ID Title Professor
BSG 5501 AS
Engaging Texts & Contexts
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Mournet
Engaging Texts & Contexts Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
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.

Terence C. Mournet, PhD tmournet@ashland.edu 419-289-5181
CHP 6645 AS
Introduction to Chaplaincy
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Payne
Introduction to Chaplaincy Download Syllabus WEEKEND COURSE: Sept 25/26; Oct 30/31; Nov 20/21; Dec 11/12
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
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
CHS/PTS 7703 AS
History of the United Methodist Church
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Bevere
History of the United Methodist Church Download Syllabus Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
2 Credit Hours

This course surveys the history of United Methodism from its rise in England in the 18th century to the present, with attention to the forces that have shaped the movement and its impact on the various contexts in which it has developed. Approximately half of the course is devoted to Methodist origins in the period of the Wesleys. (Fulfills the United Methodist History requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

Allan Bevere abevere@ashland.edu
CLD 6630 AS
Leading the People of God
T: 8:45AM-12:00PM
Lewis
Leading the People of God Download Syllabus This is how the ministry cohort will be structured:

8:45-10:15 - Leading the People of God lecture
10:15 - Break
10:30-12:00 - Pastoral Counseling and Care lecture
1:00-4:00 - Small Group for both classes

Tuesday - 8:45AM-12:00PM
Ashland
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
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Ashland
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/ETH/SPF/PTS 7792 AS
Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice Download Syllabus WEEKEND COURSE: Sept 11/12; Oct 2/3; Oct 23/24

COURSE TITLE: Kingdom of God and Christian Practice

Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
CTH/PTS 7701 AS
Doctrine of the Brethren Church
Th: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Stoffer
Doctrine of the Brethren Church Download Syllabus Class meets for 10 weeks from Thursday, Sept. 17 to Nov. 19
Thursday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland
2 Credit Hours

This course considers the background and development of Brethren doctrine in the Brethren movement generally and The Brethren Church specifically. Attention is given to the beginnings in Anabaptism and Pietism and to how Brethren doctrine has developed from the eighteenth century to the present.

Dale R. Stoffer dstoffer@ashland.edu 419-289-5985
ETH 5530 AS
Christian Ethics
W: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Corbin Reuschling
Christian Ethics Download Syllabus Wednesday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

This course assists students to reflect on moral issues through the perspective of Christian faith and discipleship, by developing responses and practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God when applied to a variety of ethical concerns.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
ETH 7792 AS
Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice Download Syllabus WEEKEND COURSE: Sept 11/12; Oct 2/3; Oct 23/24
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson of the respective department for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
EVG 5513 AS
Evangelistic Practices
M: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Payne
Evangelistic Practices Download Syllabus Monday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland
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: 1:30PM-4:30PM
Thompson
Proclaiming the Word of God Download Syllabus Thursday - 1:30PM-4:30PM
Ashland
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
Introduction to the New Testament
Th: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Byron
Introduction to the New Testament Thursday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland
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
M: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Overland
Biblical Hebrew 1 Download Syllabus Monday - 8:30AM-11:30AM
Ashland
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
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
W: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Overland
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Wednesday - 8:00AM-12:00PM
Ashland
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.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
PCC 5530 AS
Pastoral Counseling & Care
T: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Chafins
Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus 8:45-10:15 - Leading the People of God lecture
10:15 - Break
10:30-12:00 - Pastoral Counseling and Care lecture
1:00-4:00 - Small Group for both classes

Tuesday - 10:30AM-12:00PM
Ashland
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 7761 AS
Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Whiteside
Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus TBA - DATES
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
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.

Tracy Whiteside twhitesi@ashland.edu
PTS 7792 AS
Conference/Seminar in Practical Theology
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Conference/Seminar in Practical Theology Download Syllabus WEEKEND COURSE: Sept 11/12; Oct 2/3; Oct 23/24

Course title: Kingdom of God and Christian Practice

Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873
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 WEEKENDS: Aug 28/29; Sept 18/19; Oct 16/17
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
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
SPF 7770 AS
Practices of Prayer
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Rowland
Practices of Prayer Download Syllabus WEEKEND: Aug 28/29; Oct 23/24
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
3 Credit Hours

This course is an in-depth examination of the practices of prayer throughout the great masters of prayer in the story and tradition of the church. Biblical examples and models of prayer as well as the variety of the different Christian traditions of prayer throughout church history will be addressed. Students are encouraged to apply the practice of prayer to a particular ministry context for their ministry formation and training. Growth in individual practices and corporate ministry leadership for the local and global church are emphasized.

Sharon Rowland sharon.rowland87@gmail.com
SPF 7792 AS
Conference/Seminar in Spiritual Formation
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Corbin Reuschling
Conference/Seminar in Spiritual Formation Download Syllabus WEEKEND COURSE: Sept 11/12; Oct 2/3; Oct 23/24

COURSE TITLE: Kingdom of God and Christian Practice

Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 9:00AM-4:00PM
Ashland
1 Credit Hours

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, PhD wcorbin@ashland.edu 419-289-5873