Ministry Studies: Elective Courses

Ministry Studies Electives
This is a representative list of electives in this area of study. Exact course offerings for each semester will vary. Please see class schedules for specific semester offerings. 

M200 Forgiveness and Pastoral Care
(No description)

M201 Spiritual Formation
A vital and important purpose of Christian religious education is spiritual formation and growth. This course explores the nature of what it means to grow spiritually and what are the tasks for this formation for Christians. From an educational perspective, we examine the practices, understandings, and contexts which are necessary and important for people to grow spiritually in their Christian journey and how pastors serve as pilgrim guides in this process.

M202 Evangelism
An examination of theological foundations for the practice of evangelism in the contemporary church, the course will look at scriptural foundations and historical evangelistic practices in the church, critique contemporary expressions of evangelism

M203 Seminar: Elements of Worship, Holy and Just
This course is designed to help worship leaders to foster better, more intentional worship by examining in depth four phases or elements of weekly Christian services: the gathering, service of the word, response to the word, and sending.

We will ask: what are some of the theologies and functions of this particular part of worship? What justice and/or pastoral issues call for our attention in this part of worship? What might make this part of worship truly an act of the whole assembly? How can we as worship leaders educate, plan, and empower others to design and lead worship that incorporates these concerns?

M204 Pastoral Care in Multicultural Perspective
(No description)

M205 The Spoken Word
The purpose of this course is to help worship leaders become better readers of scripture, and better able to coach other members of their congregations. Through a combination of classroom discussion and a workshop format, the course will cover individual reading, dialogue reading, reader’s theater, and verbatim drama formats. Note: this course does not cover contemporary skits based on scripture. Students should expect to engage in some memorization of scripture (including one longer passage), a small amount of body work (relaxation, vocal warm-up), and exegetical work on their selected passages.

M206 A Rhythm of Writing as Spiritual Practice
This course is an invitation into a number of writing strategies as spiritual practice. We will fool with words. We will attend to writing process rather than writing product or performance. We will tap beneath our rational surface for knowing and expression that are intuitive, imaginative, and improvisational. Through a rhythm of writing, we will uncover these elements of spirituality woven together: our web of connections, our claiming of authentic voice, and our making of meaning.

M207 Prophetic Preaching
(No description)

M208 Developmental Theory
This course attempts to integrate some of the developmental theory that can assist pastoral leaders in effectively meeting the needs and struggles of individuals, families, and communities with whom they work.

M209 Hymnody and Psalmody

M210 Organizing for Justice (Proctor Conference)
changed to M216/217 in Spring 2007

M211 Developing Skills for Pastoral Care
Essential to good pastoral care is the ability to reflect theologically on conversations with persons in various contexts. In addition, it is important to develop skills in listening, leading a conversation, issuing an invitation for persons to share, and creating a space in which the sharing can take place. This course will involve students in active learning through the use of role-plays, critical reflections on conversations, and the development of skills necessary for pastoral care in the parish or other ministry context.

M212 Breaking Jesus: The Violent Ritual Logic of Holy Communion
This course will use feminist liturgical theology and ritual studies to evaluate the violent logic of practice that is embedded in virtually all contemporary Eucharistic rites. The class will then examine new research on the origins of Holy Communion, and explore possibilities for renewed sacramental practice.

M213 Christian Education for Peace & Justice

M214 Creating Contextual Worship

M215 In the Grip of Grief
A steady rhythm of change, loss, and grief is common in every life and context of ministry. Dying and death in varying guises visit widely and often. This course will draw near to look at and listen to grief, to explore elements of end of life care, and to consider the questions and stories of spirituality at the edges and in the gaps of a journey through change, loss, and grief.

M216/M217 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

M218 HIV and AIDS: Theological Issues
This course will look at the history, realities and theological issues related to HIV and AIDS. Class sessions will provide students with a forum for receiving and understanding correct general biomedical and historical information, an opportunity to explore and question the many theological issues that have been a part of the AIDS public discourse and the challenge to think about the possible ministry implications that arise from this discussion - preaching, teaching, awareness, advocacy, care. Theological responses from various churches and organizations, in the United States and internationally, will be discussed and evaluated.

