Courses in Ministry Studies

MODULE COURSES

Each module (other than the Study-Abroad tour) contains the following courses:

  1. Historical theology: Ancient Insights for Today (five credit hours) Dr. Peter Fitch, with input from Dr. Gregg Finley
  2. Counselling (two credit hours) Dr. Walter Thiessen or Dr. Dan Lambrides
  3. Biblical Studies (two credit hours) Dr. Bill Jackson
  4. Spiritual Formation in Classical Traditions (one credit hour) Lorna Jones, Ignatian Spiritual Director

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Bib510M The Teaching of Jesus for Today
An examination of the proclamation of Jesus in the synoptic gospels (especially Matthew) in its 1st century context with enough hermeneutic application to the contemporary church so that the student will be able to do similar exegesis and application of other teaching material in the synoptic gospels.

Bib520M Paul for Today
An examination of the main themes of Pauline theology found in his major letters in their 1st century context and a discussion of the application of that theology to the contemporary church so that the student will be able to do similar exegesis and application of other Pauline theological themes and materials.

Bib530M Hermeneutics of Apocalyptic Literature
An examination of the main issues and principles in hermeneutics and their application to Biblical apocalyptic literature, particularly Daniel and Revelation, as non-gospel and non-Pauline works that present specific challenges for the contemporary church and its use of Scripture.

COUNSELLING

Coun510M The Addictive Life
Explores the commonalities and pervasiveness of addictions in our lives. Perspectives for understanding and treating addictions ranging from neu- roscience to systemic approaches to spiritual care will be studied.

Coun520M Counselling and Self-Awareness
Focuses on enabling students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience to become safe listeners and helpers. On a foundation of a basic counselling model, this week aims at increasing self-awareness of the ways that we can unintentionally hurt rather than help people. Some basic understandings of mental illness and counselling ethics are introduced.

Coun530M Healing through Symbol and Story
Explores methods of counselling and prayer ministry that promote “whole- brained” or experiential change. Students are introduced to new and old models of inner healing prayer, the importance of metaphors and symbols, and the power of narrative or story.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

An examination of the development of Christian thought and spirituality in historical context from Acts to Benedict’s Rule (Module 1, 1st–6th centuries), from Gregory the Great to Thomas à Kempis (Module 2, 7th–15th centuries), and from the Reformation to Today (Module 3, 16th–21st centuries) with an application to ministry in the contemporary church and world.

Min510M Historical Theology: Ancient Insights for Today (1st–6th C.)
Includes reading and discussion of the Apostolic Fathers, Athanasius’ Life of Antony, Eusebius, St. Augustine, Benedict’s Rule, as well as other primary and secondary sources, with a particular focus on interpretation of Scripture and the development of an “ancient-future paradigm”.

Min520M Historical Theology: Ancient Insights for Today (7th–15th C.)
Includes reading and discussion of Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis and Clare, Thomas à Kempis, as well as other primary and secondary sources, with a particular focus on caring for those who suffer.

Min530M Historical Theology: Ancient Insights for Today (16th–21st C.)
Includes reading and discussion of Luther, Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Pascal, Herbert, Baxter, Wesley, Thérèse de Lisieux, Bonhoeffer and C. S. Lewis, as well as other primary and secondary sources, with a particular focus on justice issues and questions raised by the emerging church.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

SF500 Ignatian Spiritual Formation (1 credit hour per module)
Experiential instruction in and practice of spiritual formation exercises in Ignatian and other classical traditions. Students will be encouraged to develop a “contemplative attitude” to God through reflection on Scripture and personal experience, with the hope that there will be growth in freedom to respond to God’s call.

OTHER COURSES

MIN600 Study Abroad Module (6 credit hours)
This two-week study–abroad class is designed to familiarize students with the historical and cultural context of the Biblical world (typically Greece and Turkey), as well as to create a rich experience of community around shared learning experiences.

MIN650 Internship (6 credit hours)
The purpose of the Ministry internship is to equip Christian leaders to serve God, the church and the broader community by facilitating an integration of theoretical and conceptual learning with participative learning. Students who do not have at least five years of professional ministry experience are required to undertake an internship, often in conjunction with a local church, but other forms of service are also acceptable.

MIN590 Ministry Project (6 credit hours)
The Ministry project (approximately 80 pages, double-spaced) involves a practical strategy that is designed and implemented under the supervision of a mentor and then described in written form. It is meant to be professional or practical in nature and must be accompanied by a 20– to 30–page theoretical defence that is academic in nature.

MIN690 Thesis (6 credit hours)
The thesis involves the preparation of an 80–page (double-spaced) the- oretical essay that is in the form of a dissertation. Students must have demonstrated a strong ability to do research and to write in order to gain academic approval.