THE TRUETT SEMINARY CATALOG

The complete Truett Seminary catalog with course descriptions for the M.Div., M.T.S. M.A. and D.Min degree programs. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)


COURSE LISTINGS


COVENANT GROUPS (COVG)

7001 Covenant Group-1
Spiritual formation group experience the purpose of which is to develop: group trust, silence, prayer, journal writing, worship (including an appreciation for the Christian calendar) and beginning a consciousness of the stewardship of time.

7002 Covenant Group-2
Prerequisite(s): COVG 7001.
Continuation of COVG 7001. Members of the seminary community work in small committed groups where all participants pledge confidentiality and regular attendance.

7003 Covenant Group-3
Prerequisite(s): COVG 7001 and 7002.
A small group experience in which the student discovers how his or her own spiritual formation is related to Christian witness and evangelism. Special focus in this course will be placed on the Holy Spirit’s use of prayer to teach the student to know, love, and share Christ with those who do not yet know him.

7004 Covenant Group-4
Prerequisite(s): COVG 7001, 7002, and 7003.
Spiritual formation during the semester in which the student is engaged in mentoring; experience will be in spiritual direction with a spiritual counselor to whom the student is accountable for continuing spiritual disciplines.

7005 Covenant Group-5
Prerequisite(s): COVG 7001, 7002, 7003, and 7004.
A small group experience which focuses on spiritual discernment and service and the relationship of these two disciplines to Scripture and the life of Christ.

7006 Covenant Group-6
Prerequisite(s): COVG 7001, 7002, 7003, 7004, and 7005.
Continuation of COVG 7005. During this semester the student is asked to take a twenty-four hour retreat during which he or she will construct a tentative Rule of Life for their first year in ministry. During this retreat the student will evaluate the competencies which have developed during the spiritual formation experience.

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SURVEY AND INTRODUCTORY COURSES (THEO)

7316 Christian Worship
A study of Christian worship, its biblical foundations, its historical development, its practice in both free church and liturgical traditions, and of materials and methods for planning orders of worship and leading worship in the local church.

7340 Introduction to Christian Scriptures
An introduction to the Christian Scriptures with an emphasis on the background, historical setting, literary critical methodology, and the interrelationship between the testaments. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic issues necessary for in-depth analysis of the biblical text.

7343 Introduction to Christian History
A general survey and overview of the history of the Christian church from its founding to the present with particular attention to the major themes, movements, events, leaders, and development. This course is designed as an orientation to the entire Christian tradition in its social and cultural setting.

7345 Introduction to Christian Theology
An introduction to the principal issues in Christian theology and a survey of the historical development of teachings that constitute the body of orthodox doctrine in the church. This outline will provide some of the historical and intellectual framework needed for the more detailed study of Christian theology and philosophy in THEO 7360.

7396 The Baptist Identity
A study of the origins, development, leaders, principles, significant controversies and events, and current trends in Baptist life.

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BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (THEO)

7346 New Testament Greek 1
A study of the language and literature of the Greek New Testament with attention to vocabulary, grammar, and syntax through the reading of selected texts.

7347 New Testament Greek 2
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7346 or equivalent.
A continuation of the study of the language and literature of the Greek New Testament with attention to vocabulary, grammar, and syntax through the reading of selected texts.

7453 Hebrew 1
An introduction to the language of biblical Hebrew through an analysis of the grammar, morphology, and vocabulary. The first semester introduces the noun, adjective and basic verb form.

7457 Hebrew 2
Prerequesite(s): THEO 7343 or equivalent.
An introduction to the language of biblical Hebrew through an analysis of the grammar, morphology, and vocuabulary. This semester introduces derived verb forms, basic Hebrew syntax, and exegesis of Old Testament text in Hebrew.

7V48 Greek Language Readings 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7346, 7347, or equivalent.
Selected reading of passages or a book in the Greek New Testament. Course may be repeated when content differs for a maximum of twelve semester hours.

7V54 Hebrew Language Readings 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7453 or equivalent.
Selected reading of passages or a book in the Hebrew Scriptures. Course may be repeated when content differs for a maximum of twelve semester hours.

7V55 Biblical Language Readings 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7346, 7347, 7453 or equivalent.
Selected reading of passages or books in either the Greek New Testament or the Hebrew Scriptures. Course may be repeated when content differs for a maximum of twelve semester hours.

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CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (THEO)

7370 Christian Scriptures 1
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7340 or equivalent.
In-depth analysis of the literary issues, meaning and message of the text of the Old Testament, including Genesis through 2 Kings.

