The Hesston College Bible Department is offering a two-weekend course to area pastors and community members on Psalms and Epistles during the spring 2014 semester. Church leaders, those with an interest in ministry and any other interested people are invited to participate.

The class, taught by Hesston College Bible and Ministry faculty member Michele Hershberger, focuses on the books of Psalms and I Corinthians, as well as the apostle Paul’s letters over the two weekends – Jan. 24 to 26 and March 20 to 23. Participants can earn three course hours.

Participants will explore biblical themes, psalm and epistle genre, learn the cultural and historical background of the books and take a micro view of I Corinthians, studying the major congregational conflicts that arise and learn how to identify literary cues for interpretation to glean preaching topics and enhance worship. Hershberger will use a variety of teaching styles to present and explain the course material, including lectures, small group discussions, drama and literary work. The intergenerational class will also be interactive through an academic website in between class meeting times.

Hershberger teaches a semester-long Psalms and Epistles class every other year for Hesston College students, and is excited to share that course material with the wider community and church. Hershberger is also a Hesston College alumna and has a master of arts in theological studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.). She is a national speaker and published author.

Hesston College offers a variety of degree and transfer options in Bible and Ministry, including two-year degrees in Bible and religion, Pastoral ministries and Youth ministry.

For more information, including pricing for the course, or to register, call the Hesston College Bible and Ministry Center at 620-327-8290. An audit option for the course is also available. Scholarships and grants are available for students considering the Pastoral Ministries program.