Course Descriptions

Required Classes

These are the courses required to complete toward ordination. The Pittsburgh District follows the Alliance track found through Nazarene Bible College. Click each course for the respective course description, learning outcomes/objectives, and currently required book.

all courses/required books are subject to change as the respective syllabus changes

Biblical Interpretation (BIB 2003)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an introductory study of the principles of biblical hermeneutics, biblical interpretation. Emphasis will be on the methods and tools applied to the exegetical study of the Bible. The writing and submission of an exegetical paper is required in this course. On reading this syllabus, it will seem that there is a great deal of reading and writing required, the purpose of this course is to provide you with lifelong skills and understanding of available resources for your future Bible study and sermon preparation, etc.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The following are intended learning outcomes specific to this course:

  1. Appreciate the advantages of a historical critical approach to the study of the Scriptures
  2. Become familiar with a variety of resource materials for biblical study
  3. Learn a proper format and content for writing an exegetical paper
  4. Practice the various elements of an exegetical investigation of a biblical text (historical, social, literary, textual, grammatical, and theological)
  5. Consider the application of exegetical study to practical exposition

 

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development 2016 that will be addressed in this course:

  • Ability to identify the literary structure, the theological concepts and main storyline of the Old Testament. (CN-1)
  • Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the major sections of the Old Testament. (CN-2)
  • Ability to identify the literary structure, the original concepts and main storyline of the New Testament. (CN-3)
  • Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament including an ability to Biblically affirm pastoral leadership of men and women within the Church. (CN-4)
  • Ability to describe the development of the cannon and the historical and theological influences resulting in contemporary translations. (CN-5)
  • Ability to exegete and passage of Scripture using contextual, literary and theological analysis. (CN-6)
  • Ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound sermons using appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity. (CP-12)
  • Ability to develop sermons in various forms (evangelistic, pastoral care, doctrinal teaching, lectionary, etc.). (CP-13)
  • Ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of current homiletical models in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP-14)

 COURSE TEXTBOOKS

A competent study Bible for current and future exegetical work. We will discuss during the first session.

Gorman, Michael J., Elements of Biblical Exegesis. Rev. and exp. ed. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009.

Russell, Walt, Playing With Fire. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2000.

King, Thomas J., and Powers, Daniel G., A Student’s Guide to Exegetical Work. 5th ed. Colorado Springs: NBC, 2009. We will discuss during the first session for those who have difficulty obtaining.

 

Christian Preaching I (PAS 3033)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An introduction to homiletical principles and the practice of sermon preparation.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
At the completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Prepare and preach sermons that are Biblically Based.
2. Prepare and preach sermons that are Spirit Driven.
3. Prepare and preach sermons that are Outcome Focused.
4. Prepare and preach Well Crafted Sermons.
5. Prepare and preach sermons that are Communicated Effectively.

The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: USA/Canada Region Edition, 2016 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to describe the development of the cannon and the historical and theological influences resulting in contemporary translations. (CN -5)
  • Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament including an ability to Biblically affirm pastoral leadership of men and women within the church. (CN-6)
  • Ability to communicate publicly through multiple methods (oral, written, media, etc.) with clarity and creativity, utilizing gender inclusive language. (CP-1)
  • Ability to lead evangelistically through preaching, modeling and equipping others. (CP-7)
  • Ability to envision, order and participate in contextualized , theologically grounded worship and to develop and lead appropriate services for special occasions (i.e. wedding, funeral, baptism and Lord’s Supper). (CP-11)
  • Ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound sermons using appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity. (CP-12)
  • Ability to develop sermons in various forms (evangelistic, pastoral care, doctrinal teaching, lectionary, etc. ) (CP-13)
  • Ability to address the strengths and weaknesses of current homiletical models in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP-14)
  • Ability to understand, appreciate and work sensitively with cultures and sub-cultures. (CX-1)
  • Ability to identify and apply the principles of cross-cultural communications. (CX-2)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1. Boone, Dan. Preaching the Story that Shapes Us. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2008. Print (Kindle version available) / ISBN: 978-0-8341-2371-7

2. Buttrick, David G. Homiletic Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987. Print. (Kindle version available) / ISBN: 0-8006-2096-8

3. Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. Print. (Kindle version available) /ISBN: 9780664261429

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Christian Preaching II (PAS 3043)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An application of homiletical principles and practices through preaching.

Prerequisites: Christian Preaching I.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the theoretical and spiritual foundations for preaching. (Analysis)
  2. Prepare and deliver biblically based sermons. (Synthesis)
  3. Integrate exegetical, hermeneutical, and homiletical skills. (Synthesis)
  4. Appraise the effectiveness of sermons of different types and styles. (Evaluate)

The following are competencies for ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using contextual, literary, and theological analysis. (CN6)
  2. Ability to prepare, and deliver biblically sound sermons using appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity. (CP12)
  3. Ability to develop sermons in various forms (evangelistic, pastoral care, doctrinal teaching, lectionary, etc.). (CP13)
  4. Ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of current homiletical models in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP14)

 

