ID Title Professor
BCS 5500 CL
Introduction to Black Church Studies
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Myers
Introduction to Black Church Studies Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 12-13; October 10-11 and November 7-8.

It will also contain a hybrid component.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
McCreary Center
3 Credit Hours

This course will examine the enduring institution and changing dynamics of the Black Church from its inception in America to present. It will explore its changing history, theology, interpretation of the Bible, culture, education, ethics, nurture and ministry. It will examine the importance of the Black Church in the life of the community and its people.

William H. Myers, PhD wmmhmyers@aol.com 216-431-5468
BCS 5520 CL
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 1
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Walker
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 1 Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 5-6; October 3-4 and October 31-November 1.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
McCreary Center
2 Credit Hours

This course explores primary and secondary sources in the African American religious experience in an effort to uncover indigenous material that reflects a distinctively Black spiritual formation tradition. Students will explore different genres - slave narratives, conversion narratives, call narratives, prayers, sermons, art - as well as the life and works of selected personalities. This course will alternate with BCS 5521, which explores the same concerns using different resources.

Crystal Walker cwalker3@ashland.edu
BCS 7700 CL
Internship in Black Church Studies 1
Su: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Myers
Internship in Black Church Studies 1 Download Syllabus The Orientation to this course will be held on Sunday, September 14 from 6-9 pm.
Sunday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
McCreary Center
1 Credit Hours

This course engages students in an Internship in Black Church Studies under the supervision of a mentor. The primary goal of the Internship is to connect the student holistically and intimately with the life of the institution so that the student is identified as “one of them.” The internship also mentors, guides and assists students in their efforts to secure employment in ministries suited to their calling.

William H. Myers, PhD wmmhmyers@aol.com 216-431-5468
BCS/BSG 5530 CL
Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Myers
Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 19-20; October 17-18 and November 14-15. It will also contain a hybrid component.

Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
McCreary Center
3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the historical, methodological, ideological, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, global scholarship of womanist scholars. It builds upon the work of first generation scholarship that was primarily a challenge to feminist and African American male theologies, as well as the evolving work of second and subsequent generations. It engages the interlocking, independent and interdependent systemic issues of race, gender, class and sexual orientation as central to liberation for all humanity, as well as the universe.

William H. Myers, PhD wmmhmyers@aol.com 216-431-5468
BSG 5501 AS
Engaging Texts & Contexts
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Overland
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus This course will be taught synchronously with the Columbus Center.
Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
BSG 5501 DE
Engaging Texts & Contexts
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Smith
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

Mitzi J. Smith, PhD msmith19@ashland.edu 248-559-1400
BSG 5501 COL
Engaging Texts & Contexts
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Overland
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus This course will be taught synchronously with Ashland.
Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
BSG 5510 COL
Fall
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation
T: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Eastman
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation Fall Download Syllabus This course is for students in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program.
Tuesday - 6:30PM-8:30PM
Columbus
2 Credit Hours

Mental health professionals will often encounter clients operating from within a Christian world view. This course seeks to provide these professionals with a framework for examining how an individual's interpretations of discrete Scriptures position him or her for greater or diminished mental and relational health. In particular, the course seeks to equip future counselors to help disentangle interpretations of Scripture that perpetuate dysfunction and to help construct interpretations that are both sound and healthful.

David Eastman
CHP 6645 AS
Introduction to Chaplaincy
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Payne
Introduction to Chaplaincy Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 12-13; October 10-11; November 14-15; December 5-6.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
3 Credit Hours

This course orients students to chaplaincy and prepares them to do cooperative ministry in an extension setting as an endorsed representative of a faith community. It introduces students to the history, theology, and practice of chaplaincy ministries and exposes them to hospital, prison, hospice, military, police, industry, and sports chaplaincy settings.

William P. Payne, PhD wpayne@ashland.edu 419-289-5865
CHS 5500 DL
The Story of the Christian Faith
Emptage
The Story of the Christian Faith Download Syllabus Online 3 Credit Hours

This course enables students to understand the development of the church in historical context, with special emphasis on the theological, cultural, philosophical, and political factors that shaped the church.

