Interterm courses at AMBS
They meet on campus January 12-17, 2015.
Luke-Acts: Mission Perspectives BIB526H; CHM521H
Biennial — Three hours — To be announced
This reading of Luke-Acts pays attention to the unity of the two books as well as to their significance for the mission of the contemporary church. Work with the text includes discussion of various aspects of mission, such as preaching, teaching, and healing; resolution of community problems; and prayer. This course is cross-listed under two departments.
Christian Theology 2 HTE520H
Annual — Three hours — Lois Barrett
The course will examine how Christians have understood the experience and role of the Holy Spirit in relation to tradition; the nature, purpose, and practices of the church inducing a missional understanding of the church in relation to the world, and eschatology—convictions about the destiny of human life and the world in which it is embedded. Prerequisite: Christian Theology 1 or equivalent.
Faith Formation & Spirituality: Adults and Seniors CHM571H
Biennial — Two hours — To be announced
This multi-disciplinary course focuses on understanding faith formation in the life of adults and senior adults. The goal is to explore how congregations can nurture growing faith effectively and authentically all through life.
Understanding the Church's Contexts CHM569H
Biennial — Three hours — To be announced
This course will examine the contexts of the missional congregation or other church institution—its immediate environs as well as the larger political, cultural and global milieu—for the purpose of the church engaging those contexts with the gospel. The course will apply the same sociological, anthropological, and theological analyses in North American cultures that have been used in understanding contexts around the world.
Peace & Justice: Latin American Perspectives HTE653
ON LOCATION AT SEMILLA (Guatemala) — Three hours — Jamie Pitts
Offered at the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, this course examines how the Mennonite heritage of peacemaking may be put into practice in the context of Central and South America. The biblical theme of shalom, different ways in which Anabaptists-Mennonites have understood the relationship of peace and justice over the past five centuries, and the experience of the church in Central America will provide perspective for students’ critical evaluation of their own theology and practice. Register by October 14, 2014.
Biblical Storytelling CHM516
Biennial — Three hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
Since narrative is an essential form of Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, storytelling is an important way of interpreting the Bible. In this course we will learn to tell the sacred stories in a variety of styles and for a variety of purposes. Whether for worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care, or for fun, stories are the building blocks of life, particularly for our faith life.
Education for Peace and Justice CHM542
Biennial — Two hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs
This course focuses on the theory and practice of education for peace and justice as a major dimension of ministry and mission. Such contemporary challenges as materialism and poverty, violence, racism, and sexism will be addressed in terms of opportunities for congregational discipling in different settings. A number of pedagogical approaches will be presented. Students’ involvement in education and peace and justice ministries is expected.
Ministry Formation Extended INT501-EX
.5 credit hour or 1 credit hour — Rebecca Slough
This course uses students’ participation in a continuing education event, reflection on learning from the event, and the development of a ministry project based on that learning to extend their competency in ministry practice. Students work with a faculty coordinator to create a plan for the course including objectives for assessing their learning and performance. Continuing education events chosen by students must be approved by the Director of Missional Leadership Development or the Dean. The course rectifies discrepancies in hours required for the Ministry Formation sequence for students who began the MDiv program prior to fall 2013 and require courses no longer offered in the curriculum.