Fall Ministry and MA Formation courses at AMBS
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.
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Monday: God’s Reconciling Mission in Our Lives: Stories of how we have been led to AMBS, Spiritual formation, Activities to learn about the campus
Tuesday: God’s Reconciling Mission in Our Learning Community: AMBS as a learning community, Academic reading and critical thinking, Academic writing, Orientation to a fall class, Information resources, Activities to learn about the library, optional coffeehouse/talent show
Wednesday: God’s Reconciling Mission in Our Neighborhoods: Power and the “isms,” Intercultural competency, Engaging the community context, People’s History of Elkhart, Evening gatherings in faculty homes
Thursday: God’s Reconciling Mission in Creation, the Church, and the World: Bible study on God’s reconciling mission in creation and response exercises, Anabaptist stories, Current issues in the Church, God’s reconciling mission in the world, Engaging differences
Friday: Leadership in God’s Reconciling Mission: Missional leadership and experiences in the Church, Generational differences and connections, Personality type and leadership style, Using our bodies as leaders, All-campus cookout and potluck
Saturday: Called to God’s Reconciling Mission: Call and discernment, Blessings and farewells
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.
Ministry Formation Extended INT501-EX
.5 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.
Growth in Ministry INT601
Annual — One hour each semester — Loren Johns and Andy Brubacher Kaethler
The primary focus of this yearlong seminar is the completion of the formation portfolio, a ministry 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.
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
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.
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.
MAPS/MSW Integrative Seminar INT668
Annual — Four each for fall and spring semesters — David Miller
This seminar for dual degree MAPS-MSW students is done in conjunction with a joint practicum placement in a peace and justice-related agency or program that meets requirements for both the MAPS program and the Andrews MSW Generalized Field Experience (Year 1). Students work on-site for 12 hours per week for 34 weeks 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 the student’s adviser or other faculty teaching in the area of peace studies before May 1. Students must successfully pass the integration paper and interview to be eligible for graduation.
Ministry in Church and World INT687
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.
MA Colloquium INT603
Annual — Fall semester — One hour — Loren Johns
The interdisciplinary MA Colloquium asks students to (1) better understand their own academic disciplines and fields of study within the larger theological education curriculum; (2) reflect on and articulate the pressing issues in their disciplines in an interdisciplinary context; (3) appreciate the relationships among the theological disciplines; (4) identify the issues—theological and intellectual, spiritual and social—facing the church in its mission and ministry. Enrollment is open to students who have advanced to candidacy in an MA program.
Comprehensive examinations: MACF and MATS INT606
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
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.