7371 Christian Scriptures 3
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7340.
In-depth analysis of the literary issues, meaning and message of the text of the New Testament, from Matthew through the Acts of the Apostles.

7372 Christian Scriptures 2
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7340.
Continuation of Christian Scriptures I with an emphasis on the text of the Old Testament, including the Latter Prophets and the Writings.

7373 Christian Scriptures 4
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7340.
Continuation of Christian Scriptures III with an emphasis on the text of the New Testament, from Romans to Revelation.

7375 New Testament Readings
Features the reading of selected portions or books of the New Testament in English translation. It will seek to interpret the primary writings of the New Testament canon at an intensive level, and the content may vary in subsequent terms. The readings will emphasize the historical intention of the text and its theological message. The course requires no competence in the Greek New Testament. The course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve semester credit hours when the content varies. Maximum 12 hrs. credit

7V74 Old Testament Readings 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Features the reading of selected portions or books of the Old Testament in English translation. Seeks to interpret the primary writings of the Old Testament canon at an intensive level. Content may vary. Readings emphasize the historical intention of the text and its theological message. Requires no competence in Hebrew. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve semester credit hours when the content varies. Maximum 12 hrs. credit.

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CHRISTIAN TEXTS AND TRADITIONS (THEO)

7360 Christian Texts and Traditions 1
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7343 and 7345, or permission of instructor.
A study and analysis of the major texts and traditions of the church from the apostolic period to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

7361 Christian Texts and Traditions 2
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7343 and 7345, or permission of instructor.
A study and analysis of the major texts and traditions of the church from the Protestant Reformation to the nineteenth century.

7362 Christian Texts and Tradition 3
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7343 and 7345, or permission of instructor.
A study and analysis of the major texts and traditions of the church in the twentieth century with an emphasis upon the interaction of Christianity with contemporary culture and the student’s ability to read contemporary culture with a view toward ministry.

7380 Studies in Christian Ethics
An intensive examination of the moral life and its foundations from the perspective of Scripture and Christian tradition. Attention will be given to the virtues and our responsibilities in community. Theoretical and practical problems will be addressed. Course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Maximum 6 hours credit.

7388 Theological Capstone
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7360, 7361, 7362 or permission of instructor.
A comprehensive study of the moral, doctrinal, and philosophical aspects of the church’s theology. Attention is given to the ethical meaning of the common life of the church, the doctrinal teaching which defines and supports the life of the church, and the apologetic and foundation al philosophy which the life of the church calls forth as the church engages the world in mission.

7389 Theological Capstone II
Continuation of the themes covered in THEO 7388: moral, doctrinal, and philosophical aspects of the church’s theology.

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THEOLOGY ELECTIVES

7317 Studies in Worship
Prerequisite(s): THEO 7316.
An intensive examination of selected contemporary topics, issues, and methodologies in the dynamic environment of Christian worship. Course may be repeated for credit when the content varies.

7320 Studies in Systematic Theology
An intensive examination of various topics in systematic theology. Special attention is given to the biblical materials and to the insights of contemporary Christian philosophers. Course may be repeated for credit when the content varies.

7364 Studies in Twentieth Century Theology
Prerequisite(s): At least one from THEO 7245, 7360, 7361 or 7362.
An advanced theological review of the major writings of selected twentieth century theologians (for example, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jurgen Moltmann). The course may be repeated once when content changes.

7380 Studies in Christian Ethics
An intensive examination of the moral life and its foundations from the perspective of Scripture and Christian tradition. Attention will be given to the virtues and our responsibilities in community. Theoretical and practical problems will be addressed. Course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Maximum 6 hrs. credit

7390 Studies in Spiritual Formation
An intensive examination of selected topics in the areas of spirituality and spiritual formation. Course may be repeated for credit if the content varies.

7391 Wilderness Spirituality
In both the Old and New Testaments, the “wilderness” experience plays a significant role in the spiritual formation of the people of God. “Wilderness” spirituality has been fostered and preserved in the life of the church through the monastic movement. This course is designed to enable students to become familiar with the “wilderness” tradition and its significance for contemporary spiritual formation through readings, discussions, presentations, and participation in the life of a monastic community.

7V85 Studies in Missions 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
An intensive examination of selected contemporary missiological issues and/or practices. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies. Maximum 6 hrs. credit

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PASTORAL MINISTRY (PAST)

7033 Clinical Pastoral Orientation
Co-requisite(s): PAST 7331.
Prepares students to practice basic skills necessary for effective pastoral care by working directly with individuals in a local health care facility. Under the supervision of faculty and hospital staff, students participate in visitation, write verbatims, and participate in small group experiences.