Ronald Emptage, Ph.D. remptage@ashland.edu
CHS 5500 DE
The Story of the Christian Faith
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Beachy
The Story of the Christian Faith Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 12-13; October 10-11 and November 7-8.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This course enables students to understand the development of the church in historical context, with special emphasis on the theological, cultural, philosophical, and political factors that shaped the church.

Bill Beachy
CHS 5500 CL
The Story of the Christian Faith
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Stoffer
The Story of the Christian Faith Download Syllabus Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This course enables students to understand the development of the church in historical context, with special emphasis on the theological, cultural, philosophical, and political factors that shaped the church.

Dale R. Stoffer dstoffer@ashland.edu 419-289-5985
CHS 6638 CL
American Methodism and Pentecostal Roots - CANCELED
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Emptage
American Methodism and Pentecostal Roots - CANCELED Download Syllabus This weekend course will meet the weekends of August 22-23; September 19-20 and October 17-18.

There will be a hybrid component to this course.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

An examination of the Methodist contribution to American Christianity and the rise of the perfectionistic and Pentecostal groups that resulted from it.

Ronald Emptage, Ph.D. remptage@ashland.edu
CHS/CTH 6630 DL
History and Thought of the Reformation
Pierce
History and Thought of the Reformation Download Syllabus This is cross-listed; may be registered either under CHS or CTH.
Online
3 Credit Hours

This course focuses upon the historical and theological developments of the Reformation period. It will explore important people, ideas, and events in the major Protestant streams - Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist - as well as in the Catholic Church. Students will read selected primary sources from these traditions to gain insight into the period and to reflect on their significance for Christians today.

Onalee Pierce opierce@ashland.edu
CLD 6630 AS
Leading the People of God
T: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Lewis
Leading the People of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
3 Credit Hours

This course equips students to develop a philosophy of leadership, based upon a biblical, theological, and Christian tradition. This will include both character and competency issues that leaders must know, develop and apply within their context of ministry. This course will also orient the students to healthy congregational structures, administration, and stewardship with a particular emphasis on essential financial processes. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Matt Lewis, DMin mlewis@ashland.edu 419-289-5485
CLD 6670 DE
Coaching Fundamentals
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Lewis
Coaching Fundamentals Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 12-13 and November 7-8. It will also have a hybrid component.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This initial course focuses on the core skills needed to coach effectively. Classroom instruction would focus on a repeatable process for coaching and the skills required to deliver a high quality coaching experience. The field work connected to this course would build a baseline of coaching competence.

Matt Lewis, DMin mlewis@ashland.edu 419-289-5485
CRE 5502 AS
Cross-listed with SPR 6660 (Human Development and Christian Formation)
Developmental Dimensions of Christian Formation - CANCELED
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Jacques
Developmental Dimensions of Christian Formation - CANCELED Cross-listed with SPR 6660 (Human Development and Christian Formation) Download Syllabus This course is cross-listed with SPF 6660.
Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

Faith Formation is considered by consulting human developmental theorists and their frameworks (e.g. Erikson, Fowler, Kohlberg, Westerhoff). This review is undertaken so that the Christian leader may consider the implications for discipleship ministry and develop imaginative strategies for Christian formation.

Jane Jacques jjacques@ashland.edu
CRE 5509 CL
Ministry of Teaching
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Morton
Ministry of Teaching Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This course seeks to assist the student in becoming an effective teaching force in the learning space by exploring and utilizing principles, methods, and resources for impactful communication and instruction in the ministry context. Special attention will be given to teaching the Bible in the Church.

Dawn Morton, Ed.D. dmorton@ashland.edu 419-560-2468
CRE 5511 DL
Youth, Culture and Identity - CANCELED
Morton
Youth, Culture and Identity - CANCELED Download Syllabus Online 3 Credit Hours

This course examines the challenge of ministering to and raising Christian children in a secular society. There will be emphasis on providing ways for the church to empower parents to assist their children to live godly lives in the current cultural milieu. Special attention will be given to issues related to sex, substance abuse, and the mass media.