 COURSE TEXTBOOKS 

1. Kinlaw, Dennis F. Preaching in the Spirit. Reprint 1985, Francis Asbury Press, 2010. /ISBN: 9781593175221

2. Robinson, Haddon, and Craig Brian Larson. The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators. Zondervan, 2005. Print – CD Rom / ISBN: 9780310252481

3. Stanley, Andy and Lane Jones. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Conversation. 1st ed, Multnomah Publishers, 2006. /ISBN: 9781590525142

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Church Administration & Finance (PAS 4023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course examines the role of the minister in relation to the organization and management of the local church. Special attention will be given to various aspects of local church finances.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the administrative and financial responsibilities of the ministerial role in which they serve.
  2. Recognize the foundational concepts, principles, and practices necessary to fulfill their administrative and financial responsibilities in an effective manner.
  3. Develop the skills necessary to implement these concepts, principles, and practices in their own ministries.

The following are competencies for ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of these Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church. (CN14)
  2. Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building. (CP2)
  3. Ability to cultivate, cast and strategically implement vision. (CP3)
  4. Ability to lead congregations in the biblical stewardship of life resources. (CP4)
  5. Ability to manage and implement biblically sound church administration utilizing appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity. (CP21)
  6. Ability to assess and implement contemporary approaches to administration in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP22)
  7. Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.) (CH8)
  8. Ability to discern sociological dynamics, (including the power dynamics of gender, age and ethnicity) and to apply that information to specific ministry settings. (CX3)
  9. Ability to analyze and describe congregations and communities. (CX4)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Berkley, James D. Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration. Revised and Expanded ed, Baker Books, 2008. /ISBN: 9780801068140

Hotchkiss, Dan. Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. /ISBN: 9781566992619

Toler, Stan, and Elmer L. Towns. Developing a Giving Church. Beacon Hill Press, 2013. /ISBN: 9780834130128

Schoenfeld, Matt. Abundant Living: The Five Biblical Principles for Financial Success. Vibrant Group, 2005. /ISBN: 9780971274877

NOTE:   Available for purchase directly from the author.  Contact Matt Schoenfeld at 913-710-5012 or at [email protected]

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

 

COURSE RESOURCES:

 The textbook by Berkley is a wonderful resource for administrative practices. You will want to mark the book carefully in order to refer back to it for sound advice. You will find it a very practical tool for your library.

Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends by Hotchkiss is a very practical book providing straightforward guidance for clergy seeking to develop sound theology of money and skills for church administration. Ministry and Money also puts forth a new strategy for self-care, and confident approach to managing both personal and congregational finances. The author is a senior consultant with the Alban Institute and has written this book and others for the purpose of helping clergy overcome their own anxieties about money matter so they can help others address the personal, social and congregational aspects of this challenging and difficult topic.

Developing a Giving Church by Toler and Towns is based upon the principle that healthy kingdom giving springs out of spiritual living. Based upon the premise that stewardship is the management of time, talents, and treasure, the authors set forth a vision for pastors and church leaders to shape the thinking in the pews by merging biblical principles with proven methods of creating an environment for giving and generosity in the church.

Abundant Living by Matt Schoenfeld has clearly captured the key to practically living out the life of a faithful steward. This book will help you chart a clear and effective path for handling money God’s way. The five biblical principles for financial success provides a simple set of guidelines that will help you to honor God and to teach others how to do the same.

We will not use the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene in this course as a regular textbook, but you will definitely need to have access to a Nazarene Manual and familiarize yourself with the financial policies as set forth by the denomination. Note: You may access a free download copy of the Nazarene Manual at the following site: http://2017.manual.nazarene.org/. You will have access to the latest version available for download.

A suggested supplemental text:

Nazarene Publishing House has published a text titled Foundations of Church Administration. Professional Tools for Church Leadership.” It is a book especially targeted to Nazarene pastors in a Nazarene context. You are encouraged to consider purchasing this book as a good pastoral resource for your library.

Peterson, Bruce L., Thomas, Edward A., Whitesel, Bob, editors. Foundations of Church Administration. Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City. 2010. / ISBN: 9780834125216

Developing a Missional Church (OTR 4013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A study of the principles and strategies required to develop a healthy congregation that fulfills the great commission as a missionary church within our diverse cultural context.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following intended learning outcomes will be achieved by this course:

  1. The student will be able to demonstrate by discussion and dialog a basic understanding of the trends of modern culture and its impact on the church in the postmodern world.
  2. The student will be able to articulate the components that are evidenced in a missional church.
  3. The student will explore the differences between being a sending church and being a sent church, in the context of Mission USA/Canada, and the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.
  4. The student will be able to explain possible options to be used in bringing the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to address the trends of the relativistic, pluralistic society, and the individual caught up in that society.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to lead evangelistically through preaching, modeling and equipping others. (CP7)
  2. Ability to lead in discipling and assimilating new converts into the Church. (CP8)
  3. Ability to understand, appreciate, and work sensitively with cultures and sub-cultures. (CX1)
  4. Ability to identify and apply the principles of cross -cultural communications. (CX2)
  5. Ability to discern sociological dynamics, (including the power dynamics of gender, age and ethnicity) and to apply that information to specific ministry settings. (CX3)
  6. Ability to analyze and describe congregations and communities. (CX4)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.David Hesselgrave. Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond. 2, Baker Academic, 2000. / ISBN: 9780801022227

