463 Shalom: Its Meaning and Significance (2 or 3 credits)
Provides the vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation to inspire lifestyles and ministries that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church, and for each person. Learning and theological reflection is done regarding sites where significant models of community transformation, social justice and care for creation are being developed in the US, Canada, and other countries.
Professor Mariano Avila; Wed 1:30PM-04:15PM; Room 140W
488 Communities and Crisis (2 or 3 credits)
Pastors and other Christian leaders have the privilege of being with people on the worst day of their lives; most of us however, wish we could be somewhere else. Many of us feel ill-equipped to engage care and leadership in times and places of heavy loss. Yet our congregations and communities are increasingly becoming acquainted with complicated grief like suicide, SIDS, accidents, tragedies, and multiple forms of violence. What does one say and do? This course will explore the important ways pastors and communities can walk together through these seasons. Students will engage practical care and leadership resources.
Rev. Marc Nelesen; Wed 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 141W
550 Women in the History of American Christianity (2 or 3 credits)
This course surveys the history of Christian women in America, introducing key figures and examining issues relating to ordination and church leadership, secularity and gender, femininity and masculinity, and female biblical interpretation. Through and exploration of the past the course offers fresh insights into issues confronting Christian women and men today.
Professor Kristin Kobes Dumez; Mon 1:30PM-3:15PM; Room 140W
647 Curriculum & Resources for Christian Education in the Church (2 or 3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to prepare pastors, church educators and other church leaders in the church to 1) design curriculum for Christian education settings and programs, 2) evaluate and select resources for Christian education programs and 3) guide congregations or other groups in curriculum resource tasks.
Rev. Dr. Richelle White; Tue 6:00PM-7:45PM; Room 140W
670 Theology and Everyday Work (2 or 3 credits)
This course aims to build a theological and spiritual foundation for the everyday work of Christians. It will locate the work of Christians within the context of God’s mission for his church in the world. Students interested in parish ministry will learn theological and ministry skills for equipping God’s people for their culture-making vocations. Those students pursuing vocations outside the church will gain theological, spiritual and practical tools for faithful discipleship in their work context.
Professor Cory Willson; Thu 7:00PM-8:45PM; Room 140W
672 Cultural Anthropology and Contextual Ministry (2 or 3 credits)
Ministry will always bring us into contact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This course will focus on learning about the differences between cultures around the world and within the Unites States, and how these differences can shape our ministry. We will examine worldview, cross-cultural communication, contextualization, and learn about the role of race, power, gender, and religion in different cultures.
Ms. Ann Kapteyn; Thu 1:30PM-3:20PM; Room 140W
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.
Professor Michael Williams; MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM; Room 140W
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
Rev. Kathleen Smith; Tue 8:00AM-9:15AM; Room 141W
774 Christian Reformed Church History (1.5 credits)
An Intro 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.
Professor John Bolt; Tue 8:00AM-9:15AM; Room 141W
Note: Distance learning courses are mostly online but including one week of meeting times on campus. Dates and times of on-campus meetings are noted below or on the Distance Learning “On-Campus” page.
482 Worship and Culture (2 credits)
An exploration of how Christian worship interacts with cultural context, drawing on examples throughout history, from around the world, and in student’s local neighborhoods. Particular attention will be given to how transcultural 3 Christian practices (e.g., Psalm singing, Bible reading, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper) are practiced in ways that are both contextual and countercultural in various contexts. The course will give student practice drawing on key tools from cultural studies (e.g., analyzing high and low context cultures, understanding time perception) to understand both their own cultural formation and those in different cultures who live and minister near them.
Ms. Maria Cornou; On-campus intensive: Sat 10/15 9:00AM-5:00PM; Mon 10/17 2:00PM-9:30PM
Note: course papers may be written in Spanish.
587 Sexuality and Marriage (2 credits)
This course explores Christian teaching on gender, sexuality, marriage and family, paying attention both to Scripture and to Christian tradition, and wrestles with the implications of the Gospel for problems and controversies revolving around sexuality and marriage facing the church today.
Professor Matthew Tuininga; On-campus intensive: Wed 10/12 9:00AM-5:00PM; Thu 10/13 2:00PM-5:00PM; Fri 10/14 6:30PM-9:30 PM