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a week of intensive study, discussion, site visits, and interviews exploring money, finance, profit, wealth and poverty, marketing, sales, and consumerism. How do biblical stewardship, honesty, truthfulness, diligence, creativity, and redemption play out constructively in this arena? ET643 meets in New York City .
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
ET644 Technology and Entrepreneurship in Christian Perspective   From Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and Costco to smaller scale enterprises, from manufacturing products to delivering services, from old establishments to cutting edge entrepreneurial start-ups, how can we understand the nature, potential, and challenge of today’s technologies in a biblical theological and ethical perspective? What biblical themes and insights will salt these arenas and activities? ET644 meets in Seattle .
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
 
ET645 Globalization and Development in Christian Perspective   Outside the economically modern context to a more traditional society, we will view the impacts, opportunities, and challenges of globalization and world trade, on manufacturing, labor, and food production. We will visit multinational manufacturing and farming along with newer micro-enterprise development projects. How can the transnational Body of Christ contribute to a positive globalization? ET645 meets in Honduras.
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
 
ET646 Workplace Leadership in Church and Society   We will draw together our two years of study and focus on opportunities and strategies for leadership in mobilizing, equipping, and supporting a faithful Christian workplace presence. How can we lead our churches and Christian institutions and what can we do in the workplace itself, in companies and organizations, Christian and otherwise, to bear witness in word and deed to the Word of God for our work? To what role and strategy is God calling each of us?
        Open to MAR-WTEL or WTEL Certificate students only. All others require professor's approval.
 
ET655 Ethical Theory   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
ET/CH/TH677 History of Christian Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
ET681 Issues in Sexual Ethics and Bioethics   The complexities of our contemporary world raise ethical questions that the Church and Christians are often not equipped to tackle. This course will explore some of those issues in the areas of sexual ethics and bioethics, in light of God’s Word and a Christian world view. Among the issues to be addressed are: a theology of sexuality, premarital sex, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, abortion, stem cell research, genetic engineering, treatment termination, and euthanasia. Attention is given to how the Church and Christians can address these issues in secular, pluralistic contexts.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
ET760 Reading in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
ET801 End-of-Life Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
ET860 Research in Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
ET891 Ethics 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: Invitation from division.
 
ET892 Ethics Thesis - Part II   A continuation of ET891.
        Prerequisite: ET891.
 
ET960 Research in Ethics   Th.M.-level 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 2009
 
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
 
EV701 Evangelism & Discipleship Through the Local Church   Practical theological foundation for the practice of evangelism and for evangelistic leadership in the church. Includes content and communication of the gospel within cultural context at home and abroad. Preparation in class, followed by community experience. Prayer is primary throughout.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
GL503 Forgotten Greek: An Accelerated Review of Basic Greek   Builds vocabulary and rapid reading skills by covering relatively large blocks of New Testament text. Assigned passages reflect a variety of authors and literary styles. Some attention to grammatical analysis, but emphasis on reading and translation. Not for students whose degrees require GL501 and GL502.
        Prerequisite: Prior transcripted study of Greek and professor approval.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
GL601 Intermediate Greek   Systematic study of Greek beyond GL 502, combined with close reading and detailed grammatical analysis of several complex passages in the New Testament. Emphasis on grammatical analysis, not full exegesis, of passages.
        Prerequisite: GL502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
GL707 Greek Readings in the Apostolic Fathers   Selected readings will focus on the language and literature of the Apostolic Fathers. Options to work in other patristic materials will also be available.
        Prerequisite: GL502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
GL710 Advanced Reading in Greek   Reading course in differing genres of extra-biblical literature, with special attention to grammatical, syntactical, and lexical forms not ordinarily found in the New Testament. Intermediate Greek strongly recommended. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: GL502 with permission of the professor.
 
GL711 Independent Reading in a New Testament Language   A minimum number of passages appropriate to full course credit will be required, with appropriate examination at the conclusion. Language reading may be undertaken at either the beginning or the advanced level. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisites: GL502.
 
GL860 Research in Greek Language   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: GL502.
 
GL914 Biblical Greek:Advanced Concepts   Advanced language students examine the place of Koine Greek within the history of the language, and selected problems in Greek lexicography and grammar. Special emphasis on Septuagint studies and Semitic background of New Testament. Offered at the ThM level.
        Prerequisite: GL502, NT502 and either GL601 or at least one course in NT exegesis or Greek readings.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
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Ministry of the Church (Division of Practical Theology)

MC/SF501 Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
MC/SF501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
 
MC506 Ascetical Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
MC546 Foundations of Institutional Ministry and Chaplaincy   Theology and methodology of chaplaincy with special attention to serving military personnel. Attention given to counseling, care for those in crisis, preaching and teaching, evangelism and discipleship.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2013
 
MC601B United Methodist History And Polity   Provides an understanding of the spirit, purposes and operation of the organization of the church as expressed in the Book of Discipline and provides overview of the American history of denomination.
 
MC601C Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Denominational Standards   Polity and standards for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: January 2009
 
MC601D United Church of Christ Denominational Standards   Policy and standards for the U.C.C. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC601E American Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the American Baptist churches in the USA. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Fall 2001
 
MC601F Conservative Baptist Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the Conservative Baptist Association. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail..
 
