Course of Study courses for the second year of study.

This course interprets the critical events, developing institutions, and traditions of Israel. Attention is given to the earliest Covenants, to the Exodus, to the rise of the monarchy, and to other events up to the eighth century prophets.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a historical overview of the experience and faith of ancient Israel.

  2. Exegete selected passages that illustrate crucial turning points in the history of Israel.

  3. Apply exegesis to preaching, other pastoral responsibilities, and issues of the present day.

This course focuses on the history and theology of the Church through the first five centuries. Using primary sources, students will reflect on significant individuals, events, and the articulation of the Christian faith during this period.

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, and the historical debates in the early Church around the person and nature of Christ.

  2. Understand and articulate a doctrine of salvation in light of the controversies of the early church.

  3. Understand the history and significance of the creeds and ecumenical councils.

  4. Appropriate historical theology for pastoral ministry.

This course focuses on developing the student’s competency as an administrator in a United Methodist congregation.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical and theological understanding of polity.

  2. Understand and explain the polity of The United Methodist Church, including conferencing, oversight, and discipline.

  3. Articulate the nature of stewardship biblically and theologically.

  4. Identify techniques and develop skills as effective administrators of local churches, including financial management.