2.Herrington, Jim, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr. Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. 1st ed, Jossey-Bass, 2000. / ISBN: 9781118446201

Supplemental: (Not Required But Highly Recommended)

Brad & Ford Brisco. Missional Essentials: A Guide for Experiencing God’s Mission in Your Life. Foundry Publishing, 2012. / ISBN: 9780834151123

Foundations of Women's Ordination (PAS 2133)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A course designed to give a multi-disciplinary view of the ordination of women in the Church of the Nazarene. Broader biblical, historical and theological issues will be explored, with specific emphasis given to the Wesleyan Holiness heritage.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The course learning goals for this class will be presented in the Weekly Schedule (see below). 

COURSE TEXTBOOK

Tara Beth Leach. Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in the Ministry. IVP Books, 2017. /ISBN: 9780830845248

 

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

 I.        Resources designed to support women in lead ministry positions:

Global Evangelism (OTR 2013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An overview of the biblical and theological foundations for personal, congregational, and mass evangelism, both local and global.  Attention will also be given to the mission program of the Church of the Nazarene.

COURSE OBJECTIVES 

The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: USA/Canada Region Edition, 2016 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to describe the mission and practice of the Church throughout its history. (CN-11)
  • Ability to describe and apply knowledge of human development in leading people to Christian maturity. (CP-9)
  • Ability to envision and implement Christian Education in the local church. (CP10)
  • Ability to understand, appreciate and work sensitively with cultures and sub cultures. (CX-1)
  • Ability to identify and apply the principles of cross-cultural communications. (CX-2)
  • Ability to discern sociological dynamics. (including the power dynamics of gender, age and ethnicity) and to apply that information to specific ministry settings. (CX-3)
  • Ability to analyze and describe congregations and communities. (CX-4)
  • Ability to place the ministry context in light of the large schemes of world and national history. (CX-5)
  • Ability to analyze and describe the ministry context in light of its local history. (CX-6)
  • Ability to understand and articulate the Biblical, historical and theological bases for Christian mission. (CX-7)
  • Ability to describe basic musicological principles and to apply them to the development of ministry in the local church. (CX-8)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Charles R. Gailey and Howard Culbertson.  Discovering Missions.  Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 2007. 240 pages. / ISBN: 9780834122574

2. Kevin G. Harney. Organic Outreach for Churches. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. 186 pages. /ISBN: 9780310273967

3. Charles “Chic” Shaver.  “Basic Bible Studies for New/Growing Christians.”  Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1972. Print.

History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene (PAS 2023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A study of the history of the Church of the Nazarene with special attention given to its organization, heritage, and distinctive mission. Non-Nazarene students may petition for a special study in their own denominational history and polity.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

  1. Locate the Church of the Nazarene within the Wesleyan, evangelical, and holiness traditions of the larger Christian family.
  2. Identify the factors leading to the rise of the Church of the Nazarene as well as those contributing to the growth, development, and perpetuation of the denomination.
  3. Name and discuss key leaders who organized the new work and contributed to its story over the years.
  4. Understand and articulate the distinctive doctrine of the Church of the Nazarene in biblical, evangelical, and Christian context.
  5. Communicate the unique values, social principles, and ethical standards of the Church of the Nazarene: how/why they were formed, how/why they were modified, and why they are important today.
  6. Grasp and apply the distinguishing features of our church polity on the local, district, and general levels.
  7. More effectively communicate our denominational mission as vital to our sense of identity, character, purpose, and future as well as our dialogue with the larger Christian family, American Society, and our global village.
  8. Apply new insights learned to leadership and ministry.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to articulate the Nazarene Articles of Faith. (CN7)
  2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of theological reflection, including its sources, its historical development, and its Wesleyan contemporary expressions. (CN8)
  3. Ability to articulate the doctrine of holiness from a Wesleyan perspective. (CN9)
  4. Ability to identify the formative influences of the American Holiness Movement and the Church of the Nazarene. (CN12)
  5. Ability to identify and explain the significance of the major events, and male and female figures in the Church of the Nazarene. (CN13)
  6. Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church. (CN14)
  7. Ability to analyze and describe the ministry context in light of its local history. (CX6)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.MANUAL, Church of the Nazarene, 2017-2021. Beacon Hill Press, 2018. /ISBN: 9780834137103

2. Frank Moore, Frank Moore. We Believe: Articles of Faith for the Global Nazarene Family. Nazarene Publishing House, 2017. /ISBN: 9780834136595

3. Tracy, Wes, and Stan Ingersol. Here We Stand: Where Nazarenes Fit in the Religious Marketplace. Beacon Hill Press, 1999. /ISBN: 9780834117129

4. Cunningham, Floyd. Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene. Beacon Hill Press, 2009. /ISBN: 9780834124448

5. Moore, Frank M. Holiness Today: Nazarene Essentials. NPH, 2014. (https://nazarene.org/sites/default/files/2019-12/NazareneEssentials1.2.pdf)

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Hebrew Prophets (BIB 3013)

