Courses

Minor: Ministry (6 courses)

Course Details

REL-121
From the Word to the World: An Introduction to Theological Study

An introduction to theology acquainting students with the major areas of specialization. While emphasizing that the areas overlap and are inter-related, the course examines the areas of theology according to their distinctive foci, methods, and goals.


REL-201
Theological Interpretation of the Bible

An introduction to the theological reading and interpretative practices of reading Scripture. This course involves a survey of biblical interpretation and the variety of methodologies that have been used to study Scripture.

Prerequisites:
REL-110

REL-251
Reformation Theology

A study of the central doctrines of Reformed theology, as rooted in the Bible, formulated by key theologians, including John Calvin and Herman Bavinck, and summarized in the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. Students will have an opportunity to study the
historical development of these theological doctrines, as well as their contemporary application.

Prerequisites:
REL-110

REL-253
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I

An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.


REL-254
Foundations of Mission and Ministry II

This course builds on REL-253 in theological and practical ways. Students examine the Biblical imperative for Gospel proclamation in order to provide the theological framework for understanding the Church’s role in Missio Dei. Cultural anthropology addresses the question of the faithful contextualization of the Gospel in human contexts so that people believe and communities are transformed. Students will study intercultural communication theory and practice to encourage a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities of announcing the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-255
Spiritual Formation for Ministry

This course seeks to ground students in an understanding of ministry shaped by Trinitarian theology. Furthermore, it offers a variety of tools to enable students to develop spiritual practices drawn from ancient, tested traditions to encourage a balanced spiritual life that can sustain the challenges and joys of ministry.


REL-352
Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring in Ministry

The purpose of this course is to develop an awareness of the leadership dynamics involved in youth ministry that flow from the intersection between four realities: the youth pastor, adolescents, the ministering context, and the cultural context. The ministering context will be used as the “anchoring reality” around which the others will be explored.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-353
Foundations of Evangelism and Discipleship

An examination of the character of discipleship in youth ministry, and an application of discipleship to many specific youth ministry practices.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-354
Teaching Scripture and the Christian Faith

This course is designed to prepare students to teach the Bible (and other foci of the Christian faith) in various ministry contexts. The course examines how different genres of Scripture require different hermeneutical and pedagogical methods. The course maps a path for education for life through a conversation with critical pedagogy as seen through the lens of the Kingdom of God.

Prerequisites:
REL-201, REL-253

REL-355
Youth Culture and Spiritual Formation

This course seeks to describe and analyze frameworks for understanding young adult spiritual formation in the light of North American social and cultural context. The objective is to equip
youth workers for a deeper understanding of the developmental needs of their students and the cultural influences that may be forming, de-forming, and re-forming them.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-356
World Religions

A study of the history, belief-systems, and practice of the major non-Christian religions. Special consideration will be given to problems surrounding a missionary encounter and dialogue with these religions.

Prerequisites:
REL-253
or permission of the instructor

REL-357
Gospel, Church, and Culture

This course examines the relationship between Church, gospel, and the cultures found in North American cities so that students learn to communicate the gospel contextually and faithfully.

Prerequisites:
REL-253
and Year 4 standing. REL-357 is the Capstone Course in the Religion & Theology Department and is required for all general majors in the 4th year.

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