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COS 224‐ Administration and Polity

This course focuses on developing the student’s competency as an administrator in a United Methodist congregation.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a biblical and theological understanding of polity.

2. Understand and explain the polity of The United Methodist Church, including conferencing, oversight, and discipline.

3. Articulate the nature of stewardship biblically and theologically.

4. Identify techniques and develop skills as effective administrators of local churches, including financial management.

This course examines worship within The United Methodist Church including liturgy, sacraments, and special services. Attention will be given to the pastor’s role as leader in worship.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a theology of worship consistent with the Wesleyan tradition, including reflection on the theology and rhythm of the Christian year.

2. Articulate a Wesleyan theology of the sacraments and be competent in their administration.

3. Interpret theologically the rites of Christian marriage, and of Death and Resurrection, and be able to lead such services well.

4. Construct a worship service, and reflect theologically on the use of hymns, media, contemporary music, and lay leadership.

COS 223 ‐ Worship and Sacraments

COS 222 – Theological Heritage II: Early Church

This course focuses on the history and theology of the Church through the first five centuries. Using primary sources, students will reflect on significant individuals, events, and the articulation of the Christian faith during this period.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand and articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, and the historical debates in the early Church around the person and nature of Christ.

2. Understand and articulate a doctrine of salvation in light of the controversies of the early church.

3. Understand the history and significance of the creeds and ecumenical councils.

4. Appropriate historical theology for pastoral ministry.

COS 221‐ Bible II: Torah, and Israel’s History

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This course interprets the critical events, developing institutions, and traditions of Israel. Attention is given to the earliest Covenants, to the Exodus, to the rise of the monarchy, and to other events up to the eighth century prophets.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a historical overview of the experience and faith of ancient Israel.

2. Exegete selected passages that illustrate crucial turning points in the history of Israel.

3. Apply exegesis to preaching, other pastoral responsibilities, and issues of the present day.

Course Descriptions