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Certification Studies

Our six certification programs offer church leaders ways to enhance skills and professional stature in ministries they love.

Making it as simple as 1, 2, 3...

1. If you have a passion for ministry, we invite you to take a course in
one of our 6 certification programs to see how you like it.

2. It could lead to a professional certification that would enhance your
opportunities for lay ministry.

3. Or it could be the first step on the path to becoming ordained as a
Deacon, or as continuing education for those already ordained.


Which one are you passionate about?

Each of the following 6 programs of study involves a cluster of
5 courses and meets UMC certification requrirements.

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Eliminating the hassle and expense...

  • Courses are available during 2-week intensives on campus in January and July, or
    during the regular fall and spring terms.
  • Online courses will soon be available, so you can work from home.
  • Monies are available to offset costs for registered candidates for certification through GBHEM.


No time like now!

If you're yearning to enhance your ministry, now's the time to immerse yourself in dynamic courses taught by outstanding faculty. Learn cutting-edge techniques and practices in the field.

Apply Online Requirements

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Or contact The United Methodist Church's GBHEM for more information:
www.gbhem.org/certification/cert_home.html


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BGTS

Deacon and Basic Graduate Theological Studies

Deacon Studies for United Methodist Students

Persons ordained as deacons in The United Methodist Church are engaged in ministries of word and service that connect church and world. The process of ordination includes both educational preparation and annual conference review. Garrett-Evangelical cooperates with annual conferences and districts to support students in completing the educational requirements and assists with on-site mentoring and support. Persons complete educational requirements through one of two routes:

1. the completion of a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree

or

2. the completion of Basic Graduate Theological Studies at Garrett-Evangelical in conjunction with a master's degree in an area of service (e.g., counseling, social work, peace studies) or in conjunction with United Methodist certification studies (see tab above).

For further information on deacon orders, check with your annual conference registrar and the following link to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries.

Basic Graduate Theological Studies for Deacon Studies
Completion Requirements 2010-2011

Nine courses are required, one from each of the following areas (two courses from UM Studies). Three semester hours per course is the recommended minimum.

Old Testament Interpretation

11-500

Introduction to Old Testament

4

New Testament Interpretation

12-500

Introduction to New Testament

4

Church History

13-501

History of Christian Thought & Practice 1

3

Theology

21-505
or
21-506
or
21-507
or
21-508

Introduction to Theology

Doctrine of God/Doctrine of Creation

Christology/Theological Anthropology

Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology

3

Ethics (meets Mission of the Church requirement)

22-501
or
22-504
or
22-506

Church and Society

Church and Community

Christian Moral Reasoning

3

Worship

31-511
or
31-542

Christian Public Worship

United Methodist Worship

3

Evangelism

34-537
or
34/21-628

Empowering the Congregation for Evangelism

Theology of Evangelism

3

United Methodist Studies

40-674

United Methodist Studies: Wesley & 19th Century

3

40-673

United Methodist Studies: 20th Century to Present

3

Total 29 semester hours to complete

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Course of Study

The Course of Study School

The Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary offers licensed Local Pastors the opportunity to fulfill the United Methodist Church's requirements through a five-year program of theological study that promotes biblical knowledge and pastoral leadership. The School is conducted each summer for part- and full-time Local Pastors in English, Spanish, and Hmong. It follows a curriculum established by the General Board for Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Extension Course of Study Schools asssociated with Garrett-Evangelical are located in Indiana and Springfield, Illinois. Students from African-American Methodist denominations - AME, AME Zion and CME - are weclome when recommended by denominational leaders. Students from other denominations may be admitted at the director's discretion.

To learn more about Course of Study or Advanced Course of Study, click here.

Enrichment Studies

Enrichment Studies


For continuing education or exploring a degree program. A maximum of 5 courses may be taken as an enrichment student (Some courses are not available to enrichment students.)

Biblical Studies

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The PhD in Biblical Studies prepares persons for teaching in colleges and international theological institutions, for scholarship, and for denominational leadership.  Students develop a major in either Old Testament or New Testament and a minor in the other testament or another area of the theological curriculum, e.g,  theology, ethics, church history (Roman era), to name a few.  Students are prepared with a comprehensive understanding of the theological, cultural, hermeneutical and exegetical issues facing contemporary biblical study.  In addition, as other students in the Garrett-Evangelical PhD program, students are equipped to address the inter-disciplinary issues in theological study.

Pre-requisites for Admissions:

  • Basic knowledge of Hebrew and Greek (one-year each) 
  • MTS or MDiv that includes at least 4 biblical studies courses

 Requirements: 40 semester hours[1]

  •  7 semester hours of core courses required for all Ph.D. students
    Hermeneutics (3)
    Teaching Seminar (2)
    Research Seminar (2)
  • 9 semester hours in core biblical studies courses 
    Biblical Interpretation (3)
    Issues in Biblical History and Archeology (3)
    Biblical Theology (3)
  • 9-12 semester hour major in OT or NT
  • 6-9 semester hour minor in the other testament or another area of the theological curriculum
  • 6- 9 semester hours in electives (determined with advisor)
  • 3 languages: Hebrew, Greek, and a modern language to enhance international and interdisciplinary study of biblical research and scholarship.
  • 4 written qualifying examinations and an oral examination covering the following areas:
    (1) Major area
    (2) Minor area
    (3) Focused area of research
    (4)Open – to be determined with adviser
  • Dissertation prospectus to be discussed and approved at the time of the oral examination or within three months following the satisfactory completion of oral exam, as negotiated with advisor.
  • Dissertation

Faculty:

 Present faculty members in biblical studies have focused research on cultural, literary, and historical approaches to biblical study, the ethics of biblical research, and the impact of biblical studies in global Christianity.  Key faculty assisting with the program include:

  • Cheryl Anderson, Associate Professor of Old Testament
  • Julie Duncan, Associate Professor of Old Testament
  • G. Brooke Lester, Affiliate Faculty in Biblical Studies
  • Jim Papandrea, Assistant Professor of Church History
  • Beth Sheppard, Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography; Director, United Library
  • Osvaldo Vena, Professor of New Testament
  • KK Yeo, Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament

Select Publications by Program Faculty in Biblical Studies:

Cheryl Anderson.  Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Cheryl Anderson.  Women, Ideology, and Violence: Critical Theory and the Construction of Gender in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic Law.  London: T&T Clark, 2004.

Cheryl B. Anderson, "Reflections in an Interethnic/racial Era on Interethnic/racial Marriage in Ezra.”  In They Were All Together in One Place: Toward Minority Biblical Criticism.  Edited by Randall C. Bailey, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Fernando F. Segovia.  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.

Cheryl B. Anderson, "The Eighth Commandment: A Way to King's 'Beloved Community'?”  In The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness.  Edited by William P. Brown.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Julie A. Duncan.  "Book of Deuteronomy." In The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Julie A. Duncan.  "Excerpted Texts of Deuteronomy at Qumran." Revue de Qumran 18/69, 1996.

Julie A. Duncan. “4QDeuteronomy b, e, h, j, k1, k2, k3, l, m.” Discoveries in the Judean Desert XIV. Oxford: Clarendon, 1995.    

Duncan, Julie Ann. “New Readings for the ‘Blessing of Moses’ from Qumran.” Journal of Biblical Literature 114/2 (1995): 273-290.

Duncan, Julie Ann.  “Considerations of 4QDeutj in Light of the ‘All Souls Deuteronomy’ and Cave 4 Phylactery Texts.” Proceedings of the International Congress on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Madrid, 18-21 March 1991, eds. J. Trebolle Barrera and L. Vegas Montaner, 199-215.  Leiden: Brill, 1992.

G. Brooke Lester.  “Admiring Our Savvy Ancestors: Abraham's and Jacob's Rhetoric of Negotiation” Koinonia XV (2003): 81-94.

G. Brook Lester.  “Hebrew Bible and Higher Education.” http://anumma.com.

Green, Jennifer S., G. Brooke Lester, and Joseph F. Scrivner.  Handbook to a Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Rev. ed. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Jim Papandrea.  The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation. Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2010.

Jim Papandrea. At Home with the Word. Scripture Commentary Contributor, 2011 Lectionary Year Edition.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2010.