M219 Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

M220 White Privilege

M221 Lift Every Voice and Sing: Music Leadership for Participatory Worship
In many of our churches congregational song has become timid, dry and scarce. What is a pastor or minister of music to do? In this class students will learn some of the underlying theory and practical skills needed to help congregations find their voice and return to the joy of singing together. We will discuss issues and strategies related to congregational song, but we’ll also practice some of the skills needed to lead congregations in singing. You don’t need to be a star singer for this course, just an enthusiastic leader! Co-taught by Professor Grundy and Paul Vasile, Minister of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City.

M222 Conflict Resolution in the Church
We do not have significant relationships without conflict. Indeed, our most significant relationships are the ones in which we have the biggest conflicts. Our capacity to build, sustain, and repair our most significant relationships depends, to a very large degree, on our ability to name, address and resolve conflict.

This is difficult under the best of circumstances but is complicated in the context of communities of faith because of the strange notion that we are not supposed to have conflict. Certainly the Biblical witness is to conflicts in faith communities. Nevertheless, we have this idea that our churches are not supposed to have conflicts and, if they do, there is something wrong. This course begins with the premise that any human community with a modicum of intimacy will experience conflict and that the way to deepen the intimacy and strengthen the community is through the resolution of the conflict. Further, it will give specific tools for doing so.

And we will discover that the capacity to be a peacemaker has more to do with who we are than what we do. While having some nice techniques in our tool kit can prove very beneficial, our capacity to use the tools well depends on the personal resources that we each bring to the conflict. We will discover that the task of becoming a peacemaker is a path to our own spiritual transformation.

M223 Christian Education for Peace and Justice

M224 A Mosaic of Ministry in the Margins
Margins form a significant and often unrecognized context for ministry. Some locations and shapes of ministry are clearly marginal. But there are margins, edges, boundaries and gaps in every expression of ministry. All who minister carry their own margins. And we are claimed by a tradition, a story and centuries of Judeo-Christian practice and experience in which margins figure prominently. Together we will participate from multiple angles in a composition of ministry as a mosaic of margins.

M225 Pastoral Care for Family Violence

M226 Religion and Healing

M227 Clergy Leadership in Health and Wholeness

M228 A Practical Theology of Reconciliation

M229 God Seekers: The History of Christian Spiritual Tradition

M230 "Framing Youth": Faith, Identity, and the Adolescent

M231 Educating for Peace and Justice
This course is an exploration into the ways in which individuals and congregations are formed to be agents of justice and peace in the world.  We will examine aspects of Christian Education theory and practices as they relate to the embodiment of God’s mission of justice and peace.

M232 Disability Justice and Spiritual Health

M233 Mission and Discipleship

M234 Ministry with Youth in Church and Community

M235 Ministry & Public Witness in a Changing World

M236 Children, Youth and the Faith that Fuels Their Lives

M237 Identity and Community

M238 Parenting & Grandparenting for Peace and Justice

M239 Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues for Women in Ministry

M240 Spirituality and Music

M241 Religion and Education in the Public Sphere

M242 Sexuality: What's race got to do with it?
This class will explore a history of sexualities, gender variance and diversity among indigenous communities of color on the continent of Africa and elsewhere. The class will follow the impact of Christianity and the accompanying imported colonialist ideas and ideals regarding human sexuality. We will also follow the Diaspora to the US and the influence of religion on the presence and/or absence of acceptance of sexual minorities. We will seek to have a non-punitive discourse about the broad-spectrum diversity of human sexuality. Is it true that intolerance of sexual minorities is more prevalent in communities of color? If so what is holding these anti-other ideas in place disproportionally?

M243 The Practice of Pastoral Ministry in a Progressive Parish

M244 Waging Peace: (Un)learning Violence, (Re)learning Hope
“How do we repair the souls of those returning from Iraq?” How do we respond to the spiritual crisis of personal and corporate bullying?  How do we confront acts of violence and terror—whether individual or state-sponsored? How do we interrogate forces which make toxic social, political, and ecological environments? How do we—religious leaders and faith communities—facilitate the unlearning of violence and relearning of hope in the face of conflict, aggression, violation, occupations, decimation? How do people of faith mobilize “peaceable powers” to reconstitute this fragile world? With these guiding questions, this seminar invites attention to the words of important contemporary voices of peace; deeper analyses of social, cultural, political violence; and constructive work toward pedagogies of peace for religious leadership and religious practices.