7120 Introduction to Christian Counseling
Introduction to the vocation of Christian counseling in terms of philosophy, principles, and standards of preparation. Special attention is given to student self-evaluation and orientation to this field of ministry.

7329 Counseling Theories and Techniques
Prerequisite(s): PAST 7120 or consent of instructor.
Basic theories, strategies, and techniques in counseling, counseling relationships, preparing case reports, interpreting data, introduction to levels of counselor effectiveness, video-taped counseling sessions; in light of biblical sources and historical and contemporary interpretations of the doctrine of God and humanity.

7331 The Christian Ministry
Co-requisite(s): PAST 7033.
Resources to aid students in developing a free church theological perspective within which to define the task of church in today’s world and their own role as minister therein. Students will be asked to survey their gifts and talents and to confront the issue of how they can be both a pastoral presence and a prophetic voice within congregations and communities where they serve.

7334 Clinical Pastoral Education
Laboratory or clinical setting which brings theological students into supervised encounters with persons in crises. The course will help students gain new understanding of human situations and develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

7336 Life and Work of the Pastor
A survey of the comprehensive ministry of the pastor. Attention is given to the personal growth of the pastor, the multifaceted work of the pastor in local church ministry, the biblical and theological basis of shepherding, the structures and programs of church life, community relations, worship, the ordinances, weddings and funerals, and specific pastoral challenges and opportunities.

7337 Human Growth and Faith Development
Processes and stages of human growth and development: physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The impact of social, political, economic and religious factors on individuals and families is explored. Specific insight into the development of religious faith, particularly the Christian faith, within the life of individuals.

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PREACHING/WORSHIP (PRCH)

7316 Preaching 1
An exploration of both the theological and practical questions regarding the nature and practice of preaching. Attention is focused upon the preparation and delivery of sermons in light of the biblical text, the congregation, the culture and the faith experience of the preacher.

7317 Preaching 2
Prerequisite(s): PRCH 7316.
A continuation of the themes explored in Preaching I, with emphasis on the delivery of sermons. Each student will prepare two sermons for delivery in class. The delivery and content of the sermons will be analyzed by fellow students and the professor using individual appraisal forms. These analyses will then be the basis for group discussions. Video tapes will also be used to assist the student in improving communication skills.

7321 Texts and Communication I
Prerequisite(s): PRCH 7316, 7217.
An interdisciplinary course involving theological reflection upon biblical texts relating to selected contemporary issues and the communication of the truths of the texts to the contemporary setting. Subject matter will vary.

7328 Preaching from the Gospels
Selected Gospel texts are exegeted. This exegesis then provides the basis for sermons from the Gospels for a contemporary audience.

7389 Studies in Preaching
Prerequisite(s): PRCH 7316.
An intensive examination of selected topics in homiletics. Course may be repeated for credit if the content varies. Maximum 9 hrs. credit

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LEADERSHIP/ADMINISTRATION (LEAD)

7301 Leadership for Ministry
A survey of leadership theory and practice including biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives. Texts from various disciplines (including theology, sociology, and management theory) will be employed. The course will explore such topics as styles, modeling, personality types, spiritual gifts, and church systems and structures which are related to leadership.

7306 Advanced Leadership for Ministry
Prerequisite(s): LEAD 7301.
An advanced study of leadership for ministry with special attention to personality types and leadership, with extensive use of testing and personal inventory methods and procedures; the leadership selection process; leadership training models, and the dynamics of organizational and personal change.

7308 Strategic Planning for Churches and Ministries
Designed to present a picture of the strategic planning process and applies marketing concepts to objectives of churches and other Christian ministries. Special attention is paid to fund raising and promotion.

7309 Church Administration
A study of basic administration processes and implementation of administrative skills related to church ministries, budgets, and personnel. Major emphases will include conflict and time management, decision-making, and delegation of responsibilities for church staff and/or lay leadership.

7311 Conflict Management in the Church
An analysis of conflict presented as an opportunity to bring forth positive spiritual and social change in the context of the local church. A variety of conflict management techniques will be discussed and modeled.

7V21 Studies in Leadership 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Features a detailed examination of a selected topic related to leadership for ministry. Course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Maximum 9 hrs. credit.