MC601G Baptist General Conference Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the Baptist General Conference. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC601H Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Denom Stds   Polity and standards of the C.C.C.C. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MC601I Christian and Missionary Alliance Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the C.M.A. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC601J Assemblies of God Denominational Standards   Polity and standards of the Assemblies of God. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MC601K Reformed Ecclesiology and Polity   This course explores the reformed ecclesiastical tradition(s) and is oriented as an aid to ordination in those traditions. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
MC601L Advent Christian Denominational Standards   A study of the organizational structure, standards and ministry procedures of the Advent Christian denomination. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC601M Church of God of Prophecy History   Polity and standards for the COGOP. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC601N Evangelical Presbyterian Church Denominational Standards   Polity and standards for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Available as independent study, any session by petition. Graded pass/fail.
 
MC610 Growing in Ministry Leadership   To build a biblical foundation concerning effective leadership as well as cover the critical keys necessary for a leader to be effective both personally and organizationally.
        Last Offered: Fall 2004
 
MC/EM619 Congregational Leadership Development   In this course, students develop competencies in leading and administering programs, especially in the local church. Students explore such issues as: training others for leadership; organizing, supervising and evaluating programs; basic financial management.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
MC629 Gospel, Culture and Cities   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
MC/CO/SF642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
MC/CH/TH664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
MC701 Pastoral Ministry   Examines the roles and functions of pastoral work as designated in Scripture and various traditions. Ministerial identity and foundational pastoral tasks are discussed. Emphasizes practical aspects of pastoral ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
MC702 Pastoral Theology for Church and Society   Especially for experienced pastors, or those called to the marketplace or the para-church. In a working seminar format, each student develops his/her own rich pastoral theology with application.
        Last Offered: Fall 2008
 
MC704 Pastoral Liturgy/Priestly Formation   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
MC705 Anglican Ethos and Identity   This course attempts an objective overview of ecclesiastical history emphasizing the British Reformation and the idea of Via Media. Based on Christ’s own vision for the church’s identity and unity, we explore the meaning of “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” The rich history and present agony of the Anglican Communion fuels the dynamic of this course.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
MC707 Transforming Leadership in the Local Church   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
MC/PR709 Leading from the Pulpit   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
MC/NT/TH710 Biblical-Theological Ministry   Employs lectures, case studies, readings, interaction among participating professors, and class discussion to acquaint students with the challenges and opportunities associated with biblically-based ministry in the coming decades.
        No prerequisites, but familiarity with exegetical method and systematic theology are presumed.
 
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/EM810 Integrative Seminar in Ministry Formation   Readings and discussions of leadership theory and practice, and a strengthening examination of your own leadership, will prepare you to interview for, or to initiate, ministries in various forms. Available to MAEM student as a direct study any term upon petition.
        Prerequisite: A minimum of 10 seminary courses (at least 4 of them in Educational Ministries) must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2009
 
MC860 Research in Ministry of the Church   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Mentored Ministry (Division of Practical Theology)

MM/EM501 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 1   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. EM/MM501 is an orientation unit of Mentored Ministry and does not require field work. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
 
MM501 Mentored Ministry - Unit 1   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. MM501 is an orientation unit of Mentored Ministry and does not require field work. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
 
MM/EM502 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 2   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. EM/MM502 is the first field unit of Mentored Ministry. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM501 as well as EM502, EM604, or MC/SF501 before or during this course.
 
MM502 Mentored Ministry - Unit 2   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. MM502 is the first field unit of Mentored Ministry. Each MM unit is one credit hour .
        Must complete MC/SF501 and MM501 before or with MM502.
 
MM502PP Mentored Ministry - Unit 2 - Partnership Program   Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor (or qualified staff member) and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation. MM502PP is a special unit of Mentored Ministry for students in the Partnership Program. For Partnership Program Students Only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Prerequisite: MM501.
 
MM/EM601 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 3   A continuation of EM/MM502. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM502 before or with EM/MM601 .
 
MM601 Mentored Ministry - Unit 3   A continuation of MM502. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM502 before or with MM601 .
 
MM/EM602 Educational Ministries Mentored Ministry - Unit 4   A continuation of EM/MM601. For MAEM students only. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete EM/MM601 before or with EM/MM602 .
 
MM602 Mentored Ministry - Unit 4   A continuation of MM601. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM601 before or with MM602 .
 
MM701 Mentored Ministry - Unit 5   A continuation of MM602. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM602 before or with MM701 .
 
MM702 Mentored Ministry - Unit 6   A continuation of MM701. Each MM unit is one credit hour.
        Must complete MM701 before or with MM702 .
 
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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: Spring 2015
 
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+.
 
NT501-IV New Testament Survey   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
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: Fall 2014
 
NT552 Interpreting the Parables   A study of Jesus' parables, including a survey of the history of their interpretation, their role in Jesus' ministry and reflection upon their challenge for NT theology and interpretation. NT552 does not require knowledge of Greek.
 
