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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 2016

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: Fall 2016

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: Spring 2016

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: Winter 2016 

CIM.05R Pastoral Care

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of pastoral care. It explores pastoral care as it has evolved from and been implemented within the context of the Christian faith community. Attention is given to learning and developing caring skills and understanding our role as caregivers in the life of the church. Attention also is given to the ways pastoral care both shapes and is shaped by pastoral leadership in the various aspects of ministry in the church.       

Taught by Chuck Mendenhall

Offered: Winter 2016

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: Fall 2015

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: Spring 2016

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: To Be Announced

CIM.09E Introducing Christian Ethics

This course introduces students to topics, themes, and problems discussed in Christian ethics. These may include moral virtue and character, the Bible and Christian ethics, moral relativism, sexuality and marriage, and economic justice.

Taught by Dr. Asante Todd

Offered: Winter 2017

CIM.10E Effective Church Leadership

This course explores elements of effective church leadership and administration. Clergy and congregational leaders are called to function in many different roles. Leadership is an essential ingredient in churches where there is faithful and fruitful ministry. Participants explore the nature of leadership in the church context, including biblical and theological models, goal setting, team building, delegating, human relationships, budgeting, working with teams, personnel management, and church operations.    

Taught by Dr. Blair Monie

Offered:  Winter 2017

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