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 email@example.com 248-559-1400
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5485
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)
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 email@example.com 419-289-5183
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.
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.
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.