NT564 New Testament Theology for Ministry   How was the New Testament church organized for ministry? What are spiritual gifts? What principles did Jesus, Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy, and others use to spread the gospel? Students will devise their personal theology for ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2008
 
NT571 The Hellenistic World of the New Testament   Reading and analysis of primary documents in Graeco-Roman religious and philosophical thought germane to New Testament literature and theology.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
NT575 New Testament Theology   Special attention given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, inaugurated eschatology and related themes. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme. NT575 does not require knowledge of Greek.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
NT577 Biblical Theology: New Testament Focus   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT582 Suffering and Joy in the New Testament   Why do people suffer? The New Testament (with some attention to the Old Testament) gives reasons and responses to suffering which relate to God’s nature. A practical foundation for dealing with people in difficult circumstances.
        Last Offered: Spring 2005
 
NT586 New Testament Basis for Women in Ministry   A study of crucial New Testament passages will assist in developing an understanding of the role of women and men in ministry and in marriage. Exemplary women and couples in the New Testament will be studied.
        Last Offered: Fall 2003
 
NT591 Tolkien's Apocalyptic Imagination   An in-depth exploration of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien from a biblical and theological perspective. Special attention will be given to the relationship between Tolkien’s imaginative world and apocalyptic literature in the Bible.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
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: Fall 2014
 
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: Fall 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: Fall 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: Spring 2015
 
NT619 Exegesis of Acts   An exegesis of the Greek text in light of the ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish world with attention to the exegesis of narrative, historical accuracy and context, theological themes, structure, and application.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT620 Exegesis of Romans   Exegesis of the Greek text with examination of principal theological themes in the context of Paul’s apostolic mission and his relationship to the church in Rome.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
NT622 Exegesis of First Corinthians   An exegetical study of the Greek text of I Corinthians with special reference to Paul’s self-understanding as an apostle and the major theological themes of his ministry as they are expressed in relationship to the problems of the Corinthian church.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
NT624 Exegesis of Second Corinthians   An exegetical study of the Greek with attention to the historical context, message and Paul’s style of communicating. II Corinthians is helpful for developing ministering principles, financial stewardship, communication with an antagonistic congregation and relating the two testaments.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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: Summer Session 2013
 
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 2010
 
NT630 Exegesis of Philippians   Paul’s unique relationship and message to the Philippians will be discovered. The course also examines the historical context of the letter. Major emphases are the translation, exegesis and application of the Greek text.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT631 Exegesis of Colossians and Philemon   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502 .
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2012
 
NT635 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles   A study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique themes, structure, historical context, and application of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. In-depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three letters.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
NT639 Exegesis of James   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, images, structure, historical context of James, and application to today.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
NT640 Exegesis of First Peter   An exegetical study of the Greek text, with attention to the unique theological themes, structure, historical context of I Peter, and its application to today. The ancient Roman background and literary devices are studied.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
NT642 Exegesis of the Johannine Epistles   An exegetical study of the three Johannine epistles in their relationship to each other and to the gospel of John. Emphasis will be placed on I John.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
NT649 Exegesis of Revelation   Exegesis of the Apocalypse in its historical setting and Old Testament context, interpreting its meaning in both the first century and today. Special attention is given to the occasion and purpose, structure and theological content of the letter.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT652 Interpreting the Parables   A study of Jesus' parables, including a survey of the history of their interpretation, their role in Jesus' ministry and reflection upon their challenge for NT theology and interpretation.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
 
NT/PR655 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying , and even creative sermons in 10-12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self-critique.
        Prerequisites: NT502 and PR601 .
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
NT675 New Testament Theology   Special attention given to various approaches to New Testament theology, the theological relationship between the testaments, inaugurated eschatology and related themes. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
NT680 Pauline Theology   An introduction to both the primary and secondary literature related to Paul’s theology. Special attention given to questions of methodology and the quest for the “center” of Paul’s thought.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
NT/MC/TH710 Biblical-Theological Ministry   Employs lectures, case studies, readings, interaction among participating professors, and class discussion to acquaint students with the challenges and opportunities associated with biblically-based ministry in the coming decades.
        No prerequisites, but familiarity with exegetical method and systematic theology are presumed.
 
NT760 Reading in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
NT860 Research in New Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
NT891 New Testament 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: Invitation from division .
 
NT892 New Testament Thesis - Part II   A continuation of NT891.
        Prerequisite: NT891.
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT914 New Testament History   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
NT920 Exegesis of Romans   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
NT950 Jesus' Death and Resurrection   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisites: GL502 & NT502 .
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
NT970 Advanced New Testament Research: Sources and Methods   Introduction to the primary sources, the secondary literature, and the major issues related to advanced New Testament studies, including scholarly editions of Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and Greek texts (Old and New Testament, Jewish literature, Greco-Roman literature, inscriptions, papyri), the lexicons, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries which scholars use to interpret these texts, and the major issues and methods of New Testament research. Designed for Th.M level and third year M.Div students.
        Prequisite: NT502 (recommended OL502).
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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.
 
NT993 The Old Testament in the New   An integrative course with a focus on the distinctive uses and applications of Old Testament themes and texts in the New Testament. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Prerequisite: GL502 and NT502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
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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: Spring 2015
 
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 2015
 
OL503 Forgotten Hebrew: An Accelerated Review of Basic Hebrew   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair. Not for students whose degrees require OL501 and OL502.
        Prerequisite: Prior transcripted study of Hebrew and professor approval.
 
OL610 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar   An intensive study of Hebrew grammatical issues through a direct study of the Hebrew Bible and interaction with the secondary literature.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
OL710 Independent Reading in the Hebrew Bible   A minimum of 30 chapters of prose or 25 chapters of poetry is normally required. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
 
OL711 Independent Reading in a Near Eastern Language   A minimum number of passages appropriate to full course credit will be required, with appropriate examination at the conclusion. Language reading may be undertaken at either the beginning or the advanced level. Independent study, any session by petition.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
 
OL860 Research in Oriental Languages   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: OL502.
 