Jim Papandrea.  Pray (Not Just Say) The Lord’s Prayer. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2009.

Beth Sheppard.  “Ruth” and “Baruch/Letter of Jeremiah”, Translator (Greek to English) for the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear LXX software program edition, Libronix Corp, David A. deSilva and Randall Tan.  Bellingham, WA: Bible Logos Inc., 2009.

Beth Sheppard.  “Another Look: Johannine ‘Subordinationist Christology’ and the Roman Family.”  In New Currents through John. Edited by Thomas Thatcher and Fransico Lozada.    Atlanta, GA:  Scholars Press, 2006.

Beth Sheppard. “The Rise of Rome:  The Emergence of a New Mode for Exploring the Context of the Fourth Gospel.” ATLA Proceedings 57 (2003): 175-187.

Osvaldo Vena.  The Parousia and Its Rereadings. The Development of the Eschatological Consciousness in the Writings of the New Testament. Studies in Biblical Literature  Vol. 27. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2001.

Osvaldo Vena.  Apocalipsis (Revelation). Justo L. González, general editor. Series “Conozca su Biblia.” Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Osvaldo Vena.  Evangelio de Marcos. Series “Comentarios para exégesis y traducción.” Edesio Sánchez and Esteban Voth editors. Miami, Florida: Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 2008.

Osvaldo Vena.“The Markan Construction of Jesus as Disciple of the Kingdom.”  In Mark: Texts @ Context Series.  Edited by Teresa Okure, Daniel M. Patte and Nicole Wilkinson Duran.  Fortress Press, 2010.

K. K. Yeo. Musing with Confucius and Paul. Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2008.

K.K. Yeo, ed. Navigating Romans through Cultures.  Edinburgh: Continuum, 2004.

K.K. Yeo. Biblical Rhetoric. (in Chinese)  Beijing: Religious Culture Press, 2007.



[1] 2-3 courses in a student’s coursework are to be taken from Northwestern University or another approved university or theological school.

 

Mission in the Contemporary United States

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Historically, the church could count on being well-received in the United States. Christian beliefs were widespread among the American populace and there was general agreement by most Americans concerning the Christian values that should guide how people lived and society was ordered. However, as many local congregations and their pastors can attest, times have changed. The church no longer has pride of place in the American culture, and a great many local congregations are languishing for lack of being able to connect effectively with the people in their own communities.

The local congregation in the United States today is better understood as a mission outpost than as a "neighborhood church." The Garrett-Evangelical Mission in the Contemporary United States track understands this, and gives students the ability to analyze the culture and the church like a missionary so that they can more effectively lead their congregations in engaging the people around them. They will do this by taking courses dealing with the sociology of American religion, methods of mission work, and the theology of evangelism. More than just theoretical, the students will use case studies from local congregations to consider what the best practices of mission would be in specific situations. Issues surrounding how to plant, revitalize and grow congregations will be covered.

Students in this track will attend two-week intensive terms in January and late-June during which they will take two courses each. These courses will cover topics related specifically to the mission of the church in the United States, as well as providing fundamental research skills for deepening the student's academic facility and helping the student better analyze the local congregation.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:
January - attend two courses
Summer - attend two courses

Year 2:
January - attend two courses
Summer - attend two courses and begin work on mid-program material

Year 3:
Fall - submit mid-program material for approval and begin ministry intervention
January - complete ministry intervention and begin writing paper
Spring - complete final paper, defend it, and graduate

List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Evangelism, Church Growth, and Ecclesiology"

"Stewardship and Institutional Development"

"Reading the Culture"

"Leadership for Pastor and Laity"

No time like now!

If you're yearning to enhance your ministry, now's the time to immerse yourself in dynamic courses taught by outstanding faculty.

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Spiritual Direction

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Over the past thirty years, spiritual direction has grown as a field impacting all aspects of the Christian church. The historic resources of prayer and other spiritual disciplines have been brought forth in applications for personal discernment and congregational life. Resources have been developed to assist us in understanding the depth dimensions of the human spirit and our relationship with the life-giving presence of God.

The Spiritual Direction track offers students an opportunity to enhance their ability to guide Christians in their understanding and practices of relating to God. In it, students learn the classical spiritual disciplines, study their historical applications, and consider how to apply these disciplines in a multitude of ways in their own congregations. Students also learn how to ground the spiritual disciplines in the mission of redemption, reconciliation and healing that God gave to the church, how to use spiritual disciplines to strengthen their leadership in the congregation, and how to bring spiritual formation to bear in issues of pastoral care, worship and administration. At the end of the degree, students will be equipped to serve as spiritual directors for individuals and small groups.

Our program is offered primarily in January and summer two-week intensives, with course preparation before hand and follow-up course completion. There are core courses for all DMin students in research methods and Practical Theology. The unique curriculum for the Spiritual Direction track has the following courses: 1) Spiritual Disciplines for Leadership 2) Spiritual Direction in Multi-cultural/Multi-religious World 3) Mission and Theology of the New Testament 4) Supervision in Spiritual Direction 5) Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care

The program will meet most core requirements for the United Methodist Certification in Spiritual Formation (if you are UM). However, we welcome persons of all denominations. Garrett-Evangelical draws students across denominations and cultures. The conversations in classes are greatly enriched by this diversity. The program provides a rich background as well as supervision experience in spiritual direction. Your own research project will also be directed in the area of spiritual formation/direction. You will emerge from the program with an excellent background in the practice of spiritual direction, in the literature and historical understanding of spiritual direction, and its applications for today's ministry challenges.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:

January - attend two courses

Summer - attend two courses

Year 2:

January - attend two courses

Summer - attend two courses and begin work on mid-program material

Year 3:

Fall - submit mid-program material for approval and begin ministry intervention

January - complete ministry intervention and begin writing paper

Spring - complete final paper, defend it, and graduate

List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Spiritual Disciplines for Leadership"

"Spiritual Direction in a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Religious World"

"Mission and Theology in the New Testament"

"Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction"

"Supervision in Spiritual Direction"

African-American Congregational Leadership

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The African American Church has a unique history and culture that impacts every aspect of its life, including its worship style, forms of Christian education, methods of administration and governance, and interpersonal relationships within local congregations. The African American Congregational Leadership track recognizes this uniqueness and offers students an opportunity to enhance their capacity to engage effectively in ministry within this context. For this reason, students admitted into this track must be engaged in ministry that is significant to African Americans or the African American context.

Students will cover such issues as how to approach biblical studies, how to engage in theological reflection, how to undertake church administration, and how to perform evangelism and Christian formation from an African American perspective. The courses dealing with these issues are taught by one of the largest groups of African American scholars on the faculty at a United Methodist seminary. These faculty members are supplemented by a cadre of highly accomplished African American alums of Garrett-Evangelical, including Rev. Dr. Carlisle Fielding Stewart and Bishop Beverly Shamana.

In January and late-June students will attend two-week intensive terms during which they will take two courses. These courses will cover topics related specifically to the African American church, as well as providing fundamental research skills for deepening the student's academic facility and helping the student better analyze the local congregation.

For the final project, students will apply creativity in connecting the theories studied with the practice of ministry, and will relate his or her own practice of ministry to fundamental theory in the disciplines appropriated within the African American context.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:

January - attend two courses

Summer - attend two courses

Fall - attend seminar

Year 2:

January - attend two courses

Spring - attend seminar

Summer - write professional identity paper, begin framing final project proposal (does not require coming to campus)

Fall - attend seminar

Year 3:

 

January - research for final project proposal (does not require coming to campus)

Spring - attend final seminar

Summer - research for final project (does not require coming to campus)

Early Fall - receive approval for final project and conduct ministry intervention (does not require coming to campus)

Late Fall - Write final project paper describing impact of ministry intervention and defend it.