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MISSIONS (MSSN)

7376 The Story of Christian Missions
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
A survey of the advance of Christianity from the early church to the present. Literature, documents, and principles of particular periods of mission history will be examined and evaluated in order to gain a perspective of when and how Christianity progressed and to make contemporary application.

7377 The Missional Church
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
A study of the church as source and base for missions. Attention will be given to the development of missional understanding and practice in the local church.

7378 Church Planting
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
An overview of theory and principles of church planting for domestic and international ministry. Emphasis will be given to models of church and ways urban churches were planted in the New Testament period and subsequent periods of church history, as well as special challenges for today.

7380 Biblical and Theological Themes in Missions
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
A biblical and theological evaluation of classical and current themes in Christian missions, such as contextualization, the church growth movement, indigeneity, Third World theologies and universalism.

7381 Religion and Worldviews
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
A study of ancient and modern rites, traditions, and ideas that form religious and worldview perspectives for the peoples of the world and the Christian’s response to these perspectives.

7382 Principles, Methods and Strategies
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
An exploration into principles, methods and strategies of mission work through survey of historical and contemporary practices and models, with special attention given to Paul’s methods and strategies.

7383 Cross Cultural Living and Communication
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
An introduction to cultural anthropology for the missionary task. Attention will be given to principles and resources necessary for initial entry, life, witness and productive ministry in the cross-cultural setting.

7384 Ethnographic Research Methodology
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
Practical skill training and field techniques in the gathering, comparison, and analysis of data related to cultures, religions, and history of a people, city or region.

7385 Christian World Mission
A study of the biblical basis for missions, the history of Christian missions, and the church’s dynamic and contextual relationship with the world and with God in light of the gospel. Special attention is given to the relationship between culture and mission, contemporary missiological thought and practice, the pastor’s role in developing a global consciousness within the church, and the local congregation as a base of mission support and involvement.

7386 Urban Mission Issues
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
As the world continues to move to the cities, the challenges of ministry are changing. This class will explore urban issues such as the need for an urban theology, racial reconciliation, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, addictions, postmodernism, and various religious worldviews. It will also explore successful models of congregations making a difference in the cities.

7387 Community Development and Ministry
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
The whole Gospel requires that congregations minister to the whole person. Many churches today are rediscovering the importance of revitalizing neighborhoods and working toward systemic change in their communities. This class will explore working models and teach timely methods of community organizing from a Christian perspective.

7388 Evangelism: A Contextual Approach
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385 recommended.
The course develops a contextual approach to evangelism to enable the local church to bear faithful witness to the Triune God for the sake of the world.

7389 Studies in Mission Theology and Practice
Prerequisite(s): MSSN 7385.
A concentrated, guided study of a relevant and limited topic in the theology or practice of Christian mission. The topic will be determined in consultation with the professor and progress toward the development of the topic will be monitored throughout the semester. Ideally this course should be taken near the conclusion of the Global Missions Concentration course work.

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CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CRED)

7330 Introduction to Family Ministry
This course will overview biblical/theological foundations and theory and research from the social sciences that inform our understanding of families. Ways congregations and their agencies can minister to and with families will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on applying a wide range of knowledge sources for more effective ministry in the church.

7340 Christian Religious Education: Childhood
Foundations and objectives of ministry to children and their families in the local church. The course will focus on curriculum selection and program development to enable congregations to provide an appropriate environment for children’s faith formation.

7362 Seminar in Adult Christian Religious Education
Spiritual and psychological development tasks of adults involved in Christian religious education programs of the church. Students working with faculty and ministry professionals will discover effective research models and ministry programs to meet the distinctive and changing needs of adults.

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MENTORING (MENT)

7300 Introduction to Mentoring
Corequisite:(s): PAST 7033
A preparatory course designed to equip ministry students to engage reflectively in a subsequent field education experience. Course presentations, discussion, and a clinical component will focus on the practice of theological reflection and ministerial identity. Additionally, students will prepare to fulfill the specific requirements of MENT 7V00.

7V00 Mentoring in Ministry 1 to 12 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): First year curriculum or the equivalent thereof.
A residency or apprenticeship whereby the student is assigned to a ministry setting for the purpose of receiving hands-on experience and guidance in the day-to-day functions of ministry. Depending upon students’ ministry goals students will be placed in local churches, denominational offices, urban areas, international or foreign settings, or other places where guided learning and experience can take place. The goal of the mentoring program is to provide the seminarian with an intensive experience under the tutelage of a mentor.

