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COS 524 – Theological Reflection on the Practice of Ministry

This course is the capstone to the student’s basic course of study. Its focus is the integration of the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of ministry.

Students will be able to:

1. Articulate a Trinitarian theology for the practice of ministry.

2. State clearly the nature and mission of the Church and its relation to pastoral ministry.

3. Demonstrate the ability to reflect theologically.

4. Develop a plan for lifelong theological reading, reflection, and growth.

This course introduces students to the theology and practices of evangelism as an expression of the mission of God.

Students will be able to:

1. Reflect on and articulate the meaning of the Gospel and an understanding of the Church as bearers of God’s Word to the world.

2. Ground a theology of evangelism in scripture, the Gospel, and the mission of God.

3. Interpret of the Wesleyan heritage of evangelism.

4. Reflect on and implement strategies and models for evangelism by the congregation.

COS 523 ‐ Evangelism

COS 522 – Theology in the Contemporary Church

This course covers significant individuals, movements, events, and theological developments from the nineteenth century to the present. Students will read selected primary sources.

Students will be able to:

1. Understand the origins and theological tenets of liberalism from the early 19th century to the present, including its influence on ecumenism and process theology.

2. Understand and distinguish reactions to liberalism, including Fundamentalism, Neo‐Orthodoxy, and Evangelicalism.

3. Understand the historical development and theology of the Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism, and the Charismatic Movement.

4. Understand the origins and tenets of Liberation and Contextual theologies.

COS 521 – Bible V: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation

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This course focuses on the content and context of these writings, and the theological emphases of their writers. In addition to Acts and Revelation, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, James, and 1 John will receive special attention. Students will articulate a theology of scripture.

Students will be able to:

1. Distinguish these genres of biblical literature, and understand the major theological themes in these writings. 2. Faithfully exegete these forms of biblical literature.

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

4. Articulate the unity and authority of Scripture as a whole.

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