Greek for Ministry  (BIBL511) 

(summer, odd years, 2017, etc), May 19 – July 27, 2017 | Online

Taught by Dr. Larisa Levicheva.
This course provides an overview of those aspects of New Testament Greek that most impact the meaning of the New Testament texts.  It relies on the numerous Greek tools available today in order to by-pass extensive memorization of forms and vocabulary and instead focus on nuances of cases and tenses, key conjunctions and clauses, as well as on doing word studies with integrity.

Griego Para El Ministerio  (BIBL-511ES) 

(summer, odd years, 2017, etc), May 19 – July 27, 2017 | Online

Taught by Dr. Luigi Penaranda.

Wesleyan Church History and Polity (CHST536)

March 17 – May 18, 2017 | Online

A study of the history of The Wesleyan Church and its current polity, with the past providing a basis of discussion for the future direction of the church. Students will explore the foundational work of John and Charles Wesley and the Methodist movement, along with the various abolitionist and revivalist streams that flowed into the denomination, with the history of a local Wesleyan church as a case study. Students will also explore the nature, meaning and value of The Discipline, with particular attention on the constitution of The Wesleyan Church and its impact on local churches today. This course fulfills an ordination requirement for The Wesleyan Church.

Theology of Holiness (THEO-543)

October 13 – December 14, 2017 | Online

This course provides a basic examination of the Christian doctrine of sanctification from a biblical, historical and systematic perspective. While the full range of Christian teaching on this subject will be explored, particular attention is given to John Wesley’s view, as well as those teachings found in contemporary Wesleyan theology.  This course fulfills an ordination requirement for the Wesleyan Church.

Leading People: Relational Influence for Ministry Effectiveness (MIN597),

May 31 – June 4, 2017 | Onsite at 12Stone Church, Atlanta, GA

It is not enough to have the right ideas. A minister needs to know how to lead and influence people to have a ministry that is effective. Join 12Stone Church for insights on how to have a relational influence that results in ministry effectiveness.

Strategic Leadership: Vision to Execution (MIN597),

May 30 – June 3, 2018 | Onsite at 12Stone Church, Atlanta, GA (Limited Registration)

Apart from the Lord's blessing and direction, the effective movement of a church forward rises or falls on leadership. Join 12Stone Church as they teach how best to implement a ministry leadership process that begins with a vision and proceeds effectively through to its execution.

Narrative Preaching (PROC610),

Even years, summer | Onsite in Marion

Taught by Lenny Luchetti.
In this course, students will explore and experience the narrative sermon form by listening to and preaching sermons built on a narrative structure. Students will understand the differences between narrative sermons and other sermon forms. The course will provide an overview of the historical shift from the Old Homiletic, one which emphasized preaching as proposition, toward the New Homiletic, which held up preaching primarily as story, or narrative.

The Land & Leadership of John Wesley Course & Tour (London, Oxford and Bristol, England) (MIN-597)

June 4 - 13, 2017 (NOTE: last day to register is Feb. 1 yearly.)

This is a leadership and spiritual experience into the places that changed John Wesley from an ineffective pastor into a world-changing leader. Travel in his footsteps to Oxford, pray in his “prayer closet” in London, listen to his famous sermon in the New Room at Bristol, gaze out the window where John was miraculous plucked before fire engulfed the family home, receive communion at Evensong at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and then walk down Aldersgate Street just as Wesley did on the night of his conversion. Your professor will share insights from his research into Wesley’s leadership methods in a course designed to immerse you into the same locations and with the same spiritual atmosphere that changed John Wesley. Tour fee includes airfare, accommodations, luxury bus, most meals and entrance to most attractions: www.WesleyTour.com

Spiritual Retreat for the Leader (SPIR-575)

October, even years, Bethany Springs, KY. 

Taught by Dr. Lenny Luchetti.
This course teaches and fosters the thinking, dispositions, and practices necessary for deeper devotion to Christ.  Taught as an intensive retreat, students participate in the daily routines of the monastic life, consisting of silence, solitude, and worship, along with the prayerful reflection it cultivates.  The primary aim is to foster life-long devotional practices that increase students’ capacity for faithfulness to Christ and to the ministerial vocation.

Christmas – Mystery of the Incarnation  (THEO-520) 

Even years, January – Onsite, Marion, IN               

Taught by Dr. John Drury.
This course is an integrated theological study of Christmas attending to the original event of Christ’s incarnation and its ongoing celebration in the life of the Christian Church.  Students will exegete the relevant biblical texts, explore the historical development of Christmas worship within the context of the liturgical year, examine the Christological doctrines of various churches, engage classical theological texts on the incarnation, and evaluate contemporary Christmas practices both sacred and secular.  Special reference will be made to Christ’s incarnation as the basis for faithful God-talk and a Christian understanding of creation.  Students will develop skills of rigorous theological reflection contextualized within local church practice.

Easter – Resurrection of the Crucified  (THEO-530)

Odd years, January, Onsite, Marion, IN

Taught by Dr. John Drury.
An integrated theological study of Easter, attending both to the original event of Christ’s resurrection and its ongoing celebration in the life of the Christian church.  Students will exegete the relevant biblical texts, explore the historical development of Easter worship within the context of the liturgical year, engage classical and contemporary theological texts on the resurrection, and evaluate contemporary ecclesial practices.  Special reference will be made to Christ’s resurrection as the basis of the church’s hope and mission.  Students will develop skills of rigorous theological reflection contextualized within local church practice.

Plantación de las Iglesias (MIN597)

June 13-17, 2016 | Onsite in Marion

Dictado por Dan White.
Cada pastor necesita tener un buen entendimiento de como fundar Iglesias. Algunos pastores han recibido el llamado para servir en iglesias establecidas. Otros han recibido el llamado para establecer iglesias nuevas. Muchos pastores hispanos recibirán los dos llamados en diferentes etapas de su vida ministerial. La manera más eficaz de expandir el reino de Dios es por medio de iglesias nuevas e iglesias hijas. Al considerar el papel de muchas iglesias establecidas en formar iglesias hijas, es importante que cada pastor tenga un entendimiento solido del proceso de fundar iglesias nuevas e iglesias hijas.

Multiply: Foundations of Church Planting and Multiplication (MISS550)

July 30-August 3, 2016 | Onsite in Michigan

Taught by Ed Love.
This course will provide principles and practices of leading and empowering multiplication movements. Church planting, multi-site, and new venue principles and practices will be explored, including visits to multiple church sites within differing communities and congregations, with differing leadership approaches. Emphasis will be given as to how churches of a variety of sizes can participate in multiplication.

Worship and Technology (MIN597)

August 8-12, 2016 | Onsite in Marion

Taught by Brannon Hancock.
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the nature of technology and its relationship to and role within Christian worship. Topics include the history of technology's impact on church and society, the philosophy of technology, and the basics of audio-visual technologies in the worship environment (sound, video projection, lighting), social media, and critical and contextual thinking about the effective use of technology in the life of the church today.

Last updated: 05/17/2017