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Course Descriptions

601. ORIENTATION TO MMIN PROGRAM. (1) Fall, Spring, Summer. Introduction to the goals, mission, and requirements of the mmin program. Instructions and practice experience will be given in writing skills, articulation of goals, portfolio development and in the construction of practicum experiences. Resources for the study of ministry will be identified. Must be taken in the first semester of course work.

602. RESEARCH AND RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED BIBLE STUDY. (3) Spring. Introduction to research methods and resources for the study of the Bible and religion at the graduate level. Resources explored for lexical studies in the biblical text. Orientation to the writing standards required in the mmin. program. Required of all mmin students who have not completed a Bible research course at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or better.

603. ADVANCED BIBLE STUDY TECHNIQUES. (3) Fall. Hermeneutic principles explored in light of Biblical genres, the nature of language, and the process to thought. An introduction to lexical studies in the biblical text. Required of all MMIN students who have not completed a Bible interpretation course at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or better.

611. THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MINISTRY. (3) Spring J-mester. Exploration of the Biblical and theological foundations of the nature of the church, the role of ministers in the Christian community, and the nature of gifts and ministry. Students will be guided to articulate their personal theology of ministry.

612. OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY FOR MINISTRY. (3) Fall. A study of the varieties of biblical theology from the genres of the Old Testament. Special attention will be given to how such varieties provide contemporary ministry with theological foundations.

613. NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY FOR MINISTRY. (3) Spring. In depth study and reflection of select New Testament passages and an exploration of their application to current issues in ministry.

614. ETHICS IN MINISTRY. (3) Fall (even). A moral theology of ministry is explored, along with a discussion of contemporary issues of morality in the home, church, and society in order to formulate strategies for maintaining integrity in one's personal life and ministry.

621. CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE. Spring J-mester. An examination of the social trends and philosophical thought of post-Christian America and an exploration of the role of the Church in this contemporary context.

631. CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION. (3) Summer (odd). Exploration of Christian communication skills in preaching, teaching, writing, and mass media. Personality type and learning style research will be employed to maximize communicative potential in a variety of settings.

632. CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM. (1) Summer (odd). An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of Christian communication skills. Corequisite: MMIN 631.

633. EVANGELISM STRATEGIES. (3) Summer. How to reach persons with the gospel based on an incarnational model. Leading Christians and congregations in spiritual growth, (biological, transfer-in, conversion), extension (evangelism and church planting on American soil), and bridging (evangelism and church planting in foreign contexts).

634. EVANGELISM STRATEGIES PRACTICUM. (1) Summer. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of evangelism strategies. Corequisite: MMIN 633.

635. CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. (3) Fall. An application of learning theory and models of teaching to Christian religious education. Students will explore multiple teaching methods and apply them through guided experiences in the context of the local church in an effort to increase their teaching skills. Students will be required to develop and teach lessons appropriate for two different age groups (children and adults) within the religious education program.

636. CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PRACTICUM. (1) Fall. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of religious teaching. Corequisite: MMIN 635.

637. ART OF PREACHING. (3) Spring. How to engage contemporary audiences constructively in the preaching moment through a variety of forms and strategies. Preaching effectively to diverse groups of hearers in light of cultural challenges in a variety of congregational and community contexts. The student will be instructed in how to develop a unique voice in connecting with those who hear and process messages differently.

638. ART OF PREACHING PRACTICUM. (1) An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of preaching. Corequisite: MMIN 637.

641. PEOPLE HELPING. (3) Summer. Explores an understanding of human development and discusses positive ways of helping people in developmental and situational crises. Strategies are developed for helping prepare engaged couples for marriage and for enriching marriage and family. Grief and divorce recovery issues are explored, along with addictive behavior and dependence issues. Legal concerns for professional ministers and resources for referral are discussed.

642. PEOPLE HELPING PRACTICUM. (1) Summer. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of people helping. Corequisite: MMIN 641.

643. CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. (3) Spring. Understanding and managing conflict in the congregational context; intervention strategies and dispute resolution for churches in conflict; process of transition and change management. Processes for establishing congregational vision, goals, and plans will be explored.

644. CONFLICT MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM. (1) Spring. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of conflict management. Corequisite: MMIN 643.

650. GUIDED STUDIES. (1-3) On demand. Reading, research, reports, and practical ministry experiences individualized in arrangement with an assigned mentor. Students are required to submit a prospectus of study to the graduate office to gain approval for the guided studies. Students are permitted to take no more than either 3 hours of guided studies or 2 hours in an interdisciplinary course.

651. SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND DISCIPLESHIP. (3) Fall (odd) Exploration of meditation, prayer, and the essential methods of theological reflection pertinent to ministry: analysis of scripture, reflective writing, and discernment of case studies. An examination of one's own faith journey (past, present, and future) and an exploration of strategies to mentor others in personal faith development in the contexts of family, communities of faith, and society at large.

652. SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND DISCIPLESHIP PRACTICUM. (1) Fall (odd) An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of spiritual formation and discipleship. Corequisite: MMIN 651.

653. SERVANT LEADERSHIP. (3) Fall. A study of the devotional/theological foundation of leadership, organizational cultures, and the dynamics of power and change. Participants will begin to identify and understand their own unique mixture of leading preferences, gifts, and skills they bring to leadership for the common good. The leader as servant and mentor, and strategies for developing leadership potential in others is explored.

654. SERVANT LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM. (1) Fall. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of servant leadership. Corequisite: MMIN 653.

655. SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES. (3) Summer. An examination of the biblical and theological foundations of small group ministry, along with an exploration of available literature and other group dynamics resources, in an attempt to discover the place of small groups in the local church in terms of evangelism, edification, and leadership development.

656. SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES PRACTICUM. (1) Summer. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of Christian communication skills. Corequisite: MMIN 655

657. FAMILY MINISTRY. (3) Fall. An exploration of ways the church can minister to the contemporary family in all of its forms:  the single person, the couple with no children, the stepfamily, and parents of children in various stages of development. 

658. FAMILY MINISTRY PRACTICUM. (1) Fall. An individualized practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of Family Ministry skills. Corequisite: MMIN 657.

661. CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES. (3) Fall. Motivating and training Christians for ministry. Participants will learn how to administer gifts inventories and apply a model for equipping Christians to serve in ministries of benevolence, edification, and evangelism.

662. CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES PRACTICUM. (1) Fall. An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of ministry training in the church. Corequisite: MMIN 661.

663. WOMEN'S MINISTRIES. (3) Spring (odd). A theological, practical, and philosophical exploration of the role of women in ministry within the context of the church and community. Students will incorporate what is learned in the classroom to real-life situations, including organization of women's ministry and specialized training on how to effectively collaborate with male leaders in a local church context. Students are highly encouraged to take MMIN 653 Servant Leadership prior to MMIN 663.

664. WOMEN'S MINISTRIES PRACTICUM. (1) Spring (odd). An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to increase their mastery of women's ministries. Corequisite: MMIN 663.

672. INTERDISCIPLARY MINISTRY PRACTICUM. (1) An individualized, practical component that provides hands-on experience in the congregational context for students wishing to take an interdisciplinary course at the graduate level. The experience will be coordinated and evaluated by the director of the Ministry Leadership program in consultation with the instructor of the approved course.

698/699. INTEGRATIVE CAPSTONE PROPOSAL AND PROJECT. (2) Fall, Spring, Summer. Students are instructed in determining congregational needs and creating, implementing, and assessing effective interventions for resolving obstacles to congregational development. As the culmination of the mmin program, participants are challenged to integrate course work with congregational challenges. Student portfolios are completed and presented as part of this capstone experience. Can be taken only in the final semester of course work.

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