Syllabus: 2022 BIB-3013_Hebrew_Prophets

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the prophetic books in the Old Testament.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Old Testament and Biblical Interpretation.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following are intended learning outcomes specific to this course:

  1. Familiarity with the content (including outline, structure, and major themes) of the biblical books of the Hebrew prophets.
  2. Understanding of the messages and theology evident in the Hebrew Prophets.
  3. Recognition of the prophetic responses to historical events in Ancient Israel.
  4. Consideration of how certain themes in the Hebrew Prophets find fulfillment and application in the New Testament and the contemporary Church.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to identify the literary structure, the theological concepts and main story line of the Old Testament (CN-1).
  2. Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the major sections of the Old Testament (CN-2).
  3. Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using contextual, literary, and theological analysis (CN-6).

COURSE TEXTBOOKS
Approved for Fall 2022

1.Holy Bible – Any of the following translations: NASB, NRSV, NIV, TNIV, RSV, KJV, NKJV, NAB, or ESV

2. King, Thomas J., and Daniel G. Powers. A Student’s Guide to Exegetical Work. 6th ed, Department of Bible and Theology, 2017. /Print – PDF /ISBN: 8780000122200

3. McConville, J. Gordon. Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Prophets. Volume 4, InterVarsity Press, 2016. / Print. Exploring the Old Testament 4 / ISBN: 9780830853120

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Introduction to the New Testament (BIB 1023)

Syllabus: BIB-1023_Introduction_to_the_New_Testament

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the New Testament. This course is a prerequisite for all other New Testament classes

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development  2016 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to identify the literary structure, theological concepts and main storyline of the New Testament. (CN-3)
  • Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament including an ability to Biblically affirm pastoral leadership of men and women within the church. (CN-4)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Approved for Fall 2022

Of course —-Holy Bible. Any of the following translations: NASB, NRSV, NIV, TNIV, RSV, KJV, NKJV, NAB, or ESV

Varughese, Alex (ed.). Discovering the New Testament: Community and Faith. Kansas City:  Beacon Hill Press, 2005. Print.  ISBN:  0834120933  Or ISBN: 9780834120938

Marshall, I. Howard. New Bible Dictionary.  Downers Grove:  Intervarsity Press, 1996. Print.  ISBN: 0060600373  or ISBN: 9780830814398

Introduction to the Old Testament (BIB 1013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the Old Testament. This course is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament classes.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The following are intended learning outcomes specific to this course:

  1. Recognize the content of the Old Testament (main characters & events)
  2. Comprehend the historical background reflected in the Old Testament
  3. Understand the history of the composition of the texts in the Old Testament
  4. Know the literary character and structure evident within the various divisions of the Old Testament
  5. Become familiar with various approaches related to the study of the Old Testament
  6. Identify the main themes and theological concepts revealed in the Old Testament
  7. Appreciate the significance of Scripture for Ancient Israel and its application in the Christian Church

 

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to identify the literary structure, the theological concepts and the main story line of the Old Testament (CN-1).
  2. Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the major sections of the Old Testament (CN-2).
  3. Ability to describe the development of the canon and the historical and theological influences resulting in contemporary translations (CN5).

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Holy Bible – Any of the following translations: NASB, NRSV, NIV, TNIV, RSV, KJV, NKJV, NAB, or ESV

2. Smith, Marsha A. Ellis. Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstruction. Broadman & Holman, 1993. / ISBN: 9781558193598

3. Lasor, William Sanford, David Allan Hubbard, and Frederick William Bush. Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament. 2nd ed, Eerdmans, 1996. / ISBN: 9780802875549

 

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible

 

Leadership of Christian Ministry (CEM 2133)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A study of the role of Christian educational ministries in developing mature and healthy believers and congregations with a particular focus on the key leadership tasks of directing an effective educational ministry in a local congregation.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. Identify, understand, and implement critical elements of an educational ministry that enable a local church to lead its members to Christian maturity.
  2. Implement key principles and practices in leading an educational ministry to fulfill its purpose in a local church.
  3. Develop an organization that will facilitate effective educational ministry in the local church and in cooperative denominational programs of education.

The following competencies as outlined in the (Sourcebook) to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building. (CP2)
  • Ability to cultivate, cast and strategically implement vision. (CP3)
  • Ability to lead congregations in the biblical stewardship of life resources. (CP4)
  • Ability to reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving. (CP5)
  • Ability to describe and apply knowledge of human development in leading people to Christian maturity. (CP9)
  • Ability to prepare and lead discipleship ministries that are biblically sound, age-appropriate, intergenerational, and culturally sensitive. (CP15)
  • Ability to discern sociological dynamics, (including the power dynamics of gender, age and ethnicity) and to apply that information to specific ministry settings. (CX3)
  • Ability to understand and articulate the biblical, historical, and theological bases for Christian mission. (CX7)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Wiesman, Bill. A Holy Purpose: Five Strategies for Making Christlike Disciples. Beacon Hill Press, 2011. / ISBN: 9780834126145

2. Moore, Frank M. Holiness Today: Nazarene Essentials. NPH, 2014. / Print. / Available in the NBC Bookstore or Free Download