M245 Intercultural Pastoral Theology and Care
This class will introduce students to pastoral practice in U. S. multicultural context with the emphasis on pastoral and congregational care.  Students are expected to work toward an increased understanding of and skilled response to: biblical and theological understandings of cultural diversity, their own cultural identity, cultures other than their own, the demands of communication and care in the face of cultural differences and alienation, the interconnections between culture and power, and the theory and practice of pastoral care and counseling in diverse cultural settings.  Although interculturalism is concerned with inclusive of ethnicity, race, sex, national origin, religion, class, and sexual orientation, the emphasis of the class will be on the interplay among theology, culture, and pastoral practice.  The weekly sessions will include lectures, discussions, video presentations, student presentations, and participation in experiential activities.

M246 Teaching Practicum
This practicum offers space for the testing and practice of teaching/learning theories and approaches referenced in “M133: Introduction to Educational Ministry,” toward the goal of increasing competencies for “skillful teaching” (Brookfield) in ministry.  We will construct, practice, and evaluate a variety of teaching/learning models, techniques, and resources through focused exercises, simulations, fieldwork, workshops, consultations with practitioners, research and writing. 

Experimentations with methods will be guided by such themes/topics as: learning styles and multiple intelligences; human development and teaching tasks; teaching difficult texts/topics; intercultural learning; interreligious learning; intergenerational learning; strategies for anti-oppressive, anti-racist education; feminist pedagogies; critical pedagogies; narrative pedagogies; the promises and limits of (social) media/technology; curriculum planning.

M247 Texts that Change the World
If the Christian faith is not about changing the world, it has little resemblance to the Christ. But how do worlds change? This course will explore the relationship between texts (biblical, literary, political, poetic) that have an continue to change the world. Students will be expected to read, write, and speak with hope of changing the world.

M248 Vocational Resilience
This course invites future ministers to consider the ways they may 'thrive' during the enduring challenges of ministry. Beginning with a consideration of the 'abundance' of participating in the ministry of Jesus Christ, the course considers the foundation nature of 'call' and an emerging understanding of the importance of resilience in providing pastoral leadership to a community of faith. This class explores topics key to maintaining pastoral vitality in the face of the everyday and extraordinary demands of ministry.

M249 Ministry in Times of Disaster
Religious practitioners and spiritually-oriented health and human services practitioners have a unique role to play in the community as first responders and long-term caregivers.  They are in a pivotal place in a world that increasingly approaches the recovery of human suffering in a materialistic and value-free context. When a community has experienced a significant crisis (natural or human-made) they benefit from the immediate attention of first responders and the long-term care of informed faith communities.  In this course we will explore (1) the work of disaster chaplains and their work as first-responders and (2) the work of religious professionals and their communities of faith as they provide the long-term care of recovery.

M250 Feminist Pastoral Theology
Feminist pastoral theology draws on feminist/ womanist/ queer theologies, post-structuralist and feminist psychologies, and feminist theories to understand issues such as agency, suffering, and resistance.  Using the frameworks of feminist narrative theory and feminist liberative theologies, will we explore notions of coming to voice, gaining clarity, making choices, and creating community as a means to transformational healing.

Travel Seminars are offered on a rotation basis during the January Interim
M290 Central America Seminar
This course is a two-week study/travel immersion experience, the first week of which is spent in Guatemala and the second in Costa Rica, based at the Latin American Biblical University in San Jose. Students receive an introduction to the political and cultural history of Latin America (focusing on Guatemala and Costa Rica), as well as an introduction to the history of mission and church in Latin America, Latin American biblical interpretation, and Latin American theology.

M291 A Cultural Immersion Experience - Ghana
On this trip students will explore the effects of colonialism, experience indigenous worship, learn African Theology, and observe the influence of the Pentecostalism and Islam in this developing, democratic West African nation. There will be an opportunity for student to preach in a variety of worship settings from the headquarters church to small villages.

M292 Border Links Travel Seminar

M293 Travel Seminar: Middle East

M294 Travel Seminar: India

M294 Travel Seminar: Kenya

Denominational History, Doctrine and Polity Courses are offered on a rotation basis or as needed.  To inquire about the next offering, please contact the Registrar's Office at 314.918.2599 or

* M300 American Baptist Church Polity
* M301 Christian Church History and Polity
* M302 Episcopal History and Polity
* M303 Presbyterian Polity
* M305 United Methodist History
* M306 United Methodist Doctrine
* M307 United Methodist Polity
* M308 UCC History and Polity
* M309 DOC History and Polity

M316 Educating for Spiritual Formation
A vital and important purpose of Christian religious education is spiritual formation and growth. This course explores the nature of what it means to grow spiritually and what are the tasks of this formation for Christians. From an educational perspective, we examine the practices, understandings, and contexts which are necessary and important for people to grow spiritually in their Christian journey and how pastors serve as pilgrim guides in this process.