Dawn Morton, Ed.D. dmorton@ashland.edu 419-560-2468
CRE 5512 AS
Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry - CANCELED
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Morton
Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry - CANCELED Download Syllabus This course will meet the weekends of September 5-6; October 3-4; October 31-November 1.

This course will have a hybrid component to it.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

Adult Ministry is complex due in part to the evolving, changing nature of the lifespan and its inherent challenges. This course will introduce the foundational concerns of adulthood, and then consider ministry approaches to meet the needs of adults. Special attention will be given to the use of small groups.

Dawn Morton, Ed.D. dmorton@ashland.edu 419-560-2468
CTH 5520 AS
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God
W: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God Download Syllabus Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
3 Credit Hours

This course addresses the traditional topics of systematic theology as a narrative of salvation history. It is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and coherent theological framework for engaging in life and ministry in light of the present and future reign of God.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
CTH 5520 COL
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God - CANCELED
W: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Colijn
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God - CANCELED Download Syllabus Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course addresses the traditional topics of systematic theology as a narrative of salvation history. It is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and coherent theological framework for engaging in life and ministry in light of the present and future reign of God.

Brenda B. Colijn, PhD bcolijn@ashland.edu 419-289-5980
CTH 6645 AS
Person and Message of Jesus - CANCELED
Th: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Bevere
Person and Message of Jesus - CANCELED Download Syllabus Thursday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the identity, life, and teachings of Jesus as understood in biblical, historical, and contemporary contexts. Students will be challenged to engage with Christ as the center of Christian faith and practice.

Allan Bevere abevere@ashland.edu
CTH/PTS 7702 AS
Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church
Th: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Stoffer
Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church Download Syllabus This class will run from Thursday, September 18 through Thursday, November 20 (ten weeks).
Thursday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Gerber 203
2 Credit Hours

This course examines the doctrine of the church from a Brethren and a Believers’ Church perspective. It provides an overview of the organizational structure of the Brethren Church at the local, district and national levels. Consideration is given to both the doctrine and practice of the ordinances. (Required of all Brethren M.Div. Students)

Dale R. Stoffer dstoffer@ashland.edu 419-289-5985
CWP 5512 DE
Worship and the Community of God
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Brooks
Worship and the Community of God Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of August 22-23; September 19-20; October 17-18 and will have a hybrid component as well.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the liturgical life of the Christian faith. Building upon the foundations of the Bible, Christian tradition, and theology, the course provides the necessary information for a robust understanding of Christian corporate worship. In addition, this course examines the ways in which worship plays a fundamental role in forming and sustaining the community of faith. It also presents students the opportunity to acquire and practice the skills that are necessary to plan and lead meaningful corporate worship. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Kellen Brooks
CWP 5512 COL
Worship and the Community of God
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Rosser
Worship and the Community of God Download Syllabus Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the liturgical life of the Christian faith. Building upon the foundations of the Bible, Christian tradition, and theology, the course provides the necessary information for a robust understanding of Christian corporate worship. In addition, this course examines the ways in which worship plays a fundamental role in forming and sustaining the community of faith. It also presents students the opportunity to acquire and practice the skills that are necessary to plan and lead meaningful corporate worship. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Greg Rosser
ETH 5530 DL
Christian Ethics
Corbin Reuschling
Christian Ethics Download Syllabus Online 3 Credit Hours

This course assists students to reflect on moral issues through the perspective of Christian faith and discipleship, by developing responses and practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God when applied to a variety of ethical concerns.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
ETH/CHS/CTH 6619 DL
History of Christian Ethical Thought
Bevere
History of Christian Ethical Thought Download Syllabus This course is cross-listed; may be registered under ETH, CHS or CTH; course number is 6619, section DL.
Online
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history and development of Christian ethical thought and practices from the early church to today.