3. Gallaty, Robby F., and Ed Stetzer. Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work. Zondervan, 2015. / ISBN: 9780310521280

4. The Navigators. Growing in Discipleship Book 6. Design for Discipleship. Book 6, NavPress, 2006. / ISBN: 9781600060090

5. Hawkins, Greg L., & Cally Parkinson. Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth. Reprint Ed, Zondervan, 2016. / ISBN: 9780310529941

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible

New Testament Gospels (BIB 2033)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the four gospels.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the New Testament and Biblical Interpretation.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following are intended learning outcomes specific to this course:

  1. Become familiar with the significant life events of Jesus.
  2. Gain an understanding of the significant elements of the message of Jesus.
  3. Describe the impact of the historical background of the New Testament on the message of Jesus.
  4. Examine the gospel records of Jesus’ ministry in order to understand the contribution of each evangelist to our understanding of Jesus and the Early Christian Church.
  5. Seek to understand Jesus’ message in its first environment through exegetical analysis of the historical, literary, social and theological issues in the texts.
  6. Establish the principles of Jesus’ message which were being taught in these texts and interpret their significance for today.
  7. Establish a broad outline of the course of Jesus’ public ministry.
  8. Explore and assess current scholarship on issues of the historical Jesus, “Q” and archeological findings.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  • Ability to identify the literary structure, theological concepts and main storyline of the New Testament. (CN3)
  • Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament including an ability to Biblically affirm pastoral leadership of men and women within the Church. (CN4)
  • Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using contextual, literary, and theological analysis. (CN6)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Holy Bible – Any of the following translations: NASB, NRSV, NIV, TNIV, RSV, KJV, NKJV, NAB, or ESV

2. King, Thomas J., and Daniel G. Powers. A Student’s Guide to Exegetical Work. 6th ed, Department of Bible and Theology, 2017. / Print – PDF / ISBN: 8780000122200

3. Blomberg, Craig L. Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey. 2nd ed, Broadman & Holman, 2009. / ISBN: 9780805444827

4. Aland, Kurt. Synopsis of the Four Gospels – Revised Standard Version. Rev. ed., American Bible Society, 1985. / ISBN: 9781585169429

5. Stein, Robert H. The Method and Message of Jesus’ Teachings. Revised ed, Westminster John Knox Press, 1994./  ISBN: 9780664255138

 

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Pastoral Care & Counseling (PAS 3023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A course dealing with principles of psychological and biblical counseling, providing ministry to the physically, spiritually, and emotionally ill. This study is integrated with other more traditional aspects of pastoral care. Self-understanding and listening skills are emphasized, as well as religious resources and exercises such as Scripture, prayer, and openness and obedience to the inner direction of the Holy Spirit.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. Become familiar with materials and resources effective in a variety of counseling settings (pre-marital, marriage, and personal counseling).
  2. Gain an awareness of the counselor’s understanding of himself/herself in the process of counseling.
  3. Gain awareness of the “danger signals” in counseling relationships.
  4. Learn to assess needs, recognize one’s limitations, and access referral resources.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to provide pastoral and spiritual care for individuals and families, discerning when referral to professional counseling is required. (CP6)
  2. Ability to assess contemporary approaches to ministry in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP16)
  3. Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.). (CH8)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Collins, Gary. Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide. 3rd ed, Thomas Nelson, 2007. /ISBN: 9781418503291

Kollar, Charles Allen. Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling: An Effective Short-Term Approach for Getting People Back on Track. Updated & Expanded, Zondervan, 2011. /ISBN: 9780310329299

Peterson, Bruce L. Foundations of Pastoral Care. 1st ed, Beacon Hill Press, 2006. /ISBN: 9780834123052

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

Pauline Epistles (BIB 3053)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Pauline epistles in the New Testament.

Prerequisites:  Biblical Interpretation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Exhibit an awareness of the political, social, geographic, and religious forces that had an impact on the spiritual and educational development of the Apostle Paul.
  2. Describe the political, social, geographic, and religious contexts of the epistles written by Paul.
  3. Discuss with an informed awareness the chronological and authorship issues concerning the Pauline epistles.
  4. Knowledgeably describe the structure, purpose, and timeless theological message of each of the Pauline epistles.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact the Apostle Paul had on the Early Church and the consequent Christian faith.
  6. Recognize commentaries and other works generally recommended for use when working with the Pauline epistles.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

1. Ability to identify the literary structure, theological concepts and main storyline of the New Testament. (CN3)

 2. Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament including an ability to Biblically affirm pastoral leadership of men and women within the Church. (CN4)

 3. Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using contextual, literary, and theological analysis. (CN6)

  COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1. Polhill, John B. Paul and His Letters. Nashville:  Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999.  / ISBN: 0-8054-1097-X

2. A Student’s Guide to Exegetical Work (Fifth Edition) by Dept. of Bible and Theology of  NBC

Pentateuch (BIB 2013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the first five books in the Old Testament.