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MUSIC DUAL DEGREE COURSES (THEO)

7290 Worship in the Church (Cross-listed as MUS 5240)
A study of music in worship from biblical times to the present. Includes worship planning and leadership, and evaluation of present uses, trends and emphases.

7291 Congregational Song (Cross-listed as MUS 5241)
The study of congregational music used in corporate worship, including hymns, choruses and scripture songs. The course includes the historical development of hymns and the analysis of the literary, scriptural and theological content of congregational song.

7292 Seminar in Music Ministry (Cross-listed as MUS 5242)
Administration of the church music ministry including budgeting, organizing, recruiting, office management, and working with multiple staff. The course also includes philosophy of church music ministry from a biblical, historical, and contemporary framework.

7293 Choral/Vocal Music Ministries in the Church (Cross-listed as MUS 5247)
A study of adult choirs, youth choirs and children’s choirs, ensembles and soloists, including rehearsal techniques, spiritual growth, promotion, man age ment, vocal development, materials and their role in the life of the church and community.

7294 History of American Church Music (Cross-listed as MUS 5244)
Composers, authors, movements, styles, and types of literature pertaining to church music in the United States from the 1560’s to the present. Emphasis will be given to current trends in American church music.

7295 Turning Points in Church Music (Cross-listed as MUS 5245)
A study of major turning points in the history of church music including analysis and application to the current issues.

7296 Comparative Liturgies (Cross-listed as MUS 5246)
A study of Christian liturgies from various cultures and historical periods including historical and current material.

7599 Integrative Capstone Thesis or Project
A significant thesis or project/project report that is the result of a comprehensive study of the church’s theology and its integration with the church’s worship and/or congregational ministry. Attention is to be given to how applied theology undergirds and exhibits the ethical meaning of the common life of the church the doctrinal teaching which defines and supports the life of the church, and the apologetic and foundational philosophy which the life of the church calls forth as the church engages the work in mission.

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PRACTICAL THEOLOGY (PRTH)

7000 Silent Retreat or Spiritual Direction
All students in the concentration must complete a 48 hour silent retreat or participate in 6 sessions of spiritual direction with a trained director. Arrangements should be made in consultation with the Director or Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation. More information is available in the Spiritual Formation office.

7300 Introduction to Christian Religious Education
Appreciation of the scope of Christian religious education and its relationship to the local congregation. The course demonstrates how trained leaders in the fellowship of the local church create an environment in which evangelism and Christian nurture take place. Students will understand how faith is formed and experienced through age appropriate, developmentally sensitive educational activities.

7310 Formation for Congregations and their Leaders
This course will explore biblical and theological foundations for Christian spiritual formation and consider models for spiritual formation in the congregation. Students will reflect upon the qualities of formational leadership and give attention to spiritual formation in various tasks of ministry such as pastoral care, preaching, teaching, and administration. The course will move toward developing a “rule of life” for personal health in ministerial leadership.

7311 Spiritual Formation through the Life Span
This course will consider the process of spiritual formation from a lifespan development perspective. The course will address the following topics: (1) current theoretical models and interdisciplinary research in human development; (2) the process of spiritual formation from adolescence to late adulthood, with an emphasis on understanding particular spiritual practices useful at various life stages; and (3) application of a developmental model of spiritual formation to spiritual guidance and soul care.

7312 Traditions of Christian Spirituality and Prayer
This course will explore varied streams of Christian spirituality through the devotional writings and life stories of spiritual masters in the history of the church. Students will study writings from various Christian traditions and periods of church history to consider the nature of the spiritual journey and reflect upon the prayer-filled life. Students will also participate in a few diverse worship experiences off-campus.

7313 Children’s Spirituality
This course will delve into the spiritual life of children from their earliest days up to the teen years and raise questions about how children grow toward maturity in faith. Readings and reflection upon scripture, theology, psychology, and cultural influences will provide a foundation for understanding a child’s formation with special attention to the roles of congregations and families.

7314 Leading Small Groups and Retreats
Spiritual formation occurs in many communal contexts, including small groups and retreats. The first part of the course addresses small group leadership. Theological foundations for communal life along with practical wisdom for leadership and healthy group dynamics are considered. A second part of the course applies similar principles to the context of the retreat setting. During the semester, students lead various kinds of groups and participate in planning and leading a retreat for seminary students.

7315 Spiritual Guidance and Soul Care
Prerequisite(s): Either PRTH 7310 or PRTH 7312
This course will introduce students to the ministry of Christian spiritual guidance. Readings and reflections on classic and contemporary spiritual guidance will create a framework for practicing intentional spiritual directions as a part of pastoral care in the congregation and other ministry contexts. Students will be required to provide spiritual guidance to others. This course does not provide adequate training for full-time spiritual direction practice.