Information on the Seminars

Students in the Doctor of Ministry track in Congregational Leadership are required to participate in four of six seminars.  Intended to help clergy become more effective leaders in their vocational settings, the seminars focus on developing increased leadership capacity and application of management principles in congregation and faith-based organizations.  The themes include:

§  Developing Personal Leadership

§  Exploring Leadership in my Mission

§  Financial and General Management

§  Building External Relationships

§  Managing People & Resources

§  Capstone Program: The Leadership Challenge

List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Biblical Hermeneutics in the African-American Context"

"African-American Church Administration and Congregational Development"

"Black Ministry Engaging Historical Challenges"

"Leadership for Pastor and Laity"

Congregational Leadership

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Recognizing the complex demands placed on pastoral leaders to serve as heralds of the gospel, teachers of the Christian heritage, chief administrative officers of the church, long-range planners, budget directors, program innovators and implementers, and personnel managers, the G-ETS Congregational Leadership track, partnering with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management,  offers the best possible mix of practical management training and theological education to enhance a pastor's ability to be a more effective leader. Students in this track will develop the necessary skills to understand their own leadership styles, recognize how to best lead in their local congregations, and prepare their congregations to be change agents in their respective contexts.

Students in this track will attend four sessions in Evanston per year. In mid-Fall and mid-Spring students will participate in three-day seminars led by Kellogg and G-ETS faculty, covering the latest in management and leadership studies. Each session will conclude with a discussion led by the Garrett-Evangelical faculty member who will facilitate the students' theological reflection on the content from the seminar.

In January and late-June students will attend two-week intensive terms during which they will take two courses. These courses will cover topics related specifically to church leadership, such as stewardship and renewal, as well as providing fundamental research skills for deepening the student's academic facility and helping the student better analyze the local congregation.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:

January - attend two courses

Summer - attend two courses

Fall - attend Kellogg seminar

Year 2:

January - attend two courses

Spring - attend Kellogg seminar

Summer - write professional identity paper, begin framing final project proposal (does not require coming to campus)

Fall - attend Kellogg seminar

Year 3:

 

January - research for final project proposal (does not require coming to campus)

Spring - attend final Kellogg seminar

Summer - research for final project (does not require coming to campus)

Early Fall - receive approval for final project and conduct ministry intervention (does not require coming to campus)

Late Fall - Write final project paper describing impact of ministry intervention and defend it.

Information on the Kellogg Seminars

Students in the Doctor of Ministry track in Congregational Leadership are required to participate in four of six seminars developed in collaboration with the Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  Intended to help clergy become more effective leaders in their vocational settings, the seminars are led by faculty members from both schools and will focus on developing increased leadership capacity and application of management principles in congregation and faith-based organizations.  The themes include:

§  October, Year 1 - Developing Personal Leadership

§  April/May, Year 1 - Exploring Leadership in my Mission

§  October, Year2 - Financial and General Management

§  April/May, Year 2 - Building External Relationships

§  October, Year 3 - Managing People & Resources

§  April/May, Year 3 - Capstone Program: The Leadership Challenge

Dates for upcoming seminar sessions may be found at http://www.transformativeleaders.org/events-programs

The first and second days of each session are held at the Wiebolt Building on Kellogg's downtown Chicago campus from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The third day DMin seminar is held at Garrett-Evangelical. Meals on the first and second days (except dinner the second day) are included in the course fee. Additional information will be sent to participants prior to each session.

Participants who complete all six seminars (two of which are not included in DMin coursework or fees) will earn a Certificate issued jointly by Garrett-Evangelical and the Kellogg School of Management.

 Sessions typically begin at 8 a.m. on the first day and conclude at 5 p.m. on the second.  Participants who complete all six seminars (two of which would be independent of the DMin coursework) will earn a Certificate of Excellence in Church Leadership, issued jointly by Garrett-Evangelical and the Kellogg School of Management.

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List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Spiritual Disciplines for Leadership"

"Leadership for Pastor and Laity"

"Stewardship and Institutional Development"

"Administration and Leadership"

Theological, Historical, and Ethical Studies

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The PhD in Theological, Historical, and Ethical Studies primarily prepares persons for teaching in theological seminaries and undergraduate church-related colleges, as well as for denominational leadership as appropriate. This Concentration is based on an integration of theology, history, and ethics, while allowing a student to have a major area of focus within these three. The Concentration presupposes that these disciplines cannot ultimately be separated from each other in Christian understanding.

  • Theology focus: Study of selected classical and contemporary theological constructions, with attention to grounding this work in the broad stream of Christian tradition. It is articulated in idioms which emerge from biblical and Reformation trajectories that take seriously the issues raised in the modern era. A significant dimension of this engagement is the awareness of how it contributes to moral deliberation, discourse and ethical praxis.
  • History focus: Study of a major historical period, such as the Reformation in 16th century Germany or the rise of the Wesleyan movement in 18th century England; or a period of American Christian history which would include social context, theological history, and key social issues.
  • Ethics focus: Study of fundamental theological ethics or Christian social and political thought; study of a specific issue such as gender, race and class relations, war and peace, technology and culture, with attention devoted to related contextual, historical, and theological issues and topics.

Program Goals

A. Knowing

  1. To gain a knowledge and mastery of pertinent literature in the respective fields.
  2. To learn the theories and methods of research and develop the critical thinking that prepares one to make contributions to scholarship promoting the work of the academy and the church.

B. Doing

  1. To learn how to teach the pertinent literature within a variety of institutional settings.
  2. To show effectiveness as a critical and creative producer of theological, ethical, and/or historical knowledge

C. Being

  1. To become scholars grounded in the faith traditions of the church and committed to serving the mission and goals of the church through the contribution of their scholarship and the theological insights that it affords.
  2. To become competent practitioners of theology in the public square.

Requirements: 40 semester hours

  • 7 semester hours of core courses required for all PhD students
    Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics (3 semester hours)
    Teaching Seminar (2 semester hours)
    Research Seminar (2 semester hours)
  • 18-24 semester hours to support the student's research interests in his or her chosen discipline, though students are expected to take courses in each of the Concentration's three cognate disciplines of Theology, History, and Ethics.
  • 9-12 semester hours in a cognate Concentration or field of study in the theological curriculum.
  • 2 research tools: one in a language for academic research and a second research language or pertinent research methodology. A social science tool, such as ethnography, may require satisfactory completion of two graduate-level courses.
  • 4 written qualifying examinations and an oral examination, typically covering the following areas:
    (1) Overview of the selected discipline of study
    (2) Cognate discipline (e.g., church history, ethics, biblical studies, or theology)
    (3) Focused area of research
    (4) Subject determined in consultation with advisor
  • Dissertation prospectus, to be discussed and approved at the time of the oral examination, or within three months following the satisfactory completion of oral exam, as negotiated with advisor.
  • Dissertation

Select courses in this Concentration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary:

• Readings in 20th Century Theologies
• Contemporary Christologies
• Contemporary Theologians (example: J. Moltmann and J. Sobrino)
• Feminist/Womanist Theologies
• Global Feminist Theologies and Biblical Interpretation
• Latino/Latina theologies in North America
• Latin American Theologies (in Spanish)
• Theology in Migration
• Postcolonial Theories and Theologies
• Queering Theory and Theology
• Reading Scripture as Theologians
• Theologies of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Sin, Evil and Travail in Christian Theology
• Theology of John Wesley
• Theology of Kierkegaard, Barth and Bonhoeffer
• Wesleyan and Methodist Theology and Spirituality
• Reformed Theology
• Theological Dialogue with Living Religions
• Topics in the History of Christian Thought
• African American Religious History
• Religion and the American Way
• The Tasks of History
• Christian Social and Political Thought: Topics
• War and Peace
• City of God
• Moral Theology: Topics (examples of recent topics: The works of Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil, Christology and Ethics, Selected Themes in Christian social and political thought, Globalization and Christian Ethics, Technology, freedom, and justice: The works of George Grant and Albert Borgmann)

Faculty:

Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology

Barry Bryant, Associate Professor of Wesleyan and United Methodist Studies

Anne Joh, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Larry Murphy, Professor of the History of Christianity

Stephen Ray, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology

Kenneth Vaux, Professor of Theological Ethics

Brent Waters, Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics

Select Publications by Program Faculty:

Nancy Bedford. La porfía de la resurrección. Ensayos desde el feminismo teológico latinoamericano. Colección FTL número 30. Buenos Aires: Kairós/Red del Camino, forthcoming

