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COS 424 ‐ Ethics

This course introduces the biblical and theological bases for Christian behavior, emphasizing the pastoral skills needed for moral leadership in the congregation and community.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a biblical and theological basis for ethical thinking and moral behavior, and distinguish major approaches to ethical reasoning.

2. Comprehend the relationship between their personal stories, pastoral vocation, local contexts, and responsibility as moral leaders.

3. Develop a Christian framework for moral reason and action, and apply it to the use of power and the setting of boundaries in ministry.

4. Demonstrate familiarity with and make use of the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church as a resource for ethical reflection and action.

This course introduces the theology and scope of mission, and the pastor’s role in leading congregations in their mission as agents of God’s transforming redemption.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a biblical and theological framework for Christian mission.

2. Explain the Wesleyan relationship of personal piety and social holiness.

3. Examine and reflect on unjust social realities and the response of the church locally and globally.

4. Analyze their ministry context and develop strategies for transforming mission.

COS 423 – Mission

COS 422 – Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement

This course covers the significant individuals, decisive events, and theology of the Methodist movement. Utilizing categories of grace, faith, and holiness, the student will appropriate the Wesleyan heritage.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand and reflect on the movements, major figures, and events that led to the eighteenth century revivals, especially the lives and ministries of John and Charles Wesley.

2. Understand and articulate the vision of holiness and the theology of grace as it shaped the Wesleys, and the structures of the Methodist movement.

3. Identify and discuss significant theological and historical developments in American Methodism, including ordination and episcopacy.

4. Reflect theologically on their Wesleyan heritage and identity.

COS 421 ‐ Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature

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This course examines God’s Word as expressed through Israel’s prophets, selected Psalms, and selected passages from Wisdom literature.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand the origin, history, and use of these forms of biblical literature among God’s people.

2. Exegete these forms of biblical literature.

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

Course Descriptions