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MIN 5104 HomileticsHomiletics is the art of preaching and theological communication. A primary duty of ministers is to proclaim God’s word, and by doing so, to motivate, inspire, and educate members of their congregation and the wider society. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and delivery of sermons for a variety of audiences and occasions (weddings, funerals, children’s sermons, etc.). Theories as well as the art of homiletics are studied, along with the role of preaching in worship. Students study the sermons of well-known preachers and critically reflect on their own sermons and those of their classmates. Various denominational patterns will be examined. Prerequisite: SCR 5131, SCR 5141 or SCR 5142. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David.
MIN 5105 Congregational Development This course explores the minister’s role as a servant leader (Mark 10:43-44). As the church’s mission belongs to all its members, ministers are called to equip people for service within and outside the congregation. The minister is most successful when he or she enables others to lead, to serve and to be God’s priests. This is how God’s people grow spiritually and how the local congregation develops its own potential both for the nurture of its members and for mission to and in the world. One of the main ministerial tasks is to help members identify their gifts, and to organize the life and work of the church so that members can exercise these, through participation in such tasks as leading worship, teaching, preaching administration and evangelism. This liberates ministers to focus on their own strongest gifts. Dr. Isaacs or Dr. David
MIN 5106 Ecumenism and InterfaithThis course explores issues and themes in the field of contemporary ecumenism and seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to dialogue ecumenically. The course will cover not only ecumenism within the Christian family, but also the ‘wider ecumenism’—dialogue and cooperation among the world’s religions. Students will explore historical and current ecumenical documents, statements of contemporary faith and order commissions, and on-going dialogues sponsored by ecumenical councils and organizations. Students will learn how to organize inter-Christian and interfaith meetings with denominational leaders and ministers. Prerequisite: LTR 5131 Church History I. 3 credits. Mr. Antal or Dr. David.