Nancy Bedford. "We Wait for Hope". Meg Cox (ed.). Cynicism and Hope. Reclaiming Discipleship in a Post-Democratic Society. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, forthcoming

Nancy Bedford and Guillermo Hansen. Nuestra Fe. Buenos Aires: I. U. ISEDET, 2008

Nancy Bedford. "Plantar huertas, escuchar a los árboles. Hacia una construcción de la subjetividad teológica feminista en migración": Stromata 64 (2008) 95-110

Nancy Bedford. "Making Spaces: Latin American and Latina Feminist Theologies on the Cusp of Interculturality": María Pilar Aquino; Maria José Rosado Nunes (eds.), Feminist Intercultural Theology. Latina Approaches for a Just World. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007, 49-69

Barry Bryant. "The Israeli-Palestinian Situation: Theological Explorations" and "Reflections of a Recovered Christian Zionist" Quarterly Review, Spring 2005

Barry Bryant. Presidential address, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Conflict of Values?" Wesley Philosophical Society, March 2004

Barry Bryant. "Class Leaders, Pastoral Care, and Christian Formation," in Discipleship Quarterly 18 (2003) 3:6-7

Barry Bryant, "Trinity, Technology, and the Meaning of Personhood," in Memphis Theological Seminary Journal, 38(2002)1:5-17

Larry Murphy. "Piety and Liberation: An Historical Exploration of African American Religion and Social Justice," in Iva E. Carruthers, et.al., eds., Blow the Trumpet in Zion: Global Vision and Action for the 21st-Century Black Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005

Larry Murphy. African-American Faith in America. New York: Facts on File. 2003

Larry Murphy. "W.E.B. DuBois and the Souls of Black Folk: A Commentary," in: AME Church Review, Vol.CXIX, April-June, 2003

Larry Murphy, ed., Down by the Riverside: Readings in African American Religion. New York: NYU Press, 2000

Stephen Ray, co-author. Black Church Studies: An Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007

Stephen Ray. "E-racing the Faith While Black. In: Being Black, Teaching Black: The Role of Black Church Studies in the Academy, N. Lynne Westfield ed. Nashville: Abingdon Press 2008

Stephen Ray. "The End of Man: Human Rights, Christian Theology and The Rights of Human Persons," in Human Rights: Christian Influences and Issues, Frances Adeney and Arvind Sharma, eds. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2007

Stephen Ray, contributor. Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004

Stephen Ray. Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2002

Kenneth Vaux. Jew, Christian, Muslim: Faithful Unification or Fateful Trifurcation? Word, Way, Worship and War in the Abrahamic Faiths. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003

Kenneth Vaux. Ethics and the War on Terrorism (2002)

Kenneth Vaux. "Akedah as Deep Metaphor for Bioethics," in Christian Bioethics, Spring 1999

Kenneth Vaux and Sara Vaux. Dying Well. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996

Brent Waters. This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics. Grand Rapids: Brazos, forthcoming

Brent Waters and F. LeRon Shults, eds., Christology and Ethics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming

Brent Waters. "Disability and the Quest for Perfection: A Moral and Theological Inquiry," in Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church, John Swinton and Brian Brock, eds., T & T Clark, 200.

Brent Waters. The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought. (Oxford University Press, 2007

Brent Waters. "Saving Us from Ourselves: Christology, Anthropology and the Seduction of Posthuman Medicine," in Future Perfect: God, Medicine and Human Dignity, Celia Deane-Drummond and Peter Manley Scott, eds. London and New York: T&T Clark, 2006

Brent Waters. From Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology and Technology in a Postmodern World. Ashgate, 2006

Recent Book Publications of Program Graduates

Lewis V. Baldwin, Between Cross and Crescent: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Malcolm and Martin, 2002

Joanne Carlson Brown and Carole R. Bohn, Christianity, Patriarchy, and Abuse, 1989

James H. Cone, The Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation, 1968-1998, 2000

Reta Halteman Finger, et. al., The Wisdom of Daughters: Two Decades of the Voice of Christian Feminism, 2004

David E. Fitch, The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies, 2005

Mary Garman, Hidden in Plain Sight: Quaker Women's Writings, 1650 - 1700, 1995

Stephanie Mitchem, Introducing Womanist Theology, 2002

Michael L Stine, Losing the world but Finding the Harbor: a Spiritual Biography of Gustav Mahler, 1992

Emilie Townes, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil, 2006

 

Liturgical Studies

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This program is designed for persons who seek advanced studies in Christian worship.   It enables students to become practical liturgical theologians who contribute to the ongoing reform and renewal of Christian worship.

The program seeks to provide a strong foundation through historical, theological, and pastoral study, including multi-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, so that those who complete this degree will be prepared to contribute significantly to the study and practice of Christian worship as college and seminary professors and as leaders in the Church.

Program Goals:

In the Ph.D. program in Liturgical Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, graduates will come to know in some breadth the history of Christian worship in its diverse theological and cultural settings. They will know in some depth the historical and theological development of the Christian practices of baptism and eucharist, as well as knowing in some depth the history and theology of liturgical practices in one's tradition and/or denomination.

In the course of the program, students will develop analytical tools and skills to evaluate and interpret Christian worship not only as it exists in official texts but especially in the practice of churches (in their ecumenical and cultural diversity), with particular attention to the contributions of practical theology, ritual studies, ethnography and congregational studies, and hermeneutics. They will engage in critical and constructive theological reflection on the churches' liturgical traditions and practices. They will prepare to participate in development, revision, and creative development of liturgical resources (liturgical texts, Christian education models, etc.) and worship services. They will prepare to encourage the church's critical and constructive reflection on its liturgical practices through teaching in the academy and the church.

Requirements: 40 semester hours

  • 7 semester hours of core courses required of all PhD students
    Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics (3 semester hours)
    Teaching Seminar (2 semester hours)
    Research Seminar (2 semester hours)
  • 24 semester hours in the major in Liturgical Studies
  • 9 hours in a minor field such as history, Bible, theology, ethics or another approved area
  • 6-9 hours in the major and/or minor must be taken at other approved schools
  • At least two languages, ordinarily one from each of the following categories:
    a) Latin, Greek, or Hebrew
    b) French, German, or Spanish
  • Qualifying examinations

Students will be examined for competency in the following areas: the histories, theologies and practices of worship (emphasizing baptism and eucharist), sacramental and liturgical theology, and ritual studies.  Recommended readings to help prepare for exams can be found below.

There are four written exams (four hours each), with two to three questions in each. Three of the exams are in liturgical studies and one in the minor area. There is also one oral exam (two hours), encompassing all of the above areas of study. Among the three written exams in liturgical studies, there is at least one question on each of the following areas of study: History of Worship, Ritual Studies, Sacramental Theology, Eucharist, Baptism, Liturgical Theology. Students may elect, in consultation with their advisor, to be examined in such areas as the church year, liturgical preaching, church music, or liturgical arts.

The nature and content of the exam in the minor area is determined by the professor representing that area.

  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation

Please consult the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Academic Handbook, for fuller details about the requirements for the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies.

Courses in the Concentration:

(*indicates a required core course)

• 31-812 Worship and the Arts
• *31-815 Sacramental Theology
• 31-817 History of Christian Worship
• 31-834 Liturgies of Anointing & Reconciliation
• *31-835 Seminar in Liturgical Theology
• 31-837 Finding Words for Worship
• *31-838 Baptism and Reaffirmation
• *13/31-847 Eucharist
• 31-881 Cross Cultural Seminar in worship (immersion course)
•31-910 History and Theology of Hymnody
• 31-915 Teaching Preaching
• *90-910 Seminar in Ritual Studies

Faculty:

E. Byron (Ron) Anderson, Styberg Associate Professor of Worship (Liturgical and Sacramental Theology, Church Music)

Dr. Anderson received his PhD from Emory University in 1997. His research interests include the formational role of liturgy, liturgy and ecumenism, spiritual formation.  He is President of The Liturgical Conference, 2004-2010, and Editor of Doxology: A Journal of Worship, 2002-present.