M317 Anglican Liturgy
This course surveys the historical developments, sacramental theology, and practice of Anglican Liturgy, especially that contained in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

M318 Family Dynamics and Pastoral Care
Understanding systems and family dynamics can be essential for effective ministry in the parish or in specialized care settings. The course will examine some of the fundamentals of family systems theory, implications for parish life and for pastoral care.

M319 Changing the World: Preaching for Change

M320 Teaching the Bible
This course will explore a variety of ways in which the Bible can be taught that are appropriate to the biblical material itself and to the ways in which people of all ages develop and learn. Students will reflect on various knowledges teachers need and how these are utilized in teaching the Bible. They will explore and reflect critically on cultural issues that impact teaching the Bible in the church today. They will examine various hermeneutical approaches for studying scripture and how these influence teaching and learning the Bible.

M321 Sexual Orientation, Queer Theory and Pastoral Theology
The primary goal of this course is to examine literature on sexual orientation and queer theory from clinical and theological perspectives, and to explore the implications of this literature for pastoral theology and care. Gaining a clearer understanding of theoretical, theological and practical issues that arise in pastoral care around issues of sexual orientation will assist pastoral leaders in ministry with transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, and gay men’s communities, as well as with heterosexuals. Queer theory and pastoral theology provide unique lenses for establishing a framework for broader conversations about inclusion, welcome, sexuality, sexual orientation, pastoral care and more. This course is designed to be integrative in nature. It is assumed in this course that persons are open and welcoming to the other within the lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and gay community.

M322 Children in the Community of Faith
Children in the Community of Faith will focus on the tasks of nurturing, empowering, hoping for, and advocating for children within our communities of faith. A theology of children will be developed and skills needed for ministering to and with children will be developed.

M323 Leadership in Ministry
How can persons in ministry give leadership to the congregations or organizations they serve? What does it mean to lead? How are theologies of church and ministry related to issues of leadership? This class will explore issues of leadership in ministry through readings, discussion, and case studies.

M324 Cognitive Theory for Pastoral Leadership
As ones called to leadership in the church, pastors have much to learn from the constantly expanding knowledge offered by those who study the brain. Neuroscience can help us understand some of the dynamics of congregational life and provide us with insights as to how to teach, preach and provide effective leadership among the collective brains that make up a congregation. This course will explore recent findings in brain research and help students make connections with their work as preachers, teachers, and spiritual guides.

M325 Feminist/Womanist Pastoral Theology and Care
An examination of feminist, womanist, Latina, and other perspectives related to gender informs pastoral theology and the practice of care. This course will draw upon such liberative perspectives as it seeks to reflect on theological claims important to the practice of care and counseling in the parish and elsewhere. As part of the course, students will draw upon case material for analysis and will develop a pastoral theology of care that takes such work into account.

M326 Preaching as Celebration and Affirmation
In light of the recent media frenzy surrounding the use of negative of words and their impact on the human psyche, this course will engage the student in the theory and practice of using positive biblical passages and affirming language in sermon preparation and proclaimation.

M327 Pastors and the Legal System
The course is designed to engage the seminary student into the practical ministry aspects of the pastorate. The theology and canonical approach to conflict within the Church and in the life of the Christian minister, especially the one who serves as pastor. The 21st Century has witnessed a multitude of legal issues that face the Church; and the view of the minister in his or her role of “authority” within the Church and the parameters of the culture which places limitations and duties upon the Church and the pastor. We will review the normal and customary aspects where a pastor may have to testify in a Criminal Court of competent jurisdiction or Family Court on behalf of a member or one who has been counseled. We will review the Clergy Privilege in the Rules of Court in State and Federal Jurisdictions. We will review the intake procedures for juvenile and adult criminal custody. We will review certain aspects of the sexual assault matters and outcry witnesses which discovery of an alleged crime has occurred through counseling, including legal duties and mandates required. We will review critical court cases in Missouri and other jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

M328 The Ministry of Administration
This course will focus on the administrative responsibilities of the pastoral office. Various aspects of church administration will be explored: finances, property, personnel, legal issues, technology, etc. In examining different aspects of administration, the interplay between best practices and theology will be considered. Extensive use will be made of case studies. A number of guests will be invited to share their expertise.

