Graduating chaplaincy students will synthesize the subject-matter knowledge they have acquired, integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge, and connect theory with application in preparation for entry into professional ministry by offering a comprehensive report on a chaplaincy setting to which they feel called. The final project will include reflection on artifacts from courses in the chaplaincy core.William P. Payne, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5865
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 email@example.com 419-289-5985
This course is a study of Orthodox Christianity from the first century to the present, examining both its historical development and its distinctive theological perspectives. Students will consider the actual and potential contributions of this ancient tradition to current theological conversations.John Swope, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5772
This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Historical and Theological Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular historical or theological problem. If there are not enough students to populate a regular class, students will write their papers in the context of either an advanced-level elective course or an independent study project. In either case, students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (HTS) students and faculty during the late Spring.
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.Dawn Morton, Ed.D. email@example.com 419-560-2468
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 course is concerned with the task in assisting students in understanding contemporary North American cultural milieu and then to assist students to preach skillfully under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in that milieu. The course will give attention to understanding the contours of postmodern thought, implications of technological revolution, alternative expressions of preaching such as found in the Emerging Church movement, and preaching in a free society with its political dimensions. Each student will preach in this course.Michael B. Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5707
The Senior Seminar is meant to be an interdisciplinary experience in which students conduct research in either a field of their special interest or a general topic selected by faculty leading the seminar. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect upon a topic from a biblical, historical or theological perspective. Students will share the results of their research in a paper presentation in a seminar format.
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 email@example.com 419-289-5865
This course emphasizes the idea of culture as it uses the disciplines of cultural anthropology, cross-cultural communication, and sociology to help students develop cultural competencies that will inform how they practice ministry in the multi-cultural context of a given ministry setting. The course emphasizes cultural knowledge, cultural awareness, and cultural encounters. The course utilizes case studies, self-assessment, and participant observation.William P. Payne, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5865
(English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis. Exegesis - The student is given the opportunity to engage in the exegetical and interpretive study of the Gospels of the New Testament. The course is built around the exegesis of the Greek text and involves the grammatical, historical and linguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Special attention is given to the translation of selected passages related to twentieth century idiom.Terence C. Mournet, PhD email@example.com 419-289-5181
This course builds on the linguistic and exegetical skills learned in the first semester of Biblical Hebrew as we read more extended segments of scripture and explore pivotal nuances of expression often bypassed in translations.Paul Overland, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5773
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.L. Daniel Hawk, PhD email@example.com 419-289-5172
This course equips students to experience ongoing personal development and growth necessary for well-being in ministry. Attention will be given to core identity, character, calling, and competency, identified within the course as the upward, inward, outward, and forward journeys. The course will detail the challenges of Christian ministry and their impact on personal and professional well-being, highlighting essential commitments clergy must make in prayer, spiritual formation, inner transformation, and supportive community within the context of ministry. (Ministry Cohort Course)Terry Wardle firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5774
This course introduces students to the varieties of prayer in the Christian tradition. It focuses on the role of prayer in the formation of believers in the image of Christ for the sake of the church and the world. Students will practice a variety of individual and corporate prayer forms for personal and ministry formation. 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 email@example.com 419-207-9630
This course will expose students to the history and practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It will address biblical, classical and contemporary models of spiritual direction. Students will develop skills as spiritual guides to mentor and lead others by the power of the Holy Spirit. These skills will enhance students' own development and growth as leaders in spiritual direction for the formation of others in the church and world.Terry Wardle firstname.lastname@example.org 419-289-5774