Course Descriptions: relg

Relg100 Biblical Literature 3 hours

Studies the story and basic themes of the literature of the Old and New Testaments in their historical contexts. Gives attention to the unique characteristics and principles for interpreting the various biblical literary genre. Builds skill in the inductive method of Bible study and interpretation by completing major inductive studies. Examines various approaches to interpretation. Surveys the development of the biblical canon. A reading and writing intensive course. A Faith Source Course.

Relg117 Disciplemaker Learning Community I 2 hours

Students come together to work on personal spiritual formation, including understanding how they have been shaped by personality, APEST orientation toward leadership, life experiences, intentional discipleship (disciplines + reflection). Disciplemaker Learning Community Courses This series of five courses (Relg 117, 118, 119, 218 and 219) is part of the Missional Leadership Certificate Program. Students join a cohort group that goes through the series of courses together. Groups will be together for the duration of the program. They will also learn the regular rhythms of disciple making. The discipleship portion of the DLC will serve as an example of discipleship groups each student will be expected to lead in their own context, simultaneously to their class formation. Prerequisite - acceptance into the Missional Leadership program.

Relg118 Disciplemaker Learning Community II 2 hours

This seminar shaped course will focus on the understanding of spirituality, the fullness of God, the Gospel and humanity. It is designed to help students open themselves up to the Spirit of God and the abundance of God’s story as they work toward being disciplemakers. Prerequisite: Relg 117. A Disciplemaker Learning Community course. See Relg 117 for details.

Relg119 Disciplemaker Learning Community III 2 hours

This Disciplemaker Learning Community course is designed to help students grow in personal and spiritual formation by looking closely at their family systems and how their family of origin influences the patterns of interaction in other relationships. Prerequisite: Relg 118. A Disciplemaker Learning Community course. See Relg 117 for details.

Relg121 Introduction to Youth Ministry 3 hours

An introduction to the theology, theory and practice of youth ministry in the congregation within the Anabaptist tradition. Special attention is given to worldview of youth culture and adolescent development. Includes person- and program-centered approaches and the theology they represent. Explores skills and resources for ministry.

Relg122 Missional Leadership 2 or 3 hours

Explores the theology and leadership strategies of missional congregations. Students will apply leadership principles to the adaptive challenge of helping congregations re-imagine church as mission. Specific skills include training on evangelism and discipleship. The class will help sutdents become competent in communicating the Gospel and in helping church bodies mobilize for reaching the needs of people they don’t know.

Relg131 Faith and Discipleship 3 hours

Explores the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” Studies selected elements of Christian faith and life and their expression in various Christian traditions. Gives major attention to types of Christian spirituality and to spiritual disciplines including prayer, meditation, journaling, devotional Bible study, confession and forgiveness. A Responsibility Source Course.

Relg136 Being and Doing 1 hour

Explores the paradox of being and doing as a spiritual person. Students will study and practice classical spiritual disciplines. While the spiritual disciplines will be chosen from the Christian tradition, all students willing to engage with the Holy are welcome and will find meaning in these practices. The class gives major attention to spiritual disciplines including prayer, meditation, journaling, devotional Bible study, confession and forgiveness.

Relg137 Experiencing God in Nature 1 hour

Offers students the chance to do the spiritual discipline of silence in a context of nature. It’s an experiential weekend that features prayer stations, a labyrinth, focused times of telling stories of faith, silence and a chance to be in nature. There will be 2 classes of orientation before the retreat and one class that debriefs the experience after the retreat.

Relg138 Learning Lab 1 hour

Provides students with the theory and practice of interpreting the complex social context of urban landscapes, including the issues of language barriers, racism, economic justice and influence of colonialism and how the Church has played a role. Week-long course is offered during spring break in Myanmar or during May in Philadelphia, Pa.

Relg202 Biblical Studies: Psalms and Epistles 3 hours

Studies Psalms and a specific epistle. The class practices sound exegetical skills, learning how to read psalm and epistle genre. In the first half, students study the overall structure of psalms and their contribution to Israelite theology and worship. In the second half of the semester, the class surveys the Pauline epistles then practices exegetical skills with a selected New Testament epistle. Attention is given to the teaching, preaching and worship resources in each book. Students may enroll for a half semester with appropriate adjustment for one hour credit. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Relg 100 or consent of instructor.

Relg208 Biblical Studies: Prophets and Revelation 3 hours

Studies a prophetic book and Revelation. The class practices sound exegetical skills, learning how to read prophetic and apocalyptic genre. Students study how prophecy functions in Israel’s history and theology and read a text in its historical-cultural setting. Studies Revelation in its historical-cultural context in the second half. Attention is given to the teaching, preaching and worship resources in each book. Students may enroll for a half semester with appropriate adjustment for one hour credit. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Relg 100 or consent of instructor.

Relg214 Peacemaking and Justice 3 hours

Studies the biblical and theological foundations for nonviolence, peacemaking and justice. Examines historic and current positions and ethical method regarding participation in violence and war. Seeks to assist students to define their ethical method and commitment and equip them to dialog with others who differ. Prerequisite: Relg 100 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor. A Responsibility Source Course.

Relg218 Disciplemaker Learning Community IV 1 hour

This Disciplemaker Learning Community course is designed to create an environment in which students are empowered to lead and teach each other as disciple makers and church leaders. Prerequisite: Relg 119. A Disciplemaker Learning Community course. See Relg 117 for details.

Relg219 Disciplemaker Learning Community V 1 hour

This Disciplemaker Learning Community course is designed to create a reflective environment in which students discern together their next steps for leadership and ministry, as well as prepare for Supervised Ministry Experience. Prerequisite: Relg 218. A Disciplemaker Learning Community course. See Relg 117 for details.

Relg220 Mobilizing the Church 2 hours

Every church has a unique culture as does the community surrounding it. This course teaches students how to thoughtfully engage diverse church cultures and communities and how to work toward building bridges between church and community. Students will learn how to cultivate a culture of missional leadership and discipleship that is able to equip and mobilize every member of the congregation for the purpose of building bridges to their community. This course teaches how to understand the power of culture of a community and a congregation, how to identify key leaders who can help make other leaders and how to design effective discipling tools for their particular congregation’s context.

Relg222 Preaching 3 hours

A course in the foundations and practical skills of preaching. Through lectures, discussions, videos of outstanding preachers and preaching several kinds of sermons in class, students gain confidence and basic competence as preachers.

Relg260 Jesus and the Gospels 3 hours

Study of Jesus in the historical, salvation history and literary contexts, focusing on birth, life and teachings, death and resurrection as recorded in the gospels. Special attention is given to the Sermon on the Mount. Includes inductive work and applications of Jesus’ teaching and modeling for the church and Christian life. Prerequisite: Relg 100 or consent of instructor. An Integration Source Course.