Prerequisites: Introduction to the Old Testament and Biblical Interpretation.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following are intended learning outcomes specific to this course:

  1. Gain familiarity with the content (including outline, structure, and major themes) of the Pentateuch.
  2. Know the Ancient Near Eastern background related to the accounts in the Pentateuch.
  3. Comprehend methodologies and major interpretations commonly applied to the study of the Pentateuch.
  4. Understand the messages and theology evident in the Pentateuch.
  5. Recognize how certain themes in the Pentateuch find fulfillment and application in the New Testament.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to identify the literary structure, the theological concepts and main story line of the Old Testament (CN-1).
  2. Ability to describe the historical and cultural contexts of the major sections of the Old Testament (CN-2).
  3. Ability to exegete a passage of Scripture using contextual, literary, and theological analysis (CN-6).

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1. Holy Bible – Any of the following translations: NASB, NRSV, NIV, TNIV, RSV, KJV, NKJV, NAB, or ESV

2. Fretheim, Terrence E. The Pentateuch. Abingdon Press, 1996. Interpreting Biblical Texts. / ISBN: 9780687008421

3. King, Thomas J., and Daniel G. Powers. A Student’s Guide to Exegetical Work. 6th ed, Department of Bible and Theology, 2017.  / Print – PDF / ISBN: 8780000122200

4. Hamilton, Victor P. Handbook on the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. 2nd ed, Baker Academic, 2015. ISBN: 9780801097737

 

Supplemental: (Not Required but Highly Recommended)

King, Thomas J. Realignment of the Priestly Literature: The Priestly Narrative in Genesis and Its Relation to Priestly Legislation and the Holiness School. Wipf & Stock, 2009.   / ISBN: 9781556356124

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible

Philosophy & Christian Ethics (PHI 3013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A study of the major moral theories of western philosophy with particular attention given to intellectual, cultural and philosophical influences. The course will include a survey of the philosophical task, the language of philosophical discourse, and treatment of several contemporary moral problems in light of the resources of western philosophy.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. State with clarity why a study of ethics is necessary and important for an effective lifestyle and ministry.
  2. Develop a working understanding of and comfort with the terms related to a study of ethics within a philosophical framework.
  3. Survey the historical and biblical development of philosophical and ethical thinking and application.
  4. Analyze the nature of truth and its source of authority as suggested in the approaches taken by science, philosophy, and religion.
  5. Appreciate the roles of the Christian Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, human conscience, and community environments in the formation of character.
  6. Identify and apply at least four models of decision-making to life and ministerial issues of ethics.
  7. Present a concise presentation of your assigned position.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  • Ability to reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving. (CP5)
  • Ability to apply theological and philosophical ethics to nurture faithful living in the Christian community. (CH1)
  • Ability to discern and make ethical decisions in the midst of a complex and/or paradoxical context within a Wesleyan framework. (CH2)
  • Ability to practice a moral pastoral leadership, informed by philosophical and theological ethics. (CH3)
  • Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.). (CH8)

 

The combination of group and individual activities included in this course will result in the student acquiring a set of cognitive, effective, and performance skills that can be applied with a greater confidence in his/her personal relationships, and ministerial ethical decision-making.

 

 COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Cosgrove, Mark P. Foundations of Christian Thought: fiath, Learning, and the Christian Worldview. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-8254-2434-2.

Dunning, H. Ray. Reflecting the Divine Image. Chicago, Ill: Intervarsity Press. ISBN 0-8308-1545-7.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT (Not Required but very helpful)

  1. DeWeese. Garrett J. and Moreland, J.P. Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult Downers Grove, Ill: Intervarsity Press. ISBN – 10 0-8308-2766-8
  2. Trull, Joe E. Walking in the Way: An Introduction to Christian Ethics. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. ISBN: 0805420827.
  3. Weist, Walter E. and Smith, Elwyn A. Ethics in Ministry: A Guide for the Professional. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1990. ISBN 0800623916.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  1. Anderson, J. Kerby. Moral Dilemma. Thomas Nelson, 1997. ISBN: 0849914469
  2. Stott, John. Decisive Issues Facing Christians Today. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1996. ISBN: 0800753127
  3. Tillman, William M., Jr., ed. Understanding Christian Ethics. Broadman Press, 1988. ISBN: 0805461299
Spiritual Formation (PAS 1023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A course integrating foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential Wesleyan patterns of devotion.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. Understand the nature of spiritual formation – what it is and how it happens.
  2. Understand foundational truths from Scripture about God, man, and salvation.
  3. Identify and explore classical and individual spiritual disciplines which can be used to express our faith, receive God’s grace, and transform us into the image of Christ.
  4. Explore Wesleyan paradigms and practices of devotional living, particularly the instituted and prudential means of grace.
  5. Examine the corporate and social dimensions of holistic spiritual formation – the impact on others within and beyond the body of Christ.
  6. Identify cultural attitudes and norms that inhibit spiritual formation.
  7. Develop the discipline of spiritual journaling and discover patterns that are most appropriate for one’s unique personality and growth.
  8. Engage in intentional nurture of individual spiritual growth.