OL910 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar   An intensive study of Hebrew grammatical issues through a direct study of the Hebrew Bible and interaction with the secondary literature.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
OL912 Aramaic   A study of the grammar of biblical Aramaic, followed by a reading of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel, as well as short extra-biblical Aramaic texts.
        Recommended Prerequisite: OL502.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
OL915 Advanced Hebrew Grammar   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OL610, OL710, or any 600-level OT course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
OL941 Ugaritic   Study of Ugaritic grammar with reading of selected materials that are important for Old Testament interpretation.
        Prerequisite: OL502
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
OL943 Akkadian   Introduces the Akkadian language, using readings from the Code of Hammurabi. Students will master a basic list of Neo-Assyrian signs and the elements of Old Babylonian vocabulary and grammar. Emphasis upon benefits of this study for interpretation of Old Testament.
        Prerequisite: OL502
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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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+.
 
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 2011
 
OT505 Christ in the Old Testament   A survey of selected Old Testament messianic prophecies, as well as messianic types which are identified in the New Testament as fulfilled in Christ. The emphasis will be on the interpretation of these texts within their Old Testament context.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
OT523 Study Seminar in Israel, Jordan and the Sinai Wilderness   Two-week travel seminar (normally over February reading week) to major archaeological sites and geographical regions of Israel, Jordan and the Sinai of Egypt . Historical geography and biblical archaeology are primary emphases, though some traditional sites are included in itinerary.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
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: Spring 2011
 
OT577 Biblical Theology: Old Testament Focus   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
OT587 Biblical Theology   This course will lay a foundation for a properly formulated biblical theology. Building on a discussion of methodology, a study of the divine-human biblical covenants forms the context for the rest of the course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
OT595 Old Testament Ethics   Beginning with the theory and practice of how moral decisions are made, the heart of the course focuses on key ethical passages in the Old Testament and how these give direction in today’s complex world of contemporary ethical choices.
        Last Offered: January 2008
 
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 2014
 
OT627 Exegesis in Exodus   Students will be introduced to the objectives, methods and tools of Hebrew exegesis and principles of hermeneutics. Emphasis upon the Plague Narratives, Passover, Covenant, Decalogue, Tabernacle and the great moment of redemption in the Old Testament.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
OT637 Exegesis in Conquest Narratives   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2014
 
OT638 Exegesis in Kingship Narratives   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
OT645 Exegesis in I & II Samuel   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2012
 
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 2014
 
OT647 Exegesis in Elijah-Elisha Narratives   Translation and study of the narratives, 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: signs and wonders.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
OT649 Covenant and Theophany in the Pentateuch and Historical Book   Translation and study of select passages, 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: role of theophany in covenant administration.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
OT661 Exegesis in the Minor Prophets   Includes reading select Hebrew passages of these books (reading at least one book in full) and a study of historical criticism, the grammar and theology of prophecy, use of the prophets in the church, and fundamentals of Old Testament exegesis.
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
OT664 Exegesis in Old Testament Legal Texts   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Prerequisite: OT511.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
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 2015
 
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 2015
 
OT860 Research in Old Testament   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
OT891 Old Testament 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: Invitation from division .
 
OT892 Old Testament Thesis - Part II   A continuation of OT891.
        Prerequisite: OT891.
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
OT960 Research in the Old Testament   Th.M .-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
        Prerequisite: OL502 and OT511.
        Last Offered: Summer Session II 2000
 
OT975 Methods and Developments in Old Testament Study   Students become familiar with major developments, methodologies, viewpoints and resources in the modern scholarly study of the Old Testament, 1850-present. Taught partly in pro-seminar format. Appropriate for those planning on advanced formal Old Testament study.
        Prerequisite: OT750 or OT770.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
OT981 History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East   This course is an introduction to the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt and the Levant from the rise of cities (ca. 3000 B.C.) to the Achaemenids (ca. 330 B.C.). Relevant points of connection with biblical events and peoples will be highlighted with a view to situate the biblical text within its larger socio-historical and theological framework for the period under consideration.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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)

PC511 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
PC511-I Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Basic preparation for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting. Offered through Semlink+.
 
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: Fall 1997
 
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 2014
 
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: Fall 2014
 
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: Fall 2014
 
PC/CO/EM741 Counseling the Aged: Introduction to Gerontology   The significant growth of the population of older citizens necessitates a clearer understanding of the unique issues and needs of this population. This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
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)

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 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
PR/NT655 From Text to Sermon   Integration of exegesis and homiletics. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying , and even creative sermons in 10-12 hours. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self-critique.
        Prerequisites: NT502 and PR601 .
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
PR701 Preaching for Special Occasions   Students will construct and practice expository sermons for special occasions, in addition to introductions of speakers and after-dinner speeches. Not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M .Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
PR703 Advanced Seminar in Preaching   Advanced preaching students will build on the foundation of constructing and practicing expository sermons learned in the foundation courses of homiletics and biblical studies. Students will be actively involved in the exegesis, the homiletical considerations, and the preaching of sermons.
        Prerequisite: PR601 and PR602.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
PR705 Preachers and Preaching: Homiletical Theories and Methods   Students will study various homiletical theories and methods by examining different authors and by listening to sermons preached by those who advocate a given perspective. Not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
PR/CH706 The Life and Preaching of A.J. Gordon   This course is designed to enable the student to understand the life and ministry of A.J. Gordon, nineteenth-century evangelical leader and shared founder of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of his birth. Students will become familiar with Gordon’s life, theology, publications and preaching as set in the ferment of late nineteenth-century evangelicalism.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
PR/MC709 Leading from the Pulpit   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
PR712 SAMS Visiting Professor:   The Burnett H. and Dorothy F. Sams Visiting Professor of Preaching course is taught by a renowned homilitician recognized for contributing to the field and to the life of the local church. The holder changes from year to year. See announcements from the Registration Office. This course is not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: January 2012
 
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.
 
