ID Title Professor
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
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
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
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/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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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