Fall Church and Ministry courses at AMBS

Updated April 2016

Online courses    • Hybrid courses    • Campus courses

Online Courses — Fall 2016

God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness  CHM500E

Three hours — David Miller
This course begins with an examination of the biblical concept of shalom as seen in creation, covenant, prophetic vision and renewal, the ministry, witness, and teaching of Jesus and the life of the early church.  The course then examines how the church’s changing social location has influenced the way it has sought to bear witness to God’s intended shalom at various times in history. The past is queried with an aim toward strengthening contemporary discernment of the “things that make for peace” and how the church may more faithfully bear witness to God’s shalom in our moment in time. (MDiv 2, 5, 6; MACF 1, 2, 4, 7; MAPS 1, 2, 3, 4; MATS 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)

Hybrid Courses — Fall 2016

Online work begins August 8. Course meets on campus August 15 - 20.
Final assignments due according to the syllabus.

Faith Formation and Spirituality: Family Spirituality  CHM572H

Two hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs
This course explores spirituality in the context of the Christian family. It works at two levels: developing biblical, theological, ethical, and human development foundations for understanding how the presence of God is known and experienced in the family; and suggesting models for nurturing and strengthening faith within the family for the sake of participating in God’s work of grace, healing, and hope in both the congregation and in the world. Themes covered include biblical understandings of covenant, family, and faith; the nurture of faith in children, youth, and adults in the context of family life; spiritual disciplines for couples and families; the relationship of sexuality and spirituality; grief and loss; the role of ritual in family life and the seasons of the Christian year; and the relationship among family, congregation, and the wider mission of God. (MDiv 5; MACF 2; MATS 4)

Family Systems and Pastoral Care  CHM631H

Two hours — Delores Friesen
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. (MDiv 4, 5, 6; MACF 1, 2, 5, 6;  MAPS 3, 4; MATS 6)

Campus Courses — Fall 2016

Art in Worship  CHM563

Three hours — Malinda Berry
This course is about exploring how the arts can help faith communities, especially congregations, worship by honing their skills for developing artful projects.  A primary outcome of the course is for each student to distill a list of principles for using art in worship. A second concern is with helping students expand their abilities to imagine, use, and evaluate the visual, performing, and literary arts as a way for faith communities to open themselves to new dimensions of God’s unfolding story of love and justice. (MDiv 3, 5; MACF 5, MAPS 3, MATS 5)

Christian Leadership in the 21st Century  CHM621

Three hours — David Miller
Christian leaders in congregations and agencies attend to organizational vision and mission and the congruence of these with the missio Dei. Students will learn how to assess the health and encourage the ongoing transformation of the organization, and the empowerment of persons to utilize their gifts in the service of its vision. Leadership practices such as appreciative inquiry, speaking and listening skills, and conflict transformation will be introduced and practiced in the class. Participants will explore a theology of leadership, models of leadership as service, legitimate use of power, accountability, and ethics for leaders. (MDiv 5, 6; MACF 1, 2, 4; MAPS 4; MATS 6)

Church and Ministry Practica  CHM694

Two hours — Rebecca Slough
Over one or two semesters, students will gain supervised experience in leading worship, teaching, or faith formation ministries in congregational, school, or other specialized 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 100 hours of work, which includes supervision and practicum group meetings. The course may be taken twice. (MDiv 4, 5; MACF 4; MATS 4; MAPS 2)

Human Development and Christian Formation  CHM531

Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler
This course gives students both tools and impetus to reflect on their own Christian formation and human development as well as the impact of Christian formation and human development in ministry with others by 1) understanding human development and Christian formation in an interdisciplinary perspective; 2) identifying and working with issues and experiences from the past which may hinder human development and Christian formation; 3) exploring the role of spiritual disciplines in fostering ongoing Christian formation; and 4) reflecting theologically on Christian formation and human development in culturally sensitive and nuanced ways.

Pastoral Counseling: Advanced Theory and Practice  CHM684

Two 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. Recommended prerequisites: Human Development and Christian Formation; Principles of Pastoral Care; Spiritual and Psychological Assessment; and Pastoral Counseling and Theology.

Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture  CHM503

Two hours — Dan Schrock
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 sink deeply into Scripture as well as leading other in doing so. (MDiv 1, 3; MACF 1, 6, 7; MAPS 3; MATS 5)

Witness Colloquium  CHM529

One hour — Janna Hunter Bowman
This colloquium is for MAPS and other students interested in peace and justice issues related to the church’s witness with regards to nonviolence and its interaction with other religions. It provides a setting for sharing information and assessing aspects of the church’s witness; for encouraging the integration of discernment, action, reflection, and evaluation as they relate to the witness of peace and justice; and for nurturing a corporate identity as Christian witnesses. Meetings are primarily presentations and discussions of interest to participants. The colloquium serves as a forum for the research projects of advanced MAPS students. Students must register to receive credit, but students may attend without registering. (MDiv 5, 6; MATS 1, 4, 6)