7350 Theology & Philosophy of Youth Ministry
Provides students a foundation for effective ministry to youth and their families in churches and other settings. Historical foundations as well as emerging trends in youth ministry will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to observe class topics applied in ministry settings through planned interactions with vocational youth ministers.

7351 Crisis Issues in Youth Ministry

This course introduces the student to a variety of crisis issues and means to address them. It serves as counseling "first-aid", meaning that students learn basic helping skills but do not qualify as professional counselors. Students are exposed to issues, intervention, prevention, coping strategies, referral systems and counseling techniques. In particular problems that grow out of the developmental process and disorders that begin with/are unique to adolescence are addressed.

7352 Discipleship & Evangelism: Youth
This course focuses on the "being" of a disciple and its natural progression toward evangelization and the making of disciples. Students will be required to integrate reading, course work, and class learning into various projects throughout the semester.

7353 Urban Youth Ministry
This course offers a study in urban issues as they relate to youth ministry, combining theoretical and practical perspectives for a holistic approach. Trends within urban communities and their relation to society as a whole will be addressed.

7354 Seminar in College Ministry

Investigates the foundations of campus ministry and enables students working with faculty and ministry professionals to discover effective research models and ministry programs. Students will set objectives and develop a philosophy for effective ministry with college students in churches and on the college campus.

7356 Youth & Family Ministry
A study of the complex nature of families in America today. Statistics from the 2000 U.S. Census will be studied as a basis for comparison with the nature of families in a local church. Programs to minister to parents as well as through parents will be discussed.

7358 Youth, Pop Culture and Theology
This course is designed to address issues (and possible intersections) of theology and pop culture with adolescents in mind. This necessarily goes beyond casual conversations regarding God in culture, and offers grounding in methodology and critical thought. It thus creates a common language opening dialogue between pop culture and theology from a variety of perspectives.

7379 Principles of Teaching the Christian Faith
A look both broadly and narrowly at what it is to pass on the Christian faith. This course is comprised of two major areas, both formal/traditional and informal/non-traditional moments of teaching. This includes the development of instructional designs and utilization of teaching resources for effective communication of the scriptures and theological principles as well as considerations of necessary logistical and administrative elements.

7390 Studies in Christian Spirituality
In this course, a special topic related to Christian spirituality will be explored in a focused and intensive way. The topics will vary from semester to semester and students may take this course more than once as topics change. Maximum 6 hours credit.

7V51 Special Topics in Youth Ministry
This course explores topics in a focused and intensive way of specific topics of particular relevance within youth ministry. The topics will vary from semester to semester and this course may be taken more than once as topics change. Maximum of 9 hours credit.

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SPORTS MINISTRY (PTSM)

7033 Integration of Faith and Sports Practicum
The purpose of this course is to help the sports minister and sportsperson to reimagine how they think about, inhabit, and practice sports. In particular, this course is designed to work out much of the previous coursework on an interpersonal and intrapersonal level in a competitive laboratory that simulates many of the problems that sportspersons face in their calling. Additionally, this course includes administrative and leadership foci with the added value of organizing and participating in the clinic itself.

7320 Theology & Philosophy of Sports Ministry
This course provides a theological and philosophical framework for understanding sports and sports ministry in churches and other settings while developing a theology of sports as a cultural discourse. Historical antecedents as well as contemporary themes in sports ministry will be examined.

7352 Theological Ethics of Sports
This course develops Christian moral reasoning on matters related to sports, with an acute emphasis on theologico-ethical reflection and moral deliberation. Selected moral issues specific to sports will be examined.

7366 Sports Chaplaincy
This course addresses and assesses the different models of sports ministry and chaplaincy. Students will learn how to bring their knowledge and skills to bear on social, moral and personal problems unique to the sportsperson and sports culture.

7380 Studies in Sports Ministry
This course provides a detailed examination of a selected topic related to the study of sports and ministry. The course may be repeated when the content varies. Maximum 6 hours credit.

7388 Evangelism: A Contextual Approach
This course attempts to develop a practical theology of evangelism in order to construct faithful strategies of congregational witness that glorify the Triune God. This will require students to (1) reflect carefully on the nature of Christian witness in light of Scripture and church tradition, (2) develop thick descriptions of their ministry context, and (3) adopt a missiological perspective of their local church as an expression of God’s mission within their community.

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