Theory and Practice of Ministry

 

TPM6001 Introduction to Christian Worship

Professor

Constance Simon

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

Based on the premise that leading worship is a minister’s primary responsibility, this course provides an overview of Christian worship from historical, cultural, and pastoral perspectives. It incorporates the various denominational emphases and pastoral challenges found in the contemporary American church. After establishing the basic notions of symbol, ritual, and sacred time and space, you focus particularly on the ministry of the word and on the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. Assignments enable you to appropriate the basic concepts in ways consistent with your own interests.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM6002 Introduction to Preaching

Professor

William J. Danaher, Jr.

Professor of Theology, Ethics, and the Arts

This course introduces the student to both the theory and practice of preaching by studying a variety of sermons, communications skills, modes of preaching and use of Scriptures. Course requirements include readings, directed reflection papers, sermons with exegesis and a research paper.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

TPM6003 Introduction to Christian Education

Professor

Constance Simon

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

This course will introduce you to the basic theoretical concepts and practices that support a congregation’s educational ministry. Class sessions will focus upon the historical and theological foundations of educational ministry, the work of contemporary theorists, and current practice in the field. You will explore the educational assumptions that underlie your own teaching; design, present and critique teaching models; and discover resources that will facilitate your ministry in education.

 Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM6004 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

Professor

Tony Curtis Henderson

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

This course will cover basic types of professional pastoral care and counseling that have become normative for traditional Protestantism in the 21st century, along with more recently articulated African-American and feminist approaches. It will also cover basic types of lay and small group pastoral care in the emerging church of the future. You will practice basic counseling skills in one-on-one and small group approaches, and be introduced to a variety of readings, skill exercises and an empathy training project.

2020 Spring  ⁄  Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM6005 Introduction to Christian Spirituality

Professor

Floyd Davis

Adjunct Professor

In this introductory course important facets of Christian Spirituality will be highlighted. Spirituality will be examined in relationship to theology, faith, psychology, history, and culture. Practices to nourish the spiritual journey, such as various ways of prayer, reflection and journaling, will be introduced, experienced, and discussed.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM6006 Introduction to/Enrichment of Spirituality

Professor

Urias Beverly

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM7001 Church Management for the 21st Century

Professor

Tony Curtis Henderson

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Pastors have a variety of responsibilities within the congregation, a significant portion of which deals with management responsibilities. You will explore ways to make this an effective portion of your ministry. A particular emphasis is placed on the congregational leader’s spiritual formation through worship, prayer and meditation. Skill development areas include:

• Organizational change
• Church financial management
• Mobilizing volunteers
• Analysis of ministry context
• Personnel management
• Building utilization
• Creating effective evangelism and mission programs

A portion of this course will include dialogue with practicing pastors from the Detroit area in
their context of ministry.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM7002 Advanced Preaching

Professor

Rotating

The second level course in preaching is designed to enable you to build on the basic skills developed in the foundational course. This course offers advanced insights and skills development needed for specific types of preaching. You explore issues important in contemporary preaching. Course requirements include readings, directed reflections, class sermons with exegesis and a videotaped sermon preached in a parish setting. Prerequisite TPM 6002.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

TPM7003 Church Leadership for the 21st Century

Professor

Olaf Lidums

Associate Professor of Urban and Ecological Studies

This course explores the personal leadership styles, values and principles of a congregational leader, especially as they are manifest in non-church, mission culture of our time. Skills addressed include:

• Creating and sustaining congregational vision

• Developing a spiritually based leadership style using prayer, meditation and the Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory

• Utilizing congregational conflict resolution

• Embodying a congregational stewardship lifestyle

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies

TPM7004 Interreligious Dialogue

Professor

James Perkinson

Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

The emphasis of this course is on conversation with the authoritative voices that represent diverse religious communities and living religions in America today, including imams, rabbis and priests. You will also learn the basic principles of the world’s religions as you visit mosques, temples, and gardens. This course is especially useful for those in chaplaincy or CPE, pastors in places of encounter and public ministry or educators who teach global awareness. You will read introductory texts in comparative religion, and view selected videos.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral

Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPM7005 Christian Spirituality II

Professor

Rotating

 

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPMT7001 Principles and Practices of Church Music

Professor

Rotating

This course studies the history, theology and practice of Christian worship and music. It examines the relationship between theology and worship by examining the biblical basis for worship, the history of Christian liturgy and contemporary worship. Guiding the study are
lectures, primary source writings, hymnody, spirituals, art and architecture from all contexts.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPMT7002 Baptist History and Polity

Professor

Samuel White

Adjunct Professor

The Baptist History and Polity Course is designed to give students critical understanding and appreciation of Baptist life, thought, and practice through 400 years of history.

This purpose will be accomplished through required reading, research, class participation, and engagement with the following topics:

  1. Baptist origins and struggles to achieve identity

  2. Theological, cultural, and historical factors affecting Baptist development

  3. Contributions of significant Baptist leaders

  4. Baptist influences on the wider Christian world and on public life

  5. Evolution of Baptist life at local, regional, and national levels with attention to contemporary polity and practice

This course meets a requirement of the American Baptist Churches for ordination or recognition of prior ordination.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPMT7003 Presbyterian Worship and Sacraments

Professor

Allen Timm

Adjunct Professor

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPMT7003 Reformed Worship and Sacraments

Professor

Allen Timm

Adjunct Professor

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄ 

TPMT7004 Art & Spirituality

Professor

James Perkinson

Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

TPMT7007 Thought and Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Professor

Tony Curtis Henderson

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

History, Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄ 

UM101 Community Seminar in Urban Ministry

Professor

Olaf Lidums

Associate Professor of Urban and Ecological Studies

This course is an introduction to ministry in the urban setting. Through site visits and classroom discussions, the theology and practice of ministry in the city is examined and evaluated.

Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)  ⁄  Urban Ministry Diploma

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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