Gennifer Brooks, Ernest and Bernice Styberg Associate Professor of Preaching (Homiletics)

Dr. Brooks received her PhD in Liturgical Studies (with an emphasis on homiletics) from Drew University School of Theology in 2005. Her primary research interests include the improvement of preaching in Protestant churches and the study of African American Christian worship.

Ruth C. Duck, Professor of Worship (Theology and Practice of Worship)

Dr. Duck received her ThD in Theology and Liturgy from Boston University School of Theology in 1989. Her primary research interests include baptism, liturgical healing, liturgy and culture, and feminist study of liturgy. She was the President of the North American Academy of Liturgy in 2007 and served on the Academy Committee, 2006-2009.  Her current project is a textbook on worship, Worship for the Whole People of God (to be published by Westminster Knox, forthcoming).

David A. Hogue, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling (Ritual Studies)

Dr. Hogue received his PhD in Religious Studies-Pastoral Psychology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University in 1985. His research interests include marriage and family counseling, ritual studies, and the neurosciences, with a particular focus on the relationships between worship and pastoral care. He serves on two editorial boards, and on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery of Chicago.

Cooperating Faculty from other institutions include:
• Scott Haldeman (Worship, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago)

Select Publications by Program Faculty in Liturgical Studies:

Anderson, Ron. Taught by God: Teaching and Christian Spiritual Formation (Chalice, 2007),

Anderson,  Ron. Worship and Christian Identity (Liturgical Press, 2003)

Anderron, Ron. Liturgy and the Moral Self (Liturgical Press, 1998). Brooks, Gennifer. Praise the Lord (Lima, Ohio: C.S.S. Publications, 1996)

Brooks, Gennifer.  Sermons and sermon reviews, as well as hymns and articles

Brooks, Gennifer.  Good News Preaching, forthcoming from Pilgrim Press, 2009

Duck, Ruth.  Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship (Westminster Knox, 1999)

Duck, Ruth. Welcome God's Tomorrow (hymn text collection, G.I.A., 2005)

Duck, Ruth. Finding Words for Worship (Westminster Knox, 1995).

Hogue, David. Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain (Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2003)

Hogue, David. Promising Again, with Herbert Anderson, David Hogue, and Marie McCarthy; (Westminster John Knox Press, 1996)

Recent Graduates:

Tércio Junker (Brazil), 2003. Dissertation: "The Prophetic Dimension of Liturgy: Transforming Liturgy Seeking Social-Economic Justice." Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Sweeney Chapel, Christian Theological Seminary, 2006-present.

Marlea Gilbert, 2006. Dissertation: "Incorporating a Rising Generation: A Study of Worship." Interim pastor, Burlington, Iowa.

Christopher Grundy 2006. Dissertation: "God's Resilient Table: Male Violence Against Women and the Embodied Logic of Holy Communion." Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship, Eden Theological Seminary. www.christophergrundy.com (music website)

Eric Myers, 2006. Dissertation: "The Place of the Eucharist in the Revised Funeral Rites of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."  Pastor, Frederick Presbyterian Church (Frederick, MD);  Adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC; Member, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Hymnal Project Committee 2008.  Graduates Gilbert, Grundy, and Myers, and candidate Stephanie Perdew published The Work of the People: What We Do in Worship and Why (Herndon: Alban Institute, 2007).

PREPARATORY READINGS

Students are encouraged to read the following before beginning classes in the doctoral program.

Adam, Adolf. Foundations of Liturgy: An Introduction to Its History and Practice. Collegeville: Pueblo, 1992.

Bradshaw, Paul, ed. The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Costen, Melva Wilson. African American Christian Worship. Nashville: Abingdon, 1993.

Mitchell, Nathan. Liturgy and the Social Sciences. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.

Procter-Smith, Marjorie. In Her Own Rite: Constructing Feminist Liturgical Tradition. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.

Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Press, 1973.

Vogel, Dwight W. ed. Primary Sources of Liturgical Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.

White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship, Third Edition. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.

________. Sacraments as God's Self Giving. Nashville: Abingdon, 1983.

Zimmerman, Joyce Ann. Liturgy and Hermeneutics. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.

BASIC READING LISTS FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

The faculty for the PhD concentration in liturgical studies considers the following readings to be important texts that together provide a comprehensive background in liturgical studies. They are consulted by faculty in course planning and by students in preparing for their comprehensive exams. Additional readings reflecting each student's focus and areas of interest will be determined by the student in consultation with the faculty.

Classics in Liturgical Studies

Casel, Odo. The Mystery of Christian Worship. Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1962.
Chupungco, Anscar. Cultural Adaptation of the Liturgy. New York: Paulist Press, 1982.
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
Dix, Gregory. The Shape of the Liturgy. Westminster, England: Dacre Press, 1945.
Forsyth, P. T. The Church and the Sacraments. London: Independent Press, 1917.
Guardini, Romano. The Spirit of the Liturgy. New York: Herder and Herder, 1930/1998.
Hoon, Paul Waitman. The Integrity of Worship. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.
Jungmann, Joseph. The Mass of the Roman Rite, rev. ed. New York: Benziger, 1959.
Otto, Rudolf. The Idea of the Holy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969 (1950 ed.).
Schillebeeckx, Edward. Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1963.
Thompson, Bard. Liturgies of the Western Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1980 (1961 edition).
Underhill, Evelyn. Worship. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1937.
Yarnold, Edward. The Awe-inspiring Rites of Christian Initiation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1994.

Contexts and Issues in Contemporary Worship

Abbington, James, ed. Readings in African American Church Music and Worship. Chicago: G.I.A. Publications, 2001.
Benedict, Daniel T. and Craig Kennet Miller. Contemporary Worship for the 21st Century: Worship or Evangelism? Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1994.
Black, Kathy. Worship Across Cultures. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
Eiesland, Nancy and Don E. Saliers, eds. Human Disability and the Service of God. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
Empereur, James L. and Christopher G. Kiesling. The Liturgy that Does Justice. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990.
González, Justo L. Alabadle! Hispanic Christian Worship. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
Hawn, C. Michael. One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship. Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute, 2003.
_______. Gather Into One. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.
Lumbala, Kabasele. Celebrating Jesus Christ in Africa. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1998.
Procter Smith, Marjorie. Praying with Our Eyes Open. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.
Ramshaw, Gail. God Beyond Gender. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.
Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
White, Susan J. Christian Worship and Technological Change. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994.

History of Worship

Bradshaw, Paul F. The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Brilioth, Yngve. Eucharistic Faith and Practice, Evangelical and Catholic. Abridged and trans. A. G. Hebert. London: S.P.C.K., 1965 (first Eng. trans. 1930).
Mazza, Enrico. The Origins of the Eucharistic Prayer. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995.
_____. The Celebration of the Eucharist: The Origin of the Rite and the Development of its Interpretation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
Senn, Frank. Christian Liturgy, Catholic and Evangelical. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
Vogel, Cyrille. Medieval Liturgy: An Introduction to the Sources. Rev. and trans. William G. Storey and Niels K. Rasmussen. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1986.
Wainwright, Geoffery and Karen Westerfield Tucker. Oxford History of Christian Worship. Oxford: Oxford University, 2005.
White, James. Protestant Worship: Traditions in Transition. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.

Recommended for United Methodists:
Borgen, Ole E. John Wesley on the Sacraments. Nashville: Abingdon, 1972.
Tucker, Karen Westerfield. American Methodist Worship. New York: Oxford, 2001.

Calendar

Adam, Adolf. The Liturgical Year. Trans. Matthew J. O'Connell. New York: Pueblo Publishing Co., 1981.
Johnson, Maxwell, ed. Between Memory and Hope. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
Rordorf, Willi. Sunday. London: SCM, 1968.
Stookey, Laurence H. Calendar: Christ's Time with the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
Talley, Thomas J. The Origins of the Liturgical Year. 2nd ed. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Liturgy of the Hours

Bradshaw, Paul F. Two Ways of Praying. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.
Taft, Robert. The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West: The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1986.