M329 The Pastoral Office: Implications for Ministry
Students will explore the contemporary context for ministry, identify current perceptions about ordained ministry, research historical understandings, explore biblical texts, and develop critical perspectives on the Pastoral Office – particularly as that Office is described and understood in one’s own denominational tradition. The study and research will contribute to shared learning among class members. Implications for the practice of ministry will be the focus of discussion in the latter half of the course as student presentations contribute to the formulation of a biblical, theological, pastoral ethic.

M330 Gender, Sexuality and Alterity in the Church

M331 Prophetic Preaching for Social Justice

M332 Spiritual Practices for a Preaching Life

M333 Decision Making and Reproductive Health

M334 Woman, Interrupted: Feminist Theories, Theologies & Pedagogies

M335 Intergenerational Ministries

M336 Recovering Less Violent Practices of Holy Communion

M337 Pastoral Care: Healing, Hospitality, and Transformation

M338 Contemporary Issues in Baptism and Communion
In this course we will consider a number of contemporary issues around baptism and Holy Communion.  Who can participate?  What are their effects?  Are they really still important?  We will engage in conversation with both historical and current theologies of sacraments/ordinances.  Note: some initial coursework in church history and theology is recommended.

M339 Equipping the Saints: Chaplains and Military Sexual Assault
Military sexual assault is at epidemic proportions at a time when all military training programs--including those for chaplains and JAGS (attorneys)-- face the federal sequesters.  And this is a time when the church must be
relevant if it will continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable.  This is a course with a very practical goal: to create training materials that will help inform navy chaplains and JAGS (attorneys)about military sexual assault. The class work will help create a curriculum that will be used Navy-wide and will be done in consultation
with the Navy chaplains training school, Fort Jackson.

M400/M500 Teaching and Preaching with the Brain in Mind
In this course we will explore the brain and how it works and consider ways we might teach and preach that utilize our brain's capabilities.  There will be opportunity for students to practice teaching and preaching with the brain in mind.

M401/M501 Forgiveness and Pastoral Theology
This course assumes a working knowledge of pastoral care, some sense of pastoral theology, and a ministry context (past or present). The major goal of the course is to examine the integration of the concepts of forgiveness, justice, and community in the context of pastoral theology, care, and counseling. A major assumption of this course is that the issues of justice, community and forgiveness are integrally related. This course will draw upon a variety of disciplines during the semester, including pastoral theology, theological texts, and psychodynamic interpretations.

M402/M502 Pastor as Ritual Resource: Collaborating, Designing, Leading, Refining
Even beyond weekly worship, in the broader life of a Christian community, one of the roles of the pastor is to help the congregation live through life passages and congregational events with a certain ritual depth and richness. The purpose of this class is to help current and future church leaders identify and respond to the ritual needs of the faithful beyond the weekly services of word and sacrament. We will intentionally bridge the disciplines and discourses of ritual studies and liturgical studies in this course, seeking to draw from these two approaches what is most helpful for Christian living. We will explore the human need for ritual, the nature of ritualized action, how those actions function, and various contexts in church life where ritual may be appropriate.

M403/503 Led from Within: Preaching and Internal Authority
Preaching is informed by both internal and external authority. Preaching with internal authority is led from within. In this course we will explore how we are internally authorized for preaching and what it means to preach from the inside out. We will identify elements that form our internal authority and practices that sustain and support it. Conversation and balance will be sought between our internal authority and the various expressions of external authority that surround us.

M419/M519 Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.

M508 UCC History and Polity
see M308 for course description

M516 Educating for Christian Spiritual Formation
A vital and important purpose of Christian religious education is spiritual formation and growth. This course explores the nature of what it means to grow spiritually and what are the tasks of this formation for Christians. From an educational perspective, we examine the practices, understandings, and contexts which are necessary and important for people to grow spiritually in their Christian journey and how pastors serve as pilgrim guides in this process.

M518 Family Dynamics
see M318 for course description

M520 Changing the World: Preaching for Social Change

M521 Preaching with People: Community-Centered Strategies for Preaching the Word in Context
This course will help the D.Min. student, understood to be a preacher with some experience, to develop a collaborative, group sermon preparation process that takes seriously this complexity, resulting in a body of preaching that is not only biblically and theologically grounded, but also more event-ful, more oral and more communal, collaborative and contextual.

