Fall Church and Ministry courses at AMBS

Online courses    • Hybrid courses    • Campus courses

Online Courses — Fall 2015

Human Development and Christian Formation  CHM531E

Three hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs
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.

The Spirit World and the Global Church  CHM556E

Three hours — James Krabill

This course will explore the biblical foundations of the spirit world and trace how these understandings have been both applied and challenged throughout the history of the Western Church. From there we will examine how the conversation is expanding as Western Christians encounter spiritual realities present in the rapidly growing churches of the global south (Africa, Asia and Latin America). Additional themes also treated will include the Pentecostal appeal among struggling social classes, the language of “spiritual warfare” and peace theology, and case studies of North American congregations and church leaders dealing with difficult “hard cases” involving spiritual dimensions.

Hybrid Courses — Fall 2015

Hybrid courses begin August 10
They meet on campus August 24 to 29, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Spiritual and Psychological Assessment  CHM636H

Two hours — Daniel Schipani
In order to provide appropriate pastoral care, pastors and pastoral counselors need to understand the variety of problems and disorders people may experience in their mental and spiritual health. This course is a study and assessment of these problems and their implications for pastoral care. It includes psychopathology and diagnostic procedures, such as the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Campus Courses — Fall 2015

Christian Leadership in the 21st Century  CHM621-3

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.

Christian Practices in a Technological Culture  CHM642

Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler

Technology is the single greatest identifier of the character of contemporary Western culture. It has so permeated our thoughts and actions that it shapes the meaning of our existence and the nature of our relations with Creator, creation, and human creatures. Yet we are only superficially and dimly aware of technology’s rule. The class will explore Albert Borgmann’s concepts of the device paradigm, focal practices, and forms of discourse. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and a focal practice the class will develop language, concepts, and habits with which to formulate an Anabaptist approach to technology.

Christian Ritual in Worship  CHM513

Two hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
This course explores the role of rituals in congregational life. It equips leaders in planning and leading in a variety of rituals in ways that enrich the congregation’s experience of God, foster unity in the body of Christ, and strengthen the church’s witness in the world. Special attention is given to life cycle rituals, such as weddings and funerals; ongoing rituals in congregational life, such as baptism and communion; as well as rituals of healing and reconciliation.

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.

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 Care Case Colloquium  CHM528

One hour — 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.

Pastoral Counseling: Advanced Theory and Practice  CHM684

Two hours — 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 Guidance Practicum  CHM686

Two hours — Dan Schrock
The first semester concentrates on the literature of spiritual guidance and initial steps in providing guidance. The second semester concentrates on supervised practice. Issues considered along the way include discerning the presence of God in multiple contexts, connecting guidance to the mission of God, shaping guidance in various ecclesial and ethnic contexts, and offering guidance across the adult lifespan. Prerequisites: Human Development and Christian Formation; a pastoral counseling course; a spiritual practices course or seminar; active local church involvement; regular practice of spiritual disciplines; experience in receiving spiritual direction for at least a year; and instructor’s permission. Other recommended prerequisite courses: Psalms; History of Christian Spirituality.

Spiritual Practices: Voice and Identity  CHM564

Two hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
Building students’ confidence in their voices is the main focus of this course. Through regular voice exercises and short oral performances, students will explore the range and registers of their speaking voices, and develop increased vocal flexibility and expressiveness. We will be working primarily with Kristin Linklater’s theory and method.

Teaching the Bible in the Congregation  CHM547

Three hours — Rachel Miller Jacobs, Mary Schertz
Students will explore the role and function of teaching Scripture in the congregation. Issues include assessment of current approaches to and congregational attitudes toward the Bible, the real or perceived gap between scholarship and the church, effective teaching modules for various congregational settings, biblical illiteracy and biblical irrelevancy, and the role of the pastor and other congregational educators in teaching the Bible. This class is for those who want to nurture spiritual maturity by helping a congregation encounter the Living Word both informationally and formationally. Congregations and leaders better prepared to receive the biblical words as life among them will be, in turn, better able to deal with the conflicts, migrations, and earth changes facing us in the present and future.

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.