Continuing Education Courses

Spring 2018 On-campus courses for credit or non-credit

311 Introduction to Missional Ministry (2 credits)

Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.

Cory Willson; Fri 10:40AM-12:20PM; Room 241


312 Intersections of Pastoral Care and Mental Health Awareness (3 credits)

The foundations course in pastoral care presents the basic pastoral theology and theory of pastoral practice that undergirds good pastoral care. Pastoral care is bringing someone into an awareness of the presence of God in the midst of that person’s circumstances, offering a vision of the future that is hopeful. Students will also learn how they use themselves as tools for ministry as the Holy Spirit guides them towards effective pastoral care.

Danjuma Gibson; Tues 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 241


404 Old Testament Prophetic Literature (3 credits)

Introduces the institution and nature of prophecy and an exegetical and biblical theological examination of selected prophetic passages, emphasizing the message of the prophets for the church.

Amanda Benckhuysen; Tues/Thurs 9:30AM-10:45AM; Room 142


412 New Testament Letters (3 credits)

Reviews the basic principles of interpreting the biblical text from a Reformed perspective, with attention given to Greek grammar, historical context, social setting, epistolary structure and theological themes of the New Testament letters and their message for the church today.

Jeff Weima; Tues/Thurs 11:00AM-12:115PM; Room 140


451 Ethics and the Christian Life (3 credits)

Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.

Matthew Tuininga; Mon/Wed 11:00AM-12:15PM; Room 142


512 The Theology and Practice of Sabbath (2 credits)

Amanda Benckhuysen; Mon 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 141


537 Seven Letters of Revelation (2 credits)

A detailed study of Rev. 2-3, as well as the relationship of these key chapters to the Book of Revelation as a whole, with the goal of equipping participants to preach and/or teach a series on the “Seven Letters to the Seven Churches.”

Jeff Weima; Thurs 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 142


551 Being Human:  What’s Wrong with Us?  What’s Right with Us? (2 credits)

This course will explore a topic in Systematic Theology. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.

Mary VandenBerg; Tues 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 141


602 What Preachers Can Learn from Writers (2 credits)

Explores what various writers are saying about their craft and its implication for preaching and looks at the creative features of sermon making through a combination of reading, writing, and practice preaching.

John Rottman; Tues 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 152


623 Music and the Arts in Worship (2 credits)

Surveys prominent theological motifs and how they have been reflected in artistic expressions of Christian worship throughout church history, including a study of prayer, texts, sermons, hymnody, architectural forms, and implications for congregational worship today.

Noel Snyder; Wed 1:30-3:15PM; Room 141


648 Youth and Family Ministry (2 credits)

Introduces pastoral care for young people and families from a systems perspective, develops skills in theological diagnostic method, and examines issues such as depression and suicide, sexuality identity and function, use and abuse of alcohol and illegal substances, and dysfunctional families.

Robert Keeley and Lynn Barger Elliott; Mon 6:30PM-8:15PM; Room 241


718 Christian Engagement with World Religions (3 credits)

Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblical-Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.

Cory Willson; Tues 8:00AM-8:50AM and Thurs 8:00AM-9:50AM; Room 140


836 Romans (3 credits)

This course will explore the book of Romans in the New Testament.

Gary Burge; Tues 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 140


875 Theological Biographies (3 credits)

Studies important theologians in the Christian tradition through the best available biographies and selective primary readings.

David Rylaarsdam; Thurs 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 140


Spring 2018 Distance-learning courses for credit only (includes on-site intensive instruction)

587 Church and Social Justice (2 credits)

Study of selected philosophical or moral issues.

Matthew Tuininga; On-campus intensive: Feb 26-30


670 Earthkeeping (2 credits)

This course will explore a topic in Missiology. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.

Troy Bierma; On-campus intensive: Feb 26-30