M522 Ritual in Congregational Context

M523 Minister as Ethnographer: Reading "Texts" and Contexts

M524 Congregational Leadership

M526 Preaching as Celebration and Affirmation

M527 Pastoral Theology and Care in the Public Arena
Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling has long been understood as a function of the Church and the Academy. In these “publics” we have explored the pastoral functions of healing, sustaining, guiding, and liberating. Christians have understood pastoral care to be the conscious acting out toward one another of the love of God and Jesus Christ. The love of God and neighbor and bearing witness to Christ’s love has a clear focus when acted out within a Christian context. Even in our differences, we claim a central connection to God and Christ. When we move pastoral theology and care outside a Christian context and into the public arenas of the hospital, schools, militaries, and public debates, the mandate to follow Christ, bear witness and love the stranger as neighbor becomes more complex, particularly when we must take into account others who are not, need not, and should not become Christian. When pastoral theology and care moves into the public arenas of society, Christian pastoral caregivers must take seriously the theological tensions generated and the demands created by taking seriously the new sources of accountability. In this course we will explore some theoretical, theological and practical implications of a Public Pastoral Theology.

M528 Establishing Contexts, Engaging Communities
Sometimes our lives of ministry become insular as we focus upon institutional survival, administrative details, and liturgical formalities.  This D. Min. seminar will provide an opportunity to share and explore methods and procedures for the necessary work of understanding, engaging, and serving our contextual realities and partnering with communities to create and maintain relationships of justice, witness, and care.  We will explore together the "why" of contextual engagement and understanding, the "how" of contextual research and learning, and the "so what" of transformational engagement.  Participants should be prepared to share stories, projects, and methods as we learn together.

M530 "Framing Youth": Faith, Identity, and the Adolescent
see M230 for course description

M531 Pastoral Fellowship in Pastoral Theology and Care

M532 It's Complicated: Practicing Ministry in Context
A cursory glance at materials laboriously saved and displayed by a congregation’s volunteer historian … a click on the tab labeled “Our History” on an organization’s website … a walk around the neighborhood – these and similar activities pass for attention to context in the busy lives of church leaders.  Yet the importance of deeper, fresher and more comprehensive understanding of context cannot be overstated in the church in the world today.  As church leaders committed to growth and development as  “reflective practitioners,” DMin students in this seminar will undertake exploration toward that needed depth, freshness and breadth, through reading, discussion, writing and off-campus encounters with the context in which we seek to teach and learn, the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

M533 Ministry as Practice: Identity, Vocation, Charism
“Ministry as Practice” invites exploration of the identity, vocation, and charisms of ministerial/ religious leadership in multiple dimensions and arenas of faith and life. Serving as an elective in the “ministry studies” area AND an approved alternative for the required seminar DM500, the course facilitates deep questioning of the constitutive elements of the “pastoral imagination,” for the purpose of (re)constructing critical multidisciplinary perspectives for practical theological reflection on issues of church and society.

M534 Homiletical History in Contemporary Contexts
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it is often frowned upon in preaching – especially when it comes to the word-for-word sort.  In this course, however, students will be asked to imitate with intentionality.  We will study some towering figures in the history of preaching – ancient and modern – and write (and sometimes preach) sermons in the style of each.

M536 Children, Youth and the Faith that Fuels Their Lives
see M236 for course description

M537 Identity and Community
see M237 for course description

M538 Pastoral Theology and the Ethics of Young Adults
A significant developmental task for young adults, the “twenty-somethings,” is the birth of critical awareness and the dissolution and re-composition of the meaning of self, others, world, and God.  This meaning-making plays out for young adults as they attend to questions about Who, With Whom, and Whose they are.  Providing healing and transformative pastoral relationships with young adults requires moving beyond a definition of young adults as the transitional “not-yet” generation to an understanding of them as yearning to belong to communities and having something important to contribute.  In this course we will examine developmental, socio-cultural, sexual, moral and theological issues of young adulthood for the purpose of providing effective and appropriate pastoral engagement.

M539 Transformational Leadership and the Church
This seminar will look at secular and church literature on leadership for transformation, focusing, among others, on the model presented as "Theory U" by Otto Scharmer.  We will engage this and other leadership literature, investigating the church's mission, organization, and lived eschatological claims.  Students will share and engage with case studies and examine possibilities for transformation in congregations and organizations through 'new' approaches that look much like what was transformative for those who first shared and lived the good news.




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