Allan Bevere abevere@ashland.edu
EVG 5513 AS
Evangelistic Practices
Th: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Payne
Evangelistic Practices Download Syllabus Thursday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This course explores the praxis of evangelism from the context of the individual faith-sharer and the local church. The course examines the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for evangelism, church growth, and church planting to include various concepts, models, techniques, and methods used by disciple-making congregations. Students will also explore how the local church partners in world evangelization.

William P. Payne, PhD wpayne@ashland.edu 419-289-5865
FLD 6601 DL
Field Study Introduction
S: 1:00PM-5:00PM
Swope
Field Study Introduction Download Syllabus This includes an Orientation Seminar from 1-5pm on Saturday, August 23.
Saturday - 1:00PM-5:00PM
Online
1 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the Field Study program and helps them launch into their Field Study at a Field Site with a Field Mentor. Class includes one face-to-face Orientation Seminar to prepare students for online learning and the rigors of self-directed field education. 50 hours of field ministry required.

John Swope, PhD jswope@ashland.edu 419-289-5772
FLD 6605 DL
Field Study 5
Swope
Field Study 5 Download Syllabus Online .50 Credit Hours

This course allows MDIV students to delve deeper into ministry practice. Students will continue in their Field Study with their Field Mentor as they maximize their strengths and develop their growth areas. A portion of the field hours in this class will be used to complete an advanced ministry project in the context of their Field Study. 75 hours of field ministry required.

John Swope, PhD jswope@ashland.edu 419-289-5772
HOM 5511 AS
Proclaiming the Word of God
Th: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Thompson
Proclaiming the Word of God Download Syllabus Thursday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This is the foundational course on preaching. It is concerned with both the construction and delivery of sermons. It involves the important relationship that preaching has with exegesis, theology, and hermeneutics. Special attention is given to the practice of expository preaching as well as the formation of a spiritual life necessary to vitalize and sustain preaching throughout one's ministry. The creative dimensions of sermon-making such as rhetorical device and illustration will receive attention. Each student will preach in this course.

Michael B. Thompson mthomps5@ashland.edu 419-289-5707
HOM 6613 COL
Preaching in Contemporary Context - CANCELED
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Thompson
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Online Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Ashland Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Cleveland Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Columbus Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Detroit Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
MSS 5501 AS
Kingdom Mission in a Global Community
T: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Payne
Kingdom Mission in a Global Community Download Syllabus Tuesday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Gerber 202
3 Credit Hours

This course presents the mission of God (mission Dei) and lays biblical, theological, and practical foundations for its conceptualization. It also exposes students to the worldwide context as it explores issues related to Christian missions, the intersection of Christianity and world religions, and the global church.

William P. Payne, PhD wpayne@ashland.edu 419-289-5865
NTS 5501 DL
Biblical Greek 1
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
deSilva
Biblical Greek 1 Download Syllabus This course will be taught synchronously, which means the student is required to join an online web-meeting on the listed day and times.
Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Online
3 Credit Hours

This is the first of a two-course sequence that trains students to use the original language of the New Testament competently for preaching, teaching, and study. Emphasis is placed on how the language works. Students are taught the principles of Greek grammar, a basic vocabulary, how to read the Greek New Testament, translation strategies, and the basic exegetical skills appropriate to the stages of their facility in the language.

David A. deSilva, Ph.D. ddesilva@ashland.edu 941-764-6047
NTS 5501 AS
Biblical Greek 1
W: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Byron
Biblical Greek 1 Download Syllabus Wednesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
3 Credit Hours

This is the first of a two-course sequence that trains students to use the original language of the New Testament competently for preaching, teaching, and study. Emphasis is placed on how the language works. Students are taught the principles of Greek grammar, a basic vocabulary, how to read the Greek New Testament, translation strategies, and the basic exegetical skills appropriate to the stages of their facility in the language.

John Byron, PhD jbyron@ashland.edu 419-289-5722
NTS 5511 DL
Introduction to the New Testament
deSilva
Introduction to the New Testament Download Syllabus Online 3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the critical study and interpretation of the New Testament. The course focuses student on hearing the New Testament writings as pastoral responses shaped by and addressing first-century socio-historical settings. It includes exploration of their theological and narrative content, exposure to diverse interpretive approaches, and examination of literary, historical and cultural issues relevant to their interpretation.

