ID Title Professor
BSG 5501 AS (631)
Engaging Texts & Contexts
T: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Byron
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus Tuesday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Shultz 103
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.

John Byron, PhD jbyron@ashland.edu 419-289-5722
BSG 5510 AS
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation
Th: 10:15AM-12:00PM
Hawk
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation Download Syllabus Thursday - 10:15AM-12:00PM
Ashland, SLC 303/304
2 Credit Hours

(FOR CLINICAL COUNSELING STUDENTS ONLY) 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.

L. Daniel Hawk, PhD dhawk@ashland.edu 419-289-5172
CHP 5501 AS
Introduction to Chaplaincy
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Payne
Introduction to Chaplaincy Download Syllabus September 1/2; October 6/7; November 10/11; December 1/2, 2017
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. This course MUST be taken within the first semester or first year before continuing on in the chaplaincy program.

William P. Payne, PhD wpayne@ashland.edu 419-289-5865
CHS 5500 AS (631)
The Story of the Christian Faith
W: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Stoffer
The Story of the Christian Faith Download Syllabus Wednesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
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 Stoffer dstoffer@ashland.edu 419-289-5985
CLD 6630 AS (631)
Leading the People of God
T: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Johnson
Leading the People of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland, Gerber 202
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)

Martin Johnson
CTH 5520 AS (631)
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God
T: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Colijn
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 1:00PM-4:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
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
CWP 5512 AS (631)
Worship and the Community of God
T: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Bevere
Worship and the Community of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 1:00PM-4:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 202
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)

Allan R. Bevere, PhD abevere@ashland.edu 330-203-3798
HOM 5511 AS (631)
Proclaiming the Word of God
W: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Thompson
Proclaiming the Word of God Download Syllabus Wednesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 202
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
NTS 5511 AS (631)
Introduction to the New Testament
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Byron
Introduction to the New Testament Download Syllabus Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland, Shultz 103
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
OTS 5501 AS
Biblical Hebrew 1
Th: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Overland
Biblical Hebrew 1 Download Syllabus Thursday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Gerber 203
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.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
OTS 5511 AS (631)
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Hawk
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland, Shultz 102
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 7761 AS
Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Johnson
Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Ashland, Gerber 201
3 Credit Hours

This course seeks to equip students in the competencies necessary to developing and leading effective small groups that are specifically designed for care and counsel. Attention will be given to the unique challenges and opportunities present in developing and leading such groups, as well as providing guidance in group dynamics and group development. An additional component of the class will be equipping students to mobilize, train, and supervise lay leaders for this specific form of ministry within the local church.

Shane L. Johnson sjohnson@ashland.edu
PTS 7705 AS
Polity of the United Methodist Church
M: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Snyder
Polity of the United Methodist Church Download Syllabus Monday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland, Shultz 101
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, Th.M. 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 Dates: September 15/16; October 13/14; November 10/11
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland, Shultz 103
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. 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.

JoAnn Ford Watson, PhD jwatson@ashland.edu 419-207-9630