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.Terence C. Mournet, PhD email@example.com 419-289-5181
This course explores the biblical and theological principles and processes for making disciples in the local church. Attention will be given to how the Christian leader can be a forming and transforming agent for discipleship in the community of faith. Skills related to teaching and leading a small group Bible study will be addressed. Educational and developmental theory will be consulted in pursuit of course aims.Michael B. Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5707
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.
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.
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)
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. Students have the option of taking this course for a grade or as pass/fail. Students must make this determination at the beginning of the course and may not change after the course has begun.