PR721 Narrative Preaching   Expository preachers pay attention to what the text says and how it says it. This course takes content and form seriously. Using a literary/rhetorical approach to the interpretation of biblical narrative, this course unlocks the dynamics of the text and shows how to incorporate those dynamics into our own preaching.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
PR722 Preaching, Persuasion, and Leadership   Examines the nature and place of persuasion in communication and homiletics. Appreciation of rhetorical theory as a tool for analyzing and improving preaching. Students assess their own ethos and preach persuasive messages. Consideration of the ethics of persuasive preaching. Lectures, reading, discussion, and exercises.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
PR728 Preaching with Variety   Examination of the rhetorical characteristics of various genres of Scripture; implications for preaching. Practice developing and delivering messages using communication methods such as story, visuals, and discussion.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
PR735 Great Preachers Seminar   In seminar format, this course humbly critiques strengths and weaknesses of famous contemporary preachers. The goal is to better understand the theory and practice of homiletics and to improve our own preaching.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
PR905 Preachers and Preaching: Homiletical Theories and Methods   Students will study various homiletical theories and methods by examining different authors and by listening to sermons preached by those who advocate a given perspective. Not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students. Offered at the Th.M. level.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
PR912 Sams Visiting Professor:   The Burnett H. and Dorothy F. Sams Visiting Professor of Preaching course is taught by a renowned homilitician recognized for contributing to the field and to the life of the local church. The holder changes from year to year. See announcements from the Registration Office. This course is not a substitute for PR601 or PR602 for M.Div. students.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: January 2015
 
PR917 Cultural Exegesis for Preaching   This course is designed to train students to exegete various types of listeners in today’s culturally-changing church context for the purpose of effective sermon construction and delivery. Students will obtain theoretical and practical methods to begin exploring a number of sub-cultures that exist within congregations (e.g., faith development, worldviews, gender, age groups, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, race and ethnicity, among others) and to learn how to preach biblically and culturally-informed sermons to listeners who come from diverse cultural backgrounds and life situations.
        Prerequisite: PR601. PR602 is advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
PR960 Research in Preaching   Th.M.-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Research Languages (Division of Christian Thought)

RL510 Theological German   A single-course introduction to German, with initial emphasis on conversation, reading and writing, leading to representative readings from German Bible and German theologians, including Luther, Bonhoeffer and Barth. Not for students who have taken RL511 or RL512.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
RL521 Introduction to Latin I   An introduction to church Latin. Assignments for each class will consist of vocabulary, grammar and translation. Students will also be encouraged to address the thought patterns that frequently underlie even the simplest statements of the Middle Ages.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
RL522 Introduction to Latin II   A continuation of beginning ecclesiastical Latin. There will be increased emphasis on readings from the Vulgate Bible, liturgies, hymns, and the writings of Latin Fathers.
        Prerequisite: RL521.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
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Social Ethics (Division of Christian Thought)

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 2006
 
SE/ET625 Conservative Social Thought   Reading and discussion of conservative social theorists including Thomas Sowell, Paul Johnson, Michael Novak, Peter Berger, P.T. Bauer, Charles Murray, George Gilder, Julian Simon, Samuel Huntington, and others. Topics include free market economics, limited government, and issues of race, gender, education, and the environment.
        Last Offered: Fall 2005
 
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: Fall 2014
 
SE735 Biblical Global Justice   A survey of pre-biblical and biblical sources explores the innate desire for justice as well as the mire of dysfunction among human beings. While working though various definitions and theories of justice, additional engagement with relevant media supports an intentional consideration of the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
SE760 Reading in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
SE860 Research in Social Ethics   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
SE960 Research in Social Ethics   Th.M .-level 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/MC501 Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
SF/MC501-I Spiritual Formation for Ministry   The foundational course in the Division of Practical Theology and an introduction to theological seminary. A beginning working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in the church. Offered through Semlink+.
 
SF/CH591 Dynamics of Spiritual Life   Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the riches of the history of Christian Spirituality, the course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, direction, discipleship, and counseling. Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ. May meet the Spiritual Formation requirement for M.Div., by petition. Petition not required if taking the course as an elective.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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: Fall 2014
 
SF611 Spiritual Direction: Theory and Practice   For students in the Spiritual Direction track who successfully fulfill all the requirements of the Selah Certificate of Completion of Spiritual Direction Training and who wish to receive course credit for the training. May be done during or after the final semester of the Selah program. Student meets for 4 sessions with a GCTS professor and does supplementary reading and paper assignments. Available only to MASF students as a direct study any term upon petition.
 