David A. deSilva, Ph.D. ddesilva@ashland.edu 941-764-6047
NTS 5511 CL
Introduction to the New Testament
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Byron
Introduction to the New Testament Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the critical study and interpretation of the New Testament. The course focuses student on hearing the New Testament writings as pastoral responses shaped by and addressing first-century socio-historical settings. It includes exploration of their theological and narrative content, exposure to diverse interpretive approaches, and examination of literary, historical and cultural issues relevant to their interpretation.

John Byron, PhD jbyron@ashland.edu 419-289-5722
NTS 6607 AS
Cross listed with NTS 7707
Corinthian Correspondence - CANCELED
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Byron
Corinthian Correspondence - CANCELED Cross listed with NTS 7707 Download Syllabus Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

This course is a careful and detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians with attention to the development of Paul’s thought. The relation of the books+ to the whole of Pauline theology will be noted along with an emphasis on the formational importance of the letters for modern Christian discipleship and community.

John Byron, PhD jbyron@ashland.edu 419-289-5722
OTS 5501 DL
Biblical Hebrew 1
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Baker
Biblical Hebrew 1 Download Syllabus This course will be taught synchronously, which means the student is required to join an online web-meeting on the listed day and times.
Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Online, Gerber 201 if needed
3 Credit Hours

Here the learner will begin to experience first-hand the message of scripture, as expressed in the language and culture of ancient Israel. This course will lay a foundation of linguistic and exegetical skills.

David W. Baker, PhD dbaker@ashland.edu 419-289-5177
OTS 5511 DE
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
W: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Laird
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

Donna Laird dlaird1@ashland.edu
OTS 5511 CL
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) - CANCELED
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Crow
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) - CANCELED Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

Timothy Crow tcrow@ashland.edu
OTS 5511 AS
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
W: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Hawk
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Wednesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

L. Daniel Hawk, PhD dhawk@ashland.edu 419-289-5172
OTS 5511 COL
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Hawk
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

L. Daniel Hawk, PhD dhawk@ashland.edu 419-289-5172
OTS 5512 DL
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)
Overland
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) Download Syllabus Online-Ashland 3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Chronicles through Malachi. It will also explore the ancient Near Eastern context for these books and their relevance for the New Testament.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
OTS 6621 DL
Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature
deSilva
Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature Download Syllabus Online 3 Credit Hours

Though often couched as “prophecy” and employing forms resembling prediction, apocalypses function in quite a different way to bring God’s perspective and challenge to bear on the communities of faith that they address. The book of Daniel is examined alongside other apocalypses like 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra, and 2 Baruch as an incentive to covenant faithfulness based on a clear communication of God’s larger purposes at work behind the scenes. Attention will also be given to the reception of Daniel and its message in Jesus’ sayings and the Book of Revelation.

David A. deSilva, Ph.D. ddesilva@ashland.edu 941-764-6047
OTS 6660 DL
Wisdom Literature - CANCELED
W: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Overland
Wisdom Literature - CANCELED Download Syllabus This is a synchronous class with the class based in Cleveland.
Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Online-Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

A literary and theological study of the wisdom books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as well as selected Psalms and the Song of Songs. Wisdom in the ancient Near East will also be explored.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
OTS 7760 DL
Cross listed with OTS 6660
Exegesis of OT Wisdom Literature - CANCELED
W: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Overland
Exegesis of OT Wisdom Literature - CANCELED Cross listed with OTS 6660 Download Syllabus This is a synchronous class with the class based in Cleveland.
Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Online-Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

