Fall Ministry and MA Formation courses at AMBS
Two hours — Faculty — Online work continues through October 7
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 23 hours of readings, assignments, and activities before arriving on campus August 24, 2015. From noon Monday to noon Saturday students will be engaged full-time (40 hours, including evenings) in a variety of input sessions, discussions, and learning experiences. After this week, students will do another 26 hours of readings and assignments before October 9 when the class ends.
MA Symposium INT506H
Two hours — Ben Ollenburger — Continues on campus Wednesdays through Sep 28.
The symposium introduces beginning students in the MAPS and MATS programs to community life and theological study at AMBS. Students complete readings, assignments, and activities before arriving on campus for a week of intensive sessions. During that week, from noon Monday to noon Saturday, students are engaged in plenary sessions, discussions, learning experiences, and community events. The symposium 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 on-campus meetings and in online work that concludes at the end of fall semester. During spring semester students 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. (MAPS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; MATS 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Capstone Ministry Assessment Seminar INT610
One hour — Andy Brubacher Kaethler — Online work continues fall semester
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. (MDiv 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
MDiv Thesis Research INT609
Six hours, upon completion of thesis — MDiv Director
A student enrolled in the MDiv program with a Theological Studies major 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 1 or 2, 4, 5, 6)
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.
Ministry in Church and World INT687
Three hours each semester — David Miller; To be announced
This is a two-semester internship in the second year of study (or equivalent) in the MDiv program. 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. (MDiv 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Supervised Ministry Experience INT689
Two hours per semester — Course may be taken twice — 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. Ministry in Church and World is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. (MDiv 3, 4, 5, 6)
MA Thesis Research INT607
SIx hours, upon completion of thesis
A student in an MAPS or MATS 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. See the MA Student Manual.
MA Thesis Extension INT607A
No credit hours
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.
MATS Comprehensive Exams INT606
No credit — MA Director
Students in the MA programs normally write a comprehensive examination in the final semester of their course 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. See the MA Student Manual.
MACF Final Project INT612
No credit hours
Students in the MACF program normally register for the final project for two semesters, in their final year of study, completing the final project in the final semester of study. The purpose of the final project is for the student to demonstrate their ability to integrate the areas of study (biblical, theological, historical, pedagogical, spiritual, performative, etc.) as well as integrate knowledge and practice. For more information, see the MACF program description in this catalog. For more information, see the MACF program description in this catalog.
MAPS Integrative Seminar INT667
Three hours 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 students identify three to four learning goals, analyze their practicum setting, engage 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 spring students again identify learning goals, continue meeting with the seminar group, prepare a portfolio of work they have completed, and write an integrative case study paper that draws together learning from their MAPS coursework and the practicum. In a comprehensive interview students present their 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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)