Ritual Studies

Bell, Catherine. Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
_____. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Connerton, Paul. How Societies Remember. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966.
_____. Natural Symbols. Rev. ed. New York: Pantheon, 1982.
Garrigan, Siobhán. Beyond Ritual: Sacramental Theology after Habermas. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004.
Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, 1973.
Grimes, Ronald L. Beginnings in Ritual Studies. Rev. ed. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
Pitts, Jr., Walter F. Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African Diaspora. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Rosaldo, Renato. Culture and Truth. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989.
Stringer, Martin. On the Perception of Worship. Birmingham: University of Birmingham Press, 1999.
Turner, Victor. Anthropology of Performance. New York: PAJ Publications, 1988.
_____. The Ritual Process. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969.
van Gennep, Arnold. The Rites of Passage. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960.
Whorf, Benjamin Lee. Language, Thought and Reality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1956.

Sacramental Theology

Baillie, John. A Theology of the Sacraments. New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, 1957.
Boff, Leonardo. Sacraments of Life; Life of the Sacraments. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1987.
Chauvet, Louis-Marie. Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Human Existence. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1995.
Cooke, Bernard. Sacraments and Sacramentality. Rev. ed. Mystic, CT: Twenty-third Publications, 1994.
Duffy, R., ed. Alternative Futures for Worship: Vol. 1: General Introduction. Collegeville; Liturgical Press.
Jenson, Robert. Visible Words. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1978.
Kilmartin, Edward J. Christian Liturgy: Vol. 1 Theology. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1988.
Power, David N. Sacrament: The Language of God's Giving. New York: Herder and Herder, 1999.
Rahner, Karl. The Church and the Sacraments. New York: Herder and Herder, 1963.
Segundo, Juan Luis. The Sacraments Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1974.
Uzukwu, Elochukwu. Worship as Body Language--Introduction to Christian Worship: An African Orientation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1997.
Vorgrimler, Herbert. Sacramental Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992.

Baptism

Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics: IV.4 The Doctrine of Reconciliation. Edinburgh: T and T Clark, 1960.
Browning, Robert L. and Roy A. Reed. Models of Confirmation and Baptismal Affirmation: Liturgical and Educational Designs. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press, 1995.
Costen, Melva. "African Roots of Afro-American Baptismal Practices" in The Black Christian Worship Experience: A Consultation. Special issue of The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Vol. XIV, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987, 23-42.
Johnson, Maxwell. The Rites of Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
Kavanagh, Aidan. The Shape of Baptism. New York: Pueblo Publishing Co., 1978.
Schmemann, Alexander. Of Water and the Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1974.
Stauffer, S. Anita, ed. Baptism, Rites of Passage, and Culture. Geneva: The Lutheran World Federation, 1998.
Stookey, Laurence Hull. Baptism: Christ's Act in the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1982.
Turner, Paul. Ages of Initiation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
Whitaker, E.C. Revised and expanded by Maxwell E. Johnson. Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy. Third edition. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2003.

Recommended for United Methodists:
Felton, Gayle Carlton. This Gift of Water: The Practice and Theology of Baptism among Methodists in America. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.

Eucharist

Bouyer, Louis. Eucharist. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1968.
Bradshaw, Paul. Eucharistic Origins. New York: Oxford, 2005.
Jasper, R. C. D. & G. J. Cumming. Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed. Third rev. ed. New York: Pueblo, 1987.
Jeremias, Joachim. The Eucharistic Words of Jesus. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1966.
Leon-Dufour, Xavier, SJ. Sharing the Eucharistic Bread. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1987.
Power, David N. The Eucharistic Mystery: Revitalizing the Tradition. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
Schmemann, Alexander. The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1987.
Senn, Frank C., ed. New Eucharistic Prayers: An Ecumenical Study of Their Development and Structure. New York: Paulist Press, 1987.
Stookey, Laurence Hull. Eucharist: Christ's Feast with the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1993.
Wainwright, Geoffrey. Eucharist and Eschatology. Third edition. Akron, OH: OSL Publications, 2002.
_____. "Liturgies of the Eucharist" in Max Thurian and Geoffrey Wainwright, eds. Baptism and Eucharist: Ecumenical Convergence in Celebration. Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 1983, 99-255.

Liturgical Theology

Collins, Mary. Worship: Renewal to Practice. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1987.
Duck, Ruth and Patricia Wilson-Kastner. Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1999.
Fagerberg, David. What is Liturgical Theology? Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992.
Hoffman, Lawrence. Beyond the Text: A Holistic Approach to Liturgy, reprint ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.
Irwin, Kevin. Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1994.
Kavanagh, Aidan. On Liturgical Theology. New York: Pueblo, 1984
Lathrop, Gordon W. Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
Power, David N. Unsearchable Riches: The Symbolic Nature of Liturgy. New York: Pueblo, 1984.
Ramshaw, Gail. Reviving Sacred Speech: The Meaning of Liturgical Language. Akron, Ohio: OSL Publications, 2000.
Saliers, Don E. Worship as Theology: A Foretaste of Glory Divine. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994.
Schmemann, Alexander. Introduction to Liturgical Theology. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1986.
Wainwright, Geoffrey. Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Preaching

Allen, Ronald J. Preaching is Believing: The Sermon as Theological Reflection. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.
Buttrick, David. Homiletic: Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987.
Craddock, Fred. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985.
Edwards, O. C. A History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.
González, Justo L. and Pablo A. Jiménez. Púlpito: An Introduction to Hispanic Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.
Kim, Eunjoo Mary. Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from an Asian American Perspective. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1999.
Lee, Jung Young. Korean Preaching: An Interpretation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997.
Lischer, Richard. Editor. The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2002.
Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2005.
Mitchell, Henry H. Celebration & Experience in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.
Smith, Christine Marie, editor. Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1998.
Suchocki, Marjorie. The Whispered Word: A Theology of Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999.

 

Christian Education and Congregational Studies

Admissions Requirements ⁄ Admissions Procedures ⁄ Admissions Application

The PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies primarily prepares persons for teaching in theological seminaries and undergraduate church-related colleges as well as denominational leadership in education. Students learnhow Christian faith is formed and embodied in communities of faith through the integration of insights from theology and the social sciences (psychology, education, sociology, anthropology). Two key emphases are (1) the traditions and practices of Christian religious education in congregations and public life that empower persons for faithful living, and (2) formation of youth in church and culture. Our interdisciplinary emphasis equips students to engage several fields in their research projects such as congregational studies, multi-cultural education, human development, qualitative research, history, and theology.

Program Goals:

A. Knowing: To know practices and disciplines of Christian education and formation and to understand how these are affected by differing cultural contexts. This goal includes the following sub-themes:

  1. To know major approaches to faithful teaching and learning,
  2. To understand learning theories - particularly liberative and transformative learning and multiple intelligences theory - and their pedagogical use,
  3. To be aware of theories of human development including psycho-social, socio-cultural and faith development,
  4. To know learning theories and how to use them,
  5. To know the dynamics of congregational analysis,
  6. To know the methods of qualitative, historical, and practical theological research,
  7. To understand the practices and dynamics of university and seminary education,
  8. To explore the dynamics of interfaith religious education.

B. Doing: To conduct research in educational ministry and to prepare for teaching and leadership in a seminary, college, and/or the church.

  1. To integrate practices of biblical and theological study into Christian religious education,
  2. To be able to read, evaluate and engage the culture of a congregation and its community with particular sensitivity to culture, race, class and gender,
  3. To teach a class in Christian education,
  4. To demonstrate abilities to consult with others in educational ministry,
  5. To complete a major research project using qualitative, historical or practical theological research.

C. Being: To become a Christian educator/ practical theologian who seeks to liberate and empower persons to be co-creators of the reign of God in our multi-cultural and multi-faith environment. This goal includes the following:

  1. To be a reflective teacher and leader who can empower others in a congregation or educational institution to be reflective and open to transformation,
  2. To be a Christian disciple who continues to engage in the practices that develop and deepen faith,
  3. To understand oneself as a critical and open participant in the ongoing practices of an academic discipline and theological tradition.

In addition to addressing these goals, students have ample opportunity for developing skills as teachers and scholars through serving as teaching assistants and developing a teaching portfolio. Each student develops a focus for research. Projects of previous graduates have included the following:

• Youth ministry in the African American church,
• Theological and vocational understandings of laity,
• Theological education in Puerto Rico,
• Children and Eucharist,
• Theological development of adolescent girls,
• Spiritual formation in theological education,
• Pastoral leadership in urban African American congregations,
• Ministries with second generation Korean American young adults,
• Narrative and identity formation in the life stories of immigrant women.