SF/CH618 Medieval Spirituality   Medieval approaches to knowing God through mysticism, monasticism, popular piety, sacraments, worship, art, music, architecture, symbolism; exploring relevance to spirituality today.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
SF/CH/TH619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life , between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
SF/CH623 Spiritual Awakenings: Great Revivals from Edwards to Graham   Many of us have prayed that God would renew our lives and our churches through heaven-sent revivals like those experienced in the 18th century Great Awakening. These past revivals have much to teach us, but most of us have not had the opportunity to examine with care the remarkable 'seasons of refreshing' that God has used to renew His people across the centuries. If you have ever longed to explore in depth the story of God's renewing work in the pages of Scripture and throughout Christian history, then this course may be what you are looking for. It will challenge you to think biblically about spiritual awakening and to prepare for spiritual renewal.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
SF/CO/MC642 Ministering to Women in Pain   Students explore the broad range of stressful issues with which many contemporary women deal. The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
SF/CH662 History of Christian Worship   Models including Old and New Testament, early church, Orthodox, Medieval, Reformation/Puritan, African-American, revival, renewal, feminist, international, seeker-sensitive and charismatic. Discerning the theological, organizing principles in various worship styles so as to lead worship in a biblical, integrated, and God-honoring way.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
SF/CH667 C.S. Lewis' Life, Works, and Spirituality   Explores the writings and spiritual pilgrimage of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. From County Down to Cambridge University, through two World Wars and a wardrobe, to Narnia and Perelandra, the course follows the life and work of the myth-loving medieval professor, apologist, children’s author, and Inkling.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
SF/CH670 Spiritual Autobiographies: From Augustine to Spurgeon   A seminar course in which students will read and analyze the spiritual autobiographies of ten notable figures of Church History, including the writings of Augustine of Hippo, Theresa of Avila, John Bunyan, Charles G. Finney and C. H. Spurgeon.
        Last Offered: Spring 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 2014
 
SF/EM715 Worship and Christian Formation   The focus of this course is on the relationship between two of the church’s central tasks: worship and Christian formation. Students will consider the theology and practice of worship and will participate in the design of worship experiences.
        Last Offered: Fall 2009
 
SF/TH962 Reading and Research: The History of Christian Spirituality   Th.M.-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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Theology (Division of Christian Thought)

TH501 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.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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 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.
        Prerequisite: TH501. Also must complete OT500 and NT501 before or during this course.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
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 2015
 
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: Spring 2015
 
TH606 Modern Theology   From the end of the Reformation period, representative figures and movements are studied in order to better understand current orientations to theology and to the theological task. Focus is on the development of Protestant theology in the context of modern European thought and culture; including Protestant Orthodoxy, Deism, Protestant Liberalism, and Neo-Orthodoxy.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
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: Spring 2015
 
TH610 Justification: Recent Controversies & Contexts   This course is designed to examine the doctrine of justification in its Biblical contexts and in the context of the history of theology. The course will consider the doctrinal questions in light of recent Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox discussions.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
TH611 Recent Theories of the Atonement   The various interpretations of the work of Christ are assessed in light of their historical context. While some attention is given to traditional models (ransom, satisfaction/substitution , moral example), the class focuses on recent proposals (nonviolent atonement, feminist critiques, Eastern Orthodox approaches, scape-goat theories etc.).
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
TH613 Christology: Biblical/ Theological Perspectives   This course examines the person and work of Jesus Christ across the breadth of the biblical canon as well as key episodes in the church historical development of Christological doctrine.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
TH/CH614 Jonathan Edwards   Surveys the work of America’s greatest theologian, exploring the biblical and philosophical roots of his thinking and evaluating his contributions to theology, history, aesthetics and spiritual renewal. Readings include: The Freedom of the Will, Original Sin, The Religious Affections and many shorter works.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH616 Anthropology: Preserving the Person   This course examines human identity as centrally rooted in the creation accounts of Genesis and its development throughout the rest of Scripture. Contemporary cultural understandings of human identity are also explored in contrast.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
TH617 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.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
TH/CH/SF619 Reformation Era Spirituality   Spirituality represents the interface between ideas and life , between Christian theology and human existence. The new evangelical spirituality as developed in Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation is at once Christological, eschatological and experiential. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH/CH621 World Religions on the Silk Road   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair .
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
TH/WM626 Evangelical Perspectives on Roman Catholicism & E. Orthodoxy   Analyzes essential theological distinctives, ecclesiastical structures, developments, and principal expressions of spirituality of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Issues of church-state relations, ecumenical concerns, biblical and liturgical renewal, and missions and evangelism will be given special attention.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
TH/CH632 Augustine of Hippo   A study of the life and work of the greatest theologian of the early church. Attention is focused on Augustine’s historical context, including the philosophical and religious factors that shaped his early response to Christianity and colored his mature work.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
TH/CH/EM635 Catechesis: History, Theology, and Practice   This course explores the ministry of instructing people in the essentials of Christian faith and practice. Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry.
        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: Fall 2014
 
TH/CH642 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/CH643 Martin Luther   A seminar on the life, work, and times of Luther, pioneer of the Reformation. Attention will be given to his spiritual pilgrimage and to his development and influence as a leader, particularly through his debates and writings.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
TH/CH655 Great Confessions of the Faith   A seminar designed to read and analyze the major creeds and confessions of the Christian church.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
TH/CH656 The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer   As a pastor and member of the German resistance to Hitler, Bonhoeffer distinguished himself as one of the twentieth century’s most important theologians. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
TH/CH657 Life and Theology of Karl Barth   This course presents Barth’s life and theology through lectures, readings and discussions in order to gain a critical understanding of the main themes in his theology and their relevance for our own understanding of Christian faith and ministry.
        Last Offered: Spring 2011
 
