This course in antiracist evangelism is both theoretical and practical, preparing students to develop antiracist small faith communities in their neighborhoods that help their neighborhoods to flourish and that companion neighbors spiritually into lively relationship with God. Key foci include working for racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice, entrepreneurial imagination and practice, prayer, hospitality, and community formation.

Course includes three required 2-hour Zoom meetings:

  • May 25, 2021 at 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT

  • June 15, 2021 at 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT

  • July 20, 2021 at 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT

This course introduces biblical interpretation. Attention is given to the inspiration, formation, and function of the canon and to the development of a methodology of interpretation consistent with the nature of scripture. The importance of the Bible as a witness to the life and faith of ancient Israel and earliest Christianity will be emphasized.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the place of scripture in the life of the congregation and the role of the pastor in interpretation.

  2. Understand the inspiration and formation of the canon and its authority within the community of faith.

  3. Understand and apply historical, literary, and theological approaches to various types of literature in scripture using Genesis, Hosea and Amos, Mark, and Philippians.

  4. Develop a method of exegesis consistent with the nature and authority of the Bible.

This course introduces the student to theological reflection in the Wesleyan tradition. Basic terms, tasks, and methods of Christian theology will be introduced. Representative classical themes will be defined and illustrated. The course provides a foundation for further historical and theological study.

Students will be able to:

  1. Examine their understanding of faith, sin, salvation, grace, and the place of doctrine in the life of the Church.

  2. Use and understand classical theological terms and themes.

  3. Critically consider the sources of theological reflection, including scripture, tradition, experience and reason.

  4. Reflect theologically as a resource for pastoral ministry.

This course grounds the student in the theology and core practices of personal and congregational formation and discipleship.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a theological basis for the Wesleyan emphasis on spiritual disciplines and practice them as means of grace.

  2. Explain and implement the General Rules and the practices of small groups in a congregation.

  3. Educate and resource a congregation in the disciplines Christian formation.

  4. Organize congregations to help people discern their callings and gifts for ministry.

This course forms the student’s identity as pastoral leader and change agent in congregations, The United Methodist Church, and the world.

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the attributes of good leaders, biblically and theologically.

  2. Evaluate and strengthen their own identities and skills as pastoral leaders.

  3. Explain and reflect on the nature of change in the local congregation and wider society.

  4. Implement visioning, strategizing, and planning processes in their local congregations.

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 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.

This course focuses on preaching the gospel from the Old and New Testaments.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a theology of proclamation.
  2. Exegete a variety of biblical passages for preaching.
  3. Evaluate sermons for biblical integrity, theological soundness, internal logic, and delivery, and appropriate insights gained from the evaluation of their own sermons.
  4. Develop plans for ordering and delivering sermons in their congregational and communal context.

This course covers the significant individuals, decisive events, and theology of the Methodist movement. Utilizing categories of grace, faith, and holiness, the student will appropriate the Wesleyan heritage.

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand and reflect on the movements, major figures, and events that led to the eighteenth century revivals, especially the lives and ministries of John and Charles Wesley.

  2. Understand and articulate the vision of holiness and the theology of grace as it shaped the Wesleys, and the structures of the Methodist movement.

  3. Identify and discuss significant theological and historical developments in American Methodism, including ordination and episcopacy.

  4. Reflect theologically on their Wesleyan heritage and identity.

This course introduces students to the theology and practices of evangelism as an expression of the mission of God.

Students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on and articulate the meaning of the Gospel and an understanding of the Church as bearers of God’s Word to the world.
  2. Ground a theology of evangelism in scripture, the Gospel, and the mission of God.
  3. Interpret the Wesleyan heritage of evangelism.
  4. Reflect on and implement strategies and models for evangelism by the congregation.