Requirements: 40 semester hours

  • 7 semester hours of core courses required for all PhD students
    Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics (3)
    Teaching Seminar (2)
    Research Seminar (2)
  • 18-24 semester hours to support research interests in Christian education and related disciplines. (Students are expected to include in their programs courses in the following areas: congregational studies, teaching and learning, human development, and history and theories of Christian education)
  • 9-12 semester hours in a cognate concentration in the theological curriculum: church history, theology, ethics, biblical studies, pastoral theology, or liturgy (determined with advisor)
  • 2 research tools: one in a language for academic research and another in qualitative research or congregational studies (social science research tools require satisfactory completion of two graduate-level courses). Students may present competence in two languages as long as they also include congregational research in coursework.
  • 4 written qualifying examinations and an oral examination covering the following areas:
    (1) Overview of religious education
    (2) Congregational studies
    (3) Cognate area (church history, ethics, biblical studies, or theology)
    (4) Focused area of research (e.g., transformative teaching and learning, etc.)
  • Dissertation prospectus to be discussed and approved at the time of the oral examination or within three months following the satisfactory completion of oral exam, as negotiated with advisor.
  • Dissertation

Select Courses in this Concentration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary:

• Youth, Culture, and Church
• Adults and Christian Faith
• Advanced Practicum in Teaching and Learning
• Christian Education in the African American Experience
• Curriculum and Resources in Educational Ministry
• History and Theories of Christian Education
• Faith and Developmental Theories
• Methods in Congregational Research
• Seminar in Practical Theology
• Seminar in Christian Education (offered each year. Topics include theology and education, emancipatory pedagogy, ethnicity and cultural pluralism, education for social change, and theological education)

Faculty:

The present faculty members in Christian religious education have focused their research on the history and theology of education, on congregational studies and qualitative research, on practical theology, on youth ministry, and on adult education. Some professional contributions include the following:

Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Youth, Formation, and Culture

Director of Youth Evangelism, Department of Church Growth and Development, African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME); Director of Christian Education, Chicago Annual Conference, AME Church; AME Representative, Ecumenical Youth Ministries Staff Team, National Council of Churches; Advisory Council Member, Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary; Pastor, Trinity AME, Waukegan, IL.

Margaret Ann Crain, Professor of Christian Education and Director of Master of Arts and Deacon Studies Programs

Past President of the Religious Education Association; and member of the Curriculum Resources Committee, General Board of Discipleship of United Methodist Church; workshop leader for Christian Educators Fellowship and National Convocation of Deacons.

Jack Seymour, Professor of Religious Education

Editor of Religious Education; Consultant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion; member of the International Academy of Practical Theology; Past Chair, Advisory Committee on Faculty Development for the Association of Theological Schools.

Other faculty members at Garrett-Evangelical work with students in this concentration, including senior scholar, Dr. Linda Vogel.

Select Publications by Program Faculty in Christian Education:

Blount, Reginald. "Longing for Identity," Cloud of Witnesses: Belonging to God. Audio Journal, Volume 8, 2005.

Blount, Reginald. "Faith Passage," in Making God Real for a New Generation: Ministry with Millennials by Craig Miller and MaryJane P. Norton. Discipleship Resources, 2003.

Crain, Margaret Ann. The Promise of the United Methodist Deacon in the Twenty-First Century: Partners with the Whole People of God. Monograph published by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN 2007.

Crain, Margaret Ann & Seymour, Jack L. Yearning for God: Reflections of Faithful Lives. Upper Room Press, 2003.

Crain, Margaret Ann & Seymour, Jack L. Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate. Abingdon Press, 2001.

Crain, Margaret Ann, Jack L. Seymour & Joseph Crockett, Educating Christians: The Intersection of Meaning, Learning, and Vocation. Abingdon: 2001.

Seymour, Jack L., ed. Mapping Christian Education. Abingdon Press, 1998.

Seymour, Jack L. "Addressing and Embodying Diversity in Theological Education." In ATS Folio: Diversity in Theological Education. Edited by Marsha Foster Boyd and William Myers. Pittsburgh: Association of Theological Schools, 2003.

Seymour, Jack L. "Best Practices in MDiv Curriculum Revision: A Research Report." Theological Education. 43.1 (Summer 2008): 27-38.

Select Recent Book Publications of Program Graduates:

(Graduates identified in bold italics)

Baker, Dori Grinenko. Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women. Pilgrim Press, 2005.

Baker, Dori Grinenko & Mercer, Joyce Ann. Lives to Offer: Accompanying Youth on Their Vocational Quests. Pilgrim Press, 2007.

Caldwell, Elizabeth. Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children. United Church Press, 2000.

Caldwell, Elizabeth. Leaving Home with Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Our Youth. Pilgrim Press, 2002.

Kang, S. Steve. Unveiling the Socioculturally Constructed Multivoiced Self: Themes of Self Construction and Self Integration in the Narratives of Second-Generation Korean American Young Adults. University Press, 2003.

Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth; Kang, S. Steve; Parrett, Gary. A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Baker Academic Books, 2004.

Parker, Evelyn. Trouble Don't Last Always: Emancipatory Hope among African American Adolescents. Pilgrim Press, 2003.

Wimberly, Anne Streaty & Parker, Evelyn. In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church. Abingdon Press, 2002.

Tribble, Jeffery. Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2005.

 

Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation & Evangelism

Admissions RequirementsAdmissions ProceduresAdmissions Application

Graduation Requirements 2010-2011

Biblical Interpretation

 

 

 

11-500

 

Introduction to Old Testament

 

4

 

12-500

 

Introduction to New Testament

 

4

 

 

 

Total 8 semester hours

 

*History of Christian Tradition

 

 

 

13-501

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice I

 

3

 

13-502

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice II

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

*Theology and Ethics

 

 

 

21-505

 

Introduction to Theology

 

3

 

22-501
or
22-504
or
22-506

 

Church & Society

Church & Community

Christian Moral Theology

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

Worship

 

 

 

31-511
or
31-542

 

Christian Public Worship

United Methodist Worship

 

3

 

 

 

Total 3 semester hours

 

Spiritual Formation and Evangelism

 

 

 

 

Consult with advisor in defining requirements.
Select 3 courses from:

34-507 Spiritual Direction/Companionship
other 34-5xx Spiritual Formation course
31-xxx Worship course
33-502 Teaching for Biblical Faith
33-506 Theological Education in the Parish
33-612 Youth & Faith Passage
33-815 Adults & Christian Faith
34/21-628 Theology of Evangelism
34-537 Empowering Congregations for Evangelism

 

 

 

34-511
or
34-540

 

Prayer in Christian Ministry

Spiritual Disciplines for Personal/Parish Renewal

 

3

 

34-537
or
34/21-628

 

Empowering Congregations for Evangelism

Theology of Evangelism

 

3

 

Courses from list above

 

9

 

 

 

Total 15 semester hours

 

Integrative Courses

 

 

 

10-500

 

Vocational Formation & Church Leadership
(take both fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

10-501

 

Field Placement
(take two terms)

 

0
0

 

10-502

 

Vocational Formation & Church Leadership
(take both fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

34-600

 

Evangelism Stance

 

1

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

 

10-500

 

Vocational Formation & Church Leadership
(take both fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

34-602B
and
34-603B

 

Practicum & Supervision in Spiritual Direction and
Companionship
(take fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

34-600

 

Spiritual Formation Stance

 

1

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

 

Recommended for United Methodist candidates:
40-674 UM Studies: Wesley & 19th Century,
40-673 UM Studies: 20th Century to Present,
Evangelism course

 

 

 

Any field

 

Electives

 

9

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

 

 

 

Degree total - 56 semester hours

Master of Arts in Pastoral Care & Counseling

Admissions RequirementsAdmissions ProceduresAdmissions Application

Graduation Requirements 2010-2011

Biblical Interpretation

 

 

 

11-500

 

Introduction to Old Testament

 

4

 

12-500

 

Introduction to New Testament

 

4

 

 

 

Total 8 semester hours

 