TH/WM659 Evangelical Theology and World Religions   A study of five of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions. Instructional methods will include readings, lecture, discussion, and audiovisual media.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
TH/CH/MC664 The History and Theology of Worship   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
TH/CH668 The Trinitarian and Christological Controversies   A detailed look at the two greatest doctrinal controversies of the patristic period. This course focuses on reading and discussion of primary sources from the Trinitarian and Christological controversies, in an effort to discern both the depth of the Church’s consensus on these crucial doctrines and the soteriology that lay beneath this consensus.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2011
 
TH671 Emerging/Emergent Christianity   This course will examine the work of leading emergent theologians in light of postfoundationalism and postmodernism. Building on a discussion of postfoundationalism, it will canvas the emergent conversation on the following topics: the doctrine of God, scripture and hermeneutics, progressional dialogue homiletics, ecclesiology, and religious pluralism.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
TH673 Christianity and the Postmodern World   The course will examine the relationship between Christianity and the “Postmodern” world across a wide swath of contemporary concerns, from the impact of globalization upon the missional identity of the church to the clash of religious cultures, from the abandonment of religious institutions to the revival of ancient liturgies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
TH675 Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility   The course examines the canonical shape of the relationship of God’s actions and human actions. Several major church historical controversies are also explored on the topic.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
TH/CH/ET677 History of Christian Ethics   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
TH/CH679 Patristic Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session III 2013
 
TH/MC/NT710 Biblical-Theological Ministry   Employs lectures, case studies, readings, interaction among participating professors, and class discussion to acquaint students with the challenges and opportunities associated with biblically-based ministry in the coming decades.
        No prerequisites, but familiarity with exegetical method and systematic theology are presumed.
 
TH712 Theology of Calvin's Institutes   This course provides students an opportunity to critically engage the whole of Calvin’s 1559 edition of the Institutes. The text will be studied with both attention to its historical context in the sixteenth-century Reformation, and a focus on its enduring spiritual power to speak to the life, faith and ministry of the contemporary church.
        Last Offered: Fall 2011
 
TH731 Sem in Pneumatology: Person & Work of the Holy Spirit   This course will be an in-depth examination of the biblical, patristic, and modern understandings of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, with special focus on developments since the modern Pentecostal revival, and current attempts in constructive pneumatology. Attention will be given to the relationship between the doctrines of the Holy Spirit and Trinitarian theology, and to the implications of this study for ministry in the church and personal spirituality.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
TH760 Reading in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH808 Contemporary Analytic Christian Theology   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Prerequisite: TH501 or TH504. TH502 or TH605 and TH607 are advisable, but not required.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH860 Research in Theology   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH891 Theology 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: Invitation from division.
 
TH892 Theology Thesis - Part II   A continuation of TH891.
        Prerequisite: TH891.
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
TH914 Attributes of the Trinitarian God   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
TH/SF962 Reading and Research: The History of Christian Spirituality   Th.M.-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH963 Reading and Research in Trinitarian Theology   Th.M.-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
TH964 Reading and Research in Pneumatology   Th.M.-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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: January 2015
 
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 2015
 
WM/CH603 History of Missions   This course provides an overview of the historical progress of the Christian missions from its inception to the present. It seeks to explore Christian missions from historical and missiological perspectives, and identify the different mission patterns or paradigms characteristic of different eras and regions.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
WM/CH610 Advance of the Church in the Non-Western World   The conventional approach to the global spread of Christianity is quite Euro-centric. In this course, after surveying the global outreach and existence of churches in the ancient and medieval times, we will focus on modern worldwide missionary movement since the 19th Century and rise of the churches in the global south and east in the 20th Century. We will examine the characteristics of the rising churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and evaluate their profound implications and impacts on the global Christian community, and reflect on how we in the West respond and relate to these churches in the non-western world.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
WM616 Christian Missions in Northeast Asia: A Comparative Study   In the recent decades the churches in Northeast Asia (Korea, Japan and China) have emerged as a powerhouse behind the rise of the Christianity in the global South , and are bound to make significant impact upon the worldwide Christian movement in the future. In the meantime, the needs for evangelization in the region and the challenges for the churches remain immense. This course will survey the historical experiences of the churches in the contexts of Korea, Japan and China, compare the dynamics of the Christian presence in three countries, discover the causes behind different outcome of the Christian witnesses, and explore the ways to enhance the Christian unity and advance the Christian cause in the region.
        Last Offered: Spring 2013
 
WM619 Global Pentecostalism   The course is an overview of global Pentecostalism and will address the dynamics that led to the rise of the Pentecostal movement around the world. The lenses through which this course will be examined include the history, sociology, theology, and globalization of Pentecostalism.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
WM621 Missions in China   A survey and interpretation of the Christian presence in China from the 7th century to the present. Different mission theologies and approaches in Chinese context will be discussed and presented as a case study for the Christian movement in East Asia. The Church’s encounters with Chinese culture and society and developments (The Three-self Patriotic Movement and house church) after 1949 will receive special attention. Efforts will be made to highlight the dynamics and characters of Christianity in China today, their implications for global Christian movement, and the relevant missionary strategies.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
WM624 Christian Faith in the World of Violence & Clashing Civs   This interdisciplinary course will examine the role of Christian missions in situations of conflict and violence, with particular attention paid to the recent unexpected renaissance of religion(s) and their increasing influence on geo-political developments and international relations. Models of holistic missionary practice, transformative engagement of the church(es), faith-based diplomacy and the ministry of reconciliation will be proposed and examined.
        Last Offered: Fall 2010
 
