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Courses in Area I: General Theological Studies
Portal Courses
PC 500 Interpretation Matters
This course provides an introduction to the practice of interpretation of texts and their communities in history and culture, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.  We will give attention to learning the content of the Bible, developing skills for responsible interpretation, and exploring ways in which Biblical interpretation is effective in addressing issues in church and world.
PC 550 Context Matters
Combining the disciplines of Practical Theology and Church History, the Context Matters course introduces students to the careful analysis of historical and cultural/situational contexts as a fundamental aspect of researching the past and exploring contemporary practical settings. This course functions a prerequisite for all practical theology courses, upper level church-history courses, and all immersion courses.
PC 550.44 Context Matters
online version of PC 550
PC 600 Conversation Matters
Combining the disciplines of Theology and Church History, the Conversation Matters course introduces students to the profound interrelationship (we call it ''conversation'') between the studies of church history and theology. The course will focus on a variety of pivotal historical moments or topics that help students better grasp this conservation between ''event'' and ''discourse.'' This course functions as a prerequisite for all upper-level theology courses.
PC 600.44 Conversation Matters
online version of PC 600
PC 650 Vocation Matters
This course provides an introduction to the practices of developing and sustaining vocation, including issues of ministerial identity and professional ethics.  We will give attention to historical and contemporary models for ministry, ordination and leadership, spiritual practices, and ethical theories that will enable students to develop their own image for ministry and a professional code of ethics, both of which can serve as a continuing guide for responsible practices of ministerial leadership.
PC 650.44 Vocation Matters
online version of PC 650
Theological Reflection Groups
TRG 501 Foundations for Theological Thinking
Small group experience focusing on critical thinking, theological reflection, and the practice of ministry. A total of 2 semester-hours are required (TRG 501 and TRG 502 are to be taken early in program, in Phase One, with no prerequisite. TRG 503 and TRG 504 are to be taken late in program, in Phase Three, after completing a minimum of 70 semester-hours of credit.
Booklist - Spring 2015, taught by Bill Inglish
Syllabus - Fall 2014, taught by Bill Inglish
TRG 501.44 Foundations for Theological Thinking
online version of TRG 501
Booklist - Spring 2015, taught by Deb Phelps
Syllabus - Fall 2014, taught by Deb Phelps
TRG 502 Foundations for Theological Writing
Small group experience focusing on critical thinking, theological reflection, and the practice of ministry. A total of 2 semester-hours are required (TRG 501 and TRG 502 are to be taken early in program, in Phase One, with no prerequisite. TRG 503 and TRG 504 are to be taken late in program, in Phase Three, after completing a minimum of 70 semester-hours of credit.
TRG 502.44 Foundations for Theological Writing
online version of TRG 502
TRG 503 -
Small group experience focusing on critical thinking, theological reflection, and the practice of ministry. A total of 2 semester-hours are required (TRG 501 and TRG 502 are to be taken early in program, in Phase One, with no prerequisite. TRG 503 and TRG 504 are to be taken late in program, in Phase Three, after completing a minimum of 70 semester-hours of credit.
TRG 504 -
Small group experience focusing on critical thinking, theological reflection, and the practice of ministry. A total of 2 semester-hours are required (TRG 501 and TRG 502 are to be taken early in program, in Phase One, with no prerequisite. TRG 503 and TRG 504 are to be taken late in program, in Phase Three, after completing a minimum of 70 semester-hours of credit.
Supervised Year in Ministry
SYM 505 Supervised Year in Ministry I
Students will learn the essential habits of paying attention to particular issues within a ministry context. Focusing on self-awareness, disciplined theological reflection, ecclesiology, and effective ministry practices will be examined for their contextual appropriateness. Various methods for theological reflection on contextual issues will be demonstrate. Finally each student will be asked to present written materials demonstrating their growing awareness and skill development for contextual ministry. Class size is limited. Prerequisites: all four Portal Courses and submission of required paperwork to the director of supervised ministries.
SYM 505.44 Supervised Year in Ministry I
Online version of SYM 505
SYM 510 Supervised Year in Ministry II
This course will focus on ministry as community organization and cross-cultural mission, while continuing the disciplined theological reflection developed in the SYM 1 course. Students will acquire the leadership skills necessary for engaging congregations in purposeful involvement in contexts outside the walls of church life. Additionally, students will develop the discipline and habit of theological reflection in cross-cultural settings. Each student will be required to partner with a local community service organization (or if the church already has such a partnership or service project of their own) for part of the ten hours already required of the program. The student will present in class written materials from their community service project for in depth theological reflection about the importance and meaning of doing ministry in a cross-cultural (contextual) setting. Class size is limited. Prerequisites: All four Portal Courses, SM 505, and submission of required paperwork to the director of supervised ministries.
Booklist - Spring 2015, taught by Twila Gibbens
Syllabus - Spring 2014, taught by Leslie Penrose
SYM 510.44 Supervised Year in Ministry II
Online version of SYM 510
Researching & Writing
IP 800 Integrative Paper Symposium
A group course, under the direction of a faculty member, for discussion of the process and results of individual integrative paper work. This course is normally taken in the student's last semester of the MTS program.
RW 500 Orientation to Research
This course will provide instruction on how to find, evaluate, and cite research resources in the PTS library and through online access. Hands-on instruction in the use of the computer for research will be emphasized. Students will bring an actual assignment from a course they are currently taking and utilize the instruction in this course to help them gather the resources to complete that assignment. This class is offered tuition free and is graded pass/fail. Enrollment is limited.
RW 550 Orientation to Master's Thesis
This course will provide an introduction to the process of writing a master's thesis (either MDiv or MTS). In a workshop format, each student will develop a thesis topic and a plan for the research and writing of the thesis. Instruction will also be provided on the style form for writing a thesis. Highly recommended for all students who plan to write a thesis in the near future or are in the process of writing a thesis. At the student's option, the one hour credit for the course may be counted toward the 6-hour thesis credit.
RW 600 MTS Integrative Paper Research & Writing
Individual research and writing under faculty guidance. This course is normally taken in the student's last semester of the MTS Track I program.
RW 650 MTS Thesis Research & Writing I
Individual research and writing under faculty guidance. This course is normally taken in the student's next to last semester of the MTS Track II program.
RW 660 MTS Thesis Research & Writing II
Individual research and writing under faculty guidance. This course is normally taken in the student's last semester of the MTS Track II program.
RW 750 MDiv Thesis Research & Writing I
Individual research and writing under faculty guidance. This course is normally taken in the student's next to last semester of the MDiv program.
RW 760 MDiv Thesis Research & Writing II
Individual research and writing under faculty guidance. This course is normally taken in the student's last semester of the MDiv program
RW 800 Thesis Symposium
A group course, under the direction of a faculty member, for discussion of the process and results of individual thesis research. This course is normally taken in the student's last semester of the MDiv or MTS program.
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