Continuing Education Courses

Fall 2017 On-campus courses for credit or non-credit

482 Planning and Leading Weddings and Funerals (1 credit)

An overview of the meaning and mechanics of weddings and funerals, including theological, pastoral and ecclesial considerations, and practical advice as pastors-to-be anticipate leading weddings and funerals.

Duane Kelderman; Thu 3:30PM-05:15PM, September 7-October 19; Room 275S 

494 Personal Financial Stewardship in the Pastoral Vocation (1 credit)

In a paradigm of personal boundaries and self-care, this course invites students to reflect upon personal financial stewardship and its impact on ministry and the pastoral vocation. Through the use of scriptural, theology, and general principles of financial management, students are invited to reflect upon their personal financial profile and how it necessarily informs one’s future ministry choices and vocational path. Crucial to this course then is also a critical critique of the pros and cons of full-time pastoral ministry over against a bi-vocational pastoral career path, or even a non-church based religious vocational option.

Danjuma Gibson; Thu 3:30PM-5:15PM, October 26- December 7; Room 275S

519 Jeremiah and the Church (2 or 3 credits)

Introduces Jeremiah, the complex prophet of the New Covenant, and explores how his lengthy revelation finds its focus in Christ and continues to resonate within the church and world.

Michael Williams; Mon 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 241W

540 Philosophy of Everyday Life (2 credits)

Sometimes we try to escape from the here and now and dream as if true life is somewhere else. However, everyday life is inescapable, even in a monastery or a country we visit for tourism.  In this course I would like to explore with students what happens in the ordinary things of life- when we eat, when we sleep, when we work etc. and ask what all these mean. The course will include a phenomenological look at everyday life, a hermeneutic hearing of what our doings mean, and ethical reflection.  Christian Reformed worldview of creation, fall, redemption and consummation will provide a good and broad perspective for our philosophical and theological thinking on everyday life.

Young Ahn Kang; Thu 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 241W

564 Intersections of Theology and Science (2 credits)

Studies the biblical basis, historical development, systematic formulation, major criticisms, and liturgical shape of the doctrine of infant baptism, with special focus on the Reformed tradition.

Mary Vanden Berg; Mon 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 141W

587 Church & Social Justice (2 credits)

Church and Social Justice explores theologies and models of church-based social engagement in their historical contexts, with an eye to offering students guidance as they lead congregations in social justice ministries.  It surveys some of the most important theological perspectives from the Christian tradition but focuses on racial justice in the American context as a particular lens through which to explore questions of church and social justice.

Matthew Tuininga; Tue 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 142W

647 Curriculum Design and the Teaching/Learning Process (2 credits)

Explores curriculum theory and design, and the teaching-learning process that enables students to assess and develop curriculum and select appropriate teaching strategies.

Robert Keeley; Wed 2:00PM-3:45PM; Room 142W

672 Contemporary Issues and Opportunities in Global Mission (2 credits)

This course surveys contemporary issues and opportunities in global mission, informed by the dramatic expansion of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America even as it wanes in Europe and North America. Topics could include short-term missions, immigration and international students, persecution and peace-making, Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel, Scripture-use across cultures, cross-cultural partnerships and reciprocity, Business-as-Mission, unreached and unengaged peoples, and missionary member-care.

Cory Willson and Ann Kapteyn; Thu 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 142W

716 Bible Survey (3 credits)

Prepares leaders in the church to be faithful and effective stewards of the Word by acquainting them with the basic content and principal theme of each book of the Bible; the historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds to the Bible; its introductory hermeneutical principles; and its continuing relevance.

Michael Williams; Mon, Wed, and Fri 11:00AM-11:50AM; Room 140W; Extra Date(s): 12/12/2017

773 Christian Reformed Church Polity (1.5 credits)

Prepares students for effective leadership and ministry in the CRC by introducing principles and structures of CRC polity and exploring case studies in church governance and administration, with reference to Church Order and the Synodical Regulations

Kathleen Smith; Tue & Thu 9:30AM-10:45AM, September 7-October 19; Room 140W

774 Christian Reformed Church History (1.5 credits)

An Introduction to the basic outline of CRC History and some key ethical and theological positions of the CRC. The course focuses on the key elements of CRC identity in North America, including the struggle for liberty, Christian education, and tensions about Americanization-that are essential knowledge for effective ministry in the CRC.

John Bolt; Tue & Thu 9:30AM-10:45AM, October 26- December 7; Room 140W

831 I and II Thessalonians (2 credits)

Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.

Jeffrey Weima; Wed 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 140W

836 The Gospel of John (2 credits)

The aim of this course is an exegetical and theological study of the Fourth Gospel. We will examine John’s unique presentation of Christ and his use of dramatic narrative to portray the world and the possibilities of discipleship. Careful attention will be given to background sources (cultural, literary, and religious) where they elucidate the gospel’s meaning. In the end, we will cultivate the skill of entering John’s literary world and building theological reflexes that help us understand his writing successfully.

Gary Burge; Tue 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 241W

840 The Long Reformation in England and Scotland (2 credits)

What are the marks of the true church? Where does authority lie in matters of faith? How should Christians worship? How should church and state relate to each other? This course will address these questions and others by examining the impact of the Reformation in England and Scotland from the early 1500s to the reign of James I and VI a hundred years later. We will read a wide range of primary and secondary sources as we make sense of the competing visions of reform among Catholics and Puritans, Anglicans and Presbyterians in England and Scotland during this period.

Karin Maag; Mon 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 140W

860 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (2 credits)

This course will consist of careful analysis of key texts on the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament using Gordon Fee’s God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul.

John Bolt; Wed 1:30PM-4:15PM; Room 241W


Fall 2017 Distance-learning course for credit or non-credit (includes on-site intensive instruction)

488 Pastoral Care and Theology at the Margins (2 credits)

Through a visit to the African American and Holocaust museums in Washington D.C., primary and secondary texts, and case studies, students will be exposed to salient themes related to Black experience in America and the Holocaust, and then have the opportunity to reflect upon redemptive pastoral theology, care and praxis as it relates to human experience in those contexts.

Danjuma Gibson; On-campus intensive: Wed, Thu & Fri 10/11, 10/12, 10/13 2:00PM-5:00PM

Note: travel course, cost of $1000 besides tuition fee


Fall 2017 Distance-learning courses for credit only (includes on-site intensive instruction)

304 The Church in Historical Context I (3 credits)

Surveys the story of God’s people from 100 – 1247 A.D., conversing with ancient and medieval brothers and sisters in Christ by reading and responding to their testimonies, theology and practices.

David Rylaarsdam; On-campus intensive: Wed, Thu & Fri 10/11, 10/12, 10/13 2:00PM-5:00PM  

311 Introduction to Missional Ministry (2 credits)

Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.

Cory Willson; On-campus intensive: Sat 10/14 2:00PM-5:00PM & 6:30PM-9:30PM; Mon 10/16 2:00PM-5:00PM

440 Discipleship and Teaching (2 credits)

Equips students for leadership in the teaching ministry of the church by providing biblical and theological foundations, examining methods for assessing ministry contexts, developing a teaching-learning strategy appropriate to the context, and providing opportunities to enhance instructional skills.

Robert Keeley; On-campus intensive: Wed, Thu & Fri 10/11, 10/12, 10/13 9:00AM-12:00PM

533 The Kingdom of God (2 credits)

Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.

Mariano Avila; On-campus intensive: Wed 10/11 6:30PM-9:30PM; Fri 10/13 6:30PM-9:30PM; Mon 10/16 6:30PM-9:30PM