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Certificate In Ministry Course Descriptions

CIM.01R Church History

This course surveys the development of Christianity from the earliest communities established by the apostles through the Reformation era. Attention is given to critical turning points for Christianity in relation to the state, development of doctrine, institutional changes, spiritual ideals, and practices of worship.

Taught by Dr. David Johnson

Offered: Fall 2014

CIM.02R Reading the Bible Theologically

In this course, students explore the relationship between thinking theologically and reading the Bible well. We consider what theological ideas are central to the biblical witness, and how they help us interpret the Bible as a whole. We also examine when and how our reading of Scripture challenges us to think differently about who God is, and who God is calling us to be in this world.

Taught by Dr. Cynthia Rigby

Offered: Winter 2015

CIM.03R Worship and Preaching

The Christian church is a community at worship. In this course, students explore the historical roots, theology and practice of Christian Worship. Students learn the basic components of the Lord's Day service, including sacraments, and design services for weekly worship, weddings, and funerals. Included is a basic introduction to preaching within the context of worship. This is a blended course, with online components and face-to-face interactions that include performative practice. Students are required to attend one weekend workshop on the Austin Seminary campus.

Taught by TBA

Offered: Fall 2015

CIM.04R Christian Education

This course provides a theological and practical vision for the Church's ministry of education. Students explore theories of teaching and learning, alternate approaches for teaching, and strategies for organizing the ministry of education in congregations. The course is appropriate for pastors, Christian education directors, and teachers who wish to improve their craft. This is a blended course, with online components and face-to-face interactions. Students are required to attend one weekend workshop on the APTS campus.  

Taught by David F. White

Offered: Spring 2014

CIM.05R Pastoral Care and Leadership

This course introduces students to the practice of pastoral care. Emphasis is given to thinking about pastoral care in the context of faith communities and to developing basic assessment and caring skills related to common human problems and concerns. Attention is also given to how faithful and competent pastoral care informs, and is informed by, quality pastoral leadership.   

Taught by Chuck Mendenhall

Offered: Winter 2015

CIM.06R Ministry Foundations in Bible and Theology

This course explores the foundations of Christian ministry as divine calling. Students reflect on biblical examples of the emerging prophetic voice, the caring ministries of shepherding, and the gifts of the Spirit in the church. One's own vocational clarification is a primary goal for course participants.    

Taught by John E. Alsup

Offered: Spring 2014

CIM.07E PC(USA) Polity

This course is designed to orient students to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and especially to the Book of Order. Students learn the structure and content of the four sections of the Book of Order, and explore polity as a tool for effective ministry. The course also offers exposure to basic parliamentary procedure and acquaints students with the role of moderator in planning and managing session meetings. 

Taught by Dr. Paul K. Hooker

Offered: Fall 2015

CIM.08E Comparative Religion

This course introduces students to several major religious traditions of the world, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. For each tradition, attention is given to its origin, history, basic beliefs, practices, and to theological issues or questions raised for Christians.

Taught by Dr. Whitney Bodman

Offered: Fall 2014


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