Courses

  • STH TH 927: Early Modern Piety
    The literature and practice of Christian devotion between the Reformation and Pietism, in national and confessional contexts within Early Modern society. Catechisms, hymnals and prayerbooks in production, distribution, and use. Special attention to the relation between theology and forms of devotion, public and domestic piety, and to the devotional roles of women and children.
  • STH TH 930: History of Missiology
    Seminar on the classic Protestant mission theorists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • STH TH 971: Seminar: Luther and the Radical Reformers
    Historical-social contexts, theologies, and effects of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present.
  • STH TI 801: In-Service Contextual Ed 1
    Supervised practice of ministry in a congregational setting focused on the integration of theology and practice. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT. Background check is required. FOR STUDENTS IN THE INSERVICE M.DIV. PROGRAM ONLY.
  • STH TI 802: In-Service Contextual Ed 2
    Graduate prerequisite: STH TI 801. Continues and presupposes STH TI 801 in the spring semester. M.DIV CORE REQUIREMENT. Background check is required. FOR STUDENTS IN THE INSERVICE M.DIV PROGRAM ONLY.
  • STH TI 811: Inservice Degree Seminar: Ministry in the 21st Century Context: Challenges and Possibilities
    The rapidly changing life circumstances in contemporary U.S. society provide challenges for pastoral ministry. This seminar will engage some of the latest research and reflection on effective strategies for ministry in the 21st century and explore skills in reading one's contexts.
  • STH TI 812: Inservice Seminar: Ministries of Education and Formation
    Participants in this seminar will explore a variety of pedagogical strategies for forming youth, children, and adults as disciples in their faith tradition. Given the broad scope of this seminar topic, students' engagement with course materials in relation to their own congregational setting will be a key focus of this class.
  • STH TI 813: In-Service Seminar: Pastoral Care
    This course will introduce students to the ministry of pastoral caring, which is the work of the whole community of faith. Openness to one another through mutual care and concern and to the guidance and presence of God are central features of caring communities. Particular attention will be given to listening and communication skills together with a life span and faith community approach to issues of pastoral care and counseling. Pastoral care will be imagined as a life giving collective endeavor, requiring a tender shepherding by the pastor or leader that respects the uniqueness and diversity of each setting. Connections between theology and practice will be developed through online discussion posts, book summaries, and case studies (including theological reflections). 

  • STH TI 814: In-Service Seminar: Pastor as Spiritual Guide, Counselor, Coach
    This course will introduce students to several key aspects of the role and work of a pastor. Coaching by the pastor helps members of a faith community grow, so that all are empowered to share their full range of gifts and graces with the congregation and the world. The counseling dimensions of a pastor's work are critical, and special attention will be given to strengthening referral skills. Finally, the role of pastor as spiritual guide will be interpreted and practiced in this course as integral to the pastor's ongoing work in preaching, teaching and pastoral care.
  • STH TI 815: Leading From Within: Nurturing Spiritual Leadership in Self and Congregation
    Leadership in faith-based settings in the 21st century requires the intersection of self- awareness and organizational understanding. This course will focus on both of those areas: exploring leadership as a spiritual practice that requires attention to the leader's own spiritual formation, and exploring the challenges of leadership in changing times. (MDiv Inservice Degree Seminar.) Online course
  • STH TI 816: Conflict Trans
  • STH TJ 876: Church and Theology in the Contemporary World
    Church and Theology in the Contemporary World is an advanced research seminar in practical theology. The course enables students to design and carry out a research project in practical theology under the guidance of the instructor and with constructive feedback from fellow students. Assignments are designed to help students to articulate a clear, significant, and manageable research question; to design a practical theological approach to the question; to develop relevant bibliographies and other research sources; and, ultimately, to complete a final project in practical theology. Through this work and additional readings, including careful reading of and theological reflection on daily newspapers, we will together identify and address a range of issues facing the church in diverse cultures and contexts. Students gain skills in identifying practical theological questions and interpreting contexts; critically incorporating social scientific research in a theological project; making normative judgments; and thinking through strategic practical theological responses to guide faithful Christian practice. The course is a required core course for all doctoral students majoring in Practical Theology.
  • STH TJ 910: Proseminar in Practical Theology
    This doctoral seminar for practical theology majors introduces the primary changes that are under way in practical theology as a discipline, reviews the methodologies upon which these changes are based, and examines the implications of these changes.
  • STH TJ 940: Ecclesiology
    This course asks the question, "What is the church?" in dialogue with Christian theological figures and schools representing Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian traditions. While one of the aims of this course is that students be conversant with those voices, it ultimately aims at the student's ability to articulate the ecclesiology of his or her own community and to bring that to bear on the contemporary situation and particular problems of Christian practice in church and society.
  • STH TJ 976: Advanced Research in Practical Theology
    In this advanced research seminar, students will explore a range of practical theology research to map the field. They will analyze the purposes, practices, and significance of this research for the field of practical theology and for the larger human community. Students will have opportunities to develop expertise with selected research tools; develop a significant research question of high personal interest; and conduct a research project that contributes to the literature and some part of the human or ecological community.
  • STH TM 801: Christian Mission in a Religiously Plural World
    This course is focused on constructing a theology of mission that is appropriate, adequate, and relevant for the 21st century's religious plurality. The aim of the course is to enable students to 1) recall a quick critical survey of the history of Christian mission, 2) grapple with the varied biblical understandings of mission, and 3) begin to frame and articulate a theology of mission that addresses the challenges posed by the religiously plural world
  • STH TM 815: Christian Mission
    Exploration of biblical, historical, theological, political, and cultural perspectives on the world mission of the church. This course is a requirement for United Methodist MDiv students pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church.
  • STH TM 835: Asian Xianity
  • STH TM 853: NGOs & FBOs
    Explores theoretical and practical issues related to cross-cultural non-governmental and faith-based service work.
  • STH TM 856: Women in Mission and World Christianity
    History of Christian women in diakonia and mission outreach, including gender issues in mission and non- western Christianity today.