The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: USA/Canada Region Edition, 2016 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to pursue holy character (Christlikeness) by practicing faith formation and the classic Christian disciplines as means of grace. (CH-4)
  • Ability to locate, understand and use resources for individual and corporate spiritual formation. (CH-5)
  • Ability to articulate his or her call from God to ministry as affirmed by the Church. (CH-6)
  • Ability to demonstrate a realistic self-understanding including personal strengths, gifts, weaknesses and areas of needed growth. (CH-7)
  • Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc,). (CH-8)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Attig, Ronald L., comp. Spiritual Formation Resource CD Contents. 3rd ed, Nazarene Bible College, 2005. PDF /ISBN: 8780000124181
Here is the link to purchase this resource for $1.75 each:  https://nbc.ecampus.com/spiritual-formation-cd-contents-nazarene/bk/8780000124181

2. Ruth Haley Barton. Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community. IVP Books, 2014.

3. Mulholland, M. Robert, Jr. Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap for Spiritual Formation. Expanded ed, InterVarsity Press, 2016. / ISBN: 9780830846177

4. Calhoun, Adele A. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Rev. ed., InterVarsity Press, 2015. / ISBN: 9780830846054

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, NOT REQUIRED

Benson, Bob and Michael Benson. Disciplines for the Inner Life. Waco: Word Books, 1985. Print.

Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco: Harper, 2003. Print.

Leclerc, Diane & Maddix, Mark. (Editors) Spiritual Formation: a Wesleyan Paradigm. Kansas City, KS: Beacon Hill Press, 2011. Print & ebook

—. The Upward Call: Spiritual Formation and the Holy Life. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1990. Print.

Weigelt, Morris A. and E. Dee Freeborn, Living the Lord’s Prayer, The Heart of Spiritual Formation, Kansas City, Beacon Hill Press, 2001, Print.

Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1988. Print.

Systematic Theology I (THE 3023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A systematic study of the Christian faith from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Related areas covered will be revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement. Prerequisite: Introduction to Christian Thought.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

  1. To articulate the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  2. To identify the main Wesleyan distinctive relevant for each of the above four areas of this course.
  3. To relate these theological concepts to practical living and ministry.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to articulate the Nazarene Articles of Faith. (CN-7)
  2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of theological reflection including its sources, its historical development, and its Wesleyan contemporary expressions. (CN-8)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Dunning, H. Ray. Grace, Faith, and Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology. Beacon Hill Press, 1988. /ISBN: 9780834112193

2. Thorsen, Don. An Exploration of Christian Theology. 2008, Baker, 2015. / ISBN: 9780801030901

3. Nazarene Articles of Faith. https://nazarene.org/articles-faith

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.  The largest amount of reading for the three weekends is the first weekend.  Plan for this.

Systematic Theology II (THE 3033)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A systematic study of the Christian faith from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ. Related areas covered will be the way of salvation, the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of the millennium.

Prerequisites: Systematic Theology I.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

  1. To articulate the biblical doctrines of The Holy Spirit, Salvation, The Church, and Eschatology.
  2. To identify the main Wesleyan distinctive relevant for each of the above four areas of this course.
  3. To relate these theological concepts to practical living and ministry.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to articulate the Nazarene Articles of Faith. (CN-7)
  2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of theological reflection including its sources, its historical development, and its Wesleyan contemporary expressions. (CN-8)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Holy Bible

Thorsen, Don. An Exploration of Christian Theology. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008. Print./ ISBN: 9780801030901

Dunning, H. Ray. Grace, Faith and Holiness A Wesleyan Systematic Theology. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 1988. Print./ISBN: 9780834112193

Nazarene Articles of Faith: http://nazarene.org/ministries/administration/visitorcenter/articles/display.html

The Doctrine of Holiness (THE 2013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A study of the biblical doctrine of Christian Holiness from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective. Attention will be given to the historical, theological, and experiential dimensions of God’s sanctifying grace.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The learning outcomes for this course will enable the student to:

  1. Explain the biblical foundation for the doctrine of Christian Holiness
  2. Understand the progression of grace in God’s work in people, from initial prevenient grace to final glorification.
  3. Assess one’s relationship with Christ in light of the doctrine of holiness.
  4. Clearly articulate the message of biblical Christian holiness.
  5. Identify the historical influences that have contributed to the way the doctrine of Christian holiness has evolved to the present time.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development:

  • Ability to articulate the doctrine of holiness from a Wesleyan perspective. (CN9)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Greathouse, William M. Wholeness in Christ: Toward a Biblical Theology of Holiness. Beacon Hill Press, 1998. /ISBN: 9780834117860

2. Wesley, John. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Beacon Hill Press, 1966. / ISBN: 9780834101586

3. Moore, Frank. Breaking Free from Sin’s Grip: Holiness Defined for a New Generation. Beacon Hill Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780834118928

4. Shaver, Charles (Chic). Basic Bible Studies for the Spirit-Filled and Sanctified Life. 3rd ed., Beacon Hill Press, 2009. /ISBN: 8780000122194

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

The Practice of Christian Ministry (PAS 2013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A course giving special attention to the personal and professional character of the minister and the practice of ministry.

 COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. Gain understanding and perspective about the role of Christian ministry.
  2. The ability to develop a philosophy of ministry that will enable an individual to gauge his/her effectiveness in ministry.
  3. Ability to prepare and lead worship that is biblically sound, contextually correct and culturally sensitive.
  4. Gain understanding and confidence in conducting Christian rituals.
  5. To help build basic skills for ministry in the 21st Century.
  6. To encourage the student minister to strengthen his/her personal relationship with Christ, especially in the areas of personal spiritual disciplines.
  7. To reinforce the importance of your personal God-given call to ministry.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church. (CN14)
  2. Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building. (CP2)
  3. Ability to envision, order, and participate in contextualized theologically founded worship and to develop and lead appropriate services for special occasions (i.e. wedding, funeral, baptism, and Lord’s supper.) (CP11)
  4. Ability to prepare and lead a music ministry that is biblically sound, utilizing appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity. (CP19)
  5. Ability to assess contemporary approaches to church music in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives. (CP20)
  6. Ability to apply theological and philosophical ethics to nurture faithful living in the Christian community. (CH1)
  7. Ability to practice a moral pastoral leadership, informed by philosophical and theological ethics. (CH3)
  8. Ability to articulate his or her call from God to ministry as affirmed by the Church. (CH6)
  9. Ability to demonstrate a realistic self-understanding including personal strengths, gifts, weaknesses, and areas of needed growth. (CH7)
  10. Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.). (CH8)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1. MANUAL, Church of the Nazarene, 2017-2021. Beacon Hill Press, 2018. /ISBN: 9780834137103

2. Berkley, James D. Leadership Handbook of Preaching and Worship: Practical Insights from a Cross Section of Ministry Leaders. Baker Books, 1997. /ISBN: 9780801090417

3. Middendorf, Jesse C. Church Rituals Handbook. 2nd ed, Beacon Hill Press, 2009. /ISBN: 9780834124578

4. McIntosh, Gary L. Church That Works: Your One-Stop Resource for Effective Ministry. Baker Books, 2004. /ISBN: 9780801091612

5. Rowell, Jeren. Thinking, Listening, Being: Wesleyan Pastoral Disciplines. Beacon Hill Press, 2014. /ISBN: 9780834132467

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

The Western World in Ancient and Medieval Times (HIS 2013)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A survey course from a Wesleyan perspective that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Hellenistic period (1000 BC) to the Reformation era. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students’ understanding of and appreciation for God’s redemptive purposes. Students are enabled to build bridges from historical understanding to personal spiritual formation, the role of the church in society, and contemporary ministry.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the general storyline of the history of the West and Christianity.
  2. Understand key cultural and philosophical developments and their influence on Western Civilization.
  3. Describe the relationship between the Christian Church and culture.
  4. Think critically about Western History.
  5. Connect their ministry context to an understanding of history of the West and Christianity.
  6. Develop an appreciation of the Wesleyan perspective of Western Civilization.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  • Ability to tell the story of Christian history and the development of creeds and major doctrines. (CN10)
  • Ability to describe the mission and practice of the Church throughout its history. (CN11)
  • Ability to understand, appreciate, and work sensitively with cultures and sub-cultures. (CX1)

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Spickard, Paul R., and Kevin M. Cragg. A Global History of Christians: How Everyday Believers Experienced their World. Baker Academic, 2001. / ISBN: 9780801022494

2. Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. 3rd ed, Baker Academic, 2012. / ISBN: 9780801039966

3. Sherman, Dennis, and Joyce Salisbury. The West in the World, 5th. 5th ed, McGraw-Hill, 2013. / ISBN: 9780073407036

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible.

The Western World and the Modern Emerging Society (HIS 2023)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A survey course from a Wesleyan perspective that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Reformation era to the present. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students’ understanding of and appreciation for God’s redemptive purposes. Students are enabled to build bridges from historical understanding to personal spiritual formation, the role of the church in society, and contemporary ministry.

COURSE INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the general storyline of the history of the West and Christianity.
  2. Understand key cultural and philosophical developments and their influence on Western Civilization.
  • Describe the relationship between Church and culture.
  1. To think critically about Western History.
  2. Be able to connect their ministry context to an understanding of history of the west and Christianity.
  3. Develop an appreciation of the Wesleyan perspective of Western Civilization.
  • Develop an appreciation for the West in contrast with other civilizations.

The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:

  • Ability to tell the story of Christian history and the development of creeds and major doctrines. (CN10)
  • Ability to describe the mission and practice of the Church throughout its history. (CN11)
  • Ability to understand, appreciate, and work sensitively with cultures and sub-cultures. (CX1)

  

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

1.Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012. – ISBN: 9780801039966

2. Spickard, Paul R., and Kevin M. Cragg. A Global History of Christians: How Everyday Believers Experienced their World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. – ISBN: 9780801022494

3. Sherman, Dennis and Joyce Salisbury. The West in the World Volume 2. 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. – ISBN: 9780077504502

NOTE: Students are responsible to have the required textbooks prior to the first day of class. Students are also encouraged to begin reading the books in preparation for the class as soon as possible. To gain access to the online textbook, go to the following website: (This link will be added once the class is setup with the publisher.)

RECOMMENDED:

MLA Handbook 8th edition. The Modern Language Association of America. New York, 2016.