Core Courses--Titles and Descriptions

B5330 Interpretation of the Bible for Ministry
This course introduces students to the narratives of Israel, Jesus, and the church in the Old and New Testaments. Using an interpretive model that incorporates historical and literary methods, it provides students the tools to understand the scriptural foundations of ministry and how people read the Bible as scripture.

H5310 Historical Studies for Ministry
This course examines the historical foundations that influence the current practices of ministry and faith. It reviews the major movements, significant persons, and development of doctrine and theology. Each of these movements, persons, and theological developments are examined within larger cultural and political contexts of their time. Throughout the course, attention is given to the diversity of voices that comprise the Christian tradition.

P5391 Contemporary Context for Ministry
This course explores the pressures and influences on our historical context that affect the understanding of the person, the community, the church, and that shape our understanding of ministry and the healing professions. The course will address religious pluralism, globalization, and immigration using methodological perspectives from the social sciences and from the theological tradition.

T5350 Theological Studies for Ministry
The grammar of Christian life begins with the question that Jesus himself asked: "Who do you say that I am?" The way that we go about answering that question will necessarily involve responses to a series of other questions: "Who does he say that we are?" "What does Christ tell us about the meaning of life, death, bodies, and relationships?" Finally and ultimately, our answer to Christ's question will involve us in answering another question, "Who does he say that God is?" Building from classic and contemporary readings, this course will develop a grammar for the Christian life around these questions.

T5340 Ethics for Ministry
This course explores ethics as an account of the well-lived life that orders individuals and communities toward their highest good and truest happiness. Viewed this way, ethics cannot be reduced to rules, obligations, or obedience, but rather entails broad critical reflection on human nature, friendship, virtue, law, justice, and love. The central question of moral inquiry is: What habits and patterns of life contribute to human flourishing? Drawing on biblical, philosophical, and theological texts, the course will seek to answer this question from within a broad theological framework.