*History of Christian Tradition

 

 

 

13-501

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice I

 

3

 

 

 

Total 3 semester hours

 

*Theology & Ethics

 

 

 

21-505

 

Introduction to Theology

 

3

 

22-501
or
22-504
or
22-506

 

Church & Society

Church & Community

Christian Moral Theology

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

 

*Optional courses may be available for in-ministry students

 

 

Worship

 

 

 

31-511
or
31-542

 

Christian Public Worship

United Methodist Worship

 

3

 

 

 

Total 3 semester hours

 

Pastoral Care and Counseling

 

 

 

32-501

 

Introduction to Pastoral Care

 

3

 

32-814

 

Psychology of Religion

 

3

 

32-834

 

Premarital, Marital, & Family Counseling

 

3

 

32-631

 

Pastor as Counselor

 

3

 

32-852

 

Practicum in Pastoral Care & Counseling

 

2

 

32-xxx

 

Pastoral Care elective

 

3

 

32-xxx

 

Pastoral Care elective

 

3

 

 

 

Total 20 semester hours

 

Integrative Courses

 

 

 

10-500

 

Vocational Formation & Church Leadership
(take fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

32-621

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

 

6

 

 

 

Total 10 semester hours

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

Any field

 

Electives

 

6

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

 

 

 

Degree Total - 56 semester hours

Master of Arts in Music Ministry

Admissions RequirementsAdmissions ProceduresAdmissions Application

Graduation Requirements 2010-2011

Biblical Interpretation

 

 

 

11-500

 

Introduction to Old Testament

 

4

 

12-500

 

Introduction to New Testament

 

4

 

 

 

Total 8 semester hours

 

History of Christian Tradition

 

 

 

13-501

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice I

 

3

 

13-502

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice II

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

Theology and Ethics

 

 

 

21-505

 

Introduction to Theology

 

3

 

22-501
or
22-504
or
22-506

 

Church & Society

Church & Community

Christian Moral Theology

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

Worship

 

 

 

31-511
or
31-542

 

Christian Public Worship

United Methodist Worship

 

3

 

 

 

Total 3 semester hours

 

Music Ministry

 

 

 

31-615

 

Congregational Song

 

3

 

31-687

 

Sacred Music Colloquium I A & B

 

2

 

31-688

 

Sacred Music Colloquium II A & B

 

2

 

31-6xx
or
31-643

 

Conducting

Choral Literature

 

3

 

31-640
A-F

 

Applied Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
A / B / C / D / E / F

 

6

 

 

 

Total 16 semester hours

 

Integrative Courses

 

 

 

10-500

 

Vocational Formation & Church Leadership
(fall only)

 

2

 

31-625

 

Music Ministry in the Local Church

 

3

 

31-690

 

Music Ministry Project

 

3

 

 

 

Total 8 semester hours

 

Designated Electives

 

 

 

 

Recommended for United Methodist candidates:
40-674 UM Studies: Wesley & 19th Century
and
40-673 UM Studies: 20th Century to Present
and
34/21-628 Theology of Evangelism
or
34-537 Empowering Congregations for Evangelism

All others:
31-6xx Music Elective - Music Literature
31-6xx Music Elective - History or Theory
31-xxx Worship elective

 

 

 

 

 

Electives

 

9

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

 

 

 

Degree total - 56 semester hours

Master of Arts in Music Ministry Organ Concentration

Graduation Requirements 2010-2011

Requirements for MAMM with Organ Concentration are the same as the Master of Arts in Music Ministry requirements above, but with these organ electives.  The degree total is still 56 semester hours.

Designated Organ Major Elective Courses

 

 

 

31-641

 

Survey of Organ Literature

 

3

 

31-642

 

Organ Literature for the Church Year

 

3

 

31-6xx

 

Music Elective - History or Theory

 

3

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

Master of Arts in Christian Education

Admissions RequirementsAdmissions ProceduresAdmissions Application

Graduation Requirements 2010-2011

Biblical Interpretation

 

11-500

 

Introduction to Old Testament

 

4

 

12-500

 

Introduction to New Testament

 

4

 

 

 

Total 8 semester hours

 

*History of Christian Tradition

 

 

 

13-501

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice I

 

3

 

13-502

 

History of Christian Thought & Practice II

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

*Theology & Ethics

 

 

21-505

 

Introduction to Theology

 

3

 

22-501
or
22-504
or
22-506

 

Church & Society

Church & Community

Christian Moral Theology

 

3

 

 

 

Total 6 semester hours

 

 

*Optional courses may be available for in-ministry students

 

 

Worship

 

 

 

31-511
or
31-542

 

Christian Public Worship

United Methodist Worship

 

3

 

 

 

Total 3 semester hours

 

Christian Education

 

 

 

 

Choose two among:
33-501 Teaching & Learning in the Church
33-502 Teaching for Biblical Faith
33-506 Theological Education in the Parish

Plus 33-835 History and Theories of Christian Education
and at least one 600 or 800 level elective

 

 

 

33-5xx

 

 

 

3

 

33-5xx

 

 

 

3

 

33-xxx

 

 

 

 

 

33-6xx
or
33-8xx

 

 

 

3

 

33-835
or
33-837

 

History & Theories of Christian Education
or
Approaches to Christian Education

 

3

 

 

 

Total 15 semester hours

 

Integrative Courses

 

 

 

10-500

 

Vocational Formation & Christian Leadership
(take fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

10-501

 

Field Placement
(take two terms)

 

0
0

 

10-502

 

Vocational Formation & Christian Leadership
(take fall & spring)

 

2
2

 

33-600

 

Christian Education Stance

 

1

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

Electives

 

 

 

Any field

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

Total 9 semester hours

 

 

 

 

Degree total - 56 semester hours

Master of Arts in Christian Education Youth Ministry option

Graduation Requirements 2009-2010

Requirements for Master of Arts in Christian Education Youth Ministry option are the same as the Master of Arts in Christian Education requirements above with a change in the Christian Education requirements as follows.

Christian Education

 

 

 

33-502

 

Teaching for Biblical Faith

 

3

 

33-506

 

Theological Education in the Parish

 

3

 

33-611

 

Youth, Culture, & Church

 

3

 

33-612

 

Youth & Faith Passage

 

3

 

33-835
or
33-837

 

History & Theories of Christian Education
or
Approaches to Christian Education

 

3

 

 

 

Total 15 semester hours

 

Master of Arts

Admissions RequirementsAdmissions ProceduresAdmissions Application

Master of Arts programs equip students in the following areas of specialized ministry:

These programs prepare students for leadership in congregations and agencies in specialized ministries. They also meet educational requirements for ordination of United Methodist deacons.

Degree Requirements - 56 semester hours

See individual degree for specific requirements.

A. Designated Field Courses................................................23 semester hours

Area I: The Christian Tradition in Scripture and History............ 14 hours

Bible (8 hours)

Church History (6 hours)

Area II: Theology and Ethics............................................................. 6 hours

Area III: Worship ................................................................................. 3 hours

B. Courses in Ministry Field.............................................15-20 semester hours

C. Integrative courses...........................................................8-9 semester hours

D. Open Electives....................................................................6-9 semester hours

E. Denominational Requirements

Students should plan to meet denominational requirements as part of their electives.

F. Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is a key component of the MA programs. Students are expected to devote time to significant formative experiences such as corporate worship, community meals, service, and spiritual direction.

G. Cross-Cultural Education

Cross-cultural dimensions are intrinsically part of the whole curriculum at Garrett-Evangelical to assist students in gaining awareness of the world, of ministry, and of their own cultural identity. The requirement can be met through courses, travel courses, field education, or exchange programs.

H. Continuing Evaluations

Students develop, update, and review a portfolio that cumulatively expresses student development through the curriculum.

Certification Studies

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Making it is as simple as 1, 2, 3...

1. If you have a passion for ministry, we invite you to take a course in
one of our 6 certification programs to see how you like it.

2. It could lead to a professional certification that would enhance your
opportunities for lay ministry.

3. Or it could be the first step on the path to becoming ordained as a
Deacon, or as continuing education for those already ordained.


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Each of the following 6 programs of study involves a cluster of
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