Fall Church and Ministry courses at AMBS
God's Shalom and The Church's Witness CHM500 (online)
Annual — Three credit hours — David Miller
This course invites students to develop an integrated theology of mission and peace. The course deals with the biblical, theological, and historical understandings of peace (shalom), and the teaching and work of Jesus Christ, in terms of the practical problems Christians face as they inculturate the gospel of peace and participate in God’s mission to the world
Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture CHM503
Occasional — Two hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs
With the Bible as primary textbook and prayer as primary practice, this seminar explores the intersection between text and formation for both individuals and groups. What does Scripture-saturated personal and corporate prayer look like? How might we pray Scripture through memory, movement, and music either by ourselves or in small groups, Sunday school classes, spiritual friendship, and family life? This course provides space for experiencing and experimenting with a variety of ways to pray and sing deeply into Scripture as well as leading other in doing this.
Pastoral Care Case Colloquium CHM528
Annual — One hour per semester — Daniel Schipani
The course is designed as a setting for presentation and analysis of pastoral care situations in the manner of “case consultation.” The focus of the case can be a personal, family, or congregational crisis, or counseling challenges such as those related to loss, conflict, discernment, and guidance. Special attention is given to enhancing both caregiving skills and pastoral-theological reflection. Students in the MDiv PCC concentration will have priority registering for this colloquium, followed by those enrolled in the Pastoral Ministry Program. Prerequisite: a Pastoral Care course or having had supervised pastoral ministry experience, or permission from the professor.
Mission Colloquium CHM529
Each semester — One hour — David Miller
An informal setting open to members of the AMBS community interested in working through intercultural issues. The agenda is set by the participants with emphasis in the Fall on the overseas setting, and in Spring on the North American setting. Students must register to receive credit, but students
may attend without registering. (This colloquium may run jointly with the Peace Colloquium.)
Human Development and Christian Formation CHM531
Annual — Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler
This foundational course focuses on (1) understanding human development and spiritual formation in an interdisciplinary perspective, (2) exploring the role of spiritual disciplines in fostering spiritual growth, (3) reflecting theologically on spiritual formation and human development, and (4) considering the implications of spiritual formation and human development for oneself and for one’s ministry with others.
Intercultural Communication of the Christian Faith CHM558
Occasional — Three hours — To be announced
This course helps participants develop competencies for communicating the Christian faith where cultural variables are present. It gives attention to the theology and processes of intercultural communication and to developing the strategies and skills needed for adapting and adjusting to achieve positive communication results.
Art in Worship CHM563
Biennial — Three hours — Malinda Berry
Students in this course will learn how the arts can help the congregation worship by honing their skills for developing artful projects. A primary outcome of the course is a distillation of principles for using art in worship.
Faith Formation & Spirituality: Family Spirituality CHM572H
Occasional — Two hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs
Please note: CHM621 and CHM622 run consecutively. To register for both courses, consult the registrar’s office.
Christian Leadership in the 21st Century CHM621
Annual — Two or Three hours — David Miller
This course gives major attention to leadership dimensions of pastoral ministry. Participants will explore such themes as theology of ministry, leadership models, the person of the pastor, spirituality of ministry, pastoral/priestly role in worship, the mission of the church, congregational dynamics, and pastoral ethics.
Understanding and Managing Congregational Conflict CHM622
Annual — One hour — David Miller
Conflict is a characteristic dynamic of all human associations including the church. Skillful, transformative leadership can provide the insight and guidance essential to making situations of conflict opportunities for growth and learning rather than division and alienation. This course seeks to equip participants for such leadership through understanding their own conflict response and style, understanding congregations as cultures and emotional systems with identifiable conflict styles, and developing communication and conflict management skills.
Family Systems and Pastoral Care CHM631
Biennial — Two or three hours — To be announced
This course focuses on helping participants understand themselves, their families, and their families of origin in the light of their personal spiritual heritage, their church heritage, and systems theory. The aim is to assist persons to become better equipped agents of God’s care as they minister to persons, families, and church groups
Pastoral Counseling Practicum: Advanced Theory and Practice CHM684
Three hours each semester — Daniel Schipani
This practicum provides opportunity for the practice of pastoral counseling under supervision and to further connect theory with experience. Students engage in the ministry of counseling by drawing on insights from the field of psychotherapy as they relate to pastoral care and by giving special attention to the unique resources of the gospel and the church for guidance, support, and healing. Theory and practice are integrated through focusing on particular problems, such as crises, loss, and abuse, and by learning specific counseling methods. Prerequisites: Human Development and Christian Formation; Principles of Pastoral Care; Religious and Psychological Assessment; and Pastoral Counseling and Theology.
Church and Ministry Practica CHM694
Annual — Two hours per semester — Rachel Miller Jacobs
Over one or two semesters, students will gain supervised experience in worship, teaching, or faith formation in congregational, school, or specialized ministry settings. They will create learning goals appropriate for their level of experience and ministry site; receive regular supervision from a qualified pastor, teacher, or other supervisor; meet regularly with the faculty supervisor and an interdisciplinary practicum group; and complete written assignments reflecting on readings and/or specific ministry experiences. One semester involves 265 hours of work, which includes supervision and practicum group meetings. The course may be taken twice.