Course of Study School of Ohio


COS 324 ‐ Preaching

This course focuses on preaching the gospel from the Old and New Testaments.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a theology of proclamation.

2. Exegete a variety of biblical passages for preaching.

3. Evaluate sermons for biblical integrity, theological soundness, internal logic, and delivery, and appropriate insights gained from the evaluation of their own sermons.

4. Develop plans for ordering and delivering sermons in their congregational and communal context.

This course introduces students to practices of congregational care and the pastor’s responsibility in caregiving.

Students will be able to:

1. Implement and oversee appropriate types of care in varieties of settings, including prisons, hospitals, nursing facilities, and homes.

2. Organize caring ministries within the congregation.

3. Discern and implement appropriate boundaries, knowing when and to whom to refer people, and when and when not to share information.

4. Reflect on and practice skills of sensitive caregiving, using role play and analysis case studies.

COS 323 ‐ Congregational Care

COS 322 – Theological Heritage III: Medieval through the Reformation

This course focuses on major movements and events beginning with the split between Eastern and Western forms of Christianity and continuing through the Reformation. Using primary sources, students will reflect on individuals, decisive events, and theological developments.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand major theological developments in medieval Christianity leading up to the reformation.

2. Distinguish the theological characteristics of Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists, Calvin, the English Reformation, and Puritanism.

3. Understand and articulate reformation era debates around justification, sanctification, the sacraments, and church unity.

COS 321‐ Bible III: Gospels

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This course focuses on the content and message of the Gospels, as well as the theological perspectives of the Gospel writers. The practice of exegesis will be emphasized.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand the origin, message, and purpose of each Gospel.

2. Exegete this form of literature.

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

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