A literary and theological study of the wisdom books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as well as selected Psalms and the Song of Songs. Wisdom in the ancient Near East will also be explored.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
PCC 5530 CL
Pastoral Counseling & Care
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Gilmore
Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the historic practices of pastoral care and counseling as set forth both in scripture and in church history. Pastoral care will be viewed as involving interactions with individuals and groups of people needing pastoral care; equipping the people of Christ to care for one another; and helping the local church embrace its responsibility to the surrounding community and the wider world. This course will also explore preliminary intervention in pastoral counseling, helping students to practice basic counseling skills and mobilize lay people in the local church to engage in a broad range of care giving ministries. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Thomas W. Gilmore, DMin tgilmore@ashland.edu 216-264-4622
PCC 5530 AS
Pastoral Counseling & Care
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Chafins
Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the historic practices of pastoral care and counseling as set forth both in scripture and in church history. Pastoral care will be viewed as involving interactions with individuals and groups of people needing pastoral care; equipping the people of Christ to care for one another; and helping the local church embrace its responsibility to the surrounding community and the wider world. This course will also explore preliminary intervention in pastoral counseling, helping students to practice basic counseling skills and mobilize lay people in the local church to engage in a broad range of care giving ministries. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Tim Chafins tchafins@ashland.edu
PCC 6657 AS
Counseling Marriage, Family and Relational Issues
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Chafins
Counseling Marriage, Family and Relational Issues Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 26-27; October 24-25; November 14-15.

The course will have a hybrid component.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This course will assist caregivers in addressing the issues that arise within the church relative to marriage, family, and relational dynamics. Included will be understanding and skill development in pre-marital counseling, basic marriage counseling from a pastoral perspective, and counseling family dynamics. This course will also provide essential understanding and competency that equips the pastoral counselor to be an effective servant of reconciliation and relational well-being.

Tim Chafins tchafins@ashland.edu
PTS 7705 AS
Polity of the United Methodist Church
M: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Snyder
Polity of the United Methodist Church Download Syllabus Mondays, August 25; September 8,15, 22; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10 , 17.
Monday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Gerber 203
2 Credit Hours

This course explores United Methodist polity as a connectional system which frames the mission, ministry and structure of the denomination. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

Rev. Thomas A. Snyder, ThM tsnyder@ashland.edu 419-496-1397
SPF 5541 COL
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Watson
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus This course will meet the weekends of September 12-13; October 10-11 and November 7-8.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Columbus
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

JoAnn Ford Watson, PhD jwatson@ashland.edu 419-207-9630
SPF 5541 DE
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Karidis
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 5-6; October 3-4 and November 7/8.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Detroit
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

Lynn Karidis lkaridis@ashland.edu
SPF 5541 CL
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Watson
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus This course meets the weekends of September 5-6; October 3-4 and October 31 - November 1.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cleveland
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

JoAnn Ford Watson, PhD jwatson@ashland.edu 419-207-9630
SPF 5541 AS
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Watson
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus Course will meet the weekends of August 22-23; September 19-20; October 17-18.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland, Sandberg 304
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

JoAnn Ford Watson, PhD jwatson@ashland.edu 419-207-9630
SPF 6660 AS
Human Development and Christian Formation - CANCELED
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Jacques
Human Development and Christian Formation - CANCELED Download Syllabus This course is cross-listed with CRE 5502.
Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

This course is a comparative, integrative study of developmental psychology, faith development, and spiritual formation.

Jane Jacques jjacques@ashland.edu
SPF 6667 DE
Women Spiritual Writers - CANCELED
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Monacelli
Women Spiritual Writers - CANCELED Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Detroit
3 Credit Hours

This course offers an in-depth study of the primary writings of prominent women in the field of spirituality throughout Christian history. Particular writers to be studied are Perpetua, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Susanna Wesley, Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, and Evelyn Underhill.

Louise Monacelli lmonacelli@sbcglobal.net 248-506-9488
SPF/ETH 7772 CL
Spiritual Formation and Social Activism - CANCELED
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Spiritual Formation and Social Activism - CANCELED Download Syllabus This course will meet the weekends of September 19-20; October 17-18; November 14-15, 2014.

It will also contain a hybrid element.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cleveland
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to integrate theology and ethics with spiritual and moral formation. By looking at select writers, concepts, processes and aims of spiritual formation, and by exploring and participating in social activism as both a means and expression of spiritual formation, we will attempt to move toward a more holistic spirituality and morality that takes seriously the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8).

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873