Fall Ministry and MA Formation courses at AMBS

Hybrid courses    • Campus courses

Hybrid Courses — Fall 2014

Hybrid courses begin August 11
They meet on campus August 25 to 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective  INT505H

Two hours — Janeen Bertsche Johnson
This class is required of all new MDiv and MACF students. Several of the sessions, activities, and assignments also will be done by new MATS and MAPS students.

LEAP is organized on the theme of "God's Reconciling Mission in the World." Students will complete 22 hours of readings, assignments, and activities before arriving on campus August 26, 2013.  From noon Monday, August 26, to noon Saturday, August 31, students will be engaged full-time (50 hours, including evenings) in a variety of input sessions, discussions, and learning experiences. After this week, students will do another 21 hours of readings and assignments before the end of the semester, to complete the requirements for this 2.0 credit hour course.

Capstone Ministry Assessment Seminar  INT610H

AnnualOne credit hour Andy Brubacher Kaethler
Meets on campus August 25 to 29
The primary focus of this seminar is the completion of the formation portfolio, a ministry case study paper, and the senior interview process required for graduation. This seminar provides the structure for students to focus intentionally on the growth and integration of the knowing, doing, and being aspects of their learning, with particular reference to their ministry vocation.

MA Symposium  INT506H

Annual Two credit hours Safwat Marzouk and Ben Ollenburger
The symposium introduces beginning students in the MAPS and MATS programs to community life and theological study at AMBS. In addition to participating in community events involving all students, MAPS and MATS students receive an orientation to the library and to computer resources. During the first week of the symposium, students will read and discuss with the symposium leader(s) assigned material on critical thinking and writing well. Continuing in the fall semester, students will read and discuss assigned chapters in How to Think Theologically (Stone and Duke; Fortress Press, 3rd edition, 2013).  

The symposium also aims to help MA students reflect on their intellectual development and the academic disciplines and vocations they are pursuing. Some of this reflection will take place in the symposium’s fall-semester meetings. In the spring semester, students will write a paper in preparation for advancement to candidacy for the MA degree. When the paper has received endorsement from the student’s adviser and the symposium’s leader, the MA director will recommend the student to the faculty for advancement to candidacy in the program.

Campus Courses — Fall 2014

MDiv Thesis Research  INT609

Six hours, upon completion of thesis — MDiv Director
A student enrolled in the MDiv program with a Theological Studies concentration may petition to write a thesis. He or she must register for this research in each semester following the approval of the petition until he or she completes and successfully defends the thesis.

MDiv Thesis Extension  INT609A

No credit
Students must register for MDiv Thesis Extension if they are unable to complete the thesis during the two semesters registered for the MDIv Thesis Research. Upon petition to the MDiv Director for thesis extension approval, a student must complete the thesis no more than two years following the end of residence.

Ministry in Church and World  INT687; INT687B

Annual — Three hours each semester — David Miller and Allan Rudy-Froese
This is a two-semester internship in the second year of study. Its purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their ministerial identities and to refine their ministering skills in the context of the Christian congregation or community ministry. Students will spend eight to ten hours per week in active ministry in a congregation or in activities of the ministry agency in which they work. They will be supervised in the congregation or at the ministry site, by a campus-based peer group and by a faculty supervisor.

Supervised Ministry Experience  INT689

Occasional — Up to twelve hours — David Miller
This supervised internship in a congregational or other ministry setting allows the student to explore and develop the range of his or her ministering skills and gifts. The period of time will normally be an intensive three-month Summer or an extended seven or eight months, with the option of an entire calendar year. Students will spend approximately 400 hours in this internship for every three credit hours. Ministry in Church and World is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

Comprehensive Exams MATS, MACF  INT606

No credit
Students in the MACF and MATS programs normally write a comprehensive examination in the final semester of their work. They must register in order to take the exam. Faculty members of the department or committee in which the program is lodged compose the examination questions. For details, see the MA Student Manual.

MA Thesis Research  INT607

SIx hours, upon completion of thesis
A student in an MA program may petition to write a thesis instead of a comprehensive examination. In the semester following the approval of a thesis petition and in each subsequent semester the student must register for the MA Thesis Research course until he or she successfully defends the thesis. For details, see the MA Student Manual.

MA Thesis Extension  INT607A

No credit
A student must register for MA Thesis extension if unable to complete the thesis during the two semesters registered for MA Thesis Research. Upon petition to the MA Director for thesis extension approval, a student must register for the MA Thesis extension and complete the thesis no more that two years following the end of residence. For details, see the MA Student Manual.

MAPS Integrative Seminar  INT667

Annual — Three each for fall and spring semesters — David Miller
This seminar is done in conjunction with a practicum placement in a peace and justice-related agency, program, educational setting, or church. Students work on-site for eight to ten hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and meet weekly with the seminar group for supervision and reflection on the peace theology, ethics, and peacemaking skills expressed through their practicum. During the fall semester students will identify three to four learning goals, analyze their practicum setting, engage salient readings for interpreting their practicum work, identify one spiritual practice that can sustain peace and justice work over a long period of time, and meet regularly with the seminar group. During the second semester students will again identify learning goals, continue meeting with the seminar group, prepare a portfolio of work they have completed through the MAPS program, and write an integrative case study paper that draws together learning from their MAPS coursework and the work of the practicum. In a comprehensive interview students will present their integrative papers and portfolios to the Director of the Peace Studies Program, the Integrative Seminar faculty leader, and/or the student’s adviser before May 1. Students must successfully pass the integration paper and interview to be eligible for graduation.