Course of Study courses for the first year of study.

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.