WM/TH626 Evangelical Perspectives on Roman Catholicism & E. Orthodoxy   Analyzes essential theological distinctives, ecclesiastical structures, developments, and principal expressions of spirituality of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Issues of church-state relations, ecumenical concerns, biblical and liturgical renewal, and missions and evangelism will be given special attention.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
WM628 Christian Approaches to Islam   The goal of this course is the development of biblical strategies for communicating the Gospel with Muslims, both in light of historical contexts and contemporary strategies. Major topics include contextualization, church-planting, Islamic theology, various methods and strategies of approaches to Muslims, apologetics, and principles of witness.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
WM635 Practice of Prayer   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2010
 
WM/AP644 Introduction to Confucianism and Taoism   An introductory course on two great religious traditions in China and East Asia. Their histories, beliefs, and shaping influences on Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures, societies, and daily life of the peoples will be explored and evaluated from Christian perspective. Special attention will be given to their contemporary revivals and growing influences in East Asia, the challenges they have and will pose to Christian missions, and possible Christian responses.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
WM/AP646 Introduction to Buddhism   In-depth survey of the main historical and theological themes of the Buddhist religion. Exposure to primary source materials, major Buddhist traditions, and current strategies being used to bring the gospel to Buddhists. Particular emphasis on the Chinese, Korean and Japanese experience of Buddhism. Not for students who have taken AP/WM649.
        Last Offered: Spring 2010
 
WM/AP647 Introduction to Islam   An introduction to the Islamic faith with a special emphasis on communicating the gospel to Muslims who comprise over 1 billion adherents and is the second largest world religion. The whole of the Qu’ran is read in English.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
WM648 Cross-Cultural Church Planting   This course presents a comprehensive foundation for starting new churches among people of other cultures. Roughly 2 billion people in our world today live in 5,235 people groups where the church is not yet established. Pioneer church planting among these unreached people groups remains an urgent task and formidable challenge. The task of planting churches in cross-cultural settings involves a wide array of topics, skills, and challenges. This course will examine and evaluate contemporary models of church and CP methodologies in order to identify biblical and missiological principles and practices.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
WM/AP649 Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism   An overview of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. We will examine their histories, beliefs, rites, and impacts upon various cultures and societies in Asia and other parts of the world. Efforts will be made to develop a Christian response to the traditions and appropriate missiological thinking and strategies. Not for students who have taken AP/WM645 or AP/WM646.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
WM/EM657 Educational Ministry in Cultural Perspective   This course explores Educational Ministry in light of the cultural dimensions of life. Students will be challenged to consider how the cultural realities of both the teacher and the learner affect the various aspects of teaching decisions and strategies.
        Last Offered: Spring 2014
 
WM/TH659 Evangelical Theology and World Religions   A study of five of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions. Instructional methods will include readings, lecture, discussion, and audiovisual media.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
WM662 NGOs and Development in Mission   The course is an overview of the role of non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and development in Christian mission. It covers biblical, theological, historical, and current perspectives on the global trend toward integration of development and mission. The course also looks at the role of globalization in the spread of the gospel. It examines plans made by Christians to alleviate social problems.
        Last Offered: Fall 2012
 
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
 
WM684 Trends in Global Christianity   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
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: Spring 2015
 
WM720 Overseas Missions Practicum Orientation   Orientation for students planning to minister inter-culturally with the Overseas Missions Practicum and is a prerequisite for WM721. Topics include: Biblical-theological basics; language study; cultural anthropology; and the history, culture, etc. of the country/group among whom the student plans to minister.
        Last Offered: Spring 2015
 
WM721 Overseas Missions Practicum   Students travel to an area of evangelistic need and engage in at least six weeks of evangelistic ministry and service. Mentored Ministry credit also available through OMP and course can apply as both WM course credit and Mentored Ministry credit.
        Prerequisites: WM720.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
WM722 Applied Anthropology for Missions   In this course students consider the implications of cultural anthropology for practical problems in missions. Students read case studies, participate in discussions which emphasize the application of insights from anthropology to missions contexts.
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
WM725 The Theology of Islam & Implications for Ministry to Muslims   This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theology of Islam. Focus will be on both the theological worldview of Muslims in their own context as well as what that context tells them about Christianity, with a view to construct a biblical strategy for Christian ministry to Muslims.
        Last Offered: Summer Session 2014
 
WM726 Ministry to Folk Muslims   Course description not available. Please contact Division Chair.
        Last Offered: Spring 2012
 
WM/AP747 Critical Issues in the Christian Mission to Muslims   This course explores some of the major contemporary issues confronting those in ministry to Muslims as well as the church in the West. Some of the topics covered in this course are apocalyptic views of history in Islam and Christianity, the theological nature of Islam, Islam in the West, the relationship between Islam and the State, the influence of Radical Islam, Contextualization and Insider Movements, the status and role of women in contemporary Islamic societies, movements within Islam, theological misunderstandings, approaches to Muslims, dialogue between civilizations, and how modern Islamic societies are responding to secularization and pluralism.
        Last Offered: Fall 2013
 
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
        Last Offered: Fall 2014
 
WM960 Research in World Missions   Th.M .-level independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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)

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 2009
 
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: Fall 2014
 
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: Fall 2014
 
YM760 Reading in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
YM860 Research in Youth Ministry   Independent study, any session by petition. See Student Handbook for information on reading and research courses.
 
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