Week 1: January 8-12
Bible in Ministry & Mission (DMIN)
The Rev. Dr. Rich Herbster
This course will include a survey of the message in the Old and New Testaments, and the role of hermeneutics and biblical theology as they apply to the Church and ministry today. Students will consider ways in which they can use the Bible in ministry and mission, particularly in preaching, ethics, apologetics, and missiology.
The course is a study of the literary structure, historical context, and christological witness of the book of Isaiah. Special attention will be given to the book’s teaching on the Servant who dies on Israel’s behalf, opening blind eyes and deaf ears, that Israel’s mission to the nations may be fulfilled. (Prerequisites: BI500, OT500, and NT500)
The course will give students an opportunity to hone their preaching skills, primarily by (1) strengthening and practicing exegetical skills that undergird rich and faithful preaching, and (2) considering and practicing the detailed craft of shaping sermons for effective verbal communication. (Prerequisite: PT550)
Week 2: January 15-19
This course covers the fifth and sixth topics in the history curriculum at Trinity School for Ministry. First, it traces the history of the Church of England from the sixteenth century through to the present day. Second, it traces the history of Anglicanism and Episcopalianism in America from the seventeenth century onward. It can be helpful to students to take CH625 and CH635 before taking this course, but they are not required to do so.
The worship of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the center of our life together as His people. Through Word and Sacrament, God comes to us that we might render glory unto Him. This course will prepare seminarians for pastoral liturgical leadership in Lutheran congregational settings. The Lutheran Book of Worship will serve as a template for practicums in basic liturgical skills.
This course will survey contemporary missiology for concepts and insights useful for ministry in a variety of contexts. Social science and other cross-cultural materials will be included which hold promise for ministry in urban, multi-class, lifestyle enclave, ethnic, international, and other types of communities.
The goal of this course will not be to lay out one grand formal theological scheme, but to engage beauty from several vantage points. We will accomplish this through our encounter with a diverse group of voices, speaking in a wide variety of forms: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, personal essay, as well as work more formally theological, highlighting the theology of Jonathan Edwards. At all times, we will seek what it means for us as human beings to encounter that Beauty so Ancient and so New.
Mental illness causes a great deal of suffering and anxiety for individuals who are afflicted and their family members. It can also create confusion and fear for the larger community. Given how common mental illness is, pastors routinely encounter concerns for which their theological training may not have equipped them to respond. This course is designed to familiarize pastoral caregivers with the basic forms of mental illness, to consider theological and practical questions raised by these conditions, and to strengthen appropriate assessment, triage and referral skills. The course has been designed with clergy in active parish ministry in mind, though all who provide pastoral care in any form are welcome.