Course Descriptions

MMIN 501 The Minister’s Vocation: Life, Work, and Discipline (3)

Drawing on biblical and theological resources, this course explores the minister’s vocation as a person called by God to provide leadership in a ministry setting. Students will consider perils common in ministry work (e.g, social isolation, sexual impropriety, and marital/family stress) and strategies attending to those potential problems. Each student will be required to engage in, and reflect upon, one or more spiritual disciplines (e.g., prayer, study, silence, worship, solitude, meditation, and journaling), with the goal of helping that student develop strong, sustainable spiritual practices.

MMIN 503 Ministry and Human Diversity (3)

This course reviews biblical, theological and theoretical foundations for engaging issues of human diversity in ministry. Christian resources for understanding and appreciating human diversity (e.g., racial, ethnic, and religious diversity) will be surveyed, the historical development that minimized diverse communities will be sketched, and related ministry challenges will be addressed. Major themes to be covered are reconciliation, ministry in inter-racial contexts, and educating congregations and communities to constructively engage human diversity.

MMIN 511 Foundations of Biblical Interpretation (3)

This course addresses the origin, transmission, and canonization of the Bible and equips students to interpret the Old and New Testament in their historical and literary contexts by exploring various genres.  Students learn the basic components of hermeneutics in order to understand and apply biblical texts responsibly through careful reading and analysis.

MMIN 513 Foundations of Christian Theology (3)

This course addresses the historical and present expressions of Christian theology, particularly in the following areas:  God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church and eschatology.  Students will explore various theological methods and use them to articulate and evaluate their own theological perspectives.

MMIN 523 Teaching and Learning in Ministry (3)

Examines the theory and practice of teaching in faith communities, with special attention to contextual and developmental issues related to teaching and learning in classroom (or other group) settings. Students will be required to develop age-appropriate curriculum, write lesson plans, and formulate strategies for assessing student learning.

MMIN 531 Foundations of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (3)

This course explores the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations undergirding the practice of ministry to, with, and through youth and young adults. Students will consider diverse cultural and contextual currents that shape youth and young adults in contemporary North America.

MMIN 532 Practices of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (3)

This course examines a range of issues inherent in the practice of youth and young adult ministries, including ministry models, mission/vision discernment, youth ministry development, management issues (e.g., finances and liability issues), and accountability standards. Students will be introduced to “best practices” for youth and young adult ministries in a variety of social contexts--urban, suburban, and rural.

MMIN 533 Adolescent and Young Adult Development (3)

This course provides a developmental approach to the study of the adolescent and young adult (ages 12-25). Attention will be given to physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development, with special attention to sexual identity and spiritual development. Both cultural differences and gender differences will be addressed, and different developmental theories will be assessed in conversation with Christian faith commitments.

MMIN 535 The Bible and Theology in Youth and Young Adult Ministries (3)

This course examines theological and ethical questions that arise in ministry to youth and young adults, and provides biblical and theological resources for addressing those questions in ways that are appropriate to context. Issues to be considered include sexual identity and practice, the nature of authentic friendship, religious pluralism and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, and human suffering. Prerequisite: MMIN 511 and MMIN 513.

MMIN 537 Counseling Theories and Practices for Youth and Young Adults (3)

This course examines basic pastoral counseling theories, but focuses mostly on skill development in the following areas: listening, assessing, responding, and referring. Attention will be given to helping youth and young adults deal with grief, anger, loneliness, and abandonment. Students will be equipped to recognize and respond to situations of domestic and/or sexual abuse.

MMIN 539 Technologies for Youth and Young Adult Ministries (3)

This course provides resources for understanding, assessing, and using electronic technologies in the practice of youth and young adult ministries. Students will learn about popular and/or emerging technologies and software applications (e.g., social networking applications, video games, and presentation software), and develop skills for navigating these technologies at a basic level. Students will explore the role these technologies play in the lives of youth and young adults and will consider legal and ethical issues related to their use in ministry and non-ministry settings.

MMIN 581 Research in Ministry Seminar (3)(semester long)

This course serves as the capstone course in the masters program in Youth and Young Adult Ministries. All students in this course will be required to provide leadership in a ministry setting, which will serve as the basis of weekly reflection papers. In addition, each student will prepare and present a major research project related to that ministry context; i.e., each student will be required to identify an issue or problem pertinent to their ministry setting, develop a contextually-specific solution to that problem, and create a methodology to assess that solution. Prerequisite: MMIN 531 and at least 27 credits of masters-level coursework.