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This course is designed to prepare students for planning and leading congregational worship and to generate appreciation for the formative and transformative role of worship in the life of the church. Primary attention is given to the practical aspects of creating worship experiences based on biblical texts. Students will practice writing their own worship resources and become acquainted with published worship resources. This course will familiarize students with using the liturgical calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary as resources for worship planning. Prerequisites: CTH 501 and 502

For better or worse, families influence our character, values, and beliefs more profoundly than any other institution. This course will look at a church-based vision for rebuilding the infrastructure of families. It is designed to examine changes affecting today’s families in light of a biblical theology of family and will look at how family culture can be frontline mission agenda for the church of the next decade. The course will assist students in developing a theological and educational framework for thinking about family ministry. The course will also equip pastors and church educators with specific resources related to parenting skills, home-based spiritual formation, and peace and justice concerns.

This project is intended to help students integrate their seminary education into their intended ministry setting. As a culmination of their seminary experience, students will develop a resource, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, which will equip them more fully to minister in contexts beyond the seminary.

SMCL 702 Advanced Preaching (3 SH)

This course is for students and preachers who desire to explore the theology and practice of preaching at a greater depth. Topics addressed will include: awareness of different theological foundations for preaching and articulation of one’s own theology of preaching; tools and techniques for exegesis or creating a sermon; sermon forms; and ways of improving sermon presentation, such as preaching without notes or the use of technology and visual arts and drawing from the tool of poetry and classic rhetoric. Students will engage these topics through lectures, short readings, class activities, preaching sermons in class, and short reflection papers.